Wednesday, October 01, 2008

UNLV (Boyd School of Law) is hiring....

And I'm the appointments chair. Also on our committee are Chris Blakesley, Keith Rowley, Jay Mootz, and Leticia Saucedo. So far, the University has approved our search for a Director of Academic Support, and we may also be looking for visitors and for laterals (depending on funding and University approval).

Here's our ad for the Director of Academic Support position:
Position # 4497
Search # 9063


The William S. Boyd School of Law of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites applicants interested in joining our faculty as an Assistant Professor in Residence – Academic Support. The qualifications for the Director of Academic Support position include a record of academic success in law school and experience suggesting the aptitude to direct a creative and ambitious academic support program. The faculty also expects that the Academic Support Director will be a resource for the faculty to increase teaching effectiveness. The existing program is administered by the Director, with the assistance of an Associate Director, and includes workshops, tutoring, special classes, orientation programs, bar preparation classes, counseling, and other strategies to enhance the learning environment at our law school. The Director may teach substantive, non-bar, non-ASP related classes. The position is a 12-month, non-tenure track, renewable contract position.

The Boyd School of Law, a state-supported law school, is the only law school in Nevada. Located at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in one of the fastest growing cities in the country, the law school commenced classes in August 1998. It has a faculty of 42 new and experienced legal educators drawn from law schools around the country, and is located in a state-of-the-art facility in the center of the University campus. With nearly 500 students, the law school offers a full-time day program, a part-time day program, and a part-time evening program.

The Boyd School of Law is a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff who work together, collegially and respectfully, to maximize the potential of its students and to help the law school fulfill its aspirations. We welcome applications from those who wish to participate in this sort of community, and we strongly encourage women and people of color to apply. For more information on the Boyd School of Law, see our website at Please contact Professor Nancy B. Rapoport at (702) 895-5831 or if you have questions about the position.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of credentials will begin immediately and the search is to remain open until the position is filled. If you are interested in applying for this position please apply on-line at: and submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume that highlights relevant professional experience and qualifications, salary history, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references who may be contacted.

For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact Jenn Martens at (702) 895-3886 or UNLV is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity.
If you have any nominees for this position, we'd sure like to hear their names. Many thanks!


Stephen said...

I don't know if any of the three are looking, but I can recommend:

Cathaleen A. Roach

M. Kristine Knapland -- read her article The Art and Science of Academic Support, Journal of Legal Education Vol 45, No. 2 (June 1995), 157-234


T. Paula Lustbader, Seattle University School of Law

Nancy Rapoport said...

Many thanks for the nominations!

Stephen said...

My pleasure. Roach wrote some seminal articles, Knapland did the real core research that has not been bettered in the area of Academic Support, and Lustbader caught the essence of how to get students to learn without having read either.

I'm not sure if any are in the market. I recall Knapland had tenure at UCLA, for example, and Lustbader was in Seattle, but from living in Las Vegas as a kid (I went to Jim Bridger and Rancho), there is a lot to be said for it, and for a new law school that is really coming together well.

Wish you well and enjoy your blog from time to time.

BasiaBernstein said...

What do you think about an online law degree as opposed to actually attending a school of law, part time though? I'm not sure if I'll miss out on anything if just do the course online as opposed to attending the college.

Nancy Rapoport said...

Basia, I'm not a fan of online law degrees unless they're the type of degrees that let you sit for the bar exam in any U.S. state (e.g., ABA-accredited law school). You might want to check out the ABA's section on legal education for more info. All the best.