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Father and son professors receive prestigious Lindback Foundation Awards for Distinguished Teaching

Bethlehem, Pa., July 17, 2006—Dr. Francis P. Ryan, professor of History at Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa., and Dr. Francis J. Ryan, professor in the American Studies Program at LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pa., happily share more than a familial tie as father and son—coincidentally they also experience the honors of being selected as distinguished teachers by their respective institutions of learning.

The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching is presented annually in recognition of outstanding performance by the candidate. Nominees are selected by all members of the senior class, and all full-time faculty and administrators for the following standards: excellence in teaching and how much and how well students learn in the process; scholarship and professional development, knowledge of subject matter, alertness to new developments, contributions to the profession, research, publication, exhibitions, performance etc.; relationship to students and the quality of interaction with students; and one or more of the following: extracurricular contributions on campus; advising student organizations; and contributions beyond the College. At Moravian College the final selection is made by a committee composed of the three most recent Lindback Award recipients. LaSalle employs a similar selection process.

Francis P. Ryan received the Lindback Foundation Award in May, 2006 at Moravian College.  He earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, his M.A. in history, summa cum laude from Villanova University in 1995, and in 1993 a B.A. in history, magna cum laude from LaSalle University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and has authored significant publications and presentations during his academic career. Ryan’s teaching experiences include Moravian College, the University of Pennsylvania, LaSalle University, and the Comey Institute of Industrial Relations.

Francis J. Ryan was the recipient of the Lindback Foundation Award in 2000 for distinguished teaching at LaSalle University.  He earned his Ed.D. at Temple University in 1985, an M.A. in History-Education at Villanova University in 1977, an M.A. in English in 1972 from Temple University, and his B.A. degree in 1969 from LaSalle University. His professional career has garnered numerous prizes and awards, and his academic experience spans teaching high school to the graduate level. Ryan has authored an impressive list of articles, a book, conference presentations and lectures. He also has made media appearances, and is involved in a host of activities and organizations both professionally and personally.

The elder Francis Ryan quips that his son is a better teacher than he. “I took me a dozen years to win a Lindback, while son did it in just two at Moravian.”

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu