As the calendar year draws to a close, a common tradition for individuals and organizations often involves looking back on the best and brightest moments in the year behind. At the end of 2012, we salute one of Western’s best and brightest, Jennifer McNabb, a member of WIU’s history department faculty, who received the Adrian College Alumni Achievement Award at that institution’s Homecoming celebration, and who has received other honors for her contributions to higher education this year.
In September here at WIU, she was chosen as the 10th annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecturer. Her lecture (which she presented on both the WIU-Macomb and WIU-QC campuses), “The Worth of Women’ and the Liberal Arts: Debates, Insights and Legacies from the Renaissance,” reflects her research interests, which, according to her faculty page, are “focuse[d] on the social impact of the Reformation in Tudor and Early Stuart England. She studies the consequences of religious and political change on such institutions as marriage, family, and the community.”
In May, Prof. McNabb was honored with the 2012 WIU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Outstanding Faculty Award for Service. In April, she was named the associate director of Western’s Centennial Honors College. She also was the 2009 recipient of the WIU Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and received the WIU CAS Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.
Dr. McNabb teaches “upper-division courses on Early Modern (Renaissance/Reformation) Europe [History 325], the history of England [History 333, 334], Tudor/Stuart history [History 433(G)], Topics in British History [History 434(G)], and Medieval Europe [History 324], as well as sections of the Western Civ I survey [History 125] … and graduate seminars [History 540 and 541] [that] deal with early modern Europe and England.”
Kudos to Dr. McNabb for exemplifying Western’s core values of academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth, and social responsibility!