This fund was established by Janice Witherspoon Neuleib upon her retirement from Illinois State University in 2010. Professor Neuleib came to Illinois State as a graduate student in 1967 and taught full time while completing her Ph.D. She developed and directed the Writing Center, was instrumental in the combining of the Writing Center and Reading Studies Center into the Center for Learning Assistance, and founded the Illinois State Writing Project. Janice's older sister, Genevieve Witherspoon Perhach, was a 1953 graduate of Illinois State and was a math major and a Gamma Phi Circus trapeze star. Genevieve finished graduate school in California and taught there until her retirement.
Awards from this endowment may be used to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students in English or graduate student travel to present research, costs to publish research, and other costs. Endowment assets are invested in the Illinois State University Foundation's long-term investment