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The American Association of Teachers of German is recognizing Katharina Barbe, an associate professor of German and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Northern Illinois University, for her many contributions. In late November, Barbe was presented with the AATG/Goethe-Institut Certificate of Merit during the AATG annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The...
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Northern Illinois University’s 2014 Teaching Effectiveness Institute, scheduled Thursday, Jan. 9, and Friday, Jan. 10, will tackle some of the most fundamental questions that educators and their schools face. What works best in the classroom with respect to human motivation and learning? What can instructors do to facilitate learning when they encounter students who seem...
Melissa Leisner. Photo courtesy of Milken Family Foundation.
NIU alumna Melissa Leisner, a seventh-grade English and reading teacher at Prairie Knolls Middle School in Elgin, has won the prestigious Milken National Educator Award. The honor, which includes an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000, was dubbed “The Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine. Joining Illinois Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch to present the state’s 2013...
Diane Ebert-May
NIU’s Department of Biological Sciences, in conjunction with Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning and Secondary Science Teacher Certification, invites faculty members, deans, and department chairs to a talk on “Driving Instruction with Data: Assessment.” Diane Ebert-May, a professor of plant biology at Michigan State University, will speak from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov....
Clockwise, from top left: Jennifer Butler-Ellis, Mark Riley, Rebecca Shortridge.
The American Institute of CPAs has honored the NIU Department of Accountancy for its innovative efforts to teach students that success in the field today requires more than just a knack for crunching numbers. Faculty Jennifer Butler Ellis, Mark Riley and Rebecca Shortridge were named recipients of the 2013 Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Graduate Teaching...
Anne Birberick
Vice Provost Anne Birberick is seeking nominations for the 2014 Presidential Teaching Professorships. Nominations are due Monday, Oct. 21, to Anne Birberick in the Office of the Provost, Altgeld Hall 220B. Following receipt of a letter of nomination, the selection committee will invite each nominated faculty member to prepare materials in accordance with the published...
Nick Pohlman
Most people can thank a teacher for making them who they are today. Many teachers inspire and encourage students to do the best they can and can help create dreams and make them a reality. NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology has one of those teachers. For Nicholas Pohlman, assistant professor of mechanical engineering,...
"Your Career" road sign
For many students, knowing the path from degree to career can be difficult. Today’s job market is challenging. Students in business or computer science might have a strong sense of what doors their degree can open for them. But for students in the humanities, those doors can be harder to see. A trio of recent...
Clockwise, from top left: Timothy Aurand, Rebecca Hannagan, Tim Pierce and Betty La France
Every college student dreams of one day donning a cap and gown. It’s a moment of pride – a sign of perseverance and strength. But long before these students flip their tassels, each encounters a teacher or an instructor who motivates them to think, to learn, and most importantly, to succeed. This month, during Celebrating...
Tomis Kapitan
When one considers what the practice of philosophy involves, one thing that springs to mind is its employment of the Socratic method of instruction, so brilliantly illustrated in Plato’s dialogues. Many people have a rudimentary notion that this method is intended to enhance understanding through dialogue. A more complete description recognizes that the Socratic method...
Saundra McGuire
Northern Illinois University’s 2013 Teaching Effectiveness Institute will start with the traditional – the first day is devoted to strategies on motivating students and convincing them to focus on learning rather than grades – before racing to modern times with sessions on optimizing the digital classroom. What’s more, the day of digital talk will take...
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The Committee on the Improvement of Undergraduate Education invites nominations for the 2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction awards. These awards honor excellent undergraduate teaching in the university, encourage the improvement of instruction and promote discussion among members of the university community on the subject of teaching. Recipients should be among...
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