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Livingston-Webber Named Interim Chair of WIU's English and Journalism Department

June 25, 2008

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MACOMB, IL - - Joan Livingston-Webber, a Western Illinois University English professor, has been named interim chairperson of Western's Department of English and Journalism, effective July 1, according to College of Arts and Sciences Dean Inessa Levi.

She succeeds David Boocker, who accepted the position of dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Livingston-Webber, who came to WIU in 1988, is currently on the department's curriculum review committee. She has served on the departmental personnel committee several times since 2003 and was a member of the University's Faculty Senate. She teaches courses in the English education and professional writing programs and has taught science fiction courses. In 2000, Livingston-Webber received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award.

"Dr. Livingston-Webber has a long history of excellence in teaching and service to the College of Arts and Sciences and Western Illinois University," said Levi. "We were fortunate to have someone of her capabilities to serve as interim chairperson after
Dr. Boocker accepted his new position. I am grateful to Dr. Livingston-Webber for her willingness to help the college as we search for a new chairperson in the Department of English and Journalism."

Previously, Livingston-Webber taught at Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana University at Bloomington and the University of North Dakota. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1992; and she earned her master's and bachelor's degrees in English language at the University of North Dakota.

Livingston-Webber has been recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2002 and 2005.

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