Baylor Law seeks a motivated, experienced candidate with excellent teaching and collaborative skills to serve as Assistant Dean to lead our Academic Success Program. Candidates must possess an earned Juris Doctor and strong law school and undergraduate academic credentials. At least two years of prior law school teaching experience in, or related to, academic support or success is preferred. The ideal candidate will have quality professional experience in the practice of law, teaching experience in the legal academy, and evidence of interest in living and working in Central Texas.
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.
Core Responsibilities • 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—as a future goal—bar exam passage. • Research and implement the most current best practices for fostering academic success skills. • Develop data-driven mechanisms for evaluating the academic success of students and program goals. • Regularly review Baylor Law’s academic 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.
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, 2024, but the start date is negotiable.
• 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. • Candidates are encouraged to describe their interest in living and working in Central Texas.
Centrally located in Waco, Texas, in a beautiful facility on the banks of the Brazos River, Baylor Law is by choice one of the smallest law schools in the nation. Since 1857, Baylor Law combines theory with practice throughout the curriculum and cultivates a commitment to service and responsibility in the community.