Sunday, August 27, 2023

Associate Dean for Academic Success at Pittsburgh


The University of Pittsburgh School of Law invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Legal Writing, with an administrative appointment as Associate Dean for Academic Success. This position is part of a system of contracts progressing to presumptively renewable long-term contracts, separate from the University’s tenure stream. However, applicants with tenure from another institution may be eligible for a tenured appointment. The position will begin summer 2024.

The successful applicant will serve as Pitt Law’s first Associate Dean for Academic Success, overseeing the implementation of innovative strategies and programs to enhance students’ academic performance in law school and increase their likelihood of success on the bar exam. In cooperation with other members of the law school administration and the faculty, the Associate Dean for Academic Success will also help to shape the future direction of the law school’s curriculum. The position will report directly to the Dean and will supervise the Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Services (an existing staff position). The Associate Dean for Academic Success will also teach courses related to academic success, some or all of which may be writing courses.

Minimum requirements for the position include a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, excellent writing skills, an outstanding academic record, and professional experience in academic support as a counselor or teacher. Additional experience in bar exam preparation and familiarity with the NextGen bar exam are strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will be skilled at initiating and maintaining engagement with a diverse group of students, and open to input from students, administration, staff, and faculty.

Pittsburgh is consistently ranked among the most livable cities in the United States, offering 90 unique neighborhoods, a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities, and an affordable cost of living.  It boasts a vibrant modern economy, driven to a significant extent by Pitt and its neighbor, Carnegie Mellon University. The city is defined by its unique topography, including the three rivers and over 400 bridges. 

To apply, please provide a letter of interest, resume, and list of three references addressed to Professor Ben Bratman, Chair, Appointments Committee, at [email protected]. Write “Academic Success Faculty Application” in the subject line of the email. Applicants are strongly urged to submit by September 8, 2023, after which the committee will begin reviewing applications.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO/M/F/Vets/ Disabled). In furtherance of our strong institutional commitment to a diverse faculty, we particularly welcome applications from minorities, women, and others who would add diversity to our faculty.  Recruitment is subject to approval by the University’s Provost.

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