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Knowles-Harrigan Receives Lindback Teaching Award

May 24, 2011

Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan of Milmay, assistant professor of art at Atlantic Cape Community College, received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award during the college’s May 19 commencement.

Knowles-Harrigan joined Atlantic Cape in 1992 as an adjunct faculty instructor of visual arts, art appreciation, fundamental drawing and intermediate drawing. She was promoted to senior adjunct in 1996, then to assistant professor of art in 2002. Knowles-Harrigan has also served as a student mentor, an instructional technology specialist and a chairperson for the Arts & Humanities Department at Atlantic Cape.

In 1982, Knowles-Harrigan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the Philadelphia College of Art, and a Master of Arts in instructional technology from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2001. In spring 2010, Knowles-Harrigan was accepted into the prestigious Mid-Career Fellowship Program at Princeton University, where she studied visual arts and art history.

“I am always seeking innovative ways to teach and deliver instruction. I am a lifelong learner which is something I hope to instill in my students by inspiring them through the visual arts,” said Knowles-Harrigan. 

She is a member of various art organizations and has a studio at Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville. Her work has been displayed in numerous group and solo shows in Philadelphia and New Jersey.

The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia endows the award to outstanding teachers at select colleges and universities in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

Past honorees include: 2009, Donna Vassallo, assistant professor of hospitality and business; 2008, Christina Cavage, associate professor and department chair of English as a second language; 2007, Marilyn Malerba Keiner, associate professor, paralegal studies; 2006, Ethel “Effie” Russell, professor, English; 2005, Dr. Louise Kaplan, professor, anthropology and bioethics; 2004, Richard Benner, assistant professor of philosophy and religion; 2003, Donna Albano, assistant professor of hospitality management; and 2002, Regina Van Epps, assistant professor of English.