From an email message that I received a day or two ago:
The University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law invites applications for 4-5 full time faculty members who would begin teaching in the academic year 2014-2015. The areas in which these faculty members will teach may include Contracts, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Legislation, Property, Torts, Constitutional Law, and Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing. These positions will be tenure-track or tenured positions, although possibly one position will be a term or continuing term contract position.
The College of Law is a new public law school that will enroll its inaugural class in Fall 2014. The College of Law plans to enroll one full-time section of approximately 80 students, and one part-time evening division of 40-45 students. For the near-term future, each entering class will include a day section and an evening section of approximately these sizes.
The College of Law’s goals are:
(1) widening access to legal education for those who could be superb legal professionals but who cannot realistically access a legal education given factors including location, cost, and the current role of the LSAT in admission to and financing of law school;
(2) providing an educational program focused on excellence in developing practice-related competencies, through a curriculum mapped to those competencies and using best instructional practices, including multiple formative and summative assessment throughout, engaged class design, and a spectrum of experiential education;
(3) creating opportunity for our students by keeping tuition and debt low and producing graduates with high value and ability in multiple segments of the market for legal services;
(4) becoming a national leader in advancing understanding of best legal education practices, of professional formation, and of the relationship between legal education and the evolving practice and business of law; and
(5) serving as a valuable partner with the legal profession and the DFW community.
The positions will include tenure-track or tenured appointments, at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor. Rank will depend on qualifications. Possibly, at least one position may take the form of a term or continuing term appointment. The College of Law will not have a separate appointment “track” for instructors of legal writing (or legal writing, analysis, and research). Instead, faculty members will likely teach both a substantive law class and a section of legal writing. The appointments will be academic-year appointments.
Faculty members in these positions will teach the substantive law courses in the first year curriculum for the inaugural class; in addition, these faculty members will teach legal writing in small sections. For instance, a faculty member might teach Contracts to the entire 1L section (80 students), and also teach legal writing to a 20-student subgroup of the section. These teaching assignments may be repeated in the second year of the College of Law’s operation, even though additional faculty members will be hired by that time. Once the law school is in its third year and the faculty is closer to its full staffing levels, faculty members can expect to teach in the first-year and upper-level courses (including sections of legal writing), depending on need, interest, expertise, and other factors. All faculty members will be involved in curricular and co-curricular activities and programs relating to student learning and professional formation throughout law school.
Faculty members will be expected to follow best instructional practices, including multiple formative and summative assessment; to design courses in ways that make best use of technology; to follow a curriculum mapped to practice-related competencies; to develop, use, and revise learning outcomes; and to participate in course and program assessment. The College of Law will support faculty in these areas by providing training, course design expertise, and learning management system support. As to scholarship, given the mission and goals of the UNT Dallas College of Law, the definition of scholarship is intended to be broad, including scholarship that is valuable to lawyers and judges, that relates to the teaching and learning process in law, or that relates to the profession or the formation of professional competencies.
Interested candidates should apply at https://unt-dallas.peopleadmin.com/postings/1116