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Iowa Law Faculty Receive Honors

Eighteen faculty and staff members were honored at the University of Iowa’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards celebration. The ceremony, held Oct. 16, was sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources.

The College of Law was proud to have two of its own among the honorees. 

The President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence
Dawn Barker Anderson, College of Law

A professor of instruction for legal analysis, writing, and research, Anderson is a leader in teaching methodologies in the college, and has been at the forefront of introducing teaching techniques that represent innovations in legal education. Among her contributions is pioneering work on effective team-based learning in the first-year legal writing curriculum. When the American Bar Association adopted a requirement in 2014 that law schools develop and implement specific learning outcomes at both an institutional and course level, Anderson led the development of learning outcomes for the college and championed a focus on outcomes as a core philosophy. She earned an education specialist degree from the Higher Education and Student Affairs program in the College of Education in 2018, using the opportunity to research interdisciplinary issues, such as the experience of women and international law students.

The May Brodbeck Humanities Fellowship: Lea VanderVelde, College of Law

VanderVelde, Josephine R. Witte Professor of Law, researches 19th-century lives, court decisions, and other occurrences that significantly impacted the course of American law, particularly in the areas of slavery, work, property, and the Constitution. With the 2019–2020 May Brodbeck Humanities Fellowship Award, she will digitize and analyze two major historical texts related to the making of constitutions: the convention debates that produced the Iowa state constitution, and the Congressional debates that changed the national Constitution. This work has the potential to be wide-reaching and influential because of her goal to make the digitized texts accessible to legal history students, researchers studying the state of Iowa, and scholars of the national constitution. VanderVelde was a Guggenheim fellow in constitutional studies in 2011, and is principal investigator for the Law of the Antebellum Frontier project at the Stanford Spatial History Lab, analyzing the legal and cultural mechanisms at work in developing states out of U.S. territories.

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