Professor Robert Hornik Named Lindback Award Winner

Robert Hornik, Ph.D., the Wilbur Schramm Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, has been awarded a 2008 Lindback Award for distinguished teaching.

Since 1961, Lindback Awards – for members of the standing faculty – have been a springtime tradition at Penn. The Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania were established with the help of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Christian Lindback was President and principal owner of Abbotts Dairies Inc. and a Trustee of Bucknell University. The Foundation established Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching at colleges and universities throughout Abbotts Dairies Inc.'s service area in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.

The University of Pennsylvania normally gives out eight Lindback awards each year, divided evenly between health-related disciplines and all other departments and divisions.

Professor Hornik came to Penn in 1978 with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford and an A.B. in international relations from Dartmouth. A leading scholar of health communication, his students describe him as follows: “He takes the responsibility of training the next generation of scholars very seriously … his feedback to final papers is legendary … a mixture of kudos, diplomatic critique, and suggestions for how to take the research to the next level.”

Professor Hornik will receive his award on April 21 at 5pm in Houston Hall during an awards ceremony for Lindback and Provost’s Award winners.