Sean Flannery wins Lindback Award
Sean Flannery, Ph.D., was presented with the 2012-2013 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award during Immaculata University’s recent commencement ceremony. This award is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching. Flannery is an assistant professor in the English/Communication Department where he has taught since 2007. Sister Ann Heath, IHM, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs, praised Flannery’s “dedicated and engaging demeanor as he draws students in, giving them opportunities to grow intellectually and nurturing their problem-solving skills.”
Flannery’s varied academic interests include Irish literature, popular culture, media studies, postcolonialism, film studies, and American and British modernism. He has taught a range of undergraduate classes in these subjects at Immaculata, as well as special topics courses, such as dysfunctional families in literature, graphic novels, road movies, literature & warfare, and the popular cell phone photography course. He has also taught graduate public relations classes at Immaculata.
Aware of both the power and the pitfalls of emerging technologies, Flannery has given several presentations on campus about protecting and professionalizing personal social media profiles and cultivating awareness in the digital age. He has also served as co-chair of the academic technology strategic planning committee, and chair of the social media subcommittee. “Whether with iPads or cell phones, or Facebook, YouTube, or basic writing, [Flannery] seeks to use the tools of today’s world to bring life to learning,” said Heath.
In addition to teaching classes, Flannery is the faculty advisor for the student newspaper, for which he won the Immaculata University Club/Organization Advisor of the Year Award in 2010. John Stafford, Ed.D., Immaculata’s dean of students, said Flannery “has added new direction and strengthened standards for student journalism … Students express their gratitude for his advisement and for holding them accountable for effective student media.”
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. Flannery received an honorarium from the Lindback Foundation and a commemorative plaque from his Immaculata colleagues.
Commenting on his understanding of his role as a teacher, Flannery said, “If I am not helping create something new or being responsive to the needs of the students in regards to classroom content or modes of delivery to match today’s learner, then I am not fulfilling the most essential aspect of my job: to ensure that the students are getting the most of their college experiences.”
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.