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Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor Program

Stetson University College of Law's Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) Program, named in honor of Dean Emeritus Bruce R. Jacob, is designed for individuals who seek the opportunity to enter academia by gaining full-time teaching experience and developing their scholarly agenda.

Jacob VAPs normally serve two years, but may, in exceptional circumstances, be extended for a third. Each VAP teaches one course in his or her first semester, then two courses in the second semester. Additionally, each VAP is eligible to apply for a research grant payable during the summer between the first and second years, and is expected to produce at least one significant piece of scholarship.

The College of Law provides the Jacob VAPs with considerable assistance and guidance in developing their academic careers. Among other things, they are mentored by experienced members of the tenured faculty and receive several benefits of full-time professors, such as research assistants and a budget for professional travel. VAPs have opportunities to become fully integrated into the life of the College of Law. Our current VAPS teach Contracts, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Disability Law, and other courses in the upper-level curriculum. 

For additional information contact:
Professor Candace M. Zierdt
Director, Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor Program
Stetson University College of Law
1401  61st Street South
Gulfport, FL  33707
(727) 562-7349
czierdt@law.stetson.edu