Dr. Richard Goeke recognized with 2017 Lindback Award
Richard Goeke stands with Provost Dale Scalise-Smith, left, and President Julie Wollman, right, after he received the Lindback Award.
Chester, Pa. – Dr. Richard J. Goeke, an associate professor in the Widener University School of Business Administration and a Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania resident, has received the 2017 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.
As Widener Provost Dr. Dale Scalise-Smith announced Goeke as the recipient, she noted his passion for student research projects aimed at solving real-world business problems.
Goeke's students echoed the sentiment with one saying he is "always willing to help in every aspect of a student's education and is interested in the student beyond the classroom." Another student said, "The professor fills the room with energy and brings 110 percent to every class."
The Lindback Award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated a history of teaching at the highest level. It is endowed by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, a Philadelphia-based foundation that provides grants to institutions of higher education for the promotion of excellence in teaching. The honor is bestowed annually to a member of Widener's faculty.
"I am grateful to be recognized," Goeke said. "It was very surprising because there are so many good teachers at Widener."
Goeke's success in the classroom stems from the relationships he cultivates with students and the time he invests in student research and projects.
"The fields I teach in – business analytics and statistics – there are a lot of hands-on activities," he said. "I think the students like hands on rather than just reading out of a book."
Since 2011, Goeke has mentored 80 students in research projects, 16 of which were presented at various venues including Honors Week, Student Project Day, High Impact Practices Fair and before the Board of Trustees. Two graduate students will present their research at the 2017 Decision Sciences annual conference this year.
He also collaborated with 96 students to build web-based systems that address real-world problems. For example, his students developed a prototype system to replace the paper-based method the varsity baseball coach was using to track team academic performance in 2016 and developed an online book exchange in 2011.
"Dr. Goeke also takes citizenship seriously and contributes to school and university committees, as well as serving as a journal reviewer and discussant at national meetings," Scalise-Smith said. "He's a true teacher scholar with an extensive list of publications and presentations."
Goeke holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Business Administration from University of Akron, and a Ph.D. in management systems from Kent State University.
Goeke worked for 17 years for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in various management, marketing, finance, accounting and data processing positions. In 2007, he joined Widener University as an assistant professor. Today, he is an associate professor and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, including management information systems, business analytics and database management.
At Widener, Goeke has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in the School of Business Administration in 2010, 2014 and 2016. He received summer research grants in 2010 and 2014.
He also has served on the Promotion, Tenure and Retention Committee since 2013, the Faculty Qualifications Taskforce as chair from 2015 to 2016 and the Strategic Planning Committee since 2014.
"When I was nominated for the Lindback Award, I thought that was good enough," Goeke said. "It is really quite humbling to be honored in this way."
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