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Friday, May 11, 2018

Faculty and Director of Academic Success Position at Southern Illinois


Faculty Position: Director of the Academic Success Program

Southern Illinois University School of Law

Southern Illinois University School of Law is an outstanding, small public law school that provides its students with an optimal mix of theoretical and experiential educational opportunities in a student-centered environment in order to prepare them for a changing legal profession in a global environment. SIU School of Law seeks to fill a full time, 9-month, tenure-track or tenured position in the area of academic support beginning in the 2018 - 2019 academic year.

Rank & Title: Director of the Academic Success Program — Full, Associate, or Assistant Professor of Law.

Minimum Qualifications:  The Juris Doctor degree or its equivalent from a nationally accredited law school, and an outstanding law school academic record. Factors to be considered in assessing the academic record include: rank in class, selectivity of the J.D. degree (or its equivalent) granting institution, honors received, and other factors relevant to academic performance.  To be eligible for appointment at the Full or Associate Professor level, the candidate must have prior law school teaching experience and an established record of scholarship and contributions to the profession.  Full or Associate Professor candidates should be able to meet the requirements for promotion and tenure on the faculty of the School of Law.

Preferred Qualifications: An advanced degree in education theory or a related discipline or one or more years of experience in a law school academic support program. Experience in student counseling, academic support, bar exam preparation, legal writing and analysis, or remedial teaching is preferred.

Duties & Responsibilities: The Director of the Academic Success Program will direct the School of Law’s program of academic support, which includes a first-year program of academic success, support for upper level students, and a bar preparation program. The Director will lead the School of Law’s Academic Success Program team, which currently includes both a full-time academic support specialist and a full-time bar preparation specialist.

The Director will also have responsibility for: (a) teaching at least two classroom courses per academic year to be negotiated with the Dean, (b) research and publication involving legal analysis of a high quality; (c) committee and other service work within the law school; and (d) university and public service.  The Director’s responsibilities will also include working with the Academic Success Program team to oversee program-led (or program-initiated) study groups, offer workshops, counsel students, monitor student progress through the curriculum, and work with students on an individual basis. The Director will also work with School of Law faculty and administration to analyze academic achievement and bar examination results and develop strategies to maximize academic success and bar passage.  The Director’s position is a full time, tenured or tenure-track position based on a nine-month contract.

To apply: Applications should be submitted electronically to or by mail to the address below.  Electronic applications preferred.  A completed application will require a letter of application, a resumé, and the contact information for three references.  The letter should be addressed to:

Mark Schultz, Chair, Personnel Committee

C/O Patty Lynn

Southern Illinois University School of Law

Mail Code 6804

1150 Douglas Drive

Carbondale, Illinois  62901

Deadline for application: May 11, 2018, or until position is filled.

SIU Carbondale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population.  All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

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