Cornell University, Law School

Position ID:Cornell-Law School-TAMSLS [#18832]
Position Title: Teaching Associate
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map]
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2021/07/27 11:59PMhelp popup* (posted 2021/06/22, updated 2021/06/21, listed until 2021/07/27)
Position Description:    

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Cornell Law School is seeking a Teaching Associate to provide academic and administrative support to the permanent faculty of the Master of Science in Legal Studies Program (MSLS) in the academic delivery of the program courses. The MSLS is an online, part-time Master's degree designed specifically for business professionals. The program’s academic curriculum is comprised of 22 courses that are taught over a period of 20 months. Most courses are offered online and designed to be delivered asynchronously, either independently or concurrently. The MSLS also includes two intensive, in-person courses that are offered at Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, NY, which will take place during one week in the summer term.

This is a full-time term position for a period of one year, and is benefits eligible. Reappointment for additional one-year terms is based on performance and funding availability.

About the Teaching Associate Position:
Working with the Program Director and the Assistant Academic Director at Cornell Law School, the Teaching Associate will assist faculty members teaching in the MSLS Program. The selected Teaching Associate may choose to work remotely (pending university approval if working outside New York State), except during the one-week intensive and in-person summer courses, when the Teaching Associate is expected to be in Ithaca to render in person support to the faculty members and to the students of the program. There may be other times when in-person meetings or events in Ithaca will be required.

Specific responsibilities of the Teaching Associate will include:
  • Work closely with the Assistant Academic Director (AAD) to ensure that all permanent faculty members of the program are given full course facilitation support, and that all academic and administrative needs of the program at met.
  • Run course analytics and monitor student progress through Canvas, and escalate concerns to the AAD and to the respective faculty member should students fall behind on their work.
  • Address, escalate, and help resolve administrative requests such as course accommodation requests, assignment extension requests, and others with the coordination of the AAD and the Assistant Dean for External Education.
  • Review each course thoroughly before instruction begins, including testing course functionality; ensuring all assignments and assignment due dates have been inserted correctly according to the course syllabus, ensuring that all links are operable and accurate, reviewing content for typos and inconsistencies, and making sure course instructions and expectations are clear.
  • Review each course thoroughly before instruction begins to become familiar with the subject matter, the course materials, and the assignments, to be in a position to answer student questions regarding the course.
  • Facilitate and monitor asynchronous discussions to ensure students have successfully identified the relevant legal issue, and that the discussions are being conducted in a thoughtful, respectful, and constructive manner.
  • Grade all asynchronous discussions, course assignments, and projects.
  • Provide added-value feedback to students for each graded assignment.
  • Prepare weekly emails to faculty members to help organize and prioritize workload, and to offer other helpful course reminders.
  • Meet weekly with each faculty member to provide updates on course delivery and feedback on course assignments, and to share student feedback in general.
  • Meet weekly with the AAD to review any administrative and academic issues, course progress, and student feedback.
  • Assist faculty members in drafting course announcements.
  • Assist faculty members in identifying areas of improvement in future course developments.
  • Offer one office hour per week to students for additional course support.
  • Proactively identify any concerns or needs to ensure both faculty and student retention.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
  • A JD or JSD degree from an accredited institution. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong academic background.
  • At least five years of law practice experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience in online education, in facilitating online courses, and in managing multiple classes of students per course. Preference will be given to candidates which, in addition, also have experience in developing online courses.
  • 2+ years of experience working with Canvas. Preference will be given to candidates who can run course analytics, and who have a proficient knowledge of Canvas.
  • Strong legal, writing, communication, interpersonal, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Strong workload management skills.
  • Ability to provide clear and concise feedback to students’ assignments on a wide range of legal subject matters.
  • Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, and to service.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student development. Preference will be given to candidates with good course evaluations.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three references, and other significant supporting materials. To ensure maximum consideration, please submit all application materials by July 27, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to early applicants.

Questions may be referred to Liz Flint (

About Us:
Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year JD program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LLM program for about 90 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has 41 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has pre-eminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as the leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper east Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City. We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including: employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave, flexible work options.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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