Thursday, January 31, 2013
Posted on behalf of Professor Jim Gibson from University of Richmond School of Law:
First-Year Legal Writing Professors
The University of Richmond School of Law is hiring up to five full-time legal writing professors to help build and to teach in our newly redesigned legal writing program for first-year students. The program has been revamped to emphasize core principles of communication and expository writing, such as clarity and structure, and is based on the work of Stephen Armstrong and Timothy Terrell (see Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing). The program will also teach legal analysis and, in conjunction with our law library faculty, legal research.
The first-year legal writing course is part of a two-year required skills program that falls under the general oversight of the faculty Curriculum Committee and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. It will not have a separate director. Each professor will teach approximately 30 to 35 first-year students and may also play a role in the upper-level skills program once the first-year course is fully established. Appointments are by nine-month renewable contract and allow for long-term security of position. The legal writing professors will have faculty status within the law school and the university, participate fully in faculty governance, and have voting privileges.
The ideal candidate will have a law degree, a passion for teaching, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in legal writing, a collaborative nature, and a willingness to embrace innovative pedagogy. Experience as a writing instructor is a plus, but we welcome applications from both inside and outside the academy.
We will accept applications beginning immediately. Starting dates are flexible, but newly hired faculty will begin teaching in August 2013, with a substantial period for preparation beforehand. Applicants should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the chair of the legal writing appointments committee, Professor Jim Gibson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The University of Richmond is a private, highly selective institution with a $1.8 billion endowment. The School of Law features a collegial and collaborative environment, with widespread support for innovation in teaching and scholarship. Both the University and the School of Law are committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body and to supporting an inclusive campus community. We encourage applications from candidates who will contribute to these goals.
1. The position advertised:
__ a. is a tenure-track appointment.
_X b. may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.
__ c. may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years.
__ 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.
Additional information about job security or terms of employment, any applicable
term limits, and whether the position complies with ABA Standard 405(c):
Complies with 405(c). Appointment will be three renewable one-year terms, followed by a three-year term, followed by successive five-year terms with presumptive renewal.
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 othercourses, or teaching in summer school; nor does a base salary include conference travel or other professional development funds.)
__ a. $90,000 or more
_X b. $80,000 to $89,999
__ c. $70,000 to $79,999
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