Professor Harry Caldwell was selected as a recipient of the 2012 Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence.
A 1972 graduate of Pepperdine's School of Law, Caldwell served as a trial prosecutor in Santa Barbara and Riverside Counties before joining the faculty at his alma mater. Caldwell teaches criminal law and criminal procedure, as well as trial advocacy courses, and serves as advisor of the law school's highly successful interschool trial teams.
In addition to his work as a professor, Caldwell routinely represents condemned prisoners in the appeals of their death sentences before both the California Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court. He has written extensively in the area of criminal procedure, trial advocacy, and the death penalty.
"Professor Caldwell is intensely dedicated to preparing students to excel as lawyers, and he is well known for his passion and enthusiasm as a professor," said Vice Dean Richard Cupp. "I am pleased that his outstanding teaching is being recognized with this award."
Caldwell has received several other teaching awards including the Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award, and was the recipient of the Richard Jacobson Award as the nation's premier trial advocacy teacher in 2000.
"To do something that I am passionate about is a true treasure," Caldwell said. "And to be chosen from such a remarkable group of stellar teachers is special. I'm humbled."
The Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding teachers who embody Pepperdine University's commitment to excellence. All full-time faculty members are eligible for the award. 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; teachers who instill in their students a lifelong love of learning.
The award 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, a gifted administrator, and a faithful steward of the University's mission. His life's work at Pepperdine as a teacher, scholar, and administrator exemplifies the commitment of the University and its faculty to students and to teaching and learning.