Interim Director of First-Year Writing & Research
Golden Gate University - San Francisco, CA

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Golden Gate University School of Law invites applications for the position of Interim Director of First-Year Legal Writing and Research.

This one-year position begins in July 2012. Golden Gate expects to conduct a search during the 2012-13 academic year for a permanent, tenured/tenure-track position. The interim director is eligible to apply.


Golden Gate offers students a three-semester, seven-credit required writing program. The interim director will be responsible for administering the first-year component of the program, consisting of two credits in the fall and three credits in the spring. Students take Appellate Advocacy in the second year. This course is part of Golden Gate’s Advanced Legal Writing Program, which is administered separately from the first-year program.

The first-year program serves approximately 260 students in day and evening sections. Individual sections of fewer than 20 students are taught by adjuncts and full-time faculty. The director is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising the adjunct faculty; updating the syllabus; preparing lesson plans; and creating the major writing assignments used in all sections. The interim director will coordinate with the law librarians in developing the research portions of the course. In addition, the interim director coordinates a variety of activities with Student Services, Law Career Services, the Registrar, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. It is expected that the interim director will teach one section of the course.


Applicants should have a distinguished academic background, at least four years of experience teaching legal writing, a commitment to academic diversity, and strong organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills. Candidates with supervisory and administrative experience are preferred.

Golden Gate is a private university located in downtown San Francisco with a strong commitment to practical and clinical education and a diverse student body. We especially welcome applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who will enhance and diversify our faculty.

Individuals interested in the position should send a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three references by April 13, 2012 to be considered. Earlier applications are encouraged. Materials can either be submitted by email to Mateo Jenkins or by mail to the following address:

Rachel Van Cleave

Professor of Law and

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Golden Gate University

536 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

Golden Gate University, founded in 1901, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, people of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI community.

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