Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Updated Position Announcement: St. Mary's


St. Mary’s University

St. Mary’s University School of Law, located in San Antonio, Texas, invites applications for the position of Academic Support Professor.  This advertisement is dated October 16, 2009, and applications will be received at any time after that date until the position is filled.  The Academic Support Professor will begin employment in the summer of 2010.  


The law faculty has voted to create this full-time position for a person who will be a voting member of the law faculty with multi-year contracts.  The initial four-year contract will be followed by presumptively renewable five-year contracts.  The salary for the position of academic support professor will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the person employed, and also comparable to salaries paid tenure-track teachers with similar experience.


Our acting director, Kathryn Tullos, has begun the process of designing programs to assist our students in acquiring more efficient study and exam-taking skills.  The new Academic Support Professor will administer these programs and design others that he or she deems necessary.  These tasks will be undertaken with the support and supervision of the Academic Support Committee of the law faculty.  We want programs that help our students improve their study, analytical, and test-taking skills so they will obtain the greatest benefit from the educational opportunity offered at the



.  Our broader goal is to help students prepare themselves to be competent and ethical legal professionals.

The Academic Support Professor will work with law school faculty and administrators to support first-year students in adjusting successfully to law school and to enhance the educational development of second- and third year students.  Depending on interest and qualifications (and subject to
faculty approval), the Academic Support Professor may also occasionally teach academic or skills courses within the law school. In addition, the Law School encourages, and will provide support for, the Academic Support Professor to engage in research and professional development activities in the academic support field.



A juris doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school is a very desirable qualification. An applicant should also have a strong academic record.  In addition, an applicant should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and should have substantial (2-3 years) experience with an existing law school academic support program.    


To apply, send your resume with a cover letter by email to Professor David Dittfurth, chair of the Academic Support Committee at <> or by mail to him at School of Law, St. Mary’s University, One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, Texas 78228.  


All applications will be answered.  Applicants of interest to the Academic Support Committee will initially hold a teleconference with committee members.  After the teleconference, committee members will decide whether to invite that applicant to visit campus.  During the campus visit, an applicant will provide a written description of the programs he or she would design for our students and will make an oral presentation on that subject to the faculty.


Professor Laurie Zimet of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, has agreed to act as consultant to the Law School during the search.  You are also invited to contact Ms. Kathryn Tullos, Acting Director of the Office of Academic Support at (210) 436-3541 or at


St. Mary’s University School of Law is located in the City of

San Antonio

.  The city is known for its tourist attractions, but also boasts a multi-cultural environment with an active legal and business community.  The Law School seeks to serve the South Texas region of the state, but also enrolls a geographically and ethnically diverse student body. 


St. Mary’s University School of Law is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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