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Distinguished career award given to ASU history professor

portrait of professor Jann Warren-Findley
January 30, 2015

Editor's note: Jannelle Warren-Findley died in Phoenix on Feb. 4, at age 69, after the publication of this article.

Retired professor of ASU's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Jann Warren-Findley, will be awarded the Robert Kelley Award from the National Council on Public History.

Warren-Findley was an associate professor in history for more than 20 years. She led ASU's public history program as director for two years and as co-director alongside Noel Stowe. She retired last year.

The nomination to this award highlights her commitment to her students and the field. It states, “One of the major characteristics of Warren-Findley’s mentoring is the way she has nurtured her students to become professionals, to not just learn theory but engage in practice, moving beyond the campus.”

Warren-Findley has been hailed as an advocate for the globalization of public history. A Fulbright Scholar, she taught in Sweden, England, New Zealand and China. She is recognized by her colleagues as playing a valuable role in establishing important links between public historians in the United States and abroad.

Warren-Findley has served extensively in the National Council on Public History, the American Historical Association, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, she was a founding member of the International Federation for Public History and has been a board member of the Australian journal Public History Review.

“Over many years of dedicated and compassionate service, Jann made a major contribution to building the reputation of Arizona State University’s public history program. We’re proud of her accomplishments and delighted at this recognition of her work,” says Mark Tebeau, director of public history at ASU. “Her efforts to internationalize the field have been particularly important and will have an impact for many years to come.”

The award will be presented at the National Council on Public History's 2015 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 18.

The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.