March 2, 2009


Professor Bowman Awarded an MSU Lilly Teaching Fellowship

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law Professor Kristi Bowman has been awarded the Michigan State University Lilly Teaching Fellowship for the 2009-10 academic year. Intended to advance the University's continuing efforts to support excellence in teaching and learning, the MSU Lilly Teaching Fellows Program provides select tenure-track faculty the opportunity to maximize their teaching abilities by encouraging different teaching skills.

"I am honored to have been selected for the Lilly Fellowship and to be representing the Law College in this Program," Professor Bowman says. "I look forward to studying the scholarship of teaching and learning this next year, and emerging from the Program as a stronger leader with even more valuable teaching practices."

The Program is designed to encourage Fellows to become future faculty leaders and models for their peers. "Professor Bowman exemplifies MSU Law's commitment to student learning and success," MSU Law Dean Joan Howarth says. "Her students praise her dedication, creativity, and passion for teaching. Professor Bowman is an outstanding choice for the Lilly Fellows Program."

A major component of the Program is for the professor to engage in a more interactive teaching and learning process while sustaining teaching excellence. Professor Bowman plans to study law students' receptivity to non-traditional instructional methods such as problem-based learning, and to use those results to help shape the Education Law textbook she is currently writing. Also important will be the seminar meetings along with the six other 2009-10 Fellows who teach in departments across the University.

With academic interests in Education Law and Policy and Constitutional Law, Professor Bowman has published numerous articles in scholarly journals examining the teaching of evolution in public schools as well as school desegregation. For more information on her research and biography, visit her profile.

MSU College of Law was in founded in 1891 as the Detroit College of Law and was devoted exclusively to professional education in law. The Law College is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university, enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program. Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining a small school culture. For more information about the Law College, visit


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