Four Vanderbilt Law professors–Edward Cheng, Tracey George, Terry Maroney and Daniel Sharfstein–received 2013 Hall-Hartman Awards for Outstanding Teaching at an awards presentation in Blackacre April 18.
Hall-Hartman Awards are based a student poll administered by the student-led Vanderbilt Bar Assocation. Hall-Hartman Awards are given to one professor in each of Vanderbilt’s three first-year sections and to two professors for excellent teaching in upper-level courses of over and under 30 students.
Hall-Hartman Awards are a longstanding Vanderbilt tradition recognizing faculty whose teaching is deemed outstanding in each first-year student section and for large and small upper-level elective courses. The awards are named in honor of former professors Donald J. Hall and Paul Hartman, both of whom spent their careers at Vanderbilt and were revered for their teaching.
“It is extremely hard to win a teaching award at Vanderbilt Law School because of the many outstanding teachers on our faculty,” Dean Chris Guthrie said. “Professors cherish this recognition because it comes directly from the students they’ve taught.”
Edward Cheng, whose research and teaching focus on evidence law, was honored with two Hall-Hartman Awards by Section A for his first-year Torts course and by upper-level students in the category of courses with more than 30 students.
Tracey George, who was recently appointed to the Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence, was honored by Section B with a Hall-Hartman Award for her first-year Contracts course. George directs Vanderbilt’s Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program.
Daniel Sharfstein was honored by Section C with a Hall-Hartman Award for his first-year course in Property Law. Sharfstein, who was awarded a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship this month, co-directs Vanderbilt’s Social Justice Program.
Terry Maroney received a Hall-Hartman award for upper-level teaching in the category of courses with fewer than 30 students. Maroney co-directs the Social Justice Program and recently participated in an educational program for new federal judges at the invitation of the Federal Judicial Center.