Professor of Practice
Requisition Number FAC - 201000000283
Job Title Professor of Practice
The University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law invites applications for the position of Professor of Practice.
ABOUT UNT DALLAS COLLEGE OF LAW
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.
The University - the first four-year public institution of higher education in the city - seeks an individual who will help shape the character of a 21st century, teaching-focused university. Candidates should possess enthusiastic support for the mission of the university to transform the lives of students, families and communities by providing high-quality, student-focused education in preparation for tomorrow's careers, and its vision to create the place of choice where students are inspired to learn, faculty are inspired to teach and the community is inspired to support. For more information about the university, go to: http://untdallas.edu/
Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
• Teach and assist in the development of bar readiness related courses and workshops;
• Teach and assist in the development of academic support related courses to enhance law school performance;
• Assist in the design and teaching of workshops to improve the academic skills of students;
• Evaluate and provide written and individual feedback on student work in academic support and bar readiness contexts;
• Provide individual academic support and bar readiness counseling to students in all stages of their studies, including those struggling academically and those preparing for the bar exam;
• Serve as an individual support to bar takers, monitor the progress of bar takers, and provide the encouragement and empathy necessary to contribute to successful bar exam passage;
• Participate along with other faculty members in providing academic advising to all students;
• Assist in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of student data and bar exam data;
• Assist in the coordination of efforts and work with other student services departments to address the needs of students;
• Respond to student concerns in a timely manner: and
• Otherwise support the Director of Academic Success and Bar Readiness, as needed.
The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.
The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:
• Juris Doctor and two years of practice experience; or Juris Doctor and equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
• Proven interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to effectively, professionally, and tactfully interact with others.
• Willingness to work flexible hours to accommodate institutional needs.
• Considerable knowledge of Microsoft Office.
• Thorough knowledge of electronic information systems.
• Ability to work under pressure, to adjust to a changing environment that is subject to frequent interruptions.
• Ability to keep complex records, to assemble and organize data of complex nature, and to prepare and submit reports in acceptable formats.
• Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts.
• Ability to work independently and make decisions within the framework of broad goals and objectives.
• Ability to conceptualize, plan, and organize multiple programs and assignments effectively.
• Ability to work on complex and confidential tasks utilizing judgment, tact, and resourcefulness.
• Ability to research, gather data, compile information, and accurately prepare reports.
• Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
• Knowledge of safe working procedures and security measures related to work performed and work supervised.
• Ability to complete all of the above tasks as instructed by the Director of Academic Success and Bar Readiness.
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:
• Experience working with students or in a higher education setting.
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
M-F, some weekends, hours vary depending on teaching schedule and semester.
Substitution of Experience/Education No
Ending Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, law school transcript and a list of three professional references with their online application.
Posting Specific Questions
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- * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
- Texas Workforce Commission
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- Company Website
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(Open Ended Question)
- * Do you have a Juris Doctor?
- * Do you have two years of practice experience or equivalent combination of experience and training?
- Cover Letter
- J.D./Juris Doctorate