Title: Professor of Literature, Writer
Company: The University of Illinois Springfield
Location: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Jacqueline Jackson, Writer and Professor of Literature at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership as an author and educator.
In preparation for her career, Ms. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College in 1950 and a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan in 1951. She began her career as an educator as an instructor of English for Kent State University from 1964 to 1968, and in 1970, she accepted a position as a professor of literature at the University of Illinois Springfield. Ms. Jackson shared her expertise in this position for 35 years, and during her tenure, was recognized with two honorary degrees, receiving a DLitt from MacMurray College in 1976 and an HHD from Beloit College in 1977. As a lifelong writer and lover of language, she feels that her career as a literature educator found her.
Ms. Jackson is a prolific author and has contributed to numerous published works. She first served as an illustrator for Chad Walsh’s book “Knock and Enter” in 1953, the author of “Julie’s Secret Sloth” in 1953 and as an author-illustrator of “The Paleface Redskins” in 1958. She additionally wrote “The Taste of Spruce Gum” for which she received a Notable Book Award in 1966 and the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award in 1967, and co-authored “The Endless Pavement” with William Perlmutter in 1973. Ms. Jackson worked as a writer and presenter for the radio show “The Author is You” for the University of Wisconsin WHA School of Air from 1969 to 1978, and additionally, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States.
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