KSU professor spreads inspiration through her love of art

Not many people can say they do what they love during their work time and spare time but assistant professor of art Valerie Dibble can say just that.

Georgia (Jun 8, 2005) — Not many people can say they do what they love during their work time and spare time but assistant professor of art Valerie Dibble can say just that.

The newly tenured professor was recently honored with both the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Scholarship Award during a ceremony at KSU’s College of the Arts. Only one other professor (John Gentile) has won two of the three awards. “I was thrilled to receive both awards. It was a huge surprise‚” Dibble said.

Dibble received the scholarship award because of her dedication to helping prepare students in their career endeavors‚ her focus on the scholarship of teaching‚ as well as her continued development of her own artistic activities.

The service award was presented to Dibble in recognition of her outstanding service to the university‚ the profession and the community. Her service is reflected in many ways‚ including bringing in guest artists and lecturers‚ promoting artistic organizations and conducting community service projects.

For Dibble‚ one of the most fulfilling projects was the 9/11 Card Project. She organized 30 students from her class and created and mailed more than 1‚000 cards in three days to New York City firefighters‚ police officers and others that helped during that fateful day. Four students designed the four cards that were signed by hundreds of KSU students during a campus−wide blood drive.

Dibble said that one of the most heart−felt responses came from a New York City police officer. “He was so surprised to see the card on his desk because the first thing he noticed was that it had a Georgia peach on it. It was familiar to him because this particular officer (Chris Rowe) was a former student of Kennesaw State University. He wrote us to let us know how much we touched him.”

Dibble always knew that she wanted to become an artist but never dreamed of teaching art until she undertook the role of student teacher at the University of Florida. “I was pleasantly surprised during that internship and decided at that time that I wanted to teach art.” She left the University of Florida in 1996 and came to KSU.

What’s next on the art horizon for this mother of three children and wife of 30 years? She’s staying put. “I just love teaching the students at Kennesaw State University!” she said.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu