Distinguished Researcher Award

Full-time ISU faculty are invited to nominate a member of the faculty who exemplifies excellence in research. Please consider research attributes only. Elements such as service and teaching are not to be considered for this award.

Nominees should meet the following eligibility standards:

  1. Any member of the university faculty currently in his or her third or subsequent year of full-time service at Idaho State University
  2. She or he must be continuing as a member of the University faculty for 2017 – 2018

Only one nomination ballot is needed per nominee. Nominations are due to the Office for Research on January 2017. Please download the nomination form for more information.

The ISU Research Council will select a maximum of five (5) Outstanding Researchers from the nominees. The Research Council will provide this information to the Vice President for Research for consideration.

The faculty member chosen for this award will be honored at the Distinguished Faculty Awards reception as the Distinguished Researcher and will be given an award of $3,000.

Selection Criteria for the Distinguished Researcher Award

  • Significance/impact of the research, scholarship, creative activities in relation to the frontiers of knowledge in that field.
  • Publication of research findings in peer reviewed national or international journals or juried/invitational show, exhibits, or performances. Include impact factors from the Hirsch index or Google Scholar if appropriate.
  • Excellence in basic or applied research as evidenced by invention disclosures, provisional patent applications, perfected patents, advisory positions in industry, or mentorship of successful students.
  • Evidence of extended, intentional development of the topic of research that resulted in a significant contribution.
  • Any other evidence of the outstanding nature of the research activity that may be relevant.
  • The review committees will consider the entire body of research conducted over a career, but the work conducted at ISU will be emphasized in the review.

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The Distinguished Researcher Award is part of our ongoing efforts to encourage excellence in research at ISU and honor those who have accomplished it.

Each year, an Idaho State University faculty member is selected for the ISU Distinguished Researcher Award for faculty members who have made significant contributions in research to the University and society.


2016 Distinguished Researcher Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery

Jennifer Eastman Attebery is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy.

She earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Folklore and American Studies in 1985 and worked for the Idaho State Historical Society until joining the Idaho State University faculty in 1992.

Her research combines the methods and theoretical perspectives of folkloristics (the study of informal traditional culture) and history.

She is the author of four books and numerous articles focusing on the Rocky Mountain West as a region where cultures converged from all directions.  Retrieving traces of the multi-cultural West from archival sources, her work has also developed new methodologies. Building with Logs: Western Log Construction in Context (U of ID Press, 1998) continues to be cited in compendiums about vernacular architecture. Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience (U of MN Press, 2007) has been cited in several international studies of Jewish, Finnish, Ukrainian, Spanish, Italian, and Swedish migrations.

Her most recent work is Pole Raising and Speech Making: Modalities of Swedish American Summer Celebration (Utah State University Press, 2015). She is moving on to a study of historical legends told by immigrants to the West.

Dr. Attebery’s research has received support from two Fulbright awards, one the Distinguished Fulbright Professorship at Uppsala University (2011); stipends from the Emigrant Institute, Växjö, Sweden; fellowships from the Idaho Humanities Council; sabbaticals from Idaho State University; and grants from the former Faculty Research and Humanities and Social Sciences Research committees.

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