College of Law Announces the 2015 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching Awards
Professors Michele Bradley, A. Christopher Bryant, and Janet Moore received the annual award for teaching excellence, which was announced on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
Cincinnati, OH—The recipients of the 2015 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching share a central characteristic: they enjoy laying a foundation of knowledge that students will use throughout their legal careers. All willingly pass on their knowledge and experience to others, demonstrated by their commitment to teaching and the impact they’ve made at the College of Law. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Professors Michele Bradley, A. Christopher Bryant, and Janet Moore.
Michele Bradley, Professor of Practice
Professor Michele Bradley, a College of Law graduate, has distinguished herself as a professor who demonstrates excellence in the classroom, as well as a great advisor outside of the classroom. She teaches courses in Legal Research and Writing and works closely with the Judicial Extern Program. In the classroom, Professor Bradley creates a learning environment that allows each of her students to feel more comfortable while exploring a new way of writing that can be very difficult to comprehend. Wrote one student in a letter nominating her, “Professor Bradley provides an atmosphere that is conducive to student participation and the ability for us to bounce ideas off of each other.” Such a trait is especially important for Professor Bradley’s courses as they are filled with 1Ls attempting to adjust to the rigors of law school.
Outside of the classroom, Professor Bradley is committed to students’ success. She makes herself available to help not only with writing required for class, but also with writing samples students may want to use in applying for jobs. She seeks out individual students for opportunities she thinks they would find rewarding or that would benefit them by their involvement. Professor Bradley has shown that she not only wants her students to become successful attorneys, but that she is willing to help them reach that goal.
A. Christopher Bryant, Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law
Professor A. Christopher Bryant demonstrates excellence in teaching both inside and outside the classroom. Inside the classroom he distinguishes himself by fostering discussions among students who often have very polarized opinions. One of the biggest challenges that he has to overcome is addressing controversial topics in a room of twenty-something-year-old students with differing perspectives. His ability to harness students’ passions and convert them into worthwhile discussion topics is unrivaled.
Outside the classroom, Professor Bryant excels as well. He is often a featured participant in law school sponsored debates, a keynote speaker on current events with legal implications, and a facilitator of CLE events open to the broader legal community. Indeed, attending any of these forums will enlighten students as to why Professor Bryant is a wonderful teacher and a great ambassador for the law school.
Finally, Professor Bryant’s dedication to teaching and educational reform also is exemplified by a recent scholarly undertaking. He is hard at work on a new Constitutional Law casebook that will introduce new and more effective ways of teaching constitutional law to students.
Professor Janet Moore, Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Janet Moore’s ability to offer personal insight and perspective inside and outside of the classroom sets her apart from others. She is well-known for her unique teaching style that introduces legal concepts in a fun and engaging manner. Indeed, lessons are filled with nursery rhymes, comedic pictures, pop culture, and anecdotal stories that seamlessly tie into the key points of every lecture. These points stick with students well beyond the exam and turn every lesson into meaningful informative sessions that will help them in their career. She is masterful in not just ensuring that students understand the key points of each lesson, but also that each student recognizes the real world applications and many shades of gray that come with interpreting the law.
Professor Moore has a natural talent for communicating with the student body that has earned her the respect of both the students and the administration. In addition, she engages outside the classroom, speaking about her experiences as a defense attorney for death row inmates and her past experiences as a litigator. Her knowledge and experience serve as indispensable tools to be passed on to others; and the care and concern she shows to each student makes her feel like everyone’s personal mentor.
About the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching Award
Each year, students have an opportunity to recognize excellence in teaching at the College of Law by nominating a professor(s) for the Goldman Prize. Awarded annually, the Prize recognizes professors who distinguish themselves in the classroom and whose accomplishments in research and/or public service contribute to excellence in teaching.