The Lindback Award

The Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching was established by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Mr. Lindback was the president and principal owner of Abbotts Dairies Inc. and a trustee of Bucknell University. The Foundation created the award to honor excellence in training activities and superior teaching skills of a full-time tenured faculty member from colleges or universities within the dairy's service area of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.

Purpose

The Lindback Award, funded by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia provides grants to institutions of higher education for the promotion of teaching excellence. The Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching were established with the help of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and recognize academic excellence and outstanding teaching.

Eligibility

The Lindback Award is presented to a full-time tenured member of the faculty. No person shall be eligible to receive this award more than once.

Criteria

Persons nominated should demonstrate a commitment to the intellectual and social development of students. Their approach to teaching should be intellectually challenging, stimulating, and accessible. Their efforts should extend beyond the classroom.

Effective teaching has many manifestations. It includes classroom instruction and a wide range of faculty-student relationships. The following are among the traits valued in an effective teacher:

  • Command of the subject matter and knowledge of advances in his/her field
  • Ability to organize material and to present it logically, clearly, and forcefully
  • Evidence of clearly defined learning outcomes, student responsibilities and assessment processes
  • Design and implementation of learning activities that accommodate the different learning styles of the students
  • Design and implementation of learning activities that promote collaborative learning
  • Capacity to awaken in students an awareness of the relation of the subject to other fields of knowledge
  • Ability to arouse student interest in more advanced and independent learning
  • Ability to stimulate advanced students to creative work
  • Maintenance of high standards of achievement
  • Fair and accurate grading policies and provision of effective student feedback
  • Demonstration of personal attributes such as integrity, kindness and a sense of humor in his/her role as an educator
  • Respect for diversity

Nomination Procedure

Faculty may self-nominate or be nominated by any full-time member of Delaware County Community College faculty or administration, or a representative from The Center. Evidence of distinguished teaching may include, but is not limited to: peer review, current evaluations of teaching by students, and/or committee review of new curriculum material. Methods of judging outstanding teaching may vary among disciplines.

Application to include:

  • Current vita
  • One- to two-page document addressing how nominee meets the criteria

Award Recipients

  • 2014 Kathleen Schank
  • 2013 Susan Ward
  • 2012 Jane Rothrock
  • 2011  Lisa Barnes
  • 2010  Jill Spelina
  • 2009  Chuck Baker
  • 2008  Cheryl Meyer
  • 2007  Dotty Russo
  • 2006  John Linder
  • 2005  Charles Carman
  • 2004  Richard Mulvaney
  • 2003  Dianne Shames
  • 2002  Ray Maruca
  • 2001  Linda Burns
  • 2000  Dianne Peich
  • 1999  Bob Smolenski
  • 1998  Peg Schlairet