Monday, August 27, 2012

job opening at Golden Gate

Associate Professor and Director of First-Year Legal Writing and Research Program at Golden Gate University School of Law

Golden Gate University School of Law invites applications to fill an anticipated tenured/tenure-track faculty position as Associate Professor and Director of First-Year Legal Writing and Research Program beginning fall 2013 and seeks applications from candidates with a record of scholarly distinction (or significant promise) as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching. 

Golden Gate offers students a three-semester, seven-credit required writing program. The Director is responsible for administering the first-year component of the program, consisting of two credits in the fall and three credits in the spring.  Students take Appellate Advocacy in the second year. This course is part of Golden Gate’s Advanced Legal Writing Program, which is administered separately from the first-year program.    

The first-year program serves approximately 260 students in day and evening sections.  Individual sections of fewer than 20 students are taught by adjuncts and full-time faculty.  The Director hires, trains, and supervises the adjunct faculty; updates the syllabus; prepares lesson plans; and creates the major writing assignments used in all sections.  The Director works closely with the law librarians to develop the research portions of the course.  In addition, the Director coordinates a variety of activities with Student Services, Law Career Services, the Registrar, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  The Director is responsible for teaching one section of the course. 


Candidates must have a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school.  Candidates should also have at least four years experience teaching in such a program and preferably would have experience directing such a program.  Applicants should have a distinguished academic background and should be able to demonstrate strong organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills. 

Golden Gate is a private university located in downtown San Francisco with a strong commitment to public interest, practical and clinical education, and advancing diversity within the legal profession.  Golden Gate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that reinforce these practices.  The University welcomes and encourages applications from women, minorities, people of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI community.

Interested persons should submit a vitae and other relevant materials to the law school via email (preferred) to:; by mail to Associate Professor Laura A. Cisneros, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, Golden Gate University School of Law, 536 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.  Applications received by October 1, 2012 are assured consideration.  Additional information about Golden Gate University School of law is available at:


1.  The position advertised:
_X_   a.   is a tenure-track appointment.

2.  The professor hired:
     _X_   a.   will 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; a base salary does not include conference travel or other professional development funds.)

_X__ over $120,000

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
     _X_   b.   31 - 35
     __   c.   36 - 40      


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