Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching
Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching is given to recognize outstanding teaching by faculty in Washington State University’s “University Common Requirements” (UCORE) program. All eligible instructors are welcome to apply. Applications are due April 1, 2021. The newest recipient of the Law Award is recognized in spring by the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA), of which UCORE is a part.
About the Award
Honoring Dr. Richard Law’s service to the university as Director of General Education from 1990 to 2009, the award values the important role played by general education faculty across the university in helping undergraduates attain the WSU Learning Goals and Outcomes, especially outside their major area of study. Recognizing that effective leaders in all areas need to draw on a breadth of knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplinary fields, faculty receiving this award inspire curiosity and understanding of an area of study. Their classes encourage development of the lifelong learning skills of integrating and synthesizing concepts in order to solve real problems.
Past winners of the Law Award include inaugural recipient Theresa Jordan (History) in 2013; Clif Stratton (History) and Richard Zack (Entomology) in 2014; Jeanette Clayton Martin (Mathematics) in 2015; Ken Faunce (History) in 2016; Robert J. Cooper (Human Development) in 2017; Katherine Banks (Politics, Philosophy, Public Affairs at WSU Tri-Cities) in 2018; Kara M. Whitman (Environment) in 2019; and Kate Watts (English) in 2020.
This award is open to all instructors of record (instructors and career-track faculty as well as tenure-track faculty) on all WSU campuses whose teaching has included at least one UCORE class in the past three years (2017-18 through 2019-20); gaps due to sabbatical leaves do not affect eligibility.
Want to suggest the name of an applicant?
If you know an instructor who would be a great candidate to apply for a Law Award, please send an email to the Law Award Committee about this person!
In your email, please briefly describe the person’s contributions to WSU undergraduate education in light of the Law Award criteria described on this page. A committee member will reach out to the person to ask if they would like to prepare and submit application materials. They may choose to ask you to write a letter of recommendation, one of the application requirements.
Applicants will use the online submission form below to provide the Law Award Committee with the following materials:
- Basic personal and contact information as well as the upload of a 3-to-5-page application statement document that explains how the applicant addresses the Law Award criteria (shown below).
- One additional support document (e.g. syllabus, assignment prompt, results of assessment of teaching and learning) that speaks to the applicant’s approach to or effectiveness of teaching.
- Contact details for two to three people that will separately provide letters of support for the applicant. These people should be colleagues, alumni, former students, or community partners — ideally, at least one letter should be from a former student.
Application Form for a Law Award
The period for applying for Law Awards is now closed. The applications that were submitted are now being reviewed. Awards will be announced in mid to late April 2021.