Friday, September 18, 2020
Lincoln Memorial University
Academic Success and Bar Preparation Faculty
Duncan School of Law— Knoxville, Tennessee
Reports to: Associate Dean for Student Learning
Department: Law Classification: Faculty
Division: Academic Affairs Date: August 27, 2020
Candidate Information: The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee (“LMU Law”) is seeking applications to fill a non-tenure track faculty position as Assistant Professor of Law in the Academic Success Program, starting January 1, 2021. LMU Law is a student-centered institution with the mission of improving access to legal services in Appalachia and other underserved regions. The school has a rigorous, practice-focused curriculum that is designed to emphasize student learning outcomes, maintain high bar passage rates, and ensure that its students have the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive contribution to their communities as lawyers and leaders.
LMU Law’s Academic Success Program is designed to benefit all students, enabling them to succeed throughout law school, preparing them to pass the bar exam, and equipping them to practice law at the highest levels. Members of the Academic Success Program faculty teach courses that are designed to introduce, reinforce, and develop skills to enable students to be successful in law school and beyond. Faculty also work with students one-on-one to provide individualized instruction and coaching.
Finalists for this position will be asked to make a presentation to the law school faculty as part of the selection process. LMU Law is an equal opportunity employer that prioritizes inclusion and cultural competence and therefore strongly encourages racial, ethnic and sexual minorities to apply. LMU Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. Its home is the historic Old City Hall building in the heart of downtown Knoxville, which offers a high quality of life and excellent cultural and recreational opportunities, including proximity to several state and national parks.
Job Summary: The non-tenure track faculty member, in coordination and collaboration with the Director of Academic Success & Assessment and the Associate Dean for Student Learning, shall have the primary responsibilities of teaching and assisting in the development of academic success and bar preparation courses, workshops, and other programming and resources. This position is a non-tenure track, term appointment as an Assistant Professor of Law with year-round service and instruction obligations.
Councils and Committees: The faculty member shall serve on university and law school councils and committees as elected or appointed.
Duties and Responsibilities: *Work collaboratively with the Director of Academic Success & Assessment, the Associate Dean for Student Learning, the faculty, and other departments to promote the academic success of LMU Law students and graduates from pre-matriculation to bar passage; *teach courses for first-year and upper-level students focusing on the development of academic skills, including, but not limited to, class preparation, time management, case briefing, rule synthesis, outlining, systematic problem-solving skills, and exam writing; *teach other courses as assigned; *meet with and counsel students on their academic progress, including providing one-on-one tutoring; *provide tailored advising, coaching, instruction, and referrals to address barriers and develop essential skills for law school and bar success, as requested; *assist in the development and oversight of the execution of individualized remediation plans; *assist in the coordination and oversight of LMU Law’s peer-led academic success program; *develop and help teach sessions in LMU Law’s pre-matriculation and orientation programs, in coordination with appropriate law school departments; *develop and teach group instructional sessions on the skills and information needed for success at LMU Law; *promote LMU Law’s mission to all faculty, staff, students and to the community at large; *promote effective working relationships among faculty, staff and students; * *comply with the university Faculty/Staff Policy Manual and other announced requirements; *engage in professional development; *provide committee service; *attend department, school and university faculty meetings; *participate in community and public service opportunities; *attend commencement activities; *participate in annual faculty evaluation; *complete required institutional and program accreditation reports and other reports necessary for the operation and advancement of the University; and *perform other duties as assigned.
Faculty Scholarship Expectation: Because this is a year-round position, research and scholarship obligations, other than those necessary to fulfill instruction and service obligations, are not required. However, to advance in rank or term of contract, scholarship and research performance, as defined by the Faculty/Staff Policy Manual and the LMU Law Supplement is necessary and will be considered.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: *ability to work collaboratively and independently; *effective oral and written communication with individuals and large groups.
Qualifications: Required: *Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA-accredited law school; *a demonstrated ability to devise, coordinate, and implement innovative programming; *bar membership in any U.S. jurisdiction (can be inactive); *teaching experience with adult learners; *experience giving effective presentations in one-on-one, small group, and large class settings; *knowledge of learning and teaching strategies for law students; *experience working with, and demonstrated commitment to supporting, diverse populations.
Preferred: *personal record of strong academic achievement; *demonstrated commitment to working with students, inside and outside the classroom, to improve their academic and
bar exam performance; *experience in data collection, data management, and basic statistics; *at least three years of law practice or judicial clerking experience.