Prospective Law Teachers (and VAPs and fellows) Committee
The mission of the Prospective Law Teachers Committee is to provide aspiring law professors with targeted feedback and advice from seasoned law professors. The Committee coordinates the SEALS Prospective Law Teachers Workshop, which provides opportunities for aspiring law teachers to participate in mock interviews and mock job talks. The Committee also schedules 1-on-1 sessions for prospective law teachers to receive faculty feedback on their CVs. Additionally, the Committee traditionally has organized at least one substantive panel on a topic of particular relevance to prospective law teachers, including past sessions such as “Maximizing your VAP” and “Navigating the Hiring Process.” Many of the Committee’s past workshop participants have gone on to obtain tenure-track positions in legal academia and now teach at diverse schools, ranging from Tulane to South Carolina to Louisville.
- Bradley Areheart (Tennessee) (Co-Chair) email@example.com
- Leah Chan Grinvald (Suffolk) (Co-Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Glen-Peter Alhers (Barry)
- Benjamin Barton (Tennessee) (Mentor Committee liaison)
- Mark Bauer (Stetson)
- Gregory Bowman (W. Virginia U.)
- James Douglas (Thurgood Marshall)
- Bruce Elman (Windsor U.)
- Cynthia Fountaine (S. Illinois)
- Ian Holloway (Calgary)
- Becky Jacobs (Tennessee)
- Billie Jo Kaufman (American)
- Sam Jordan (St. Louis U.)
- Stacy Leeds (Arkansas)
- Melissa Lonegrass (New Scholar Committee liaison)
- Colin Marks (St. Marys)
- Rob McFarland (Faulkner)
- Luke Milligan (Louisville)
- Elizabeth Pendo (St. Louis)
- David Romantz (Memphis)
- Christina Sautter (Louisiana State)
- Howard Wasserman (FIU)
- Candace Zierdt (Stetson)
Welcome to the Prospective Law Teachers Workshop. We are thrilled that you are interested in this year’s exciting program. We look forward to learning more about you and your interest areas for teaching and scholarship. We hope you will find the mock interviews, mock job talks, and related panels of great use in your quest to secure a tenure-track position. If you are interested in participating, please contact one of us to express your interest. At that time, please provide a CV as well as a brief statement regarding your upcoming plans and professional goals.
If you are already planning to attend SEALS, please make sure you have registered for the conference and arranged for your rooms. Some people attend the whole week-long conference (for networking), while others attend just a few days centered around the Prospective Law Teachers Workshop. Information for registering for the conference is also on this website.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
2016 Annual Report
2016 marked the fourth consecutive year of the workshop, and with four years under our belt, we can now see some of the results. Of the 24 candidates to have participated in the workshop since 2013 (not counting the 2016 candidates), all but three candidates are currently employed in an academic institution. While the workshop cannot take all the credit for assisting these candidates in their job searches (particularly those from 2015 that are still in the academic positions they held while participating in the workshop), it is gratifying to see that many have clearly benefited from the workshop and the programming that we offer to them.
This year, we were again quite successful in raising awareness of the workshop among the many fellowship and Visiting Assistant Professor programs around the country. The committee received 23 applications to participate in the workshop, which was about one less than last year. Due to the efforts of the chairpersons and the willingness of the faculty volunteers, we were able to accept 12 candidates, which was an increase of three from the year prior. We currently have 36 faculty volunteers lined up for the mock interview sessions. This means that we can provide each candidate with mock interviews that are closely related to the real experience at the AALS meeting, as each interview room will have at least three faculty volunteers “interviewing” a candidate at one time. Each candidate will have three mock interviews. In addition, we have lined up over 25 faculty volunteers for the mock job talk sessions, which will mean that each job talk will have at least five members of the audience at any one time (as other candidates will sit in on the job talks as well). The faculty volunteers are from a wide range of schools across the country, representing approximately 27 different law schools.
In addition to the mock interviews and mock job talks, the workshop also provides candidates with a one-on-one CV feedback session, as well as a panel geared to them on navigating the job market. As in years past, we coordinated with the New Professors Workshop on dates so that the candidates can take advantage of their programming on teaching, research, and service. This ensures that the candidates are provided with a well-rounded and rich workshop and experience at SEALS, hopefully helping them to prepare for the upcoming market. We hope that the workshop will continue to be able to expand to include additional candidates and faculty volunteers next year.