Thursday, November 20, 2014

Director for the Academic Resource Center Position at Seattle University

Seattle University School of Law invites applications to serve as the Director for the Academic Resource Center (ARC), ideally beginning on June 1, 2015.  ARC is a nationally renowned academic support program, which is known for its commitment to providing access to the legal profession. The ARC program’s dual purpose is to support the diverse and non-traditional students admitted through SU’s Access Admission Program so they excel in law school and beyond, as well as to provide general academic support and bar preparation assistance to the entire student body. The ideal candidate will have expertise and experience in providing academic support for law students, as well as teaching excellence and administrative capability. 

The director reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and supervises three staff members (ARC Associate Director, ARC Assistant Director, and Director of Bar Studies) as well as a team of law student teaching assistants. The director will oversee and evaluate the instructional and programmatic activities of the ARC to implement a comprehensive series of student academic support services that facilitate student academic success and retention, and that support law faculty teaching. The director will teach the intensive summer course for Access Admission students, as well as other academic support-related courses and study strategy workshops. The director is expected to be a supportive link between faculty, teaching assistants, and students by handling questions and helping resolve academic-related problems. The director is also expected to help create and maintain an open and welcoming environment for students and provide advice and counsel to students on issues related to their academic success. In addition, the director works collaboratively with other law school student service departments to provide comprehensive student educational services, oversees ARC Access Admission Alumni events and programs, and actively represents the ARC and School of Law with the Washington State Bar Association, local specialty associations, and national organizations.

This position may be a tenure-track/tenured, long-term contract, or an administrative staff appointment, depending on experience and expertise.  Tenure-track Assistant, Associate or Full Professor appointees are responsible for teaching, maintaining an active research/scholarship agenda and providing service to the School and University.  Contract Assistant, Associate or Professor of Lawyering Skills faculty are responsible for teaching, professional development and community service to the School and University.   

Required:  J.D. from an ABA-accredited institution and license to practice;

Preferred: An advanced degree in a field related to education. 

Seattle University School of Law educates ethical lawyers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding professional skills and their dedication to law in the service of justice. Faculty, students and staff form a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and humane world. The Law School’s commitment to academic distinction is grounded in its Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection and concern for personal growth. Our rigorous educational program is characterized by innovation, creativity and technological sophistication, and we prepare our graduates for a wide range of successful and rewarding careers in law, business and public service.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 48 acres on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. More than 7,700 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools. U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015” ranks Seattle University among the top 10 universities in the West that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer. 

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Interested applicants should submit applications online at, and include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for at least three references. The cover letter should be addressed to Professor Catherine O’Neill, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, and should describe the applicant’s educational philosophy, commitment to diversity in the legal profession, and how the applicant believes the ARC mission of providing access and support to students from under-represented populations furthers the mission of the Seattle University School of Law.  For full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 15, 2015.  Open until filled.

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