Professor of Practice, Community Legal Education Lead (UPDATED)
Posting Number: req18282
Department: Law Instruction
Location: Main Campus
Address: Tucson, AZ USA
Please Note: The Contact Information for Candidates section has been updated to "Stacy Jane, Director, Innovation for Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org".The James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, Innovation for Justice (i4J) is hiring a Professor of Practice/Community Legal Education Lead. The primary purposes of this position are to: develop and teach novel experiential learning course offerings for engaging students with the broader movement toward legal empowerment; work in collaboration with i4J's Service Impact Area Lead to establish a roadmap and vision for the cross-jurisdictional launch, expansion, and evaluation/assessment of community legal advocates associated with i4J's service Initiatives; provide programmatic support to i4J; and expand the audience and reach of i4J's community-engaged research on the transformative potential of community legal advocacy.
This career-track appointment is not eligible for tenure.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision
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the employee and qualified family members; state and optional
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Duties & Responsibilities
Develop and Teach Novel Experiential Learning Courses
- Identify existing community-engaged projects within i4J's suite of service Initiatives for embedding students in the growing fields of regulatory reform and community legal education.
- Combine critical legal design- and thinking- research approaches with rigorous and engaging pedagogical approaches to support student learning in a community-based classroom.
- Work with institutional and Initiative-based community partners to explore, design, and create student-centered experiential learning opportunities beyond the traditional law school classroom.
- Design community-driven and technology-enhanced flipped classroom content that i) prioritizes learner-centeredness, trauma-informed and trauma-responsive practices, learner agency, inclusivity, accessibility, and scalability as well as ii) guides students' experiential learning in a community-based classroom.
- Develop a flexible course map that can adapt to emergent projects each semester or bridge across a full academic year depending on Initiative-based community partner needs and project requirements.
- Identify novel opportunities for student engagement, mentorship, and scholarship in the fields of regulatory reform, community legal education, and legal empowerment.
- Supervise and mentor any i4J GTAs and post-graduate fellows.
- Engage in regular professional development opportunities to stay current with the rapidly growing fields of regulatory reform, community legal education, and legal empowerment.
Community Legal Education Lead Duties
- Establish a roadmap to drive the cross-jurisdictional launch, expansion, and evaluation/assessment of community legal advocates associated with each of i4J's service Initiatives and develop a vision for community legal education in line with the overarching i4J strategic direction.
- Provide direct programmatic and administrative support in the recruitment, training, certification, and capacity-building of community legal advocates enrolled in each of i4J's service Initiatives.
- Cultivate and maintain a welcoming and engaging culture that bridges and connects students and staff from both campuses to community partners affiliated with each of i4J's service Initiatives, members of the legal community, and innovators in the regulatory reform field.
- Liaise with A2J organizations and state, local, and national jurisdictions to identify successes, challenges, and opportunity spaces associated with i4J's existing service Initiatives.
- Liaise with participating community-based organization regarding the successes, challenges, and opportunity spaces associated with i4J's existing service Initiatives on a regular basis.
- Serve as PI or Co-PI for externally funded programs that advance i4J's regulatory reform efforts and extend i4J's regulatory reform reputation in this field.
- Work in collaboration with i4J's Service Impact Area Lead and i4J project managers regarding the implementation of regulatory reform projects in the field. This includes reciprocal communication about policy reforms, feedback about project implementation, data analysis and synthesis from information collected in the evaluation of the projects in the field.
Expanding the Audience & Reach of i4J's Work
- Publish i4J's regulatory reform work in scholarly journals to expand the reach and audience of i4J's Initiative-based findings from the field.
- Bridge the theoretical and scholarly siloes of experiential learning, clinical legal education, and community-engaged access to justice work.
- Attend relevant convenings and conferences to share i4J's regulatory reform work and pioneering work in the community legal education space.
i4J Program Support
- Assist with the creation and implementation of an overarching strategic vision and roadmap for i4J.
- Assist with identifying and acting on external opportunities for funding, partnerships, and growth initiatives.
- Collaborate with i4J staff to increase the lab's DEI-based and critical pedagogical practices among staff, within the virtual classroom, and with community partners and members.
- Assist with the power-, systems-, and identity-conscious evaluation of i4J research projects across impact areas.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Skill in teaching in a higher education setting, and a deep commitment to online learning, enhancing learner agencies, and learner-centered approaches in education.
- Expert in community-driven legal advocacy, cross-jurisdictional community engagement, and working with vulnerable populations.
- Expert in program management in the legal design space, with exceptional skill in overseeing workflows that are responsive to the needs, goals, and lived realities of communities.
- Skill in engaging with law reform efforts across the civil legal system.
- Expert in design- and/or systems-thinking practices.
- Evidence of an empathetic and creative mindset and comfort with complex and sensitive issues.
- Comfort with ambiguity and fast-paced, rapidly evolving environments.
- Skill with strategic planning principles and practices, and demonstrated change, growth, and innovation management abilities.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to effectively communicate with individuals of varying technical and substantive subject matter expertise.
- Broad knowledge in collaborative technology tools used in human-centered design and research.
- Juris Doctor degree.
- Minimum 3 years of experience in community-centered advocacy.
- Experience with online teaching and learning best practices.
- Experience leading successful multi-disciplinary teams and directing complex projects.
- Experience in creative problem solving.
- Experience in cross-jurisdictional community-engagement.
- Evidence of scholarly achievement or demonstrated potential as a scholar.
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40
Job FTE: 1.0
Work Calendar: Fiscal
Job Category: Faculty
Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay: $80,000
Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies: 1
Contact Information for Candidates
Stacy Jane, Director, Innovation for Justice
Open Until Filled: Yes
Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter
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