Job TitleAdjunct Instructor, Paralegal Technology (Real Property Law)
DepartmentCareer and Technical Programs
The instructor should have earned either a Paralegal Studies degree or a Juris Doctorate degree.
Instructors with a Paralegal Studies degree should have graduated from a paralegal studies program approved by the American Bar Association, or by the appropriate administrative agency in the state where the Paralegal Studies program is located, and have attained the status of “Certified Paralegal” by the N.C. State Bar or from a nationally recognized association such as the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).
The instructor should have:
• extensive understanding and knowledge of NC state and federal legal systems, sources of law, and the techniques and methods used
• previous experience in college instruction, teaching legal specialty classes
• previous work experience that includes real property law
**It is preferred that instructor have previous experience in college instruction, teaching legal specialty classes.
• availability to teach evening and online courses
• previous experience utilizing learning management systems for course instruction
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Instructor should be well acquainted with the skills and knowledge required of a real property paralegal.
• Instructor should be proficient in the use of legal office software including legal databases, as well as other technologies generally used in the legal field.
• Instructor should have a comprehensive understanding of the NC Rules of Professional Conduct and be able to incorporate them into course material in a manner that optimizes student learning, understanding, and application.
• Instructor should have the ability to present course material in a manner designed to develop and promote critical thinking and problem solving skills.
• Instructor should have the ability to assess student learning and give appropriate feedback.
• Instructor should have the ability and skill needed to grade and return assignments and tests in a timely manner.
• Instructor should provide evidence of strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and effective oral and written communication/public relation skills.
• Instructor should have excellent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
• Instructor should have the ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
• Instructor should have an understanding of the mission, goals, and objectives of Durham Technical Community College.
• Implement and enforce, when appropriate, college academic policies and procedures together with administrative rules and regulations and other controls intended to maintain order and the highest standards of instruction.
• Maintain and process all office records, grade and enrollment reports, forms, and other paperwork in a timely and efficient manner, checking for the correctness and accuracy of all data.
• Utilize effective instructional technology to deliver curricular content in non-traditional formats (i.e. online, hybrid, etc.) and to supplement the delivery of content through traditional means.
• Teach Paralegal Technology course as determined by the terms of the employment contract, the program directors semester staffing plans, program and course specific needs, and the general needs of the college, and teaching load guidelines.
• Provide quality instruction at all times by being well prepared for each class, and teaching classes for the entire class period.
• Provide comprehensive coverage of course materials and course competencies as specified in course outlines.
• Preparing objectives, assignments, grading standards, attendance policies and course syllabi to be distributed at first class meeting.
• Provide supervisor with syllabi containing course objectives and outlines for course coverage
• Keep accurate attendance and grade records
• Enter and submit attendance reports, final grades and other reports on time, and in the manner directed.
• Use various, innovative teaching techniques as needed
• Use various instructional, computer, and distance learning technologies (e.g., Sakai, FastCase) to provide contemporary presentation of course material where appropriate.
• Provide students with positive, constructive feedback during class interactions and on assignments and tests.
• Return assignments and tests in a timely manner.
• Return student emails within 24 hours or less whenever possible.
• Make suggestions to supervisor regarding textbooks, software, instructional materials, supplies and/or equipment needs.
• Stay informed about current legal events and changes in law and procedure affecting civil litigation practice. And when appropriate, adapt changes into the course instruction.
• Teach assigned courses with special attention to the college’s mission, its commitment to the open door philosophy, and student success.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time
• Ability to lift at times 10-30 lbs.
• Good eye/hand dexterity
• Work requires fingering, grasping, and repetitive keyboarding motions
• Vocal communications is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word
• Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels
• Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities, and
• Infrequent travel between buildings on campus
Required Working HoursDuring published class meeting times, preparation, and grading/record-keeping for contracted courses
Job TypeAdjunct Faculty
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