Saturday, October 1, 2022
LMU LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL invites applications for a full-time position of Director of Academic Success to lead Loyola Law School’s Academic Success Program (ASP), which helps JD students, especially those who are struggling academically, succeed in law school and graduate. The Director of Academic Success reports to the Associate Dean for Faculty and collaborates with various departments and directors, including the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion and the Director of Bar Programs, as well as the faculty who teach in the Program. Responsibilities of the Director of Academic Success include:
- Providing academic support and counseling to ASP students and students who are at academic risk on a range of issues including law school skills, academic policies, graduation requirements, and course planning.
- Developing and implementing academic success programming, including but not limited to workshops for 1Ls on law school skills and individual or group meetings with ASP students and students who are at academic risk to help them improve their academic performance.
- Teaching and coordinating the curriculum for Loyola’s one-semester, 3-unit Law & Process course, which teaches legal analysis, examination, and practice skills in the context of the study of privacy torts and is designed to build law school and bar examination skills. Law & Process faculty collaborate to ensure a uniform core curriculum and assessment approach but retain substantial academic freedom to develop and teach their own classes. Depending on the interest of the candidate and needs of the law school, the teaching package could also include teaching Legal Research and Writing (LRW), a 4-unit year-long course that introduces 1Ls to legal research, writing, and analysis.
- Teaching in Loyola’s three-week Summer Institute Program, which is an academic program during the summer for approximately 40 incoming students that builds essential law school skills (i.e., legal reasoning, analytical skills, and writing skills) and develops a sense of community among students and faculty.
- Collecting and analyzing data and developing reports regarding the academic performance of ASP students including assessing student performance, effectiveness of academic interventions, and graduation and retention rates.
- Developing a comprehensive communication strategy to inform JD students about ASP workshops, resources, counseling, and requirements, including developing and maintaining content for the ASP webpage.
- JD from an ABA-accredited law school and admission to a state bar.
- Three to five years of practice and/or teaching experience.
- Ability to handle confidential information, exhibit good judgment, communicate clearly and effectively, and work collaboratively with a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and external audiences.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and meet deadlines.
Strong preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications and experience:
- Experience in academic support programs at the law-school level.
- Ability to think imaginatively and critically about techniques to improve law students’ academic performance, and to design, implement, and manage innovative programs to promote that performance.
- A strong understanding of the conceptual frameworks of growth mindset, stereotype threat, and belonging.
Salary and rank are commensurate with experience.
Loyola is in the middle of Los Angeles’ thriving academic, cultural, and commercial center. Our network of almost twenty-thousand alums has consistently yielded the highest number of Superior Court judges in the state and Southern California’s highest number of Super Lawyers. For more, see www.lls.edu. We boast over twenty live-client clinics and an award-winning trial advocacy program.
Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating an interest in the position, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, the names of three references, a writing sample, and any teaching evaluations from the last two years via this link. Applications should be submitted by October 16, 2022, but applications will be accepted and reviewed after that date until the position is filled. Our goal is to make hiring decisions by the end of 2022. Loyola is an equal employment opportunity institution actively working to promote a diverse learning community. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment. We enthusiastically encourage all persons of diverse and intersectional identities, life experiences, and beliefs to apply.