By: Raven Jackson Staff Writer
In a city with thousands of people, it is a remarkable task to discover the select
few who qualify for a Citizen of the Year award. One of APSU’s own professors is one
of the those select people who met the standards of such an honor.
Ellen Kanervo, professor emeritus of communication, won a 2010 citizen of the
year award during Mayor John E. Piper’s annual volunteer recognition dinner. “I was
surprised and quite pleased,” Kanervo said.
“My husband and I were lucky to get tenure-track offers from the same school
and we have enjoyed our time at Austin Peay.” Kanervo has taught mass communications
courses at APSU for over twenty years.
She also continues to play an active role in the Clarksville community, dedicating
much of her time and efforts to bettering Clarksville. Kanervo is currently chairperson of
Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council.
“There is stress involved as we work together on projects, but generally the work
with AHDC is fun and rewarding at the same time,” Kanervo said.
“I think a community thrives when its citizens take an active role in making it a
more attractive, better place to live. AHDC is dedicated to improving quality of life in
Clarksville through supporting local art and artists and through celebrating Clarksville’s
Kanervo has also published various articles in scholarly journals on many mass
communications topics as well as served on the APSU Faculty Senate, the Academic
Council, and the College of Arts and Letters Curriculum Committee. She has also
received an Austin Peay State University Distinguished Professor Award.
Kanervo enjoys her position on campus and helping the students she teaches
reach their aspirations. “The best part of teaching is interacting with students, and the
second best is watching those students go out into satisfying careers where they make a
difference in their work and in their communities,” Kanervo said.
5 Random Questions
1. Favorite movie?–right now, The King’s Speech
2. Fruits or vegetables?–strawberries
3. Takeout or a homemade meal? Anything my husband cooks.
4. Favorite food? –peanut butter
5. Last read book? The Help