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IU Maurer School of Law honors outstanding teachers

April 15, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Four Indiana University Maurer School of Law faculty members and one adjunct professor were honored April 14 with prestigious teaching awards from the law school. They are:

“Excellent teaching is a core commitment of our educational mission, and our faculty takes that commitment very seriously. There are many wonderful teachers at the Maurer School of Law, and it is an honor to celebrate their achievements," said Austen L. Parrish, dean and the James H. Rudy Professor of Law, who presented the awards.

Trustees' Teaching Awards were presented to Broughman, Farnsworth and Scott.

Broughman teaches courses in corporations, corporate finance and corporate law. Students said that “he talks about the cases in a way that brings them alive, so that controversy and historical context come to light in a new and entertaining way.”

Farnsworth is director of the law school’s graduate legal studies program and teaches legal writing and research methods for graduate students. Her students said she is "professional and diligent, with persistence that drives students to do their best.”

Scott teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure and federal jurisdiction. His students say he is "an incredible, enthusiastic, thorough and brilliant professor who is energetic and excellent at keeping the class focused on the topic at hand.”

Head was presented with the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award. A senior lecturer of accounting and Dow Chemical Company Distinguished Lecturer at the IU Kelley School of Business, she teaches accounting for lawyers. Maurer students said she is an excellent educator because she “makes complicated information easily and digestible and makes dry information fun and interesting.”

Johnsen was presented the Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award. Named for the school's former dean, it is the highest teaching honor given to IU Maurer School of Law faculty.

An expert in constitutional law, particularly reproductive rights and the First Amendment, Johnsen served as acting assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel under President Bill Clinton. She teaches various courses and seminars in constitutional law. Johnsen was cited for a teaching process that uses cases as a vehicle for leading wide-ranging discussions into doctrine, public policy and the real-world ramifications of theoretical arguments. She was also praised for offering “substantive, credible and timely feedback on students’ writing and analysis.”

A special committee of students presented teaching award recommendations to Parrish, who made the final selections.