February 6, 2008
Job Posting on behalf of Natt Gant, Regent School of Law
The following information is from an e-mail that was recently sent to the ASP listserv. Please excuse any spacing problems. Typepad is not a happy camper this morning!
Regent is seeking to hire in a tenure-track faculty position an Associate Director of Academic Success.
The person would also have faculty rank as either an Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on experience, publication record, and other factors in his or her background. The person would assist me in running the program by meeting with students in one-on- one advising sessions and by helping direct our Summer Academic Success Program and our Study Skills Workshops. (Please see our website at http://www.regent.edu/acad/schlaw/academicsuccess/home.cfm
for general information about our program.) In addition to assisting me in our Academic Success Program, this person would teach one doctrinal course per semester. The specific course taught would depend on the person's interests and experience and on our curricular needs.
I am excited about this new position and believe it will provide a great opportunity for someone with a strong desire to work in the academic support field to obtain tenure-track (and hopefully ultimately tenured) status. The position will also enable someone to combine his or her love of academic support with his or her desire to teach a doctrinal course each semester. The position will begin in the 2008-09 academic year, and the compensation level will reflect the tenure-track rank of the position.
Candidates should have excellent academic records and interpersonal skills and should have demonstrated potential for outstanding teaching and scholarly achievement. Candidates with a background in the ASP field are particularly encouraged, as I believe that candidates for this position should have the desire to become an educational specialist at the law school.
If you any have questions, please contact me at email@example.com
at Regent University School of Law, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464, 757.226.4640.
February 5, 2008
Grammar is my Achilles Heel
What do you do when…?
This is a challenge I face every time a student comes to me
with questions about grammar. I am awful
at grammar. I can still see the bright
red “30%” written on the top of my grammar tests in the eighth grade (if that
wasn’t reason enough to retire the red grading pens!) Somehow, I managed to pass eighth grade
English Composition, and I have lived in terror of grammar ever since. Logically, I know I must know something. I
couldn’t have fooled everyone on the way to my BA (in English!), MA, and
JD. But that doesn’t help the nagging
fear that I am a fraud, just one question about dangling participles away from
Everyone has that one thing that still scares them, that area of law they never understood, that critical skill they never grasped. Yet we all managed to graduate and become successful ASP professionals despite our failures and misapprehensions. But an Achilles heel also has the ability to turn a seasoned professional into a defensive amateur. If you are not secure about your skills, it’s easy to allow an angry student to make you feel as if you are not qualified to help them.
I have turned my Achilles heel into a teaching exercise. I own up to my weakness; my office is filled with books on grammar, style, and legal writing. I have the hardcover, illustrated edition of Strunk and White on my desk. I help the student research the answer to their grammar problem.
I may not have the answer to their grammar problem, but I feel I am teaching them a far greater lesson in admitting when to seek help.
*After I wrote this entry, I noticed an article in the New York Times on feeling like a fraud...very interesting stuff! "Feeling Like Fraud? Sometimes, Maybe You Should" by Benedict Carey, Feb. 5, 2007