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Professors Chase, Knaplund, and Schultz Awarded for Teaching Excellence

TeachersFrom left to right, Professors Kristine S. Knaplund,
Steven M. Schultz, and Carol A. Chase were among the
recipients of Pepperdine University's Howard A. White
Award for Teaching Excellence

Professors Carol A. Chase, Kristine S. Knaplund, and Steven M. Schultz were named the recipients of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence on Friday, Oct. 3.

The Howard A. White Award recognizes outstanding teachers who embody Pepperdine University's commitment to excellence. The award honors teachers who inspire, stimulate, challenge, and motivate their students; teachers who develop in students the ability to think critically and creatively about the world; and teachers who instill in their students a lifelong love of learning.

Professor Chase teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Trial Practice. Before joining the Pepperdine faculty, she was an assistant U.S. attorney for the criminal division in Los Angeles, California. She has been an associate in the Los Angeles offices of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. A student who nominated her for the award said, "Professor Chase was always prepared, insightful, challenging, and most importantly, she genuinely cares about her students."

Professor Knaplund began her career in teaching at UCLA Law School in 1983. She joined the faculty of Pepperdine University School of Law in 2002, and teaches Property, Wills and Trusts, Advanced Wills and Trusts, and the Bioethics Seminar. She has won at least 5 awards for excellence in teaching. A student writes, "Inside and outside the classroom, Professor Knaplund cares about each and every one of her students. Students can enter her office to seek all forms of guidance, whether it is about law school courses, the stress of law school, or life in general."

Professor Schultz joined the School of Law in 2003 as an assistant director of Career Development, and in 2005, he joined the faculty. The two-time graduate of UCLA practiced labor and employment law for more than a decade with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, California. He teaches Legal Research and Writing. A student writes, "Professor Schultz dedicates his time and energy to helping his students grow in their academic studies. He exemplifies a professor who cares personally about the student's growth. He makes a very tough and rigorous class enjoyable."

Students, alumni, and faculty may nominate professors for the award, which is named for the fifth president of Pepperdine University, Dr. Howard A. White.

During a career at Pepperdine that spanned almost 30 years, Dr. White served in a variety of faculty and administrative posts. He was an effective history professor, a respected scholar, and a gifted administrator. His life's work at Pepperdine exemplifies the commitment of the University and its faculty to students and to teaching and learning.

For more information on the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, visit the Office of the Provost Web site.