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Director of Academic Success at University of Baltimore

Director of Academic Success/Professor of the Practice

School of Law

Vacancy Number 301110

Position Type: Faculty position with full, competitive benefits package
Opens: 12/18/20     Closes: Open Until Filled

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications

The University of Baltimore School of Law is a dynamic public institution with a commitment to providing students access to law school and the legal profession. The School of Law seeks a Director of Academic Success who will hold the non-tenured faculty rank of Professor of the Practice. In this 12-month position, s/he will develop programming and teach academic success skills with a student-centered approach. In collaboration with the Director of Bar Success, the Professor/Director will teach and shape the administrative direction of the School of Law’s academic success programming. The Director will be part of the School of Law’s Office of Academic Affairs.

Electronic applications are required.  Before starting or submitting your application, save the documents the academic team requires: Curriculum Vitae and cover letter. PDFs are preferred; Word documents are acceptable.

The duties of the Professor/Director will include: 

• Developing and implementing academic support programming for 1L and 2L students, including programming for at-risk students

• Teaching the School of Law’s highly successful, small-section mandatory academic support course for at-risk 2L students, Rules and Reasoning

• Collaborating with the Director of Bar Success to create and administer programs that support academic and bar exam success

• Collaborating with faculty and staff to identify and support students

• Collecting data regarding academic success

• Providing academic counseling

• Participating in the national community of academic success professionals and ensuring the School of Law is consistent with Best Practices in legal education

• Performing other duties as a member of the Academic Affairs team. 

Key Responsibilities 

Design and teach courses to support law student academic success.

• Teach the School of Law’s small-section mandatory academic support course for at-risk 2L students, Rules and Reasoning

• Collaborate with appropriate faculty committees to propose revisions to existing courses and propose new courses as necessary to address academic success issues

Develop and implement academic skills workshops and programming and counsel students. 

• Act as a liaison between the School of Law and bar exam authorities.

• Plan, coordinate, staff, teach workshops, and work directly with incoming and current law students to support their academic success.

• Offer resources to faculty members regarding teaching techniques and assessments that enhance academic skill-building and legal analysis.

• Advise and assist identified students with course selection and their academic program.

Collect data and stay current on best practices in academic success and bar readiness.

• In connection with other law school faculty and staff members, gather and analyze data on all aspects of academic support programs to help inform and develop them, with a continuing goal of improving students’ success in law school and on the bar exam.   

• Stay abreast and regularly inform the deans and faculty of best practices and trends in law school academic success and bar support programs, and perform other activities in service to the law school, such as committee and task force work related to student academic success. 

• Attend national conferences and participate in the greater community of experts in the field of academic support and readiness for the profession.

• Draft reports, as necessary, regarding student performance, academic skill-building and effective strategies, and other relevant aspects of student academic outcomes.

Support activities in the Office of Academic Affairs such as:

• Exam administration

• Student advising

• Orientation programs for entering students

• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

Education: A Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school or its equivalent

Experience:

• License to practice law in at least one U.S. state or the District of Columbia

• Prior academic or bar support teaching experience, or an equivalent combination of three years of practice experience and adjunct teaching.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Previous experience in academic support, legal writing, or other law school teaching; 

• Scholarship in learning theory and academic support; 

• Experience in the practice of law

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

• Knowledge of law school curriculum and best practices for law teaching. 

• Familiarity with ABA regulations and bar admission requirements. 

• Ability to work independently and collaboratively with students, adjunct and full-time faculty, and administrators.

• Creative approach to problem solving 

• Experience implementing new programs with specific, measurable goals.

• Experience working effectively with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.

• Experience collecting, interpreting, and analyzing data.  

• Ability to handle confidential information, collaborate with colleagues, and exhibit good judgment when interfacing with students, staff, and faculty.

Please review the following information before you apply. Questions regarding the electronic application should be directed to ubhrcareers@ubalt.edu.

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