Saturday, August 19, 2023

Tenure Track Position at Washburn

WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applicants for the tenure-track position of Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage, beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year. Washburn Law has a unitary tenure-track with scholarship support including summer writing stipends, year-round research assistants, and funding for travel to conferences. This nine-month tenured/tenure-track position is one of five open tenured/tenure-track positions in the School of Law.  The posting is here.

The Director will design a comprehensive academic enrichment program for law students, supervise other academic support professionals, teach in the academic enrichment program, direct the provision of a full range of academic enrichment services, and supervise the bar passage program. The successful candidate will have taught in a student success program, will be experienced in developing or teaching in bar exam support programs, and will have the ability to report on assessments and outcomes. It is anticipated the successful candidate will also teach selected courses as assigned. The selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to pursuing teaching excellence, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.

Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution located in the metropolitan setting of Topeka that has earned national recognition for its high-impact programs for first-generation students. Washburn has a student body of over 5,550 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, a significant and growing number of whom are first generation and Pell-Grant eligible. The University has created educational pathways for all students to be successful and achieve their educational goals.

The Washburn campus is located blocks from the historic state capitol. Topeka features affordable housing; beautiful, historic neighborhoods with well-maintained parks; and a nationally recognized public library. It is also the home of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Site.

Washburn University School of Law moved into its new, state-of-the-art building in July 2023. The building features classrooms equipped with up-to-date recording technology, including closed captioning; a green room recording studio; and beautiful trial and appellate courtrooms.

Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive working environment and curriculum. We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, supportive leadership team, and a healthy work/life balance. At Washburn, we strive to ensure a campus climate that supports the success of every employee and appreciates the unique skills and expertise each contributes to serving our students.

Essential Functions:
• The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling teaching expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment, teaching a full workload as outlined in the faculty handbook. They will administer and teach the academic enrichment and bar passage program and other courses as assigned.
• The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling scholarship expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment.
• The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling service expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment.

Required Qualifications:
• JD degree from an ABA accredited law school.
• Demonstrated commitment to academic enrichment and bar passage.
• Demonstrated commitment to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.
• Demonstrated commitment to institutional service.
• Demonstrated potential for scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Training or experience appropriate to teach complementary courses.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please upload a letter of interest as part of your application. Contact information for three professional references will also be collected as part of the application. If you have questions about the position please contact Professor Michelle Ewert, Chair faculty recruitment committee, at [email protected]. The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check prior to hire. Official transcripts required once hired.

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