Professor of Practice in Experiential Learning

Employer
UNT Dallas
Location
Dallas, TX
Posted
Apr 04, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Requisition Number FAC - 201000000242
Job Title Professor of Practice in Experiential Learning
Job Description
The UNT Dallas College of Law welcomes applications for a full time faculty member who will serve as Professor of Practice in Experiential Learning UNT Dallas College of Law.

This position will provide academic instruction and assistance in the development of experiential courses and programs within the entire J.D. curriculum. The position will have significant responsibility for the instruction and supervision of the externship program.

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; and

(5) serving as a valuable partner with the legal profession and the DFW community.

NATURE OF POSITION AND APPOINTMENT

The faculty appointment will commence as early as June 1, 2018 in the summer 2018 academic semester. Under the policies of the UNT Dallas College of Law, a Professor of Practice is an appointment for a fixed term reserved for individuals who have a particular expertise in a given area based on experience and practice. This appointment may be renewed at the sole discretion of the College of Law based on an annual evaluation. Individuals appointed in this position are not eligible for tenure. The initial term of this appointment will be one year.

EXPECTATIONS
The person holding this appointment will have a role in shaping and implementing the College of Law's experiential education programs and activities. The person will be expected to identify and develop placements for externships; assist with training of field supervisors; and be the lead instructor on the classroom component of externship placements. The person will also:
• Work with the Director and Assistant Director of Experiential Education and other faculty to identify experiential opportunities for students; to assist in the development of training and instructional materials for the experiential programs; to assist in the provision of training to field supervisors; and to provide instruction in corresponding courses.
• Utilize knowledge of the Dallas Fort Worth legal community to engage in outreach activities to identify and recruit practicing attorneys to lend their knowledge and insight to the experiential programs.
• Draw upon familiarity with the Dallas Fort Worth community to identify and establish student experiential opportunities.
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.

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
The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:
  • J.D. degree.
  • Have been licensed by the State of Texas for a minimum of three years and be currently in good standing with the bar.
  • A minimum of three years' active practice of law.
  • Knowledge of the Dallas-Fort Worth legal community.
  • Involved participation with legal professional organizations and non-profit associations in the Dallas-Fort Worth community.
  • Commitment to the goals of the College of Law and its curricular and instructional methods and goals.

Preferred Qualifications
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:
  • Supervisory experience, especially supervision of junior attorneys and/or paralegals.
  • Experience in provision of legal service to indigent and/or low income communities.

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

As per Academic Schedule


Substitution of Experience/Education No
Start Date
Ending Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must submit a resume, statement of teaching philosophy and a list of three professional references with their online application.


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  3. * Do you have a J.D. degree?
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  4. * Have been licensed by the State of Texas for a minimum of three years and currently in good standing with the bar?
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  5. * Do you have a minimum of three years' active practice of law?
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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. References
  3. Teaching philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter

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