General Education – World Civilizations

News - Richard G. Law Teaching Award

June 2, 2009

CONTACT:  Beverly Makhani, WSU Undergraduate Education Communications Director, 509-335-6679,

WSU General Education Director Richard Law Honored As Namesake of New Undergraduate Teaching Award

PULLMAN, Wash.—A new endowed award fund has been established at Washington State University honoring the lifelong work of General Education Program Director Richard “Dick” Law.

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Mary F. Wack announced the award at Law’s May 15 retirement reception at Lewis Alumni Centre.  His 30-year career as a WSU faculty member and administrator, researcher, and author will come to a close on June 30.

Named the Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching, the new award might be presented to an exemplary faculty member as early as spring 2010.  The award is intended for "faculty members of excellence in teaching General Education-designated courses, regardless of which college the course is in."

In describing the award to honor Law, Wack recalled historian Henry B. Adams’ quote that “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”  Law, she said, touched the lives and opened the minds of thousands of students in his classroom, and impacted many more by mentoring generations of WSU teachers.

The award in Law’s name, she said, might allow WSU to acknowledge and reward “at least one outstanding undergraduate teacher each year.”

“I am deeply honored and touched by this great honor,” Law said.

More than $26,000 has been contributed to the award fund by Law’s numerous colleagues, friends, and family.  The fund is therefore endowed, Wack said.


General Education, PO Box 644519, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-4519, 509-335-5699, Contact Us