Thursday, September 10, 2009
Assistant Professor of Legal Skills and
Director, Bar Preparation Services
Stetson University College of Law is a leader in skills training. It strives to help students develop their full potential, both inside and outside the classroom. It has a dynamic and evolving Academic Success Program that offers group and individual instruction. We seek a passionate, talented individual to join us in a newly created faculty position devoted primarily to upper-level academic success, with an emphasis on bar exam services.
The successful candidate will work to enhance and coordinate various bar-preparation efforts, evaluate existing programs, and potentially develop new programs and initiatives. Current efforts include internally designed programs, commercially sponsored programs, and individual tutoring. Our colleague will also play a leading role in developing the Student Performance Study, a longitudinal study that collects and analyzes variables associated with bar passage.
The individual selected will likely teach at least one course per semester; although the course package is flexible, the school has a need for a professor willing and able to teach topics tested on the Florida portion of the bar examination, such as State Constitutional Law, Florida Civil and Criminal Procedure, and Florida Torts.
As needed, the individual selected may also be asked to assist with first-year academic support programs, work with students on academic probation, work with international LL.M. students — particularly those who plan to sit for a bar examination in the U.S. — and assist with other aspects of Stetson’s Academic Success Program. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of Academic Success, the Associate Dean of Academics, and other members of the faculty and senior staff.
The individual would be expected to work with day and evening students on Stetson’s beautiful campuses in Gulfport/St. Petersburg and downtown Tampa.
Candidates must hold a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, be licensed and in good standing to practice law, and have or be willing to obtain a Florida Bar license within one year of hire. Although prior experience with bar exam instruction or high-stakes testing is not required, it is a plus. Previous practice experience and teaching experience — especially in the area of academic support — are strongly desired. Experience with counseling, outcomes assessment, statistics, English as a Second Language, and/or disability services would be highly valued. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are required.
This position is a full-time faculty position on the programmatic tenure track. The position requires an interest in teaching, scholarship, and service to the College of Law. Title and advance standing on the programmatic tenure track may be negotiated based on past full-time teaching experience at an ABA-accredited law school.
If you are interested in applying, please submit a current curriculum vitae, a professional writing sample, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references to Professor Roberta Kemp Flowers, Co-Chair, Appointments Committee, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL 33707; firstname.lastname@example.org. We are interested in interviewing candidates at the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference in November. We will consider and interview candidates on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Resume review will begin immediately.
Since there are a number of ASP folks who have joined us over the summer and after the LSAC-St. Louis national workshop, I wanted to point out several resources that may be useful to new professionals.
The ASP listserv is available to those who are employed at law schools and working in ASP or bar prep work. Membership allows you to receive listserv postings as well as post queries to the listserv. To join the listserv complete the following steps (it may take more than one try):
- Email the following address with content as indicated below in the next two steps: email@example.com
In the subject line type: subscribe ASP-L
In the body of the message, type your information: Full name, Title, and Law School
If this format does not work after several attempts, instead include (your full name, title, and law school) after the subscribe message in the subject line to see if that will work.
The new Law School Academic Success Project web site is available at www.lawschoolasp.org. The web site includes podcasts and other resources.The site has both ASP Professional and Administrator pages for which you must register as a law school employee to gain access. Click on any of the headings in the left column to be taken to the registration/log-on page. (The Student pages are open to everyone without registration.)
The ASP Wiki is available to ASP professionals employed at law schools. The instructions for registration are found on: http://prof.hillaryburgess.com/ASP/dokuwiki/doku.php.
The Assocaition of American Law Schools (AALS) Academic Support Section web site is located at: http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/profiles/glesnerfines/asp/asp.htm. Past copies of The Learning Curve are available on the site. The Learning Curve will begin publication again this year.
In addition, ASPers are very friendly and helpful people. If you are new to ASP work consider contacting your colleagues at other schools with questions as you settle in to your new position. (Amy Jarmon)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
In mid-May I always feel as though a long summer is stretched out before me with infinite possibilities. My list of essential projects is quite long. But, I always have another list of other projects that I want to complete but never am able to during the academic semesters. Then there is the list of "wishes" - the exciting ideas that I hope to implement in any leftover time.
And each year I notice it is suddenly September; I wonder what happened to the summer. The essential projects are all crossed off my list. A number of the other projects were also completed. But my wish list received less attention than I had hoped. A few of those items are in place, but many are wishes to be implemented at a future time.
Many of the "lost" hours have been spent well in one-on-one conferences with students. Some of the "lost" hours have been spent in planning meetings to implement new programs or tweak already existing programs. A few hours were truly lost in unnecessary bureaucracy or waiting on others.
I count each of the student conferences as worthy of my time. After all, the students are the reason I am here. And, without the meetings, I would be unable to implement and tweak programs that benefit my students.
So, I start my new "wish" list to include the ideas that most likely will wait until semester break or next summer. I begin a new "essential projects" list for the things that come with the territory of a fall semester. I begin a new "other projects" list for the next level of projects waiting to be completed in between the essentials.
I add my fervent wish for more hours in a day to do it all. And then I settle for doing the best I can with the hours I have each day. Such is the life of a typical and very human ASP professional. (Amy Jarmon)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
We would also like to welcome Jeremiah Ho as a new academic support professional at Whittier Law School in California. Please make him welcome to our group. He provided the information below so that you can get to know him. (Amy Jarmon)
Jeremiah's faculty biography can be found at Whittier Faculty Biographies.
I just started this August as an Assistant Professor of Academic Support at Whittier Law School and will be working with Dean Paula Manning. I obtained my J.D. from Whittier Law in 2008 and worked briefly as an associate atorney in employment defense in Long Beach, California. Prior to law school, I taught literature and writing at the junior high/high school level and I enjoyed teaching so much that I wanted to blend the satisfaction of instructing students with my enjoyment of legal thinking. I am hopeful that my appointment at Whittier Law School will bring this combination to fruition.
Now that we are all back and settled in to our routines, I would like to introduce you to Kimberly Ballard. Kimberly is the new Director of Academic Success at Brandeis School of Law. Kimberly has sent us the following information so that you can get to know her. (Amy Jarmon)
Ms. Ballard joined the Law School in 2009, after having served as a litigation associate in the law firm of Stites & Harbison, PLLC. As a member of that firm's torts and insurance service group, Ms. Ballard represented product manufacturers in mass tort litigation and physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation.
As a law student, Ms. Ballard competed on the championship team for the Intrastate Mock Trial Competition, placed first in the Pirtle-Washer oral advocacy competition, served on the Student Bar Association and Moot Court and Professional Skills Board and was Notes Editor for the Brandeis Law Journal.
In her spare time, Ms. Ballard volunteers for Golden Retriever Resuce and Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND), enjoys playing golf and tennis, and is an avid University of Louisville basketball fan. Ms. Ballard also coaches the Law School's mock trial teams for the Americn College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition.