The Sheldon Goldman Scholarship was established to honor Professor Goldman for his nearly 50 years of teaching, service and research in the Department of Political Science and to celebrate his promotion to Distinguished Professor. It is designed to provide assistance to a Political Science junior or senior who has demonstrated excellence in Public Law and Judicial Politics. The recipient must have a GPA of at least 3.5.
Over the course of nearly 50 years at UMass Amherst, Professor Goldman has become one of the nation's top experts on the politics of judicial selection and confirmation. In the 1960s, he was one of the first scholars who sought to expand traditional public law approaches to the study of the judiciary, and his research effectively shifted the focus of federal court scholarship from a singular examination of the Supreme Court to a broader and more inclusive study of Law and the Courts. In the 1970s, Professor Goldman began a series of articles in Judicature on federal judicial selection -- a series which he continues to write to this day [2013 Judicature
Professor Goldman is the author of Picking Federal Judges, which was selected Outstanding Academic Book for 1998 by Choice Magazine and received Honorable Mention for the 1997 C. Herman Pritchett Award given by The Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. He is recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and Harvard Fellowship, and he has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, LBJ Foundation, Harry S. Truman Library Institute, and the Ford Library, in addition to numerous University grants.
In 2004, Professor Goldman was recognized with a Chancellor’s Medal, and in 2006 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association's Law and Courts Section. Professor Goldman has appeared on or been interviewed by NBC Nightly News, Bill Moyer’s Journal, CBS, Voice of America, CNN, Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, among countless other regional and national media outlets.
Professor Goldman's numerous teaching honors include multiple Outstanding Teaching Awards, a Best Professor recognition from the Collegian, and a Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award. Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honors society, named Professor Goldman the chapter’s Outstanding Teacher in 1988 and again in 2002. He continues to be a tireless advocate for political science students, serving as an advisor to Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha, and acting as the Department honors coordinator for several years.