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Idaho State University English and Philosophy Chair, Jennifer Attebery, Honored at 17th Business and Achievement Ceremony

Jennifer Attebery, Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy and Director of Folklore Program at ISU, was selected as an honoree at the 17th annual Southeast Idaho Business and Achievement Ceremony and won the University Education Award.

Idaho State University English and Philosophy Chair, Jennifer Attebery, Honored at 17th Business and Achievement Ceremony

 

Jennifer Attebery, Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy and Director of Folklore Program at ISU, was selected as an honoree at the 17th annual Southeast Idaho Business and Achievement Ceremony and won the University Education Award.

“I am extremely impressed with the quality of nominations we received this year,” said Idaho State Journal publisher Andy Pennington in a news article. “This area has exceptional people who live, work and do business here, and they deserve to be recognized.”

The event was held at the Stephens Performing Arts Center and honored some of Southeast Idaho’s best. The honorees were selected by their examples of volunteerism, selflessness and heroism, and Attebery exemplified all of these.

Attebery was nominated for this award for a variety of reasons; first, because she is good at balancing the day to day running of a department with a vision of the future and what her department can become. Second, she encourages everyone to take time for their family, church and community because she believes it helps you become a better leader and employee.

“Jennifer is the epitome of what a professor and department chair should be,” said Dean Kandi Turley-Ames. “She is always thinking ahead in how to lead, and has a vision for what her department can be.”

Attebery has been the chair of ISU's Faculty Senate, Curriculum Council and the Department of English and Philosophy, as well as the Director of the Folklore Program. She has helped create procedures and policies that help the University succeed and that will continue to help her department and College succeed in the future. Attebery’s dedication to ISU and her department shows why she is deserving of this award. She pushes her department as far as possible and always finds the best ways to navigate what her department needs. Her willingness to give educators and students a stronger ability to succeed shows her exemplary commitment to the department.

“It was a pleasant surprise to be nominated for this Achievement Award,” said Attebery. “I am very grateful to the faculty in English and Philosophy who make my work so easy and whose dedication to our students is tremendous.”

Attebery also has received two Fulbright awards and traveled to Sweden to conduct research. Other awards she has received include: Distinguished Researcher in 2016, Master Researcher in 2008, 2009 and 2014, Outstanding Service in 2000 and ISU Achievement Award in 2014.

Akilah Lacey, mass communication ’07, was honored with an award in Law Enforcement, and Rayna Valentine, member of the College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Advisory Board, was named a finalist in the Volunteer category.

 

Written by Nic Tarbet, College of Arts and Letters Intern

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