Closing Date: 7th October, 2022

Description:

Job Summary
Full-time Assistant Professors will typically teach two courses per semester, which may include first-year and/or required courses. We are hiring three positions and our curricular needs include a variety of first-year, required, and elective courses, including Contracts, Secured Transactions, Sales, Business Planning, and other Business or Commercial Law courses; legal research & writing and clinical courses; and academic support or bar preparation courses taught in conjunction with doctrinal and clinical courses. Gonzaga Law embraces a unified faculty model, in which all faculty members are supported as scholars in all subject matter areas and have the opportunity to teach experiential, clinical, academic support, or bar preparation courses if desired. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to be an outstanding teacher, a commitment to service, and excellent scholarly potential, particularly in alignment with Gonzaga Law’s two academic Centers – the Center for Civil & Human Rights and the Center for Law, Ethics & Commerce.

Gonzaga Law embraces its humanist mission of educating the whole person and preparing lawyers to serve marginalized populations in an increasingly international legal market. Law faculty instruct law students, provide service to the law school and University, and engage with other professionals and the public to contribute to the intellectual exchange of ideas, to improve the law, and to educate the profession and the public about the law, with an eye towards the common good.

Essential Functions
Instructional Duties
  • Teach law school courses in areas of expertise, including Contracts, Secured Transactions, Sales, Business Planning, and other Business or Commercial Law courses; legal research & writing and clinical courses; and academic support or bar preparation courses taught in conjunction with doctrinal and clinical courses;
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction for law students;
  • Supervise and advise students enrolled in self-directed legal research and writing projects; and
  • Engage with student advisees to plan their law school curriculum.

Professional Development
  • Contribute to the intellectual exchange of ideas, enrich teaching, and educate the profession about the law.
  • Engage in continuing professional development as a member of the academic community, including through working with Gonzaga Law’s Center for Civil & Human Rights and the Center for Law, Ethics & Commerce.
  • Significant publication is required of this position. Professional development as a scholar may also include:
  • presentations to academic, professional, and community groups;
  • participation in activities of regional, national, or international professional organizations;
  • participation in workshops or seminars; and
  • selection for grants, fellowships, and awards.

Administrative Duties
  • Devote substantial time to non-teaching activities essential to the operation of a law school committed to excellence. Responsibilities may include:
  • attending meetings of the law faculty;
  • being actively involved in law school and University committees
  • advising law students;
  • maintaining regular office hours;
  • performing service to the University and to the public;
  • complying with ABA and University policies; and
  • cooperating with the school’s efforts to comply with applicable law.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor or equivalent degree earned from an ABA-accredited law school or its equivalent by the hire date of July 1, 2023;
  • Demonstrated record of academic achievement;
  • Evidence of scholarly research agenda and potential for scholarly excellence;
  • Superior recommendations; and
  • Demonstrated record of excellent teaching or an ability to become an excellent teacher.

Desired Qualifications
  • One law review publication or its equivalent;
  • Six months experience teaching at a law school or in a legal clinical setting;
  • Scholarly and/or professional alignment with our Center for Civil & Human Rights and/or Center for Law, Ethics & Commerce;
  • Twelve months experience practicing law in one or more areas of our current curricular needs;
  • Demonstrated teaching effectiveness including responding to the academic needs of learners from underrepresented communities and those with diverse backgrounds;
  • Excellence in interpersonal communication, leadership, collaboration, innovation, and organizational skills; and
  • Commitment to collegiality, evidence of self-awareness, and appreciation for humor, including the ability to laugh at one’s self.