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In early February, the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning announced a new award to recognize excellence in online teaching. The university community responded to the call by nominating 27 faculty and teaching staff for the new Excellence in Online Teaching Award. The nominees represented 16 academic departments within six colleges. “We have many faculty...
Each year, as the Spring semester comes to a close on campus, graduating students reflect on all they have been able to accomplish. This feeling of proud achievement is only amplified within our LGBTQ+ community, where educational milestones often go hand-in-hand with very personal journeys of acceptance and celebrations of authenticity. “In addition to recognizing...
Each year NIU recognizes and honors outstanding undergraduate teaching. Tenured faculty members are honored with the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and full-time instructors are honored with the Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award. Undergraduate students take the lead in the nominating process and student advisory committees in each college nominate faculty members by assembling student...
While the pandemic has been keeping people apart, the City of DeKalb, Northern Illinois University and a collection of local agencies have been working to bring the DeKalb community closer together through the Belonging initiative. The initiative to develop a belonging community was sparked by a virtual conversation in October 2020, led by Dr. john...
When Leila Porter looks at Giovanni Bennardo, she sees “a world-renowned linguistic anthropologist and cognitive scientist.” The chair of the NIU Department of Anthropology sees in Bennardo someone who “clearly shapes research agendas at both the national and international level,” who receives prestigious grants for his scholarship, who helps to establish new programs and laboratories...
When Anne Hanley first traveled to Brazil as a high school foreign-exchange student, she was enthralled by the noise and colors, the ubiquitous smell of sautéing onions and garlic, and the incredible warmth of the people. But when she returned several years later while studying economics in college, what stood out most was a question...
NIU has named Communication Professor David Gunkel, an internationally acclaimed scholar of information technology, as a 2021 Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor. The award is NIU’s top recognition for outstanding research or artistry. It has been given out annually since 1982 in recognition and support of NIU’s research and artistic mission. Award winners receive...
NIU has named Meteorology Professor Walker Ashley, who has attracted international attention with his investigations into extreme weather and societal impacts, as a 2021 Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor. The award is NIU’s top recognition for outstanding research or artistry. It has been given out annually since 1982 in recognition and support of NIU’s...
Professor Melissa Lenczewski, who directs NIU’s Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability, and Energy (IESE), has been named recipient of the 2021 Presidential Engagement and Partnerships Professorship. The professorship is awarded annually to faculty members who foster reciprocal partnerships, undertake socially responsive research, engage external communities, mentor students in collaborative projects outside the university and...
For the past 28 years, Paula Frasz has been designing dances that mirror her students, their experiences and the world we all live in. “All artists reflect wherever they are,” she said. “I don’t just see our students in the classroom. This is my community. This is their community and their surroundings.” As the makeup...
In nominating Prof. Sinclair Bell for the Presidential Teaching Professorship, Judith Testa, professor emerita of the NIU School of Art and Design, described Bell as “that rare individual among university faculty members: a brilliant, innovative and extraordinarily productive scholar who is also a brilliant and inspiring teacher.” Bell, professor of art history at NIU, is...
For some, their professions are in their blood. So it is for Mary Lynn Henningsen, a professor in the Department of Communication, who inherited from her ancestors not only a career path but a belief system as well. “My maternal grandmother and my mother were both teachers,” says Henningsen, who came to NIU in 2001....
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