The John Wesley Jackson Outstanding Faculty Award was established in 1981 through a gift by Horace and Dorothy Jackson of Rapid City, in honor of members of the Jackson family.
"I am deeply gratified to have received the Jackson award for a third time.�It seems that longevity may be at least as influential as talent in such matters. I am particularly humbled by the honor because I have attended classes taught by all of my colleagues this past year as chair of the faculty performance evaluation committee, and I aspire to becoming as effective a teacher as my colleagues," said Thatcher.
The basis for the selection of the recipient is excellence in the teaching of law, which includes effectiveness in the classroom, such as preparation, presentation and the evaluation of student work; contribution to the academic environment of the law school; and other considerations. The recipient of the award receives a plaque and a cash award; the recipient's name is inscribed on a plaque retained permanently in the law school on the wall of the faculty suite of offices. The call for nominations is sent to students and faculty. A committee consisting of the dean of the law school, the president of the Student Bar Association, and the immediate-past recipient of the award chooses the recipient from those nom-inated.
Thatcher was born in Ann Arbor, MI, but grew up in Manhasset, NY.�He received a B.A. in history from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1971 and went on to receive a J.D. from Ohio Northern University in 1975.�He taught legal writing, legal research, and appellate advocacy at the University of Cincinnati College of Law from 1975 to 1977 before accepting a position at USD's School of Law in 1977, where he taught from 1977 to 1985. He practiced law as an associate with the firm of Agee, Clymer & Morgan in Columbus, OH, from 1985 to 1986 before returning to USD.�
He currently teaches courses in contracts, conflict of laws, remedies and personal property.�He has published scholarly articles in all of his areas of expertise.�Thatcher also received the University-wide Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching among tenured faculty in 2002. He is a tenured full professor and has been on the School of Law faculty for 30 years.