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Visiting Assistant Professor of Law: Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Readiness

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Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Law: Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Readiness

Department: School of Law

Campus Location: Washburn University

The screening committee will review all eligible applications submitted by March 1, 2024

Position Summary: Washburn University School of Law invites applicants for the Visiting Assistant Professor position of Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Readiness, beginning no later than the 2024-2025 academic year. This is a twelve-month, non-tenure track position with the opportunity for ongoing renewal of the contract.

The Assistant Director will teach in a comprehensive academic enrichment program for law students, supervise student academic fellows, provide a full range of academic enrichment services, implement the bar passage program, and build relationships with law student organizations. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will also teach selected complementary courses as assigned. Prior experience teaching in a student success or bar exam support program is preferred but not required.

Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution located in the metropolitan setting of Topeka that has earned national recognition for its high-impact programs for first-generation students. Washburn has a student body of over 5,550 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, a significant and growing number of whom are first-generation and Pell-Grant eligible. The University has created educational pathways for all students to be successful and achieve their educational goals.

Washburn University School of Law moved into its new, state-of-the-art building in July 2023. The building features classrooms equipped with up-to-date recording technology, including closed captioning; a green room recording studio; and beautiful trial and appellate courtrooms.

The Washburn campus is located in the heart of Topeka, Kansas, blocks from the historic state capitol. Topeka features affordable housing; beautiful, historic neighborhoods with well-maintained parks; and a nationally recognized public library. It is also the home of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Site.

Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive working environment and curriculum. We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, a supportive leadership team, and a healthy work/life balance. We strive to ensure a campus climate that supports the success of every employee and appreciates the unique skills and expertise each contributes to serving our students.

Essential Functions:
• The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling teaching expectations associated with a visiting assistant professor appointment. They will teach in the academic enrichment and bar passage program and other courses as assigned.
• The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling service expectations as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
• J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school or an unaccredited law school with licensure through bar passage.
• Demonstrated interest in working in academic enrichment and bar passage.
• The selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to pursuing teaching excellence at Wasbhurn University, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.
• Demonstrated commitment to institutional service, whether university or practice related.

Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Prior experience teaching in an academic enrichment or bar passage program.
• Training or experience appropriate to teach complementary courses.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
• Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. (All faculty appointments are contingent upon funding.)
• If you have questions about the position, please contact Professor Michelle Ewert, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, at michelle.ewert@washburn.edu or Professor Chelsea Baldwin, Interim Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Pass Programs, at chelsea.baldwin@washburn.edu .

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Washburn University

Washburn is a top-notch university in an urban setting where students are becoming their best selves.

Nestled in the heart of Topeka - the capital city with about 127 thousand residents - Washburn offers students from small towns a big-city feel, while providing students from major metropolitan areas a more manageable environment.

Washburn's beautiful campus - on 160 acres - is easy to navigate with state-of-the art facilities. Our Tech campus on Huntoon offers industry-standard programs leading to in-demand jobs. And with our low student/faculty ratio and small classes, you're going to get to know your professors. 

Internally, we're organized into five schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Applied Studies, the Business School, the School of Nursing, the School of Law and the Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech.)

Our mission is to provide opportunities for our students to realize their full potential; we can't do it without our dedicated faculty and staff. 

Washburn University employs more than one thousand faculty and staff on our campuses throughout Topeka. We strive to offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, supportive culture and healthy work/life balance. Washburn seeks to create an environment that reflects our core values: integrity, excellence, inclusion, accountability, respect, collaboration and innovation.

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