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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Academic Success Position at Capital University

Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio

Professor and Director of Academic Success

Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio is accepting applications for the Professor and Director of Academic Success, a teaching and administrative position designed to help students develop the skills necessary for law school success.  The Director works closely with students, faculty, and administrators to improve students’ learning skills and their academic outcomes.

Capital’s academic success program is premised on the idea that instruction in basic law school skills, coupled with individualized feedback and support, can significantly enhance students’ academic success.  The current program consists of three components designed to help first-year students:  a two-week, pre-matriculation session that aims to refine study skills and prepare students for law school; a fall session that utilizes group and individual instruction to enhance analytical skills, study techniques, time management methods, and exam-taking skills; and a spring term program that offers students one-on-one academic success instruction.

The Director, in collaboration with the faculty, is responsible for developing, administering and teaching in all three parts of the program.  Moreover, the Director will develop an assessment tool to evaluate annually each aspect of the academic support program, including those participating and/or teaching in the program. The Director will also review and evaluate the effectiveness of the academic success program’s course content, methodology, and instructional materials. The Director will meet with students to review work on graded exercises, provide one-on-one assistance for students with academic deficiencies, and assist in academic counseling. The Director will also compile information and statistics related to student performance and prepare reports for management review. 

The Director will step into an on-going program complete with detailed lesson plans, skill-set exercises, and research on ASP methodologies.  At the same time, the Director will be expected to develop his or her own academic philosophy, and to seek out the current best practices in the field and integrate them into Capital’s ASP model.   The position thus offers both a solid base on which to build, and an opportunity to be innovative in order to improve the program.  The Director will work under the supervision of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and in collaboration with all Capital faculty and administrators. 

Applicants for this position should possess a J.D. degree, at least three years of legal experience, a record of academic success, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and a passion for working with students.  Previous law school or other teaching experience, and advanced degrees in education or counseling are a plus.  The salary is commensurate with experience, with a range of between $80,000 and $90,000 for a twelve-month contract, along with medical, dental, educational, pension, and life insurance benefits.  The Director holds the title of Professor of Academic Success and is eligible for a long-term (five-year) contract after three years of satisfactory service.

Please send a letter of interest and resume, including the names of three references, by March 1, 2011, to the address set out below (electronic submissions are encouraged).

Professor Dan Kobil

Chair, Faculty Appointments

Capital University Law School

303 E. Broad St.

Columbus, Ohio  43215

SUBJECT:  Director of Academic Success

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