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Professor of Practice

University of North Texas
Downtown Dallas

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

Posting Title:

Professor of Practice


DAL-CoL Dean's Off-517000

Job Location:

Downtown Dallas

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Salary Information:

Salary commensurate with experience

Department Summary:

The UNT Dallas College of Law is a public law school in downtown Dallas with a full-time day division and a part-time evening division. 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.

Position Summary:

The UNT Dallas College of Law invites applications for a full-time Professor of Practice in the areas of Academic Success and Bar Readiness. This is a non-tenure track appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to achieve excellence in teaching and to participate in continued development of the UNT Dallas College of Law Academic Success and Bar Readiness Department.

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

•Experience working with students or in a higher education setting.

Physical Requirements:

Lifting up to 10 pounds, Sitting, Standing, Twisting, Walking, Writing, Grasp, Ability to communicate

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

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.

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Working at University of North Texas

Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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