Director of Academic Success Program

Knoxville, TN

University of Tennessee College of Law

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW invites applications for the position of Director of its Academic Success Program (ASP). This is a full time, non-tenure track faculty position. As a member of the faculty, the Director will hold the initial rank of Lecturer (or Senior Lecturer for an applicant with an established track record of success teaching and/or directing an academic success program at a US law school).


The individual will have the opportunity for contract renewal and promotion pursuant to the University of Tennessee’s Faculty Handbook. As a member of the faculty, the ASP Director will participate in faculty meetings, will exercise voting rights as defined by the College of Law bylaws, and will have the opportunity to seek funds to support travel to attend and speak at professional conferences. The ASP Director will coordinate, manage, and teach in the Academic Success Programs at the College of Law. UT Law’s Academic Success programming currently includes a 1L pre-orientation program; an Academic Enrichment Program for selected spring semester 1L students; one-on-one advising for students in our Academic Alert program; and other programs and advising for the full student body on topics of academic success and bar exam preparation. The Director will have significant creative input in shaping the future direction of the program. The ASP Director will collaborate with the rest of the faculty to identify opportunities to change our curriculum, teaching methods, and assessment techniques to equip our students with the tools to succeed in law school and on the bar exam.


A law degree from an accredited law school and indicators of academic success in school are required. Additional desired qualifications include at least two years in an academic setting, ideally in the area of law school academic support; knowledge of learning theory (as evidenced by an advanced degree, publications, speeches, etc.); and an understanding of the Uniform Bar Examination, the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, and other licensing exams used by various states.


This is a twelve-month position with a renewable contract on terms agreed upon at the time of hire and based upon rank. In furtherance of the University’s and the College’s fundamental commitment to diversity among our faculty, student body, and staff, we strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and others whose background, experience, and viewpoints would contribute to a diverse law school environment.


Screening of applicants will begin March 1, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please mail or email your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of at least three references to Paula Schaefer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law, 1505 W. Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or Applications will be considered as they are received and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Posted: 02/11/2020