The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement
and Support of Education named Plymouth State University Professor of Education Patricia
L. Lindberg the 2004 New Hampshire Professor of the Year. Lindberg was selected from among
nearly 400 top professors in the U.S.
The Professors of the Year program recognizes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors
in the country-those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students.
It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring professors.
“Trish is an outstanding representative of innovative teaching at Plymouth State,” says Provost
and Vice President for Academic Affairs Virginia Barry, who nominated her for the award. “She has
brought state, regional and national attention to educational theatre at Plymouth State, by creating
opportunities for teachers and children to learn together.”
In addition to teaching at Plymouth, Lindberg is executive coordinator of the Master of integrated
arts and co-coordinator of the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in arts, leadership and
She is co-founder and artistic director of the award-winning Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC),
a partnership between PSU, Plymouth Elementary School and Friends of the Arts.
Lindberg also founded the Kearsarge Arts Theatre (KAT), which offers a wide variety of arts classes
for children ages 4-18 in the New London area. KAT’s production of “A You and Me World” created from
the writings of children all over the world and featuring an international cast,won the prestigious
NETC Moss Hart Trophy for Best Overall Production of 2002.
“Classrooms need to be strong communities,” Lindberg says,”where all students,whether an 18-year-old
first-year undergraduate or a sixyear- old first grader, feel valued and accepted for the unique
contributions they bring to the whole.” Working with Professors Gail Mears and Gary Goodnough of Plymouth
State’s M.Ed. in counselor education, Lindberg also created TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education
and Responsibility), a professional theatre company that has performed for more than 40,000 children
throughout the state. TIGER shows are created from the writings of children about difficult social issues
they face in schools, such as bullying, diversity and friendship.
Lindberg says,”I am fortunate to be part of a department and institution that encourages opportunities
for faculty to pursue integrated creative projects.ETC,KAT and TIGER flourish because of the tremendous
outpouring of support from the University and members of the greater community, who have shown that they
value what educational theatre can do for young people, families and society.My teaching has been enriched
by the contact I have had with so many different people engaged in the power of the arts.”
Lindberg’s work has been recognized by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts,which presented her
the 1999 Governor’s Arts and Education Award. In 2003 she received the Youth Theatre Director of the Year
Award by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). She was also named Plymouth State’s
Distinguished Teacher of 2003 and one of New Hampshire’s six most remarkable women by New Hampshire
Magazine in 2003.