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2001 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 selection of Professors Thomas Eisele, Bradford Mank, and Ingrid Wuerth as this year's recipients of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Committee recognizes and applauds each of these professors for their outstanding work.


Professor Tom Eisele personifies everything that makes teaching an art. He inspires his students with his wisdom and candor, and drives them to succeed, all the while exhibiting the greatest respect and professionalism. What Professor Eisele offers to his students is something that cannot be taught in books: humanity, compassion, enthusiasm and understanding. The vitality and strength of his character and personality kindle the fire of learning in the spirits of his students. He is not just a lawyer, researcher, and lecturer; he is a friend, mentor, and teacher.

Professor Brad Mank is an excellent instructor who is able to explain difficult concepts with precision and clarity. He uses humor to reinforce the complex topics covered in Property and Environmental Law. He is always willing to advise students on independent research topics that enable them to cover these subjects in great depth. There is an open atmosphere of debate in all of his courses which allows for participation from all students. Professor Mank serves as a mentor and role model for his students. He is always willing to go beyond just teaching. Students feel comfortable approaching him for letters of recommendation and advice about courses and career choices.

In her first year at the College of Law, Professor Ingrid Brunk Wuerth has already demonstrated her commitment to teaching by her positive classroom presence. Her presentation of the subject matter compels students to want to learn and understand the material. Professor Wuerth's encouragement of classroom discussion fosters an open environment, challenging students to think about the course from many angles. She helps prepare her students to handle the complex world outside of books. Professor Wuerth makes an obvious effort to get to know students beyond the classroom. She is always available for consultation and will take the time to help any student with issues such as careers, scheduling, and clerkships. She makes students comfortable and is straightworward and helpful in answering questions.

We congratulate Professors Tom Eisele, Brad Mank, and Ingrid Wuerth and we look forward to their continued contributions to the College of Law.