Essie Manuel Rutledge

Title:  Emeritus Professor Sociology

Company:  Western Illinois University

Location:  Illinois, United States 


  • Inductee, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement (2018)
  • Inductee, Wall of Fame, University Professors of Illinois, Local 4100 (2014)
  • Selected for Inclusion in ASA Footnotes as First Emirita Profile (2012)
  • Inductee, Gallery of Distinction, Florida A&M University (1987)
  • Recipient Certificate of Appreciation, Department Women’s Studies And GFWC Macomb Woman’s Club
  • Inductee, WIU Women of Westerns (1979, 1990)
  • Recipient, Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Leadership Award, NAACP, Illinois State Conference (2009)
  • Recipient, WIU Affirmative Action Director’s Award, Western Illinois University (2006)
  • Recipient, Faculty Excellence Award (1991)
  • Honorary Faculty Inductee, WIU Blue Key Honors Fraternity (1993)
  • Outstanding Advisor Award, WIU Minority Graduate Student Association (1990)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, WIU Black Student Association (2005)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Gerontological Society America (1989)


  • PhD, University Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • MA, University Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA, Florida A & M, Tallahassee

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