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UCORE: University Common Requirements Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching

Honoring Dick Law’s service to WSU as Director of General Education from 1990 to 2009, the award values the important role played by general education faculty across the university in helping undergraduates attain a broad array of knowledge and skills as a basis for further study and career success. The recipient of the Law Award is recognized in Spring at the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement awards ceremony.

This award is open to all instructors of record – lecturers, career-track, and tenure-track faculty – on all WSU campuses whose teaching has included at least one UCORE class in each of the past three years. Gaps due to sabbatical leave do not affect eligibility. Each year, the award committee issues a call for nominations/applications that includes details of the application/nomination process. Application announcements and materials are available on our Apply for a Law Award page.

Previous Law Award recipients are educators who inspire curiosity and understanding in an area of study. Their classes encourage development of the lifelong learning skills of integrating and synthesizing concepts to solve real problems.


Current Awardee

Allyson Beall King

About Allyson: King is a scholarly associate professor and the associate director of undergraduate programs in the School of the Environment in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is commended for for having developed and refined an innovative student-centered pedagogy that is process-oriented, collaborative, experiential, and curiosity-driven. The award selection committee noted her attention to issues of belonging, equity, and retention, and that she places top priority on welcoming non-majors into the world of environmental science. Selection committee members noted she truly embodies the spirit of general education and sustains exemplary standards for undergraduate education at WSU.

Past Award Recipients

Katherine Banks, 2018
Robbie Cooper, 2017
Ken Faunce, 2016
Jeanette Martin, 2015
Rich Zack, 2014
Clif Stratton, Clinical Associate Professor of History
Clif Stratton, 2014
Theresa Jordan, 2013, with award namesake Dick Law