[April 24, 2014; Kennett Square, PA] – Rose Nolen-Walston, DVM, is one of eight faculty members chosen to receive the coveted University of Pennsylvania’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching for 2013-2014.

Dr. Nolen-Walston is an Assistant Professor of Large-Animal Medicine at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center. The award comes with a $4,000 bonus and a certificate from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. The award ceremony is on April 28. Read more about the award winners in the Penn Almanac.

"The Lindback Prize is the biggest honor and greatest reward I've ever received,” Dr. Nolen-Walston said. “Teaching is the greatest challenge in my job, and I am always looking for ways to help my students and junior doctors become better veterinarians.” 

Dr. Nolen-Walston plans to donate the $4,000 award to the Work to Ride non-profit equestrian program in Philadelphia, which provides opportunities for underprivileged urban youth through riding and working with horses.

“Work to Ride has achieved amazing outcomes on a shoestring budget for many years,” Dr. Nolen-Walston said. “I am delighted to be able to help them with their mission this year.”
“Rose has been a huge supporter of ours for a long time and we are very grateful for her continued support,” said Lezlie Hiner, Executive Director of Work-to-Ride.

Dr. Nolen-Walston has been teaching at Penn Vet since 2007. A winner of numerous School teaching awards, she is, in the words of a current student, “an undeniably amazing lecturer.” Another adds that, “when Dr. Nolen-Walston walks up to the podium, it feels like the room is transformed.”

A former resident, who is now a colleague, notes that she is a gifted teacher with “critical talents. She is able to engage students by facilitating a humorous yet safe environment, and she is able to boil concepts down to packages and pieces that veterinary students can understand.”

Many current and former students remark on her extraordinary mentorship, with one resident noting that “Rose not only taught me a huge amount about medicine, but also how to be a better clinician and educator.” Another current resident agrees: “She is one of those rare teachers who allows you the right amount of freedom to make your own decisions in the clinic while at the same time providing insight and direction when needed.”

Colleagues and students alike cite her dedication to the community, with several noting her volunteer work with animal owner groups and groups associated with economically or socially disadvantaged children. A former student who is now a colleague says it very well: “She remains the teacher whom I most try to emulate in my own work. I aspire to maintain the same level of enthusiasm and creativity that she demonstrates every day in her teaching.”

The Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1961 with the help of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Christian Lindback was President and principal owner of Abbotts Dairies Inc.

Penn gives out eight Lindback awards each year, four to those in health-related disciplines and four to those in other departments and divisions. Award winners are determined by nominations and recommendations made by faculty and students based on detailed criteria.

The winners of the award are chosen by two separate committees – one in the health schools and one in the non-health schools – consisting of six previous award winners and four students.

“Distinguished” teaching is defined as “teaching that is intellectually demanding, unusually coherent, and permanent in its effect. The distinguished teacher has the capability of changing the way in which students view the subject they are studying…provides the basis for students to look with critical and informed perception at the fundamentals of a discipline...is accessible to students and open to new ideas, but also expresses his/her own views with articulate conviction and is willing to lead students, with a combination of clarity and challenge, to an informed understanding of an academic field…is fair, free from prejudice, and single-minded in the pursuit of truth.”

About Penn Vet
Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.
Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, seeing nearly 33,000 patients a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals, treating 33,000 patients each year – 4,000 in the hospital and 29,000 at farms through the Field Service. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.
For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.