The Department of Justice and Law in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University is seeking a dynamic and student-centered Legal Studies/Law in Society instructor to teach at the undergraduate level. Applicants from a variety of law-related disciplines will be considered for this full-time teaching position, with a strong preference for those with experience teaching legal research and writing. The appointment will be as an Assistant Teaching Professor of Legal Studies with expectations for teaching, advising students, and engaging in service activities and committees that strengthen the program, department, college, and university community. The anticipated start date is Fall 2024.
This position directly supports the Law in Society major in the Department of Justice and Law, a program that has demonstrated strong enrollment in recent years. The Department of Justice and Law includes programs in Legal Studies/Law in Society, Criminal Justice, and Justice and Community Engagement. This collaborative and student-centered department has a strong sense of community, with faculty committed to expanding both curricular and cocurricular engagement, and working together in both teaching and research.
The position will coordinate the required methods sequence in legal research and writing, and teach the experiential learning internship class that accompanies the capstone internship experience. The Law in Society major blends academic instruction, legal theory, and legal practice, and includes legal scholars, practitioners, and practicing attorneys. Moreover, depending on the background and qualifications of the successful candidate, this position may support teaching other classes in our interdisciplinary department of Justice and Law, including Justice and Community Engagement, and/or Criminal Justice.
About the Department:
This position directly supports the Law in Society major in the Department of Justice and Law, a program that has demonstrated strong enrollment in recent years. The Department of Justice and Law includes programs in legal studies/law in society, criminal justice, and justice and community engagement. This collaborative and student-centered department has a strong sense of community, with faculty committed to expanding both curricular and cocurricular engagement, and working together in both teaching and research.
About the College:
The College of Arts and Sciences combines knowledge, skills and perspectives from across the humanities, arts, social and natural sciences. Our graduates are system thinkers who learn to solve problems and work across society, not just in a particular field. Equipped with integrated and interdisciplinary learning tools, they have the ability to see the world through multiple lenses, making them adaptable and versatile – traits that are highly valued by employers in every industry. Our curricula incorporate four key pillars to prepare graduates for the demands of an evolving job market and world; Applied and experiential learning, 21st-century professional skills and literacies, integrated and interdisciplinary thinking, and 360-degree academic and career advising. The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate majors in Behavioral Neuroscience; Biochemistry; Biology; Chemistry; Criminal Justice; Data Science; Economics; English; Environmental Science; Game Design and Development; Gerontology; Health, Medicine, and Society; History; Individualized Majors; Interdisciplinary Studies; Justice and Community Engagement; Law in Society; Mathematics; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; Hispanic and Latin American Studies; Sustainability and Public Policy; and Theater. In addition, the College of Arts and Sciences offers 32 undergraduate minors, an MS in Molecular and Cell Biology, and the additional accelerated undergraduate/graduate programs: 3+1 and 4+1 BS/MS programs in Molecular and Cell Biology, 3+3 BA or BS/JD degree, 3+1 BA in Data Science/MS or MA in Communications, 3+1 BS in Data Science/MBA, 3+1 BS in Economics/MS in Accounting, Business Analytics, or Journalism or MBA, 3+1 BA in Theater/MBA or MA in Communications, and 3+2 BA or BS/MSW. Students can also complete a 5-year BA/BS and MA in Teaching in the following secondary education fields: Biology, English, History, and Math.
Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 9,000 students in more than 130 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Computing and Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac is recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review’s “The Best 388 Colleges.” The university is in the midst of program expansion and renewal for both traditional and adult learners, attraction of diverse communities, development of innovative corporate partnerships and construction of an ambitious set of capital projects. For more information, please visit qu.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and X.
- Primarily teach the Law in Society methods classes of legal research and writing, taught sequentially during the fall and spring semesters
- Teach the legal studies internship class that accompanies the immersive internship experience with the possibility of other courses as needed
- Hold regular office hours for students
- Guide, advise, and mentor students academically and professionally
- Engage in service to support the program, department, college and university, which includes attending weekly department meetings and other university meetings as required
- Work with community partners to strengthen the internship opportunities for students
- Juris Doctor is required at time of appointment to be hired at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor of Legal Studies. Any additional degrees, such as an MA/PhD. in Law, Legal Studies, Law in Society, or a closely related field will add additional value for interdisciplinary opportunities
- Ability to effectively teach undergraduate-level classes
- Ability to teach the core methods classes of legal research and writing
- Ability to teach the internship class that accompanies the internship experience
- Commitment to participating in a collaborative teaching environment
- Commitment to inclusive teaching and community
- Willingness to work with community partners to establish meaningful internship opportunities for our students
- Can demonstrate success in teaching at the undergraduate level
- Has relevant experience with legal research and writing
- Has the ability to communicate effectively with legal supervisors and a range of community organizations
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applications must be submitted electronically and must include
- Cover letter with a list of three academic/professional references who will not be contacted without your permission
- Teaching statement (one-two pages preferred) that describes your approach to instruction, and includes a description of your commitment to inclusive teaching practices
- Sample teaching evaluations (as available)
- Writing sample
Applications received by October 30, 2023, will receive first consideration.
Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty and staff which includes tuition remission and a culture that is inclusive and driven by excellence.
Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.