Thursday, May 20, 2010

ASP job opening

This announcement is not for a legal writing job, but perhaps some of our readers will know good candidates and encourage them to apply:

Pepperdine University School of Law is currently accepting applications for the position of Director of the law school’s Academic Success Program, to begin August 1, 2010.  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 Deans for Academics and Student Life and will closely supervise the ASP student teaching fellows. 

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

·    Hiring individual student teaching fellows to serve in each of the first-year courses

·    Conducting orientation and training programs for the student teaching fellows at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters

·    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.

·    Coordinating and supervising the fall and spring semester student teaching fellow-led review sessions and office hours

·    Teaching the spring semester Supplemental Torts course 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, including feedback on student teaching fellows

·    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

·    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 of renewal.

Applicants should email a statement of interest, in the form of a cover letter, and resume to Jim Gash, Associate Dean for Student Life, at  Any questions also should be directed to Dean Gash.

hat tip:  Selina Farrell


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