Monday, December 11, 2006

job opening in Montana

The University of Montana School of law has announced an opening for a two-year Legal Writing Fellowship, to begin fall of 2007:

"The Legal Writing Fellowship provides an opportunity for a new teacher to develop pedagogical skills and scholarship in a supportive academic environment.

"A primary mission of the University of Montana School of Law is to prepare students for practice.  The law school’s Legal Writing Program is a strong contributor to that mission and has been for decades.  The writing program consists of two required courses (Legal Analysis, Legal Writing), an appellate advocacy elective, and an upper-division writing requirement.

"The Legal Writing Fellow will work with the Director of the Legal Writing Program to teach the two, required, first-year legal writing courses, and assist in the other components of the Law School’s legal writing program, including the appellate advocacy course and advanced writing requirement.  The Legal Writing Fellow will be encouraged to take part in the full range of faculty activities.  The law faculty is committed to providing a supportive environment encouraging development as a teacher and scholar. 

"Selection criteria include:
• JD degree from an ABA accredited law school
• a superior academic background
• relevant experience, including judicial clerkships, law review, moot court
• potential for effective teaching
• potential for scholarship
• the ability to work collegially with students, staff, faculty, and external constituencies of the law school
• creativity, resourcefulness, fairness, compassion, and initiative

"Applicants should submit a cover letter specifically addressing their interest in teaching and how their experience specifically qualifies them to teach in the Legal Writing Program.  Applications should also include:
• an official law school transcript;
• a current resume;
• the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

"Application materials should be sent to:
Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee
The University of Montana School of Law
32 Campus Drive # 6552
Missoula, MT 59812-6552

"The Appointments Committee will begin to review applications on February 15, 2007, and will continue to review applications until the position is filled.  For more information, please contact Professor J. Martin Burke at 406-243-4386 or  The University of Montana is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and persons with disabilities.  Position eligible for veterans’ preference in accordance with Montana law.  Finalists for this position will be subject to an appropriate background check."

Which of the following best describes the position you wish to advertise?
___ Position is tenure-track.
___ May lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.
___ May lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years.
___ Has an upper-limit on the number of years a teacher may be appointed.
_X__ Is part of a fellowship program for one or two years.
___ Is a part-time appointment, or a year-to-year adjunct appointment.

Will the person hired be permitted to vote in faculty meetings?
___ Yes
_X__  No

The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range: (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.)
___  $30,000 to $39,999
__X_  $40,000 to $49,999
___  $50,000 to $59,999
___ $60,000 to $69,999
___ $70,000 to $79,999
___  $80,000 to $89,999
___  $90,000 or more
___  Part-time appointment paying less than $30,000
___ Adjunct appointment paying less than $10,000

The person hired will teach legal writing each semester to a total number of students in the range:
___  less than 30
___ 31 to 35
___ 36 to 40
_X_ 41 to 45
___ 46 to 50
___ 51 to 55
___ 56 to 60
___ more than 60

What is the deadline for submitting resumes?
Review begins on February 15, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled."


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