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Lindback Awards--for members of the standing faculty--and Provost's Awards--given since 1988 to full- and part-time associated faculty and academic support staff--are as much a sign of spring at Penn as are al fresco classes on College Green and flowers and trees blooming all over campus.

Lindback & Provost's Awards
Sketches of the 2002 Winners

In the Non-Health Schools


NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards

Warren J. Ewens, Biology

Dr. Warren J. Ewens joined Penn as Professor of Biology in 1972, after receiving degrees from the Australian National University. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2000. As a member of the Biology faculty, Dr. Ewens has played a central role in developing the Computational Biology program that has received national recognition. Students wrote consistently of Dr. Ewens' availability outside the classroom; one notes, "He is the most accessible professor I have ever had in all my years of schooling." A former Lindback winner wrote, "Warren should be recognized for his generosity in helping students outside of the classroom; he actively encourages them to come to him for individual instruction." Students also remarked on his sense of humor, writing, "I couldn't help but laugh when he used an example about the odds against winning in Atlantic City to clarify some aspects of probability theory." That Dr. Ewens would dedicate two hours a week to volunteer to teach an impromptu session is a further example of his commitment to teaching. Another student concludes, "There is no question in my mind that when I graduate he will be my most cherished memory from Penn; I strongly support him for the Lindback Award."


NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards

Jeremy McInerney, Classical Studies

Dr. Jeremy McInerney joined the faculty of the University after receiving his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of California Berkeley. He received the Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2000 from the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. McInerney has achieved an almost legendary reputation as one of Penn's most exciting and successful teachers. Even in large lecture courses noted for being intellectually demanding, Dr. McInerney receives top scores. He has also played a pivotal role in the new Speaking Across the University initiative developing and teaching the course, The Art of Persuasive Speaking, as well as leading a highly successful interdisciplinary course offering students an engaging cross-cultural experience. One student writes: "Dr. McInerney is a man with a loud commanding voice who has had a commanding effect on my education," while another notes, "His lectures are not only informative, but captivating, moving, powerful and even funny." And finally a student concludes, "I may not have gotten an A in his class, but I find myself bringing up the Ancient Greeks at the dinner table with my fraternity brothers." Surely that accomplishment deserves recognition as an example of distinguished teaching.


NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards

Jeremy Siegel, Finance

Dr. Jeremy Siegel joined the Wharton School faculty in 1976 after teaching at the University of Chicago. He was cited by Business Week as one of the country's "Top Dozen Business Educators;" indeed, in this survey no professor scored higher than Dr. Siegel. The Dean reports that it was necessary to videotape the first fifteen minutes of Dr. Siegel's class to avoid disruption since so many former students came to hear his analysis of stock market activity at the start of class. Students were effusive in their praise writing, "it is an honor to write this letter for Professor Siegel;" "This is a letter of gratitude in support of Professor Siegel's nomination;" "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Siegel, without whom my professional life would have taken a very different trajectory." One former student comments: "He has changed my life in so many important ways. While a teaching award is given for teaching a subject, Professor Siegel additionally taught me how to teach!" Colleagues also spoke in superlatives noting that "because of the overwhelming popularity of Professor Siegel, we have to use a special registration process to determine who gets to enroll in his sections." Another concludes: "The Lindback Award will be enhanced with Jeremy as a recipient. I am delighted to support Professor Siegel's nomination."


NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards

Charles Dana Tomlin, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning

Dr. Charles Dana Tomlin joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Fine Arts in 1991. Three years ago, he won the GSFA award for the most distinguished teacher. "He is widely regarded as a leading pioneer in the field of Geographic Information Systems." His students write appreciatively about his passion for teaching and his creativity in the classroom: "The creativity he fosters in his students enables them to think about solutions in ways previously unconsidered. This is why Penn's Geographic Information Systems students are the world's best." Letters from former students, while attesting to his skill as a lecturer, repeatedly mentioned his role as a mentor noting: "I can honestly say that having Dr. Tomlin as a professor changed the course of my career;" "he has provided guidance and support throughout my career;" "it isn't often you meet someone who significantly affects the academic and career path you have chosen. Dr. Tomlin is one such person." A former teacher describes him as "the single best person that I know of in combining effectiveness as both teacher and researcher. He is ‘World Class' and I support him wholeheartedly for this award."


NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards

The Provost's Award


Jennifer Morse, Mathematics

Dr. Jennifer Morse began teaching in the Math Department as a lecturer in 1999 and immediately became a presence in the Department. Last year, she revitalized the chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the Math Honor Society, which has been active on campus in a number of activities including a series of undergraduate math seminars, math films, and career recruitment meetings. She has also developed a new course that gets Penn students involved in teaching mathematics in University City High School. This course also received accolades not just from Penn students but, from high school students, teachers and administrators. One of her students reports that it is her ability to explain difficult concepts that makes her a truly distinguished professor, "throughout the course I had several "aha" experiences when suddenly everything clicked." Another remarks, "It was truly beneficent of Dr. Morse to meet with me and instruct me on her own time when I wasn't even in her course." Students worked extremely hard because they did not want to disappoint her. A former student wrote, "Dr. Morse deserves this award. She is truly the best teacher I have ever had."


NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards

Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Awards
at the University of Pennsylvania:

Awarded for Distinguished Teaching

The Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania were established in 1961 with the help of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Christian Lindback was President and principal owner of Abbotts Dairies Inc. and a Trustee of Bucknell University. The Foundation established Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching at colleges and universities throughout Abbotts Dairies Inc.'s service area in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.

The University of Pennsylvania normally gives out eight Lindback awards each year, divided evenly between health-related disciplines and all other departments and divisions. Award winners are determined by nominations and recommendations made by faculty and students in December based on certain guidelines. Two separate committees, one in the Health Schools and one in the Non-Health Schools consisting of six previous award winners and four students, carefully decide among the nominees. Winners receive a Lindback Foundation scroll and a cash award of $3,000. During the 1960s, Lindback awards were presented at Commencement.

During the 1970s, previous winners of the Lindback Award organized themselves into a Lindback Society, which supported efforts to improve teaching and hosted an annual reception for Lindback Award winners after the actual presentation of the awards at Hey Day (May 1) Ceremonies. Currently, the Provost presents Lindback awards at a reception in late April. The Lindback Society was revived in the late 1980s and sponsored, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, essays by faculty members on teaching that were published as "Talk About Teaching" in Almanac, the University's journal of record.

-- Adapted From the University Archives
and Records Center website,
www.archives.upenn.edu/histy/notables/awards/lindback.html

The Provost's Awards

In October of 1987, the Office of the Provost announced the establishment of two additional Penn teaching awards--one in a Health School and one in a Non-Health School--to be given annually in recognition of distinguished teaching by associated faculty or academic support staff. The Guidelines for the selection of award recipients are the same as those given for the Lindback Awards, and the selection processes and deadlines are the same. The first recipients of the Provost’s Awards were Nora Magid of SAS and Paul Orsini of Veterinary Medicine (Almanac April 5, 1988).

In the Health Schools


NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards

Sherrill L. Adams, Biochemistry/Dental

Dr. Sherrill L. Adams received both her B.S. and Ph.D. from George Washington University and joined the faculty of the School of Dental Medicine in 1987. In 1998, she was selected as a teacher of the "best doctoral course taken at Penn" by graduate students. Dr. Adams has been a major influence on the Curriculum Committee at the School of Dental Medicine and in this role demonstrates the same high standards she brings to her teaching and research. Known as an enthusiastic and effective lecturer, Dr. Adams is a professor others try to emulate. Her students describe her as "accessible, dedicated," "always going above and beyond" in her teaching; "a really effective communicator." Her course evaluations have been consistently outstanding. One student noted that Dr. Adams knew everyone in class by name even though there were 96 students in the class. She expresses genuine enjoyment when she teaches and sees the potential in every student. "Dr. Adams is a model member of Penn's academic community who builds not only professional relationships but personal ones . . . guiding her students on their academic endeavors. I can think of no other faculty member more deserving of the Lindback."


NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards

Joseph Bernstein, Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Joseph Bernstein received his A.B. from Columbia University and his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College. He joined the Penn faculty in 1991. He is already the recipient of both the Outstanding Teacher Award and the Penn Pearls Teaching Award from the Medical School. Almost 40 letters were received attesting to Dr. Bernstein's influence and impact on medical education. A colleague wrote: "In his role as curriculum architect, teacher, and educational champion, Dr. Bernstein serves as a distinguished, articulate, and a truly inspiring mentor not only to students but to his peers and orthopaedic colleagues alike." Another notes, "Dr. Bernstein always seemed to find a way to encourage me to work a little harder, think a little longer, and produce a better piece of writing." Colleagues repeatedly mentioned his dedication and report that he has "taken the educational experience for medical student to the next level." Finally, a former medical student and resident e-mailed his response while currently deployed in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom: "The mail has been slow and I wanted to make sure this committee had input from one of Dr. Bernstein's students. I can state without reservation that he truly epitomizes the character and spirit of this award."


NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards

Marc Levine, Radiology/Medicine

Dr. Marc Levine received his Bachelors and his M.D. from the University of Michigan and joined the faculty of the Medical School in 1982. Students frequently refer to Dr. Levine as "inspiring;" "The best lecturer I ever had." A colleague writing in support of his nomination states: "Dr. Levine meticulously prepares his lectures to be interactive, informative, simple to understand and entertaining." His lectures are delivered with an "impish humor and a twinkle in his eye." The course evaluations for Dr. Levine are equally stellar, describing him as a "dynamic speaker;" "humorous and informative;" "great, wish he gave more lectures;" "interactive, useful." Dr. Levine is an outstanding educator at the medical student, resident, fellow, national and international level. His colleagues repeatedly noted with some envy that Dr. Levine's enthusiasm for teaching never seems to diminish and several use the word "passion" to describe his extraordinary commitment to teaching and to his students. A colleague concludes "Marc is that rarest of teachers, one who can leave a lasting mark on his trainees, inspiring them to pursue their own careers in academic medicine." Dr. Levine has been the model of the Clinician Educator and truly deserving of the Lindback Award.


NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards

Terri Lipman, Nursing

Dr. Terri Lipman has been a faculty member at the School of Nursing since 1992 after receiving degrees from Temple and a Ph.D. from Penn. Students describe her classes as "articulate and analytical, and her presentations as knowledgeable, positive, and motivating." A former student noted: "I have been taught by some of the best instructors Penn Nursing has to offer in the past 20 years. Dr. Lipman's teaching is unparalleled and her humanity as a teacher provided me with my richest learning experience at Penn." Besides being an advocate and teacher she encourages nurses to become more involved in publication and research. The integration of practice and teaching is central to her approach and she constantly works on ways to develop and maintain relationships with families and staff. One family whose child was a patient of Terri's wrote: "Terri has been a nurse, teacher, doctor, therapist, and counselor but, most of all, a friend. She has taught us how to be confident parents of a child with diabetes." A Penn undergraduate, who did an independent study with Dr. Lipman on her diabetes registry, was subsequently awarded a Fulbright to develop a diabetes registry in Ecuador. Dr. Lipman is truly deserving of the Lindback Award.


NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards

The Provost's Award


Uri Hangorsky, Periodontics/Dental

Dr. Uri Hangorsky received his B.S. from McGill University and his D.D.S. from Columbia University Dental School. He joined the Penn faculty in 1980 and he is currently the director of the Predoctoral Program in Periodontics at the School of Dental Medicine and the recipient of the T. Appleton Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Although he is only a part-time faculty member, Dr. Hangorsky has one of the largest teaching loads of the entire faculty. The Medical School Lindback Committee was overwhelmed by the amount of teaching, not to mention the glowing student evaluations of this individual." A student writing in support of his nomination states: "Since Dr. Hangorsky has been instructing at the University of Pennsylvania, he has been a key contributor to the way that every dental school graduate from this school practices." His students do exceptionally well on national boards; he constructs packets containing possible board questions on his own time, which is always helpful for students; he takes every opportunity to teach. Dr. Hangorsky is also especially attuned to the learning styles of his students and adapts accordingly whether in a large lecture, small seminar, or one-on-one discussion. "As a future doctor who wants to pursue a career in academia, I can attest that Dr. Hangorsky is someone who has had an impact on my career."

NON-HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Ewens | Dr. McInerney | Dr. Seigel | Dr. Tomlin | Provost's Award
HEALTH SCHOOLS: Dr. Adams | Dr. Bernstein | Dr. Levine | Dr. Lipman | Provost's Award

About the Awards


Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 29, April 9, 2002

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS:

Tuesday,
April 9, 2002
Volume 48 Number 29
www.upenn.edu/almanac/

It's once again time to recognize excellence in teaching at Penn, with the Lindback and Provost's Awards. And the recipients are….

A political science professor is appointed to a term chair.

Four of Penn's schools make the grade on the top ten list of U.S. News graduate schools.
Observations on the experimental SAS Pilot Curriculum, including insights, accomplishments and challenges.
An graphic report on the University's FY 2002 Budget, as reported to Council.
Research Roundup: a few of the many Penn projects and studies shed light on interventions, risk-reductions, treatment strategies and post-traumatic stress.