Mathews one of 8 Emory Faculty to Receive Teaching Award
Jennifer Mathews is one of eight Emory teachers chosen by university-wide student vote to receive the Crystal Apples Teaching Award, for excellence in the category of Professional School Education. She was honored at a Feb. 27 reception at Miller-Ward Alumni House given by Emory’s Residence Hall Association, which coordinates the awards.
Mathews was selected from a field of more than 350 nominations, said Niketu Patel, Residence Hall Association vice president for programming. The professional schools category includes law, nursing, business, medicine and allied health and public health. Teachers are ranked on accessibility, positive student relationships, mastery of subject matter, having an engaging classroom presence and an innovative style of teaching. Service to the Emory community also is considered.
Mathews is an instructor in the Legal Writing, Research and Advocacy Program, and joined Emory in 2000. She earned her JD at Rutgers School of Law in 1997, where she served as an editor of the Rutgers Law Review.
“Jenn Mathews is one of the most enthusiastic teachers we have ever had. She is our Yoda; a teacher, confidant, mentor, and friend,” reads a nomination signed by multiple students. “Jenn is fantastic both at explaining why lawyers write the way they do and at helping us find the weaknesses in our writing … She has gone above and beyond our wildest expectations for what a committed teacher could be.”
"The first-year legal research and writing class at Emory Law is an intense, challenging experience for students to navigate, and I'm always astounded at how much energy and hard work my students devote to the class,” Mathews said. “Their enthusiasm and dedication is inspirational, and seeing their progress is a great reward for me at the end of each year."
Prior to Emory, Mathews’ legal experience included clerking for U.S. District Judge Alfred M. Wolin and working in commercial litigation at the Newark, N.J., firm McCarter & English. She also was a writer and editor at Lawyers Weekly USA in Boston, Mass. Mathews also served as assistant dean for student affairs at Emory Law from 2003 to 2005.
The Crystal Apples Awards, now in their 13th year, honor faculty members who go “above and beyond in their search for knowledge and involvement in the Emory community.”
Students present the awards and the association states the Crystal Apples are the only teaching award at Emory given to teachers by students.
The seven other categories are Excellence in Undergraduate Seminar Education, Excellence in Undergraduate Large Class Education, Excellence in Undergraduate Business Education/Instruction, Excellence in Undergraduate Nursing Education/Instruction, Excellence in Graduate Education/Instruction, the Laura Jones Hardman Award for Excellence in Service to the Emory Community, and the William H. Fox, Jr. Award for Emerging Excellence.
Previous recent Crystal Apples awardees from Emory Law include Professor Frank Alexander (2005), John Witte Jr. (2007, 2008)