Washburn University’s School of Law
invites applications for
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
. This is a full-time,
non-tenure track 12-month faculty appointment that serves as the
Assistant Director Of Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage. The
successful candidate will begin as soon as possible but no later
than August 2022. Subject to funding and the candidate’s
performance at Washburn, this position will renew with the
expectation that the position will be permanent.
The ideal candidate will have law school teaching experience or
experience teaching in a law school academic support program or bar
readiness program, but entry-level candidates will be considered.
We seek engaging candidates who value and demonstrate a commitment
to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and pursuing teaching
excellence at Washburn University, including a dedication to
developing inclusive teaching practices.
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
5,500 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 succeed and achieve their educational goals.
The Washburn campus is located in the heart of Topeka, Kansas,
blocks from the historic state capitol. Topeka features affordable
housing, beautiful, historic neighborhoods filled 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 University School of Law is committed to diversity in its
faculty and encourages applicants whose backgrounds will enrich the
law school to apply. We offer competitive wages, an excellent
benefits program, a supportive leadership team, and a healthy
work/life balance. At Washburn, 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
- Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-approved law school.
- Successful passage of a bar exam in a U.S. jurisdiction.
- Effective written communication and legal writing skills.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and meet
- Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student body and
work collaboratively with faculty and staff.
- Demonstrated commitment to developing inclusive teaching
practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.
- Experience teaching in and managing a law school academic
- Experience making oral presentations.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
- Law practice experience.
- Experience using TWEN, D2L, Zoom, and Banner.
The Visiting Assistant Professor of Law will assist in implementing
programs designed to improve the critical skills necessary for
students to succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in
practice. The Visiting Assistant Professor will:
- Teach academic skills and bar readiness courses (either
in-person or online);
- Fulfill teaching expectations associated with a visiting
assistant professor appointment. Teach a full workload as outlined
in the faculty handbook. The successful candidate may be assigned
to teach in-person and/or online courses.
- Work one on one with students who are on academic probation or
at academic risk to help them develop habits and methods to improve
their academic performance;
- Conduct skills enhancement workshops and group and individual
- Provide academic support to LLM students;
- Maintain data for performance tracking and other assessment
- Complete assessment projects as assigned by the program
- Assist with the coordination and delivery of bar preparation
- Coach and support students and alumni as they prepare for bar
- Offer active learning workshops on bar essay writing and
multiple choice test taking skills;
- Read and critique student practice essays and provide feedback
to assist in further essay development and improvement;
- Stay current about trends and developments in the uniform and
multistate bar exams; and
- Perform additional job-related tasks as appropriate or as
assigned by the academic support program director, the associate
dean for academic affairs, or other appropriate staff or
- Review of applications will begin February 11, 2022, and
continue until the position is filled. (All faculty appointments
are contingent upon funding.)
- Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and
the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references
and include “Visiting Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of
Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage” on the subject line.
- If you have questions about the position, please contact
Professor Mary Ramirez, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, at
- The successful candidate will be required to submit to a
background check prior to hire.
- Official transcripts are required once hired.
Washburn is an EOE and is dedicated to providing a student-centered
and teaching-focused academic and work environment. We seek
candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a
campus climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse
student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups
that have been historically underrepresented and/or marginalized in
Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its
programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color,
religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status,
or marital or parental status.