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Assistant Dean for the Academic Enhancement Program

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 17, 2024

Minimum $90,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Job Summary:

The Assistant Dean for the Academic Enhancement Program reports to the Associate Dean for Student Success, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and assists J.D. and LL.M students in the development of the critical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in law school and in practice. Through a thorough understanding of the Law School curriculum and best practices in legal learning, studying and exam-taking skills, the Assistant Dean will support students through trainings, group presentations, and one-on-one counseling, and evaluate the success of those programs.

Principal duties:

First Year Program:
-Design and teach skills workshops to assist first year J.D and LL.M students transition effectively and smoothly to the study of law.
-Work with 1L and LL.M teaching faculty to develop appropriate workshop contents for skills essential to the mastery of the law school curriculum.
-Administer learning and study skills assessment for all incoming first year students.
-Collect data and analyze results of the skills assessment. Use the results to improve program content.
-Provide individualized academic counseling to all interested law students to address varying academic and non-academic concerns to achieve improved academic performance.
-Recruit, train, and supervise study group leaders.
-Manage the study group program in collaboration with 1L faculty.

Academic Counseling for Other Students (2L, 3L, and LL.M):
-Provide individualized academic counseling to all interested law students to address varying academic and non-academic concerns to achieve improved academic performance.
-Provide practical resources to boost effective student learning and for mastery of exam taking skills.

Academic Monitoring and Support:
-Monitor and track student academic progress for all students.
-Collect all student grades at the end of each semester.
-Sort and analyze the grades by student classifications as well as do an overall analysis of all grades.
-Prepare a grade report for the Dean and the Associate Dean.
-Identify students who are academically at risk and reach out to them individually.
-Provide guidance and instruction for students experiencing academic difficulty.
-Work collaboratively with the Office of Student Affairs, Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD), the Director of Bar Success, and the Academic Affairs staff to provide seamless support to all students.

Student Organizations Skills Enrichment Outreach:
-Work collaboratively with student leaders from the three Law Journals, the Moot Court Board, and student organizations to identify and plan enrichment skills workshops consistent with the identified goals and needs of each organization.
-Create and provide outreach programs to increase first year student participation in try outs for Moot Court and Mock Trial, and competition for Law Journals; organize skills training for Moot Court coaches; etc.

Administrative assignments:
-Participate in leadership meetings.
-Participate in committees as assigned.
-Attend regular meetings of the Student Experience Team.

Other Duties:
Perform all duties assigned by the Dean and the Associate Dean for Student Success, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Responsibilities: Serves as a senior academic officer within a school or college. Plans, organizes, and directs the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of an academic program or function within the school or college.
  • 10% Establishes priorities that align with the strategic directives of the assigned school or college and ensures units effectively carry out duties in a way that best supports the academic mission of the university; provides direct supervision of department /program leadership staff and monitors compliance with laws, regulations, university policies, procedures, and relevant contractual obligations
  • 10% Advises and collaborates with the Dean, Associate Dean, and/or Office of the Provost on critical issues, representing the functional area of supervision at appropriate meetings and events as requested; and serves on and/or leads various program and/or university committees as directed
  • 50% Monitors on-going assessment and continuous improvement of academic programs and services by guiding the establishment of annual goals, ensuring progress towards goals is met, articulating challenges, and reporting on annual outcomes and achievements for programs and services
  • 5% Supports special initiatives and/or grant-funded programs that require senior leadership attention with respect to program design, planning, coordination, and interaction with internal and external stakeholders
  • 10% Facilitates collegial, collaborative working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, partners with administrative and academic departments to support initiatives, and gathers input from key stakeholders to support recommendations
  • 10% May exercise supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 FTE or equivalent employees
  • 5% Serves on various university review committees, working with a wide range of constituencies including the Faculty Senate, Deans and Associate Deans, General Counsel, and University Leadership
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Terminal Degree
Juris Doctor from A.B.A approved law school.


Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
Demonstrated ability to manage confidential information and exhibit good, independent judgment.
Strong attention to detail, time management, and organizational skills.
Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite; ability to learn other software as needed.

Knowledge of law school curricula.
Demonstrated ability to think critically and collaboratively about techniques to improve academic success of students.
Experience working with statistics and data.
A self-starter and demonstrated work ethic.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Remote work may be possible after training and an evaluation period.

Appointment Type, Duration:


How to Apply:

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume through the Jobs at UW website ( ) under job #299462 by the consideration date.


Justin Boehm
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Assistant Dean (C)(AE152)



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