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      2017 Lindback Award

      Dr. Richard Goeke honored for teaching excellence

      2017 Lindback Award

      Dr. Richard Goeke, center, is honored by Provost Dr. Dale Scalise-Smith, left, and President Dr. Julie Wollman, right, as the 2017 Lindback Award winner.

      Dr. Richard J. Goeke, an associate professor in the Widener University School of Business Administration, 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.”

      “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.”

      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.

      “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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