Lindback Award for Lewis
Dr. Lewis has been a member of the Penn Faculty since 2005, and has been a transformative force in aligning how we teach our courses with a comprehensive vision of inclusivity and social context. Through her work on designing both NURS103 (Psychological and Social Diversity in Health and Wellness) and NURS824 (Health Equity: Conceptual, Linguistic, Methodological, and Ethical Issues), Dr. Lewis has developed a classroom environment that is open to the broader social, cultural, and economic underpinnings of the issues covered in her syllabi, and to the way these influences impact the students themselves. In all her teaching, she is able to strike a balance between rigorous coursework, engaging discussion, and sensitivity to her students’ needs. She is also highly sought after by students at all levels for mentoring in their academic studies and with their research but also for her wisdom in dealing with the challenges associated with their day-to-day lives. It was in support of students in this capacity that led her to initiate the Penn Nursing Student Emergency Fund, which allows faculty and staff to contribute money to a student in immediate need of assistance with expenses like food or course texts.
Dr. Lewis’ teaching acumen is just one facet of her expansive career, which also includes a dynamic program of research and service to the national, local, and University communities. For her many contributions, Dr. Lewis has received the Dean’s Awards for Exemplary Teaching and Exemplary Citizenship; a SNAP Undergraduate Award for Teaching; multiple FCH Department Awards; and was named a Penn Fellow. She was also elected to Fellowship in the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Lewis will receive her award at a reception honoring all of this year’s award winners on Monday, April 29, 2019, 5-6:30 PM in Room 200, College Hall. All members of the University community are invited to attend.