Thursday, April 14, 2011
Director of Academic Success Program
Pepperdine University School of Law
Pepperdine University School of Law seeks applicants for the position of Director of the law school’s Academic Success Program, to begin August 1, 2011. The School of Law is committed to student achievement, and the Director will be primarily responsible for developing, leading, coordinating, and implementing programs that support the School of Law’s goals of improving students’ law school academic success and success on the bar exam.
Minimum requirements include a J.D. degree and admission to the practice of law. Ideal candidates will have experience working in a higher education setting in the areas of teaching, academic assistance, academic counseling, or similar administrative, teaching, or practice experience. The successful candidate also must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents within the diverse law school community, including students served by the Academic Success Program (“ASP”), student teaching fellows who work within ASP, faculty members, and the law school administration.
The successful candidate will report to the Associate Dean for Academics.
The Director’s specific duties will include, among others:
- Working with faculty and administrative staff to support the academic support efforts at the law school;
- Conducting an orientation to ASP for, and introducing the case briefing method to, first-year students during first-year orientation;
- Coordinating and conducting fall and spring semester ASP workshops for first-year students on topics such as effective note-taking, outlining, multiple choice, and essay exam preparation, etc.;
- Teaching the spring semester Supplemental Class for academically at-risk first-year students;
- Teaching (or co-teaching) the spring semester Bar Exam Workshop course for third-year students;
- Coordinating, teaching, or co-teaching winter and summer bar preparation workshops;
- Holding regular office hours and individual counseling sessions, and developing individualized remediation and referral programs, for law students in need of academic support services and alumni in need of bar preparation services;
- Gathering student and professor feedback regarding ASP offerings;
- Gathering, compiling, and reporting statistical data regarding student participation in, and impact on student performance of, the various ASP offerings;
- Assisting the law school’s diversity recruiting and retention efforts;
- Maintaining a library of academic support and bar preparation books and materials for use by students and alumni;
- Managing the ASP web pages on the law school’s website; and
- Participating in the greater academic support and bar preparation professional community in order to stay apprised of best practices through regular attendance at conferences, participation in relevant listservs and blogs, and study of relevant books and other resources.
Compensation is commensurate with experience. This position is a 12-month contract position, with the possibility for longer term renewals.
Applicants should email a statement of interest, in the form of a cover letter, and resume to Carol Chase, Associate Dean for Academics, at email@example.com. Any questions also should be directed to Dean Chase.