WIU History Department Faculty Member Honored by Alma Mater
January 24, 2013
MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Department of History Associate Professor Jennifer McNabb was recently presented the Alumni Achievement Award by Adrian College, her alma mater.
McNabb earned her bachelor's degree from the Michigan college in 1994. She was presented with the honor during the school's Homecoming celebration in September 2012. There was no shortage of honors for McNabb in 2012; she was named the 10th annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecturer in September, was presented with the 2012 WIU College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faulty Award of Service and in April she was named the associate director of WIU's Centennial Honors College.
McNabb earned her bachelor's degree in history from Adrian College, followed by her master's degree in history with a specialty in early modern Europe from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1996 and her doctoral degree in history, with a specialty in early modern England from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003.
Adrian representatives notified McNabb in mid-April when she was nominated for the award and her win was announced in May. The Adrian College Young Alumni Achievement Award, first presented in 1986 by the Alumni Association Board of Directors, honors alumni who have graduated within the previous 20 years and have demonstrated significant professional and personal achievement reflecting credit and honor upon Adrian College, the faculty and fellow alumni.
"I was incredibly honored to be the recipient of the alumni achievement award," McNabb said. "I continue to be deeply appreciative of the exceptional education I received at Adrian College, which both fueled by intellectual curiosity and provided me with the academic foundation necessary for success in graduate school and in my career as an educator at Western. I am especially grateful to the superlative professors at Adrian who played a vital role in my academic development as an undergraduate; they found a way to combine high expectations in the classroom with warmth, kindness and compassion, and I have tried to follow their examples in my own teaching and mentoring."
When McNabb accepted the award, she said she was able to speak about her research and her career to students, faculty and retired faculty from Adrian's Department of History and Art History.
"A number of my college friends, family and former professors were able to attend the ceremony and it was wonderful to catch up with them," McNabb said.