Sophie Sparrow

Excellence in Teaching, 2018

Sophie Sparrow

Professor Sparrow is a pioneer and inspiration in law teaching. In the two decades she has spent teaching at UNH Law, Professor Sparrow has dedicated herself to helping students develop into thoughtful, caring, and competent lawyers. In addition, Professor Sparrow serves as an exemplary teaching mentor and advisor to her UNH colleagues, brainstorming ideas, giving teaching workshops, explaining teaching methods and consulting on course and assessment design.

Students know Professor Sparrow as an energetic, engaging, demanding, fairand enthusiastic teacher. She consistently draws some of the highest teacher evaluations received by our faculty members. Students—and the many UNH Law alumni who Professor Sparrow taught—frequently extol her compassion and commitment to not only students’ learning but also to their moral and ethical development as future attorneys.

Having conducted more 100 workshops and presentations, Professor Sparrow has consistently been at the forefront of legal education, incorporating teaching professionalism, metacognition, writing, assessment and complex collaborative learning into a variety of law courses. In doing so, she’s promoted UNH Law as a source for excellence in teaching and learning in law schools. As a colleague from another law school commented, her presentations and workshops on teaching have put UNH Law “on the map.”

About This Award

Each year, the University selects a small number of its outstanding faculty for special recognition of their achievements in teaching, scholarship, and service. Awards for Excellence in Teaching are given in each college and school, and University-wide awards recognize public service, research, teaching, and engagement.