Friday, August 20, 2010
So often we wish we had information about what other law schools are doing in the ASP area. For some time there has been discussion encouraging data collection from all of us about our staffing patterns and program details. The Law School Academic Success Project is undertaking a survey of academic support programs/staffing with assistance from LSAC.
The following announcement about the survey was posted by John Mollenkamp on the ASP listserv today. Please help us by providing the contact information requested so that the correct person at your law school will receive the upcoming survey. (Amy Jarmon)
As you may already know, we're trying to develop a Survey of Academic Support Programs in hopes of gathering data about what programming different law schools offer (and what staffing those programs have, among other things). Those familiar with the Legal Writing Survey may be glad to know that our planned survey is MUCH shorter.
But, to have a similar response rate (even for a shorter survey), we're going to need to find out who should answer the survey at each law school. Thus, starting next week and lasting through Labor Day, we're going to begin sending out individual e-mails to the folks that we THINK might be the right person to answer the survey. Then, once we've built that list, we'll send survey information to those folks.
You can help us now, though, by coming forward (by reply e-mail OFF-LIST to email@example.com) and giving your name, school, and e-mail for purposes of getting the survey answered. If you have multiple folks at your school who might be interested in answering the survey, you'll need to collaborate and decide which person will be the contact person and the one to receive the survey (though you can all work on answering it). If we don't know the "right" person, we'll probably ultimately send it to a Dean found via a web search with hopes of it getting forwarded. This is not nearly as good, of course, as getting it directly to the person who knows the answers already.
Thank you for your help in getting the ASP Survey off to a great start. I'm also glad to answer any questions you might have about this project.
Clinical Professor of Law
Director of Academic Support
Cornell Law School
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
During July, I requested news on new folks in ASP at law schools so that we could introduce them on the Blog to the entire ASP community. I am repeating the item now that we are nearing the start of school in case some folks did not see it earlier. (Amy Jarmon)
It is the time of year when we begin collecting short profiles, pictures, and web links for folks who are joining ASP work for the first time or who have moved to different ASP positions over the summer.
If someone new has joined your ASP staff since May 1st or if you have moved to a different school or position, please send us a one paragraph blurb (title, duties, law degree, work experience, awards, hobbies, etc.) as well as a link to your law school's faculty/administrator profile on the web. If that profile does not include a picture, please also send us a picture of the person as an e-mail attachment.
We will begin a series of Academic Support Spotlight postings after the new academic year begins so that all of us in ASP can meet the new members of our community and congratulate our current colleagues on their job moves. Our community is so friendly that it will give folks a "heads up" so that they can watch for new colleagues at conferences and workshops.
If you would like us to do a spotlight posting on you or someone new to your ASP staff, please send the requested information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to everyone new! Congrats to all of you who have re-located this summer! I look forward to hearing from you.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Duquesne is seeking applicants for the newly-funded position of "Director of the Academic Excellence Program."
This position serves as Director of Academic Support for the School of Law. The Director will have a 12-month non-faculty, full-time administrative appointment. The Director will administer and advance the School’s academic support program, which assists law students as they develop and improve legal study, writing, and test-taking skills, adjust to the challenges of law school, and prepare to enter law practice. He/she will work with law school faculty and administrative staff to create and present first-year orientation and academic skills programs and to coordinate a yearlong peer mentoring program. The Director will design and implement programming to enhance the professional development of second- and third-year students as they make curricular choices, sharpen their academic skill, and prepare to take the bar examination. As a complement to programming, the Director will also work closely with individual first-year and upper-level students to improve their academic and professional skills. He/she may assume other duties related to law student services as well, such as working with students for whom English is a second language.
For more information, and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Human Resources section of the Duquesne University website at http://www.duq.edu/hr/employment/administrative-professional-job-openings.cfm and http://www.duq.edu/hr/employment/postings-prof-managerial.cfm. This position will not be officially posted online until the first week of August 2010.