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2012 Goldman Prize Winners Committed to Teaching Excellence

Thought-provoking. Cutting edge. Engaged. These words describe the 2012 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching recipients. All have demonstrated their commitment to students, support of the College of Law, and commitment to excellence. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Professor Emily M.S. Houh, Professor Sean Mangan, and Professor Janet Moore.

Emily M.S. Houh, Associate Dean of Faculty and Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law and Contracts

For the students lucky enough to have had Professor Emily M.S. Houh for Contracts in their first semester of law school, she set the bar in terms of what to look for in a professor. It was immediately evident to her students that Professor Houh has full command of the material, and they appreciated her ability to present it in a clear, organized manner. She has mastered the surely difficult skill of leading a classroom of over 80 students, in which all felt personally accountable for the material, and all have an opportunity to participate and many different voices are heard.

Professor Houh ensured not only that all of her students understood the intricacies of the black-letter law, but also the historical context, and societal consequences of what they were learning. She made the subject of Contracts extremely relevant in the lives of her students, and challenged them to critique the different theories and holdings, rather than just accept them without engaging in the material. Professor Houh teaches her students how to think critically about the law, which is an invaluable lesson to learn in one’s first semester.

When asked why Professor Houh is a great professor, any former student will definitely point to her obvious commitment to her students, and investment in their success. She sets high, clearly-communicated standards, setting students up to be careful and well-prepared future lawyers.

This is Professor Houh's second Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Sean Mangan, Assistant Professor of Practice

Law students must understand the theory of law however, just as importantly, they must learn how to translate those theories and knowledge into practice. Law students at the University of Cincinnati are afforded the opportunity to gain very necessary skill sets with the addition of Professor Sean Mangan to the faculty. In his first year of teaching, Professor Mangan has made an integral contribution towards developing curriculum to combine real-world, clinical, and academic experiences into the classroom.

Although Professor Mangan has only been a part of the faculty for a very short time, he has already made an extraordinary impression on law students. They admire the passion and zeal he brings to his practical drafting courses each session. He motivates students to want to do exemplary work and spends tireless hours reviewing their work and responding with invaluable feedback. His lectures are intriguing and he inspires students to do additional study and research above and beyond the call of a typical law school course.

Professor Mangan has guided a successful team to the transactional law competition. He has been able to do this using his leadership skills, and his true understanding of how to explain complicated issues to students to assure that team members gained the knowledge and ability to demonstrate their prowess in the field of law.

The students at the College of Law are privileged to have such a cutting edge, experienced, and thought-provoking teacher as Professor Mangan.

Janet Moore, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

The Goldman Prize is awarded to University of Cincinnati College of Law professors who distinguish themselves in classroom performance, research, and public service. What’s amazing about Professor Janet Moore’s contribution and excellence in these categories is how quickly she has made an impact on this school and the lives of its students.

In just over a year since joining the College of Law in January 2011, the committee has already seen fit to award Professor Moore with the Goldman Prize based upon the stellar recommendations of students and the administration.

The students of the College of Law acclaim her classes as interactive, refreshing, interesting, and informative. Professor Moore engages students in meaningful conversations while always relating material to real-world problems. She often takes time to make practical teaching points concerning the material, and is willing to sacrifice class time to insure student comprehension and the success of her students both in and outside of the classroom. While she demands excellence from her students, she is always willing to devote large amounts of time outside of class to student development and strives to make herself easily accessible and available.

Professor Moore is able to draw upon her extensive legal and educational experiences in her teachings. Her recent work with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center where she emphasized the reform and improvement of indigent defense translates directly to her instruction and class discussion. Professor Moore’s passion for her work and her students extends beyond the classroom and follows them into their careers as they graduate and move into professional settings.

The College of Law is excited and proud to work with such an engaging professor.

About the Goldman Prize for Excellence In Teaching

The Goldman Prize has been awarded for over 30 years. This award is unique because students nominate and choose the recipients—their professors. To make this decision the committee considers the professors’ research and public service as they contribute to superior performance in the classroom.