Linda Wedwick, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, was honored as the College of Education Outstanding Service Award recipient at a ceremony held during American Education Week on November 12, 2012.

The award recognizes full-time, tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated excellence in service to the College of Education and Illinois State University.

“By honoring these individuals, the College demonstrates its commitment to service as an activity essential to its mission and to its governance,” said Perry Schoon, dean of the College of Education. “Linda possesses an impressive record of service here at Illinois State University.”

Wedwick says her philosophy for service is reflected in the words of Helen Keller: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

“I believe that acts of service do not just help others, but they help me grow as a professional and as a person,” said Wedwick. “When it comes to service activities, I try to remember that it is my responsibility to help.”

Wedwick currently serves on the “Panel of Ten,” a selection committee for key administrative leadership at the University, and has served on the College of Education Council as chair since 2011. In the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Wedwick coordinates graduate programs and serves on the Scheduling Committee and University Research Grant Committee. She also served as interim director of the Mary and Jean Borg Center for Reading and Literacy from 2008-2009.

Wedwick is an active member of the Literacy Research Association (formerly the National Reading Conference), the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Middle School Association.