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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, October 5, 2018

Director of Academic Achievement Position at U of Denver

Professor of the Practice of Law (Open Rank) - Sturm College of Law

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Job Description

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law seeks applications from experienced entry-level or lateral candidates at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Professor of the Practice of Law to teach in its innovative Academic Achievement Program, beginning in August 2019. Responsibilities in this position will include: administering, supervising, and overseeing the law schools comprehensive Academic Achievement Program (to include the first-year academic support program); teaching academic support/bar passage courses; identifying, advising and counseling students on academic support matters; measuring, assessing, evaluating, and improving the effectiveness of the law school's academic support program; and collaborating with other faculty and staff members dedicated to the professional achievement of students and graduates, including the Director of the law school's Bar Passage Program.

Essential Functions

Key responsibilities for the position include:

  • Teaching foundational academic skills to first-year students in both classroom and workshop settings.
  • Counseling students regarding their academic performance. 
  • Providing writing support for students across a range of academic settings.
  • Teaching upper-level classes in legal analysis.
  • Teaching a course in the Bar Success Program and working individually with students preparing for the bar examination.
  • Supervising student assistants.
  • Providing additional services (in collaboration with other faculty and staff colleagues) to enhance the academic success of students.

The initial term is one academic year with the possibility of renewal based on job performance and pedagogical needs.

Required Qualifications

  • J.D. (or their equivalent).
  • Outstanding academic records.
  • Relevant professional experience. 
  • Strong conceptual understanding of legal pedagogy and the learning sciences.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, writing, and speaking skills.
  • Proficiency in data collection and analysis.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Capacity to make outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching and service.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in education, psychology, counseling or a related field.
  • Record of conference presentations and/or publications in the field of academic support.

Application Deadline

Application review will begin on Friday, October 19, 2018, early submissions are advised. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. Inquiries about this position can be made to the Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, Professor Tamara Kuennen at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three References
  4. Teaching Statement

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is an affirmative action employer and that age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law are not taken into account in any employment decision.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

SCOL-JD Instruction (189400)
Position Type

AASE Questionnaire:

1. The position advertised:
X a. is a full-time appointment.
___ b. is a part-time appointment.
2. 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 to successive short-term contracts of one to four years. (Full Time Position)
___ 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 an adjunct appointment.
___ g. is a year-to-year appointment.
___ h. is a one-year visitorship.
___ i. is for at will employment.
Additional information, question 2:
The position is within the university’s non-tenured track professor of the practice faculty series.
3. The person hired:
___ a. will be permitted to vote on all matters at faculty meetings.
X b. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings on matters except those pertaining to hiring,
tenure, and promotion.
___ c. will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
Additional information, question 3:
The position includes governance rights on matters related to hiring and promoting non-tenure
track faculty members.
4. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base compensation in the range
checked below. (A base compensation does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams,
teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; a base compensation does not include
conference travel or other professional development funds.)
___ a. over $120,000
___ b. $110,000 - $119,999
___ c. $100,000 - $109,999
X d. $90,000 - $99,999
X e. $80,000 - $89,999
___ f. $70,000 - $79,999
___ g. $60,000 - $69,999
___ h. $50,000 - $59,999
___ i. $40, 000-49,999
___ j. $10,000 - $39,000.
___ k. less than $10,000.
Additional information, question 4:
Competitive compensation package based on experience.
5. The person hired will have the title of:
___ a. Associate Dean (including Dean of Students).
___ b. Assistant Dean.
X c. Director.
___ d. Associate Director.
___ e. Assistant Director.
___ f. Professor – Full, Associate, or Assistant (tenure track).
___ g. Professor – Full, Associate, or Assistant (clinical tenure track or its equivalent).
X h. Professor – Full, Associate, or Assistant (neither tenure track nor clinical tenure track).
___ i. no title.
Additional information, question 5:
The person hired will serve as Director of the Academic Achievement Program within the nontenured
track professor of the practice faculty series (assistant, associate, or full).
6. Job responsibilities include (please check all that apply):
X a. working with students whose predicators (LSAT and University GPA) suggest they will
struggle to excel in law school.
X b. working with students who performed relatively poorly on their law school examinations
or other assessments.
X c. working with diverse students.
___ d. managing orientation.
X e. teaching ASP-related classes (case briefing, synthesis, analysis, etc.).
X f. teaching bar-exam related classes.
X g. working with students on an individual basis.
___ h. teaching other law school courses.
Additional information, question 6:
Job responsibilities include participating in orientation. The position may also include teaching
a remedial 2L legal analysis academic course that is part of the bar passage program.
7. The person hired will be present in the office:
X a. 9-10 month appointment
___ b. Year round appointment (works regularly in the summer months).
Additional information, question 7:
8. The person hired is required to publish, in some form, in order to maintain employment.
___ a. Yes.
X b. No.
Additional information, question 8:
9. The person hired will report to:
___ a. the Dean of the Law School.
X b. an Associate Dean.
___ c. the Director of the Academic Support Department.
___ d. a Faculty Committee.
Additional information, question 9:
The person will meet regularly with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the Director of the
Bar Passage Program, and other faculty members and law school administrators.

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