Wednesday, September 17, 2008

writing specialist job opening at Drexel

Drexel University Earl Macke School of Law  seeks applicants for the part-time, non-tenure-track position of Writing Specialist.  The Writing Specialist will provide writing advice and assistance to all law students, with particular attention to first-year students in the Legal Methods program and those upper-level students who could benefit from additional support in legal writing in preparing for the bar examination and successful practice. The Writing Specialist will work with students in individual and small group sessions, conduct workshops on writing skills, and collaborate with the Director of Legal Research and Writing, the Director of Academic Skills, and the law faculty in providing writing support to students with identified needs as well as other students seeking assistance. The Writing Specialist will help to develop and teach a legal analysis course focused on bar preparation.

Applicants should possess Bachelor’s and J.D. Degrees and have a strong academic record. A Master’s Degree in English is desirable, as is practice experience. Experience working as a writing specialist in a law school or law firm or teaching legal writing in a law school is preferred, and applicants should have demonstrated excellence in legal writing. The school seeks candidates who have the ability to work with students, both individually and in groups; strong teamwork, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills; and flexibility in scheduling to respond to times of peak student demand.

The candidate hired will have the following responsibilities: co-teach an advanced legal analysis/bar preparation class; collaborate with the Director of Legal Research and Writing, Director of Academic Skills, and faculty members to provide writing instruction and support to law students; work with students in individual and small group sessions on the mechanics of writing and legal writing skills; develop and conduct writing skills workshops; develop and administer diagnostic and proficiency tests to students identified as needing writing support and create writing profiles for students based on test results; develop teaching materials to address the specific needs of students using the services of the writing specialist; collaborate with the Drexel University Writing Center; collaborate with Drexel University English Language Center and other Drexel University resources to support non-native English speaking students with their writing; assist students with writing samples, cover letters, and resumes; develop web-based writing resources for students; maintain files and keep statistical records on students using the services of the writing specialist.

Send application by October 15, 2008, to Nancy C. Kraybill, Director of Academic Skills and Auxiliary Professor, Drexel University Earl Macke School of Law, 3320 Market Street, Suite 418, Philadelphia PA 19104. 

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