Adjunct Faculty for Legal Writing

Employer
UNT Dallas
Location
Dallas, TX
Posted
Jun 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Requisition Number FAC - 201000000206
Job Title Adjunct Faculty for Legal Writing
Job Description
The UNT Dallas College of Law welcomes applications for Adjunct Faculty for Legal Writing who would teach in the spring of 2017. Individuals appointed to these positions will teach legal writing workshops in the spring semester. The ideal candidate will have substantial practice experience in the area of legal writing as well as high strong academic credentials.

The UNT Dallas College of Law is a new public law school whose inaugural class started in fall 2014. The College of Law currently has, and plans to continue having, one full-time section of approximately 80-90 students, and one part-time evening division of between 40-60 students. For the near-term, each entering class will include a day section and an evening section of approximately these sizes.

The College of Law's goals are: (1} widening access to legal education for those who could be superb legal professionals but who cannot realistically access a legal education given factors including location, cost, and the current role of the LSAT in admission to and financing of law school; (2} providing an educational program focused on excellence in developing practice-related competencies, through a curriculum mapped to those competencies and using best instructional practices, including multiple formative and summative assessment throughout, engaged class design, and a spectrum of experiential education; (3) creating opportunity for our students by keeping tuition and debt low and producing graduates with high value and ability in multiple segments of the market for legal services; (4} becoming a national leader in advancing understanding of best legal education practices, of professional formation, and of the relationship between legal education and the evolving practice and business of law; (5} improving access to justice for underserved legal needs; and (6} serving as a valuable partner in civic engagement with the City of Dallas and the North Texas region.

NATURE OF POSITION AND APPOINTMENT

The appointments will be as Adjunct Faculty to teach Legal Writing workshops during the spring 2017 semester. Legal writing adjuncts will be assigned to teach either the part-time or full-time workshops, which be held as follows: Thursdays 9:25 am-10:15 am (full-time program) or Wednesdays from 6:15- 7:05 pm (part-time program).

AREAS OF TEACHING

The College of Law seeks faculty with interest and demonstrated ability to teach legal writing.

EXPECTATIONS

Adjunct faculty members will be a critical part of the College of Law' learning community, and will be involved in curricular and co-curricular activities and programs relating to student learning and professional formation throughout law school.

Because the educational program will strive for excellence in developing practice-related competencies, adjunct faculty members will be expected to follow the instructional and curricular practices of the College of Law, including use of the Canvas Learning Management System, learning outcomes, multiple assessments, and research and writing modules within a course, as appropriate, with support from other faculty as well as research librarians. The College of Law will support adjunct faculty in these areas by providing training, course design expertise, and learning management system support.

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit- and takes actions to prevent- discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and
admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Minimum Qualifications
• J.D. degree

• Superb academic and professional qualifications

• Extensive legal writing experience.

• Practice experience that is sufficiently extensive and high quality to be a foundation for teaching in the College of Law's educational program

• Demonstrated ability to achieve excellence in teaching and in guiding and mentoring as to professional formation of students

• Commitment to the goals of the College of Law and its curricular and instructional methods and goals

Preferred Qualifications
Physical requirements necessary to perform essential job functions
Work is primarily sedentary. Sits comfortably to do the work; however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, or lifting items weighing up to 15 pounds.

Driving University Vehicle? No
Work Schedule
Substitution of Experience/Education No
Start Date 01/02/2017
Ending Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Candidates should submit the following:
  • Resume
  • Letter of application. The letter should address the applicant's qualifications to further the law school's teaching, scholarship, and service goals; in addition, the letter should address the candidate's areas of content expertise.
  • Contact information for 5 references.


Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  2. Please specify source from above
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  3. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+
  4. * Do you have previous higher education experience?
    • Yes
    • No



Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. References
  4. Writing sample
Optional Documents
  1. Veteran Preference (DD-214)
  2. Curriculum Vitae

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