Richard Law



B.A. and M.A. from University of Nebraska; Ph. D. in English from Washington University, 1973. Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts 1983-91; Professor of English & Director of General Education since 1990. Honors Program Faculty Award, 1996; Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma.


Associate editor with Cleanth Brooks, Albert Erskine, James Justus, and Lewis Simpson, Time’s Glory: Original Essays on Robert Penn Warren, ed. James A. Grimshaw, Jr. (University of Central Arkansas Press, 1986), 122 pp. Law’s articles treat the fiction and poetry of Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate, and William Styron and, more recently, academic administration.

Research Interests

As an administrator of the General Education Program, Professor Law focused on curricular innovation and has written/administered curriculum and Faculty development grants funded by FIPSE, U.S. Department of Education, Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Weyerhaeuser Corporation; the Ford Foundation; the Association of American Colleges & Universities; Microsoft, Apple Corporation, US West; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Science Foundation; AT&T; and the W. C. Kellogg Foundation.

Teaching Interests

American literature and culture, literature and culture of the American South, modern Southern literature, early and modern Western Civilization, Greek and Roman Literature, the Hebrew and Christian Testaments as literature, and, more recently, World Civilizations (the university’s core courses in the humanities). Professor Law also has interests in the uses of computer technology in instruction and learning and has developed the on-line WSU learning modules, “What is Culture?” “The Agricultural Revolution,” and “The Long Foreground: Human Prehistory.”