Adamson, Spade win Provost's Awards for Excellence

June 14, 2016

Professors Bryan Adamson and Dean Spade received Provost's Awards for Excellence at Seattle University's graduation ceremony in June.

Bryan AdamsonProfessor Adamson, who received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors, is a national voice in clinical legal education. He previously received the prestigious William Pincus Award from the Association of American Law Schools.

Since 2004, Professor Adamson has published more than 15 articles that demonstrate a diverse and interdisciplinary approach to scholarship on topics ranging from clinician status in the legal academy, civil rights through the lens of the judicial procedures, and how media institutions rationalize and reinforce racial hierarchies through narratives constructed around historically marginalized groups. He has brought his integrative and creative approach to bear as a faculty member and former director of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic in his course and program designs, which tackle contemporary issues such as political protest and policing, mortgage foreclosure, and carceral debt. His courses provide legal representation to members of our communities who might otherwise go without assistance.

Professor Adamson's work serves as a model for how scholarship can be used creatively to enhance opportunities for students and colleagues while sharing unique insight and analysis with the legal community.

Dean SpadeProfessor Spade, who received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, involves students in his teaching to help them to draw connections between legal doctrines and the reality of the poor. He is a co-developer in The Racial Justice Leadership Institute, which has broad reaching importance in offering education that enhances the historical purpose of Jesuit education.

His teaching has been described by former students as academically rigorous while at the same time offering a platform for personal growth and reflection, which encourages students to pursue justice, not just a job.

The Provost's Awards recognize full-time faculty who have been members of the SU faculty for at least three years. Among the teaching excellence award criteria are the quality of course design, student relations, learning assessment effectiveness and creativity, innovation, and impact of teaching. For excellence in research, scholarship, and creative endeavor, the award criteria include both quantitative (such as books, journal articles, exhibits, performances) and qualitative (evidence of impact in the field and practice), successful collaborations and connection with the mission.