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2024 L. R. Hesler Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service

The L. R. Hesler Award is named for a longtime head of the botany department who also served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Hesler’s students, colleagues, and friends established this memorial award to recognize exceptional teaching and service.

Teri Dobbins Baxter

Prof. Baxter earned her BA and JD from Duke University. After law school, she practiced law for 5 years before transitioning to academia. In 2013 Prof. Baxter joined the UT Law faculty where she is currently the Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Development. She teaches Constitutional Law, Torts, Family and Privacy, and Secured Transactions. Her scholarship focuses on minors’ rights and the potential conflicts between parents’ fundamental rights and the government’s duty to protect children.

What does being a Volunteer mean to you? How has UT empowered you to make a difference in a way you might not have imagined elsewhere?

“Being a Volunteer means choosing to work for the benefit of others. UT has empowered me to change the lives of students as I teach them how to be a lawyer and how to use that knowledge to build and maintain a society that reflects their values. UT also connects me to amazing researchers and teachers from a variety of disciplines across campus who inform and enrich my work, and with the resources I need to produce scholarship that positively impacts the world.”