Posted: February 15th, 2018 | By: Lisa Snedeker
The Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Associate Dean for International Affairs and Professor of Law Richard C. Schneider by Provost Rogan Kersh at Wake Forest University’s Founder’s Day Convocation on Feb. 15, 2018, in Wait Chapel.
Provost Kersh described Professor Schneider, who is conversant in five languages, as the consummate intellectual “And his students are better for it…he has grown the ranks and increased opportunities for foreign students (at the law school) as well as increased opportunities for our domestic students to study abroad in China, Italy, Spain and Austria.”
Professor Schneider’s academic and professional activities are multifaceted and national and international in scope. Besides his environmental and international business law courses, he also teaches a course called “Law, Literature, and Culture.” He directs the law school’s Vienna Summer Program and works in that capacity closely with faculty at the University of Vienna.
“I’m delighted to announce that we will present Dick Schneider the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award this year,” Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) wrote in an email announcement. “A student in his Cross-Border Transactions course last semester called him ‘a legend.’ In his property course last spring, students complained about how much he made them read while acknowledging, ‘Laughed more than any class.’ His ‘Law, Literature, and Culture’ class regularly changes lives. A much-deserved recognition of a wonderfully gifted teacher.”