Faculty Honors

group shot of 2015 university teaching award honorees

Northwestern’s 2,500 faculty members are leaders in their fields. They are Nobel Prize laureates, Tony Award winners, Guggenheim Fellows, and MacArthur Fellows. They continually push the boundaries of knowledge, explore new possibilities, and lead the world in their discoveries and accomplishments. We are justifiably very proud of our esteemed faculty.

The Office of the Provost administers a number of award programs to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our faculty members:

  • The Alumnae Award for Curriculum Development supports faculty work over the summer in developing innovative course materials, new courses, or new modes of teaching, including online education that will benefit our undergraduate students.
  • University Teaching Awards: These are the highest teaching award given by the University. Awarded annually, they recognize individual faculty members who have consistently demonstrated outstanding performance in classroom teaching, or who have developed significant innovations that have also influenced the methods and teaching effectiveness of other faculty.
  • The Ver Steeg Fellowship recognizes tenured faculty whose research and scholarship enhance the reputation of Northwestern, both nationally and internationally.
  • The Walder Award is annually awarded to a faculty member in any school or discipline for excellence in research.

Recent Honorees

Photo of Idira Raman and Susie Phillips

The Alumnae of Northwestern University Award for Curriculum Development

Indira Raman, Professor, Neurobiology, and Susie PhillipsAssociate Professor, English, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Francesca Tataranni

The Alumnae of Northwestern University Award for Curriculum Development

Francesca TataranniSenior Lecturer, Classics and director of Latin instruction, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Eric Zaslow

The Alumnae of Northwestern University Award for Curriculum Development

Eric Zaslow, Professor, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences 

Andrew Koppelman

Walder Award for Research Excellence

Andrew Koppelmanthe John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at the Northwestern University School of Law, professor of political science, and affiliated faculty member in philosophy in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Vadim Backman

Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship

Vadim Backman, the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Walter Herbst

Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Clinical Professor

Walter B. Herbst, Clinical Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Master Product Design and Development Management Program, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Deborah Cohen

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

Deborah Cohenthe Peter B. Ritzma Professor of History, Weinberg College of Arts and Science

David N. Rapp

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

David N. Rapp, Professor, Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy, and of Psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Karen Smilowitz

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

Karen Smilowitz, Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science