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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Job Listing-St. Mary's Law (May be Tenure Track!)

St. Mary’s University
School of Law

St. Mary’s University School of Law invites applications for the position of Academic Support Professor.  The law faculty has recently voted to create a faculty position that can begin on June 1, 2009.  The person filling this new, full-time position will be a member of the law faculty with multi-year contracts and the opportunity to apply for tenure-track if interested and suitably qualified.  The salary for the position of academic support professor will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the person employed, and also comparable to salaries paid tenure-track teachers with similar experience.

St. Mary’s University School of Law is located in the City of San Antonio.  The city is known for its tourist attractions, but also boasts a multi-cultural environment with an active legal and business community.  The Law School seeks to serve the South Texas region of the state, but also enrolls a geographically diverse student body. 

The Academic Support Professor will be responsible for designing and administering the academic support programs as required by the law faculty.  These tasks will be undertaken with the support and supervision of the Academic Support Committee of the law faculty.  We want programs that help our students improve their study, analytical, and test-taking skills so they will obtain the greatest benefit from the educational opportunity offered at the Law School.  Our broader goal is to help students prepare themselves for law school, for success in passing the bar exam, and for the competent and ethical practice of law.

The Academic Support Professor will work with law school faculty and administrators to support first-year students in adjusting successfully to law school and to enhance the educational development of second- and third year students.  Depending on interest and qualifications (and subject to faculty approval), the Academic Support Professor may also occasionally teach academic or skills courses within the law school. In addition, the Law School encourages and will provide support for the Academic Support Professor to engage in research and professional development activities in the academic support field.

A juris doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school is a desirable qualification. An applicant should also have a strong academic record.  In addition, an applicant should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and should have considerable (3-5 years) experience with an existing law school academic support program.  An applicant will be asked to provide a written description of the programs he or she would design for our students and make an oral presentation on that subject to the faculty.
Professor Laurie Zimet of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, has agreed to act as consultant to the Law School during the search.  To apply, send your resume with a cover letter by mail to Professor David Dittfurth, One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, Texas 78228, or by email to  <> .  If you have questions, please call David Dittfurth at one of the following: (210) 431-2206; 824-6718; or 316-7483.     Applications will be received at any time beginning on January 12, 2009, and continue until the position is filled.
St. Mary’s University School of Law is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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