Paul Wallace was an accomplished and passionate faculty member at MU for over forty-five years, including the fifteen years he spent teaching for Honors. Paul embodied the best of our faculty: he was an internationally-recognized scholar in the field of political science, focusing on the governmental affairs of India, terrorism, and the political process, and he brought that expertise directly into the classroom. His former students speak of him with near reverence, sentiments shared by his colleagues.
Paul was effusive in his praise, careful with his critiques, and resolute in his support of student success. He talked often with colleagues and family about how much fun he had while teaching, and despite its serious topic and focus. He encouraged student creativity through the use of a conflict resolution scenario, putting their knowledge into action. The Paul Wallace Outstanding Teaching Award is being created in his memory to honor his life and legacy and recognize the same assets and strengths of teaching and character in the faculty who follow in his footsteps.