Closing Date: 31st December, 2022
Baylor Law School seeks a motivated, experienced candidate with excellent teaching and collaborative skills to lead our Academic Success Program. The ideal candidate will be a creative, organized, compassionate leader who is eager to engage extensively with students from matriculation through their admission into the bar.
This position is a full-time faculty, non-tenure-track lecturer position. The successful candidate should be available to start ideally no later than January 1, 2023, but the start date is negotiable.
The selected individual will have the opportunity to lead in further significant development of Baylor Law’s formal program for academic support. The Director will work closely with members of the Law School leadership, staff, and faculty to envision, design, manage, and implement programming to support the school’s educational, training, and professional development goals for its students. The Director will draw on experience, research, and national best practices to develop and coordinate programming to support teaching and learning at Baylor Law.
- In collaboration with the faculty, develop, and implement cohesive and comprehensive programming to help transition students into the law school learning environment and to promote their academic success through graduation and bar exam passage.
- Research and implement the most current best practices for fostering academic success skills and bar exam success.
- Develop data-driven mechanisms for evaluating the academic success of students and program goals.
- Regularly review Baylor Law’s academic and bar support program and make recommendations to the faculty to enhance the educational experience for students.
- Teach in the Academic Success Program.
- Attend and participate in faculty meetings as requested.
- Serve on faculty and staff committees that seek to advance the goals of Baylor Law and the Academic Success Program.
- Supervise academic support staff.
Baylor University is a private Christian university located in Waco, Texas. It is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of around 21,000 students, Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation, having just been named an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification in 2022. Baylor is also on the honor roll of the "Great Colleges to Work For" from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits while giving faculty and staff the chance to live in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate, guides the University as we continue to live up to Baylor's mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.
- J.D. from an ABA-approved law school; strong law school and undergraduate academic credentials.
- Admitted to the bar in at least one jurisdiction.
- At least two years working as a practicing attorney in any field.
- At least two years of prior law school teaching experience in or related to academic support or bar preparation is preferred.
- Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
- An understanding of the dynamics of diversity and accessibility (including first-generation college graduates) in legal education and a demonstrated ability to incorporate this understanding into one’s work.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
- Excellent organization and time-management skills.
- Excellent critical thinking and listening skills.
- Knowledge of advising, coaching, and counseling techniques.
- Flexibility to work in the evenings, and sometimes on weekends.
- Experience working with statistics and data is a plus.
- Prior successful experience directing, or serving as an associate director, of an academic support or bar preparation program is a plus.
The Faculty Appointments Committee welcomes expressions of interest, especially from candidates who will add to the diversity of our faculty. For more information, please visit the Baylor Law website: https://www.baylor.edu/law/facultystaff/index.php?id=980341
Applications will be reviewed beginning August 22, 2022, and will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by October 15, 2022.