Friday, March 27, 2009

Academic Development Job at Santa Clara University

Co-Director of Academic Development

Santa Clara University School of Law

2009-2010 Academic Year

The Co-Director of Academic Development works closely with a fellow Co-Director and the Assistant Dean for Academic & Professional Development ("APD") to address the academic success of Santa Clara University Law School’s students from orientation through bar passage. These three faculty members, along with the Director of Externships and Professional Development and a Program Coordinator, make up the school’s APD Department.

The Co-Director will teach the equivalent of at least two credit-bearing skills courses targeting first and/or second year students in academic difficulty, ordinarily one class of 20-30 students each semester. Co-Directors also administer the selection and registration of students in these courses, and the hiring, training, and supervision of upper division students and adjuncts.

In addition, the Co-Director will perform the equivalent of two additional courses of instruction in the form of: intensive one-on-one academic tutoring and advising of at-risk students, contributions to the design and teaching of large-scale skills workshops and programs aimed class-wide from orientation through the first year and on through Bar passage, and participation in miscellaneous university programming and professional conferences.

Finally, the Co-Director must work closely with the APD team, as well as with doctrinal and legal writing faculty to design, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and improve the supplemental academic skills curriculum. In addition to long-term vision, the Co-Director must embrace day-to-day administration. These duties include, but are not limited to, organization and management of student eligibility determinations, course enrollments, practice examinations, individual and mass feedback, and collection, management, and analysis of sensitive student performance data.

Qualifications:

* J.D. and a state bar admission.

* Prior teaching and/or academic support experience desirable.

* Experience in program management desirable.

* Ability to excel in teaching, counseling, and advising students from diverse backgrounds.

* Ability to think imaginatively, critically, and collaboratively about how to measurably improve student academic development.

This position is a full-time, non-tenure track, non-voting lecturer position, with the possibility of multiple-year contract renewals. Summer service in residence is required, with supplemental compensation provided for the summer term. Professional development is supported, and scholarship is welcome but not required.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Assistant Dean Marina Hsieh

Academic & Professional Development

Santa Clara University School of Law

500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95053-0448

mhsieh@scu.edu

408-554-2764

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