Sessional Instructors in Law

University of Calgary


Job ID: 18008

Updated: April 3, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary and Student Legal Assistance (SLA), a non-profit charity offering pro bono legal services through volunteer law students, invite applications for a 3 -year Contingent Term joint appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  

The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019, but alternative dates may be considered.

The successful candidate is expected to lead and manage Student Legal Assistance (SLA), teach in the core JD program, and demonstrate a desire and potential for high-impact research in the area of clinical legal education and related areas.

Candidates must be members of, or eligible for membership in, the Law Society of Alberta and possess current private or public practice experience in criminal, family or civil litigation. Relevant teaching experience, particularly at the post-secondary level, would also be of considerable benefit.

Depending on seniority and experience, including any previous teaching or clinical experience, the appointment may be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Candidates must have a JD or LLB. An advanced degree in Law or cognate discipline at the time of appointment is preferred but not required.

Given the premium placed on collegiality at the University of Calgary, candidates will also be expected to demonstrate a genuine commitment to constructive participation in the life of the School, the University and the broader professional community. Successful candidates must also demonstrate a comfort in, and commitment to the pedagogical principles underlying, the Calgary Curriculum.

Fundamental accountabilities for the new appointment include:

1. Policy and Program Management

Overall executive leadership and management of SLA's day to day operations, including office facilities, staff and student volunteer membership, including liaison with SLA's Board of Directors, Student Executive and the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary on policy and program initiatives.

2. Strategic Planning and External Relations

Development of SLA's organizational vision in consultation with SLA¿s Board of Directors and Student Executive; promotion of SLA's mandate on campus and in the community to foster and preserve lasting relationships with donors and funding stakeholders; identification and implementation of new and existing fundraising opportunities.

3. Financial Management

Overall management of SLA's financial affairs and reporting, including liaison with the Board and external funding agencies, budget development and administration, and oversight of grant applications and funding proposals to external agencies, including the Alberta Law Foundation.

4. Personnel and Volunteer Management

Human resources development, including staff supervision and training, acting as a mentor and resource for student volunteer membership, and recruitment and coordination of contract and volunteer advising lawyers for SLA’s clinical program.

5. Assistant/Associate Professor

Responsible for teaching and supervising students in clinical courses and the core JD program; help further the goals of the Calgary Curriculum and commitment to experiential learning opportunities, including the continuing development of clinical legal studies at the University of Calgary; demonstrate an active research agenda; and demonstrate an ability to be a fully committed member of the University community. Given the premium placed on collegiality at the University of Calgary, candidates will also be expected to demonstrate a genuine commitment to constructive participation in the life of the School, the University and the broader professional community.

Application Details

Interested individuals should submit:

  • A cover letter indicating interest in the joint SLA/University of Calgary appointment:
    • Professional and academic accomplishments
    • Clinical experience or other management experience
    • Teaching experience, if any, and teaching interests, together with a description of how these might fit into the context of the Calgary Curriculum and Energy.Innovation.Impact, the Faculty of Law’s strategic plan
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement of research interests, including scholarly publications, if any
  • A statement of teaching and learning philosophy
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as evaluations), or, if no formal teaching experience, then evidence of teaching potential

Electronic applications are required and should be submitted to:

Dr. Ian Holloway PC QC
Dean, Faculty of Law
University of Calgary

Note: Short-listed candidates will be required to provide three confidential letters of reference, together with evidence of their law society membership(s). 

The salary range for this position is $ 74,174 to $ 130,760.

Completed applications received by May 15, 2019 will receive full consideration, though the review process will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Law visit Careers in the Faculty of Law.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 

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