WSU Law Award Applications Open through March 19 for UCORE Faculty

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University announces that applications for the next Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching will be accepted through Tues., March 19, 2024.

Presented since 2013, the Law award recognizes outstanding teaching by instructors of record—lecturers, career-track, and tenure-track faculty—on all campuses who lead courses in the University Common Requirements (UCORE) general education curriculum.

“The Law award is a WSU tradition, and it recognizes UCORE educators for their unique and exceptional efforts to deliver top academic experiences for WSU students,” said Ashley Boyd, UCORE director.

Thirteen faculty members have so far received the Law award, said Karen Weathermon, member of the award selection committee. Those recipients are described as educators who inspire curiosity into, and understanding of, an area of study. Through their teaching, they encourage development of the lifelong learning skills of integrating and synthesizing concepts to solve real problems.

The award is named in honor of WSU administrator and faculty member Richard “Dick” Law, who served as the director of general education from 1990 until his retirement in 2009.

Applicants for the next Law award must have taught at least one UCORE class in each of the past three years. Other requirements and detailed information about the award and the online application process is available on the Law award webpage on the DAESA website.

Following reviews by the award committee, the new recipient will be announced at the awards event for Academic Excellence and Student Achievement on April 26.

Questions about the award or online nomination process should be emailed to All application materials, including letters of recommendation, are due by the March 19 deadline.

Media contacts:

Ashley Boyd, UCORE director and Law Award Committee member,

Karen Weathermon, Law Award Committee member,

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