2002 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 Sara Nelson 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.
Professor Sara Nalson is an extraordinary instructor who explains the often complex concepts of intellectual property law with ease and clarity. She also uses her practical experience to enhance the value of the classroom experience. Additionally, Professor Nelson encourages students to reflect upon intellectual property issues outside of the classroom environment. It is this encouragement that leads to the lively debates that characterize her classes. Professor Nelson's contributions extend outside of the classroom as well. She is always available to answer any questions students may have and to assist with students' projects, articles, and recommendations. To educate is to inspire, to create, and develop thoughts in an area that at first seems endless and uncomprehending. Professor Nelson has accomplished these goals for her students.
Professor Wendy Parker is an engaging instructor, genuinely enjoys teaching, and will work to help students understand and apply the concepts presented. She truly values her time in the classroom with her students, transforming a Civil Procedure or Remedies class into a broad policy discussion during which students are forced to process and expand on the course material. Professor Parker develops her students' intellect and creates an atmosphere in which students want to come to class, participate, and gain valuable insight. She seeks out students, develops personal relationships, and has been an invaluable mentor for so many students. Additionally, Professor Parker contributes, not only by cultivating students on an individual level, but by actively seeking to improve student groups and the law school environment. Professor Parker serves as the advisor for the Moot Court Board, spearheaded several challenges during the Public Interest Campaign, and raised a substantial amount of money for public interest grants.
We congratulate Professors Sara Nelson and Wendy Parker and we look forward to their continued contributions to the College of Law.