Tuesday, August 29, 2006

two job openings in Florida

As Dean of Stetson University College of Law, I am pleased to announce that we seek applicants for two positions in our nationally ranked Legal Research and Writing program for the 2007–2008 academic year:  A Director of Legal Research and Writing, and an Assistant Professor of Legal Skills

The College of Law’s main campus is located in Gulfport, Florida, which is a neighborhood of St. Petersburg.  The campus, a former resort hotel, is simply gorgeous, and is only a few miles from the beach.  We also have a beautiful satellite campus near downtown Tampa, Florida.  The College of Law is part of Stetson University, which is located in DeLand, Florida, which is near Daytona Beach.

The College of Law enrolls just under 1,000 students.  Full-time students may enter in the fall or spring; part-time students enter each fall.  Most students are in the full-time J.D. program and about 220 are in an evening J.D. program, classes for which are held in Gulfport and Tampa.  LRW courses are offered in both locations, and faculty members take turns teaching in the evening program.  We encourage you to visit our website at www.law.stetson.edu for more information about the school.

The first-year writing program consists of two required courses; one is two credits and the other is three credits.  Both courses are graded on a 4.0 scale.  We also offer upper-level drafting and skills courses.  When these two positions are filled, eleven full-time faculty members will teach in the program.  The program is both coordinated and collegial, and professors meet weekly to share ideas.  The professional library staff work closely with the writing faculty, especially in terms of research instruction and problem design.  A legal writing clinic is staffed with talented upper-level students who serve as Teaching Fellows.  Two other great features are an outstanding Information Technology department and a superb Faculty Support Services department.

Stetson’s legal writing faculty are active in the field.  Among other things, they have presented at LWI and ALWD meetings, publish books and articles about legal writing and other topics, regularly attend professional conferences, serve on editorial boards, and serve in leadership roles within the AALS and ABA.  One recently earned an LL.M. in international law, and another is pursing a similar degree; one recently completed an M.S. in Library Science, and one is completing a Ph.D. in educational technology.  Legal writing faculty also hold significant administrative positions, including Director of the Tampa Law Center, Special Assistant to the Dean, and Faculty Advisor for the Client Skills Board.  The Dean, the Associate Dean of Academics, and the Director of Academic Support have taught legal writing full time, as have two other members of the full-time "casebook" faculty.

We seek candidates who share the core values of the program, including strong teaching, integration of skills, individualized attention to students, and collegiality.  Stetson is also nationally recognized in the area of advocacy, and legal writing faculty participate actively as coaches for various teams.

Director of Legal Research and Writing

The Director position is a tenure-track position and carries all benefits of a regular tenure-track position at Stetson.  The position would also carry a "professor" title at the appropriate level (Assistant or Associate).  As with all faculty positions, the salary will depend on qualifications and experience, but likely would not be any lower than $85,000 on a nine-month basis.  We would expect to pay the Director commensurate with other Stetson law professors with the same amount of full-time teaching experience.  Professors on tenure-track, for up to four years before tenure, are eligible for summer scholarship grants equal to 2/11ths of their base salary.  After that, we have different grant and scholarship bonus opportunities, and summer teaching opportunities.  We also have a generous travel policy.  Because we are seeking an experienced LRW professional, credit toward tenure and the publication requirement also may be available.  The Director typically will be able to teach one upper-level writing course or one non-LRW course each semester. 

To be competitive, a candidate should have taught legal writing full-time at a law school for at least five years, have a J.D. degree, at least two years’ legal work experience outside of academia, and strong organizational and leadership skills.  Active participation in ALWD or LWI is preferred, as is prior service as a Director, Associate Director, or Assistant Director of another program.  In addition, the following skills and experience will be considered:  prior administrative experience, interpersonal skills, judicial clerkship experience, publications, and experience editing a law journal or serving on a moot court board. 

Assistant Professor of Legal Skills

We also seek an Assistant Professor of Legal Skills.  This position is a contract position, not on the tenure track.  The initial contract is for three years and may be renewed without limitation.  The selected professor will teach Legal Research and Writing in our full-time program, and in the part-time program as part of a rotation.  In addition, we anticipate that the successful candidate would coach an advocacy team and serve on a faculty committee.  For an entry-level professor without prior full-time teaching experience, it is anticipated that the nine-month base salary would be $67,000.  The salary for experienced teachers would be somewhat higher.  Because we run a summer program, the possibility of summer teaching exists (current $5,000 per credit hour).  In addition, legal writing faculty are eligible for scholarship bonuses (currently, up to $15,000 per person, per year, depending on the number of people who seek a bonus; three legal writing professors received bonuses last year).  Legal writing faculty are also encouraged to attend regional and national conferences and to become active within the profession, and these activities are supported financially.

For Additional Information, Or to Apply

For more information about these positions, please contact Professor Stephanie Vaughan, Acting Co-Director of Legal Research and Writing, at vaughan@law.stetson.edu or (727) 562-7892. 

To apply for either or both positions, please send a cover letter and current curriculum vitae to Professors Royal C. Gardner and Janice Kay McClendon, Co-Chairs, Faculty Appointments Committee, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, Florida 33707.  (gardner@law.stetson.edu or jmcclend@law.stetson.edu).  Most initial screening interviews will be conducted during the AALS 2006 Faculty recruitment Conference in Washington, D.C., on November 2-4, 2006.  We urge interested candidates to apply by September 8, 2006, although applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Disclosure - Director Position

1. The position advertised:

_X_ a. is a tenure-track appointment.

__ b. may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

__ c. may lead to successive presumptively renewable short-term contracts of one to four years that can be terminated only for cause.

__ d. has an upper-limit on the number of years a teacher may be appointed.

__ e. is part of a fellowship program for one or two years.

__ f. is a part-time appointment, or a year-to-year adjunct appointment.

2. The professor hired:

X_ a. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

__ b. will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
    

3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range checked below.

_X_a. $90,000 or more (depending on qualifications) [this is the base for a nine-month contract]

_X_ b. $80,000 to $89,999 (depending on qualifications)

__ c. $70,000 to $79,999 

__ d. $60,000 to $69,999 (depending on qualifications)

__ e. $50,000 to $59,999

__ f. $40,000 to $49,999

__ g. $30,000 to $39,999

__ h. this is a part-time appointment paying less than $30,000

__ i. this is an adjunct appointment paying less than $10,000

4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be:

_X_ a. 30 or fewer

__ b. 31 - 35

__ c. 36 – 40

__ d. 41 - 45

__ e. 46 - 50

__ f. 51 - 55

__ g. 56 - 60

__ h. more than 60

Disclosure - Assistant Professor of Legal Skills Position

1. The position advertised:

__ a. is a tenure-track appointment.

__ b. may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

__ c. may lead to successive presumptively renewable short-term contracts of one to four years that can be terminated only for cause.

__ d. has an upper-limit on the number of years a teacher may be appointed.

__ e. is part of a fellowship program for one or two years.

__ f. is a part-time appointment, or a year-to-year adjunct appointment.

OTHER:  Is a three-year contract that may be renewed for successive three-year terms without limit.  A review occurs every three years.


2. The professor hired:

__ a. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

_X_ b. will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
    

3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range checked below. (A base salary does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; nor does a base salary include conference travel or other professional development funds.)

__a. $90,000 or more

__ b. $80,000 to $89,999

_X_ c. $70,000 to $79,999 (depending on qualifications)  [this is the base for a nine-month contract]

_X_ d. $60,000 to $69,999  (depending on qualifications)

__ e. $50,000 to $59,999

__ f. $40,000 to $49,999

__ g. $30,000 to $39,999

__ h. this is a part-time appointment paying less than $30,000

__ i. this is an adjunct appointment paying less than $10,000

4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be:

__ a. 30 or fewer

__ b. 31 - 35

__ c. 36 – 40

_X_ d. 41 - 45

__ e. 46 - 50

__ f. 51 - 55

__ g. 56 - 60

__ h. more than 60


- Darby Dickerson
Vice President and Dean
Stetson University College of Law

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