2005 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 recipients of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching: Thomas D. Eisele, Professor of Law; A. Christopher Bryant, Associate Professor of Law; and Marianna Brown Bettman, Invited Professor of Law. The Committee recognizes and applauds each of these professors for their outstanding work.
Professor Tom Eisele has shared his knowledge of and enthusiasm for the law with University of Cincinnati law students for fourteen years. In all of his courses, from Property to Wills & Trusts to Jurisprudence, he consistently has ensured that his students gain a thorough understanding of the material. He is committed to explicating complicated legal doctrines so that all students can grasp the concepts. Professor Eisele also makes class a personal experience by learning every student's name, even in the largest classes, and treating each person with respect. Students praise him for his engaging lectures, for his effective use of course materials, and for his ability to give everyone a chance to be heard without letting the discussion head off track. Such a combination of expertise, knowledge of substantive law, passion, and insight compels students to seek out Professor Eisele's classes.
Professor Chris Bryant's true commitment to teaching is evident in all his courses: Constitutional Law, Legislation & Statutory Interpretation, Conflicts of Law, and Criminal Law. His knowledge and command of the law are immediately apparent to and respected by students. Professor Bryant utilizes this knowledge to debate the law, discussing all viewpoints concerning the topic of discussion, and encouraging his classes to think critically about deeper issues behind the cases. Students enjoy his courses despite their difficulty because of his effective teaching style utilizing imagination and humor. He treats everyone with respect and courtesy and makes himself readily available for questions after class. Many have commented that they leave his classes feeling as if they had just participated in a one-on-one class, or small seminar, instead of the large class they were actually in. This personal attention inspires students to more thoroughly prepare and to grasp the course material.
Professor Marianna Bettman has the remarkable ability to build both scholars and lawyers. Students in her Torts and Professional Responsibility courses usually prepare above and beyond what is required simply because they want to participate at the highest level possible. They often remark that they leave her classes with a wealth of knowledge that remains in the memory well after the course is concluded. Professor Bettman commands, deserves, and receives her students' utmost respect. She embodies the frequent reminder she makes to her students, "At the end of the day, all you have is your good name," through her dedicated work as a lawyer, an appellate judge, and a professor. Professor Bettman is also held in the highest regard in the legal community. Her coterie of friends provides the College of Law with priceless learning opportunities, demonstrated this year when she coordinated the Judge In Residence Program featuring Judge Martha Daughtrey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
We congratulate Professors Tom Eisele, Chris Bryant, and Marianna Bettman and we look forward to their continued contributions to the College of Law.