Lindback Award: Barbara Gallagher
Immaculata University is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award is Barbara Gallagher, M.Ed., of West Chester, PA. Gallagher was presented with the Lindback Award during the University’s recent Commencement ceremony. This award is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching.
“I am honored to have been selected as this year’s Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award winner especially since I work with so many deserving colleagues,” noted Gallagher. “I feel very fortunate to be able to ‘work’ in a profession that I love and have been passionate about for so many years.”
Gallagher joined Immaculata as an adjunct faculty member in 1988 and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Human Movement Sciences which she helped launch in 1998 and now has over 120 students. With dedication and enthusiasm for her field of study, Gallagher has inspired many students through her Fitness for Living classes, various elective physical education courses, and the specialized Human Movement classes.
Before arriving at Immaculata, Gallagher worked at Lansdowne-Aldan High School as Secondary Health & Physical Education teacher and coached girls’ field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. For nearly 15 years, she was the director of Future Stars Day Camp for Immaculata and Villa Maria Lower School. She was also an aerobics instructor for The Dance Center in West Chester and is deeply involved with the Brandywine Ballet Company where she was president of the Board of Directors from 1985-1989 and is currently an honorary board member. She continued her coaching career as assistant field hockey coach for Immaculata and served as Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (P.I.A.A.) field hockey, lacrosse, and basketball official.
Throughout her career at Immaculata, Gallagher has been selected to serve on numerous student-oriented activities, clubs and organizations including advisor to the IU Dance Company for the past 16 years and advisor to the Exercise Science Club for six years. Gallagher has also been instrumental in New Student Orientation, IU’s First Year Experience program among other committees; she is also co-chair of the 2014 Middle States Self Study committee.
More than a decade ago, Immaculata was selected to receive an annual grant from the Lindback Foundation, allowing the university community to recognize a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching. Gallagher received an honorarium from the Lindback Foundation and a commemorative plaque from her Immaculata colleagues.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.