The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

Main menu:

Feb. 4, 2003

Press Contact:
Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications,(512) 471.7330
Nichola Fortney, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-2717

Professor Crandall Receives UT Teaching Award

Texas Exes honors visiting professor, teaching quizmaster from UT Law for excellence in teaching

AUSTIN, Texas Thomas Crandall, a visiting professor at The University of Texas School of Law, has received the 2003 Texas Excellence Teaching Award from the Texas Exes for his commitment to education and students. Crandall teaches contracts and commercial law.

Each year, the Texas Exes honors a professor and a teaching assistant from each college and school with the Texas Excellence Teaching Award. It is especially rewarding for the recipients because students are allowed to nominate and choose the best professors and teaching assistants on campus. At the Law School, a Student Bar Association committee selected Crandall based on requirements ranging from concern for society and the individual to the ability to impart knowledge while challenging students to pursue independent inquiry and creative thoughts.

"Tom is a terrific teacher. It's a well deserved and great honor that the students have recognized him with this award," said Bill Powers, Dean of UT Law.

An Order of the Coif graduate of Indiana University, Crandall has received teaching awards at the law schools of Gonzaga University, University of Denver and the University of Toledo where he also served as dean.

"I consider this award as the most important achievement of my law school teaching career. I am humbled by it and as proud as I can be," said Crandall, who was also a visiting professor at UT Law in 1985-1986. "The University of Texas Law School is among the very best in the country and has historically been known as an excellent teaching school. I find the students to be challenging, accomplished, and professional while also having a great sense of humor. Teaching can be fun and here it is that and so much more," he said.

An elected member of the American Law Institute, Crandall has taught commercial law and contracts at a number of schools and chaired two sections of the Association of American Law Schools. He has also lectured nationally on consumer credit and commercial law. His publications include treatises used by lawyers and students as well as a casebook used by students across the country. Crandall has also counted among his achievements four years as a leader in legislative advocacy for the indigent.

Kelle Sutton, a third-year UT Law student who is a Teaching Quizmaster under the direction of Professor Christy Nisbett, also received a Teaching Excellence Award from the Texas Exes. "The TQ program is a great mentoring program," said Sutton, "I felt that I got so much out of it as a first-year student and I just wanted to give something back."

Professor Crandall and Sutton will be presented with their awards on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.