1999 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching
The Goldman Prize is awarded to recognize excellence in teaching. The Goldman Prize Committee considers research and public service as they contribute to superior performance in the classroom. Students nominate professors who distinguish themselves in these categories. This year the Goldman Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Professors Graeme Dinwoodie, John Murphy, and Wendy Parker as this year's recipients of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Committee recognizes and applauds each of these professors for their outstanding work.
"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwrds; and curiosity itself can be vivid and wholesome only in proportion as the mind is contented and happy." (Anatole France) Professor Dinwoodie exemplifies the art of teaching by instilling hope and desire in the minds of his students. Not only does he incite his students to go beyond the constructs of the law, but he also respects and values their opinions. Through his refreshing and contagious enthusiasm, Professor Dinwoodie offers lessons that cannot be contained by the pages of a book or the halls of the law school. Each and every student and faculty member fortunate to know him comes away with a sense of his passion and integrity.
Professor John Murphy retires after thirty-four years at the College of Law, each of which has been marked by his many contributions. Professor Murphy was selected as the Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1966, which is an honor bestowed on only one professor at the University each year. The University recognized the lifetime work of this effective and outstanding teacher who has loyally served the College and the University with unsurpassed dedication to his students and to his profession. While it is widely accepted that Professor Murphy's classes are lively, fun, and exciting, it is also unanimously recognized that serious and intense learning takes place in his classes. Through his excellent teaching and valuable service to the College of Law community, he does far more than simply teach students to be good lawyers: he has taught them how to develop as professionals.
Professor Wendy Parker's commitment to teaching and to the education of her students comes through in every class she teaches. Her enthusiasm and dedication towards the subjects she teaches makes class engaging. Professor Parker cares about her students' comprehension of the material, not just in an academic capacity, but with a "real world" understanding. She also cares about here students outside of the classroom and encourages students to visit her and discuss personal as well as school-related concerns.
We congratulate Professors Graeme Dinwoodie, John Murphy, and Wendy Parker.