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Sociology course; “Leading for the Common Good”

From time to time, President Lindsay teaches a sociology class in the undergraduate curriculum. This two-credit, upper-level elective class counts for credit toward fulfilling departmental major requirements in sociology/social work, political science, and business administration. This course explores how leaders rise, rule, and fall in society. The focus is comparative, using sociological analysis but also drawing from contributions in history, psychology, organizational behavior, and political and social theory. The course studies leaders in various fields, seeking to address questions about their social profiles, their responsibilities, their rewards, and their efficacy. The class also reflects on the topic of leadership from the perspective of Christian faith. Requirements for the class include two short papers, scripture memory, and a midterm and final. 

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Leadership Course; "Developing, Leading, and Managing People"

Each summer, President Lindsay teaches in Gordon College’s graduate leadership program. In Developing, Leading, and Managing people, students explore the opportunities and challenges associated with leading people and change within organizations. The course looks carefully at what it means to be a leader of leaders and the process of managing change. As part of the course, students learn to distinguish between management and leadership and conduct a robust analysis of the ways that leaders identify, develop, and strengthen talent within their organizations. They also examine various levels of change that occur—in people, in organizations, in systems, and in society. Requirements for the class include an analytical paper, individual presentation, and Scripture memory, among other assignments.

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Teaching Awards

President Lindsay has been recognized at multiple junctures in his career for his pedagogy. In 2003, while earning his Ph.D. in Sociology, he received the 2003 Outstanding Teaching Award—the university’s highest award for graduate student teaching—from Princeton’s Graduate School and the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni. Later, as a faculty member at Rice University, President Lindsay was a finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize two times over, in 2008 and 2009. President Lindsay was also awarded the Nicolas Salgo Distinguished Teaching Award, Rice's oldest teaching award, in 2011.