Faculty Honors

group shot of 2013 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

Chris Wolverton

Walder Award for Research Excellence

Christopher Wolverton, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

James Spillane

Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship

James P. SpillaneSpencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change

Jack Doppelt

Charles Deering McCormick Professorship

Jack C. Doppelt, Professor of Journalism

Benjamin Frommer

Charles Deering McCormick Professorship

Benjamin Frommer, Associate Professor of History

Nitasha Tamar Sharma

Charles Deering McCormick Professorship

Nitasha Tamar SharmaAssociate Professor of African American Studies & Asian American Studies

John Alongi

Charles Deering McCormick Lecturer

John Alongi, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Mathematics

Laura Schellhardt

Charles Deering McCormick Lecturer

Laura Schellhardt, Theater Lecturer