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      2016 Lindback Award

      Brent Satterly Honored for Teaching Excellence

      Lindback Winner

      2016 Lindback Award

      Dr. Brent Satterly, center, is honored by Provost Wilhite, left, and President Wollman, right, as the 2016 Lindback Award winner.

      Dr. Brent Satterly, associate professor and director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program in the Center for Social Work Education, has received the 2016 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.

      “This year’s recipient was an early adopter of high-impact educational practices, especially those involving collaborative group work,” said Dr. Stephen Wilhite, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.  “His approach to project-based learning is characterized by an energy, enthusiasm, charm and engagement.”

      Many of the same sentiments were echoed by Satterly’s students who called him “awesome” and said “his sense of humor and kind heart make the classroom a place where you absolutely want to be.”

      A teacher on all levels – undergraduate, master’s and doctoral-Satterly attributes his success to his mentors and professors along the way, as well as his support system of family and friends. “I’m more than humbled to stand among my peers, and to be recognized in this way is beyond what I have ever dreamed,” he said.

      Satterly is overwhelmed with gratitude. “I’m thankful for the teachers who have brought me to this point in my career; my students, who have looked up to me; my husband, Don (Dyson), associate professor of human sexuality at Widener, who is a visionary when it comes to teaching; and my parents, who instilled my intellectual curiosity.”

      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.

      Satterly started his career at Widener in 1997 as an adjunct professor teaching human sexuality studies. In 2004, after receiving his doctorate, Satterly joined the faculty full time as an assistant professor of social work. Today, Satterly provides oversight of the BSW Program, which includes program design, curriculum management, faculty support and the reaccreditation process. He also teaches social work courses at all levels and as an adjunct for the Center for Human Sexuality Studies.


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