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Dr. Sally Arnett Hartwick, a graduate of Carrollton High School, has been inducted into the Illinois State University (ISU) 2021 Hall of Fame.
Arnett-Hartwick chose to earn a home economics education degree at Illinois State in 1997. After graduating, she completed a master’s degree in workforce education and development at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
She taught family and consumer sciences (FCS) at two rural high schools in Southern Illinois prior to earning her doctorate in Workforce Education and Development (WED) at SIU-C in 2008. She specialized in FCS teacher education.
She served as the FCS teacher educator at Northern Illinois University for five years. She returned to Illinois State as an assistant professor in 2013 and served as the program coordinator for FCS Teacher Education. While at ISU, she earned tenure and was promoted to professor.
She has been recognized for her teaching, research and service. She received the National Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award in 2018 and the National Teacher Educator of the Year Award in 2021. She published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, given more than 60 presentations, and secured more than $900,000 in research grant funding. She has served as national president for a career and technical education organization and president of the Illinois FCS Teachers’ Association.
Loving the college atmosphere and having a passion for FCS, Arnett-Hartwick knew her path in academia would be very special to her professionally and personally. She is the only faculty member in FCS teacher education at ISU. Under her leadership, the enrollment has increased by 140 percent, making it the largest in-demand program and producer of FCS teachers in Illinois.
She resides in rural Carrollton with her husband, Trevor, and three children, Jack, 19; Kaylinn, 8 and Whalinn, 7.