- Fulbright Award (2008)
Joanne Passet is a professor emerita of history in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at IU East. She earned a B.A. from Bluffton College in 1975, a M.A. from Bowling Green State University in 1979, a M.L.S. from Indiana University in 1980, a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Indiana University in 1988, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin in 1999. She started at IU in 1982 as a visiting affiliate librarian in the Education Library of the University Libraries at IU Bloomington. Passet also served in roles as an assistant professor of library and information science in the previous known as School of Library and Information Science as well as adjunct assistant professor of education in the School of Education-Bloomington, adjunct assistant professor of women's studies, and adjunct assistant professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington until 1995. After serving at IU Bloomington, she took on roles at Bluffton College and Dominican University prior to rejoining IU’s faculty, this time at IU East, as an assistant professor of history in 2001. Passet was promoted to full professor with tenure at IU East in 2007. In 2009, she was appointed as the dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and served in that role until 2011. She retired from IU East in 2014 as a professor emerita of history.
While at IU, Passet received a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship award to travel to Nha Trang University in Vietnam to teach English to students and conduct workshops on higher education in Nha Trang and Haiphong during the 2008-2009 academic year. She also received the 2004 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from IU East and the 1994 Justin Winsor Prize from the American Library Association.