Alcorn's Idleburg awarded 2012 Humanities Teacher Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council

Alcorn’s Idleburg awarded 2012 Humanities Teacher Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council

Dr. Dorothy A. Idleburg, professor and director of the social work program at Alcorn State University, was awarded the 2012 Humanities Teacher Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council at a public ceremony and banquet held March 22, 2013, at the Marriott Hotel in Jackson. The highly coveted award pays tribute to outstanding faculty in traditional humanities fields.

“We are pleased to pay tribute to the outstanding work of these award recipients,” said Pamela Pridgen, chair of the Mississippi Humanities Council. “Their achievements are examples of the importance of the Council’s work as we advance appreciation for the humanities statewide and in widely diverse areas of human interest.”

Dr. Idleburg stated, “I am humbled and appreciative to be a recipient of this coveted award. It is an honor to have the acknowledgement and recognition of my teaching efforts by my colleagues as we work to educate and improve the lives of our future leaders. I wish to express my gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the administration, faculty, staff, and students at Alcorn and to the Mississippi Humanities Council.”

Dr. Idleburg’s successful career in the field of social work spans over 35 years. At Alcorn, she teaches at the Social Sciences Department, oversees the administration of the social work program for undergraduates and prepares students for graduate school. Dr. Idleburg spearheaded the program’s accreditation efforts and is proud to announce that the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning officially approved the Social Work program in February 2013.

Before joining Alcorn, Dr. Idleburg worked at the Mississippi Division of Medicaid as a bureau director, chaired the Department of Social Work at Mississippi Valley State University and directed the National Eldercare Institute on Older Women, Washington, D.C. A certified social worker and advanced case manager, she earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in social work from Washington University.

Idleburg is a member of several organizations including the National Association of Social Workers, Association for Gerontology and Human Development, Association for Addiction Professionals, and Council on Social Work Education and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Dr. Idleburg serves as a volunteer with the Mount Charity Baptist Church and National Caucus and Association for Gerontology and Human Development in HBCUs, Inc.

For demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in education, she was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who in 2011 and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2000. Also, Dr. Idleburg has been listed in the Who’s Who of the Southwest, Congressional Record of U. S. Congress, and honored with a Hometown Hero Award and Leadership Jackson Award.

She is married to W.D. Idleburg Jr., and they have three children, Major Sonia Idleburg Hickman, Gary Lenard Idleburg and Adrienne Idleburg.