Leah Wing, Senior Lecturer II of Legal Studies has been awarded this year’s UMass College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award. This award celebrates exceptional teaching, mentoring, and curriculum development efforts, and their impact on students.
Wing has taught a number of classes since she joined UMass in 1993, including Alternative Dispute Resolution; Irish Peace Process; Irish Peace Process: After the Good Friday Agreement; Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution; and Environmental Justice. Her teaching and research utilize law and society scholarship, and critical race legal theory in particular, to interrogate the relationship between disputing and justice. Notably, Wing taught the first course in the nation that combined critical race theory with alternative dispute resolution.
Wing’s teaching has made a huge impact on students at UMass. Just recently, several graduates of the legal studies program have pursued careers in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, citing Dr. Wing’s courses as the inspiration for this career choice. An avid advocate for students from diverse backgrounds, Wing regularly encourages undergraduates to pursue careers in the legal profession, and her work in pursuing goals of multiculturalism has been recognized with the UMass Chancellor’s Award for Multiculturalism and through the Kuumba Award in Appreciation of Support and Efforts in Promoting Opportunities in the Field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for Minority Professionals. Wing was also instrumental in facilitating the creation of the mural in the Campus Center, as part of The Art of Conflict Transformation in the North of Ireland/Northern Ireland Event Series in 2010.
Wing will be recognized for her achievement at the spring Four @ Four faculty research event in April, as well as at the SBS Senior Celebration in May. She will receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $1,000.
"The College is committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring, and Professors Wing exemplify the best of the outstanding teaching and mentoring that occurs throughout SBS,” says Dean of SBS, John Hird. “They inspire us all."
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