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Professor Cole receives Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

February 15, 2013 | Faculty

Sarah Rudolph Cole, the John W. Bricker Professor of Law, was surprised in her classroom Thursday morning by E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University, and a few other visitors who came to congratulate her on winning the 2013 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Gee’s remarks, made in front of Cole’s class, recognized her outstanding skill and dedication to the teaching mission. Dean Alan C. Michaels, the Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law, added, “Sarah is not only an exceptional scholar and fantastic leader for our Program on Dispute Resolution, but a phenomenal teacher in the classroom and in exchanges with her students. She brings to her lessons a wealth of practical experience that benefits our students. Plus, she’s extremely approachable, making it easy for students to seek her guidance in the classroom and outside of it.”

The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching honors faculty members for superior teaching. Recipients are nominated by present and former students and colleagues and are chosen by a committee of alumni, students, and faculty. Only 10 are honored each year from a faculty pool of more than 8,000 professors.

Cole is the 11th Moritz faculty member to win the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching since 1967. This is the sixth time in eight years that one of the College’s professors has received the honor.

Teaching primarily in the area of alternative dispute resolution, Cole also has taught Torts, Remedies, and Administrative Law. In 2006, she became the director of Program on Dispute Resolution, a leading program in the nation. Cole is the co-author of Mediation: Law, Policy and Practice, the leading treatise in the field of mediation, and Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Other Processes.

Cole joined the Moritz faculty in 1998. She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she graduated cum laude and was editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Eugene A. Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She practiced labor and employment law with a Chicago law firm prior to beginning her career in academia.