William and Mary Law School

W&M Board of Visitors Names Susan Grover a University Professor for Teaching Excellence

  • Professor Susan Grover
    Professor Susan Grover
    William & Mary Law School Professor Susan Grover has been named a University Professor for Teaching Excellence and was honored by the Class of 2011 with the Walter Williams Teaching Award.

The College of William & Mary has named Law School Professor Susan Grover a University Professor for Teaching Excellence.  For each of the three years of Grover’s tenure, she will organize a program for law school faculty on teaching excellence.

Although the College has awarded this Professorship since 1995, Grover is the first law professor to receive this honor. The professorship is awarded based on a demonstrated and sustained excellence in teaching, which includes “success at instilling in students an intense interest in the subject matter; extraordinary commitment to students and their welfare as evidenced by factors such as availability to students outside of class, advising, and inclusion of students in research projects; challenging students’ intellect and applying rigorous standards to the evaluation of student performance; and playing an active role in the improvement of education at the College.”

“I am deeply honored to be selected for this award,” says Grover. “I am particularly honored to be the first member of the law faculty to receive this accolade. There are many people from all over the College who are stellar teachers and deserve to be recognized. I am humbled and grateful that the Committee selected me.”

“Susan Grover is a wonderful choice for this professorship,” says Dean Davison M. Douglas.  “She has a deep commitment to the teaching process and to the well-being of all of her students.  We are very proud that she has received this recognition.”

Grover joined the law school faculty in 1988. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law School and an A.B. from Hollins College. She clerked for Chief Judge Spottswood W. Robinson, III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Oliver Gasch of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In the fall of 1999, Grover served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Teaching Effectiveness at the Franklin Pierce Law Center. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Virginia Lawyers Helping Lawyers and a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. She teaches Civil Procedure; Civil Rights Law; Employment Discrimination Law; Law and Society; and Women and the Law.