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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Half-Time Position at Santa Clara in Academic Development

Assistant Director of Academic Development (0.5 FTE)

Santa Clara University School of Law

2010-11 Academic Year

The half-time Assistant Director of Academic Development works closely with a fellow half-time Assistant Director, under the supervision of a Director of Academic Development 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 four faculty members, along with the Director of Externships and Professional Development and a Program Coordinator, make up the school’s APD Department.

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

In addition, the Assistant Director will perform the equivalent of one additional course 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 Assistant 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 Assistant Director must embrace day-to-day administration. These duties may include, and 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.


* 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 half-time, non-tenure track, non-voting lecturer position, with pro-rated benefits and the possibility of multiple-year contract renewals after the first year. Summer service in residence is required, with supplemental compensation provided. 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 applications to:

Joan Harrington, Director, Academic Development

Academic & Professional Development Department

Santa Clara University School of Law

500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95053-0448


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