Richards, Teter Win University Teaching Awards

Richards, Teter Win U Teaching Awards

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law professors Bill Richards and Michael Teter have each been recognized by the University of Utah for their teaching skills.

Richards, a clinical professor at the College of Law since 1996, was awarded the University Distinguished Teaching Award for 2015. He will be recognized formally at the University of Utah General Commencement in May 2015. “This is a tremendous honor we all share,” Richards said. “The reward is not the recognition but the opportunity to teach such inquisitive, dedicated students here at the College of Law. In that sense, the professors here are all very lucky.”

Teter, who joined the faculty in 2011, was awarded the Early Career Teaching Award for 2015. He said, “Teaching — engaging with students and guiding them towards successful legal careers — stands at the center of our mission. I strive to create a rigorous, engaging, and dynamic classroom environment that fosters learning while preparing students to enter the legal profession with a solid analytic foundation.  To the extent that I succeed, it’s because of the incredible importance the school places on excellence in teaching, the support the school provides to allow us all to be successful professors, and because of the hard work and dedication of our students.”

Michael_Teter_dxs2ezCollege of Law Dean Bob Adler said, “Michael and Bill are both intensely dedicated and skilled teachers, who devote a great deal of time and effort to their innovative teaching approaches.  These awards are a tribute to their efforts, and to our continued College-wide commitment to excellence in teaching.”

The University Distinguished Teaching Award honors significant contributions to the teaching mission of the University of Utah. To be eligible, a faculty member must have completed eight or more years of teaching service at the University of Utah. The Early Career Teaching Award recognizes demonstrated distinction in teaching, demonstrated by activities that result in increased learning by students, such as the development of new methods or other curricular innovation. To be eligible, a faculty member must have at least three full years but less than eight years of service at the University of Utah.