Professor Elizabeth Porter Wins UW’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Elizabeth Porter

On June 12, 2014, Elizabeth Porter, an assistant professor of law, was presented with the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2014 as part of the school’s Awards of Excellence ceremony.

“Professor Porter’s record of teaching excellence is well-known at the University of Washington School of Law, and I am so pleased that her contributions are being recognized by the larger university community,” said Dean Kellye Testy after the ceremony. “She is an outstanding and innovative teacher, as well as an excellent scholar, who has made a tremendous contribution to the UW community.”

The Distinguished Teaching Award is given annually to seven faculty members: five from the Seattle campus and one each from UW Bothell and UW Tacoma. Recipients are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including mastery of the subject matter; enthusiasm and innovation in the teaching and learning process; ability to engage students both within and outside the classroom; ability to inspire independent and original thinking in students and to stimulate students to do creative work; and innovations in course and curriculum design.

Faculty members in Seattle who receive the Distinguished Teaching Awards are inducted into the University of Washington Teaching Academy. As Teaching Academy members, awardees are eligible to participate in a variety of Academy-sponsored projects and events to further excellence in the teaching and learning process at the UW.

“I was thrilled to be sharing a stage with the other award recipients,” said Professor Porter. “They showed the breathtaking creativity, compassion and dedication to students that exists across the university.”

Professor Porter came to UW Law in 2010 with a B.A. from Brown University, an M.Ed. from Harvard, and an M.A. and J.D. from Columbia. She teaches Torts, Civil Procedure and Complex Litigation. Her most recent publication is Taking Images Seriously, an article about the treatment of images in written legal argument that will appear in the Columbia Law Review next fall. She received a Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year Award at UW Law in 2011, 2012 and 2014.