2017 Master Teacher Finalists Named
Professor Mystica M. Alexander
Using the Flipped Classroom to Teach Product Liability
"Course goals for our Legal Environment of Business course include: (1) Our students will practice critical thinking and analysis and will enhance their writing and communication skills. Using the flipped classroom approach allows for approximately 50 minutes of class time to be used for student debate on five separate product liability fact patterns and provides students with an interesting and fun approach to critically analyzing the legal aspects of product liability. This approach pushes students to focus on their critical thinking skills because for the majority of students engaging in a debate inspires them to give their best to "win" (by class vote) their side of the case."
Professor Cristen W. Dutcher
Kennesaw State University
Create a Law Day
"These one day, in class group activities engage students with the aspects of the law which they will most likely encounter in their futures. The learning objectives for the Create a Law Day activities are to foster critical thinking about the law by giving students an opportunity to identify legal issues in real world scenarios and then analyze how those issues can affect an outcome, which aligns with the objectives of identifying and interpreting the impact that the legal environment has on business situations. Each Day gives students an opportunity to create their own private laws, helping them see how the law can be a help to their lives and lessening any intimidation they may feel about the law."
Professor Debbie Kaminer
The Meaning of “Sex”: Using Title VII’s Definition of Sex to Teach About the Legal Regulation of Business
"This lesson involves teaching about the complexities of the legal regulation of business in the United States through an analysis of whether Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination “because of . . . sex” includes discrimination based on sexual orientation. This is a timely and engaging question, and I have used this lesson in a course I teach on the Legal and Ethical Regulation of Business. I teach this lesson in the second half of the semester and I use it to pull together topics including statutory interpretation, jurisdiction, administrative law, stare decisis, the Commerce Clause and the Supremacy Clause. I also use this lesson to discuss ethical reasoning. In particular, I have students distinguish between whether discrimination based on sexual orientation is unethical, and what branch of government should get to decide if it is illegal."
Professor Ursula Ramsey
ADA Scavenger Hunt
Through this gamification teaching method "Students will demonstrate their knowledge of Title III of the ADA by participating in a scavenger hunt. Students will incorporate technology via use of camera phones. Students will develop effective communication and teamwork skills. Students will develop empathy for individuals covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act."
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One of the most important aspects of the Hewitt Master Teacher competition is the way it raises the profile of the people who teach business law across our guild. This is a small sample of the stories about recent winners, which highlight their achievement, but also the great work done by business law professors around the country.