Change: South Asia Studies | A-3 Assembly Name
Change | Nominations for Lindback & Provost's
Change: South Asia Studies
Department of South Asia Regional Studies will now be known
as the Department of South Asia Studies, in an "effort
to better reflect its faculty profile, which has been reoriented
over the past year to humanistic cultural studies from its
previous emphasis on the social sciences," according to
SAS Dean Samuel Preston. Provost Robert Barchi approved Dean
Preston's request to change the name, which is retroactive
to July 1, 2002. The official abbreviation for the newly-named
department will be SASt or SAST, in order to avoid confusion
the acronym of the School of Arts and Sciences.
name of the graduate group that is affiliated with the department
will retain the word 'Regional.'
Assembly Name Change
A-3 Assembly has changed its name to the Weekly-Paid Professional
Staff Assembly (WPSA), according to H.J. Omar Mitchell, Chair
of the WPSA. The A-3 Assembly was created in 1971 to focus
on employee benefits issues of concern to the weekly-paid support
staff. The Assembly is the representational body for all weekly-paid
Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA) which represents monthly-paid
employees had been known as the A-1 Assembly until it changed
its name in 1994 to PPSA.
Nominations: December 6
for Lindback Awards for members of the standing faculty,
and for Provost's Awards for full- and part-time associated
faculty and academic support staff are now being accepted
by the Office of the VPUL; send to Terry Conn at
3611 Locust Walk/6222 or email@example.com.
Lindback Awards are given in recognition of distinguished teaching. "Distinguished" teaching
is teaching that is intellectually demanding, unusually coherent,
and permanent in its effect. The distinguished teacher has the
capability of changing the way in which students view the subject
they are studying. The distinguished teacher provides the basis
for students to look with critical and informed perception at
the fundamentals of a discipline, and he/she relates that discipline
to other disciplines and to the world view of the student. The
distinguished teacher is accessible to students and open to new
ideas, but also expresses his/her own views with articulate informed
understanding of an academic field. The distinguished teacher
is fair, free from prejudice, and single-minded in the pursuit
teaching means different things in different fields. While the
distinguished teacher should be versatile, as much at home in
large groups as in small, and in beginning classes as in advanced,
he or she may have skills of special importance in his/her area
of specialization: skillful direction of dissertation students,
effective supervision of student researchers, ability to organize
a large course of many sections, skill in leading seminars, special
talent with large classes, ability to handle discussions or to
structure lectures--these are all relevant attributes, although
it is unlikely that anyone will excel in all of them.
teaching is recognized and recorded in many ways; evaluation
must also take several forms. It is not enough to look solely
at letters of recommendation from students. It is not enough
to consider "objective" evaluations of particular classes
in tabulated form; a faculty member's influence extends beyond
the classroom and beyond individual classes. Nor is it enough
to look only at a candidate's most recent semester or at opinions
expressed immediately after a course is over; the influence of
the best teachers lasts while that of others may be great at
first but lessen over time. It is not enough merely to gauge
student adulation, for its basis is superficial; but neither
should such feelings be discounted as unworthy of investigation.
Rather, all of these factors and more should enter into the identification
and assessment of distinguished teaching.
Lindback Awards have a symbolic importance that transcends the
recognition of individual merit. They should be used to advance
effective teaching by serving as reminders to as wide a spectrum
of the University community as possible of the expectations of
the University for the quality of its mission.
teaching occurs in all parts of the University and therefore
faculty members from all schools are eligible for consideration.
An excellent teacher who does not receive an award in a given
year may be re-nominated in some future year and receive the
Lindback Awards may be awarded to faculty members who have many
years of service remaining, or they may recognize many years
of distinguished service already expended. No faculty member
may be considered for the Lindback Award in a year in which the
member is considered for tenure or is in his or her terminal
year. All nominees should be members of the standing faculty.
The teaching activities for which the awards are granted must
be components of the degree programs of the University of Pennsylvania.
awards should recognize excellence in either undergraduate or
graduate teaching, or both.
recipient of a Lindback Award should be a teacher/scholar. While
a long bibliography is not necessarily the mark of a fine mind,
or the lack of one a sign of mediocrity, it is legitimate to
look for an active relationship between a candidate's teaching
and the current state of scholarship in his/her field.
Who has a Lindback?
a roster of Penn faculty who have won Lindback Awards since
the program's inception in 1961, see the University Archives
website, www.archives.upenn.edu/histy/notables/awards/lindback.html which
includes recipients through 2002.
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 10, October 29, 2002