Lectures on advanced topics in Taxation are not often described as “inspiring,” so when that word showed up repeatedly on law student evaluations in Professor Andrea Monroe’s courses, it attracted notice. This week, Temple University recognized the excellence that inspired such notice when it conferred the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award upon the popular professor.

“Andrea Monroe does not merely teach. She inspires,” wrote one former student. Said another, “Professor Monroe’s knowledge, passion, and personality combined to be a source of inspiration to the students who had the pleasure of taking her classes.” Professor Monroe’s colleagues concurred, describing her teaching as “superb,” “gifted,” and infused with a “warm humanity.” Dean JoAnne Epps, in her letter recommending Professor Monroe for the Lindback Award, emphasized, “the persistent and compelling theme found in these comments. That theme is impact….Professor Monroe changes her students’ lives.”

Professor Monroe teaches introductory and upper-level courses in Tax as well as a first-year section of Torts. Her scholarship, which focuses principally on issues in partnership taxation, has been published in prestigious academic and professional journals. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Professor Monroe is an experienced tax practitioner who has worked at the law firms of Winston & Strawn in Chicago and New York and Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee, where her practice included leveraged leasing, alternative energy transactions, and other forms of tax-advantaged financing. 

The Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award is conferred annually for “demonstrated excellence in teaching students.” Professor Monroe joins several colleagues who have also won the award over the past three decades, including Robert Bartow, James Strazzella, Frank McClellan, James Shellenberger, Laura Little, Eleanor Myers, David Sonenshein, Alice Abreu, Susan DeJarnatt, and Craig Green.