- IU School of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award (2011)
- A.A., 1986; B.A., 1989
Dowdeswell, a longtime member of the IUPUI Liberal Arts Alumni Board, is a tireless volunteer for the School, serving on committees, organizing groups to attend events, and being an uncompromising advocate for IUPUI wherever she goes. She constantly seeks to make connections between community programs and Liberal Arts faculty and initiatives and was instrumental in the organization of the 2008 Archaeology Field School in Sheridan, Indiana. An extensive list of community groups she co-founded includes the Association of International Women, and Families in Global Transition.