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Prof. Dale Carpenter Selected for University Teaching Award

MARCH 14, 2014—Dale Carpenter, the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, has been chosen to receive a 2014 University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Teaching Award. This award, given to no more than eight University of Minnesota professors each year, recognizes outstanding contributions to post-baccalaureate, graduate, and professional education. Carpenter is the second member of the Law School faculty to receive the award; the other is Professor John Matheson, who won it in 2008.

"I was delighted to hear that Professor Carpenter had been selected for this major University-wide honor," said Dean David Wippman. "Professor Carpenter is an exceptionally skilled and popular teacher and a talented and respected colleague. It's wonderful that he is receiving this recognition."

Carpenter joined the Law School faculty in 2000 and soon distinguished himself as a teacher. He was chosen the Law School's Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year for 2003-04 and 2005-06 and was the Tenured Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007. In 2011 he received the Dr. Matthew Stark Award for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

"It's rare to find an occupation that feels less like a job than a calling, something you really want to do with your life rather than something you have to do to pay a mortgage," Carpenter said. "I cannot think of anything I’d rather do than be a teacher. It is a privilege and a joy. I hope some of my enthusiasm is communicated to my students, and that my example might someday help them decide how they might make the best of their own lives."

Those University professors who receive the Graduate and Professional Teaching Award—along with those who win the Morse-Alumni Award, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching—become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and they have conferred upon them the title "Distinguished University Teaching Professor." The Academy functions as a forum through which its members provide important leadership to the University community, serving as mentors, advisors, and spokespersons for the University’s teaching mission.

Professor Carpenter and his fellow 2014 honorees will be recognized at a special awards ceremony, to be held Wednesday, April 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center on the East Bank Campus.