Richard G. Law Excellence Award
For Undergraduate Teaching
Recognizing Outstanding Teaching in UCORE Classes
The 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.
Honoring Dr. Law's service to WSU 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.
This award is open to all instructors of record (instructors and clinical faculty as well as tenure-track faculty) on all WSU campuses whose teaching has included at least one UCORE class for the past three years (2015-16 through 2017-18); gaps due to sabbatical leaves do not affect eligibility.
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; and, Katherine Banks (Politics, Philosophy, Public Affairs at WSU Tri-Cities).
Each year, information is provided by an awards committee; it includes details of the application/nomination process.
The newest recipient of the Law Award is recognized in spring at the WSU Undergraduate Education awards ceremony.