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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Law Professor’s Desk Reference: A Handbook For Work And Life In The Legal Academy

Jon M. Garon (Nova), Law Professor’s Desk Reference: A Handbook for Work and Life in the Legal Academy (2021):

Law ProfLaw Professor's Desk Reference serves as a how-to guide for faculty members, addressing the everyday issues that shape legal education as well as the growing external social and economic pressures reconceptualizing the study of law. Law school faculty members are expected to be legal scholars, effective teachers, and engaged institutional partners, but the information essential to develop these fundamentals skills has not been published in one single source, until now.

The book provides a foundation to help faculty develop the best practices for student learning and engagement. It provides an important summary of learning outcomes, formative assessment, summative assessment, course design, and the operational mechanics needed to be an effective classroom and online teacher.

The book offers faculty members a roadmap to develop meaningful scholarship with practical advice on how best to create a sustainable scholarly agenda. It explores the role faculty play in shared governance for their institutions. It addresses academic freedom, hiring procedures, tenure, and status issues. It also covers accreditation and various regulations on accessibility, accommodation requirements, Title IX, employment laws, plagiarism, and much more.

Preface
Legal education is undergoing a fundamental reconceptualization, fueled by external social and economic pressures and legal education's regulatory chang­es. Law school faculty members are expected to be legal scholars, effective teachers, and engaged institutional partners, but the information essential to develop these fundamentals skills and acquire the core knowledge has not been published in one single source, until now.

Law Professors Desk Reference serves as a how-to guide for faculty members, most of whom are hungry for training on their role in the legal academy. The book is organized into four sections. The first three sections are teaching, scholarship, and service — reflecting the three core areas of faculty assessment and university organization. The fourth section focuses on the regulation of legal education, an area of increasing importance for individual faculty.

Part I provides a foundation for student learning and effective teaching. The chapters encourage faculty to use the best practices for student learning and engagement. The chapters provide an important summary of learning outcomes, formative assessment, summative assessment, and the operational mechanics needed to be an effective classroom teacher. The chapters offer strat­egies for teaching in various modalities, including face-to-face instruction, on­ line courses, and blended education.

Part II offers faculty members a roadmap to develop meaningful scholar­ ship to help the professor make a difference in their scholarly field and their law school. The chapters review the debate over legal scholarship, emphasizing the practical needs for scholarship as well as providing guidance on the me­chanics of scholarly production.

Part III explores the role that faculty play in shared governance of their in­ situations, including such topics as academic freedom, hiring, and tenure. The chapters provide something of a user manual for faculty, helping to explain the often mysterious choices made by university and law school administrations. Among these guides, the chapter on hiring and promotion offers a clear set of explanations on how hiring committees must operate to avoid violating state and federal discrimination laws.

Part IV concludes the reference guide with an introduction to the regula­tory environment in which law schools operate. The chapters cover accred­itation, statutes, and Department of Education regulations on accessibility and accommodations, compliance with Title IX, and employment basics on issues such as work-for-hire, plagiarism, and the employment provisions of a faculty contract.

Each chapter provides explanations, legal context, and policy discussions that help illustrate and explore the particular concepts and how those con­cepts apply across legal education.

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