Wallace recently was honored for her dedication and service, receiving the 2011 IU Kokomo Alumni Association.
"She has gone far and above the call of duty as a faculty member, and has taken her students' clinical experiences and expanded those from the local to the international level," said Amanda Shoultz, president of the IU Kokomo Alumni Association.
Wallace, who has taught at IU Kokomo since 1992, said support from campus leadership, including Chancellor Michael Harris, has made her accomplishments possible.
"IU Kokomo creates opportunity and builds relationships," Wallace said. "I have always believed leadership is really just an opportunity to serve others."
Wallace has taught health assessment, management, critical care and cultural studies courses at all levels of the nursing program. She began the South Korean nursing exchange program in 2000 as a faculty exchange program, which then expanded to include students. Wallace also led a service-learning trip to Guatemala with nursing students.
Tali Harris, a lecturer in the School of Nursing, said Wallace's award is well deserved.
"The Distinguished Service Award is given to a person who walks the extra mile and contributes their heart and soul to IU Kokomo," Tali Harris said. "Linda Wallace is most qualified for this award."
Wallace said she is "humbled and honored" to receive the Distinguished Service Award.
"I am proud and excited to work with and for such an enthusiastic team."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.