About the Awards

Overview

Northwestern University offers three awards to recognize individual faculty members who have consistently:
  • demonstrated outstanding performance in classroom teaching,
  • developed significant innovations that have also influenced the methods and teaching effectiveness of other faculty, and
  • demonstrated evidence of significant curricular enhancement to undergraduate education.

Collectively these awards celebrate excellence in undergraduate teaching and are known as the University Teaching Awards.

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

Awarded: annually
Award Term: 3 years (term commences at the start of the next academic year)
Award Amounts:
  1. $7,000 to recipient (awarded annually as a salary supplement at the beginning of each year of the award term)
  2. $3,000 for professional development (awarded annually at the beginning of each year of the award term to support the hiring of assistants, research expenses, attendance at professional meetings, and related activities)
  3. $3,000 to the recipient's home department (a one-time award to support departmental activities that enhance undergraduate education, broadly construed)
Eligibility: regular, tenured faculty
Fellow of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching Yes

Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor

Awarded: every three years
Award Term: 3 years (term commences at the start of the next academic year)
Award Amounts:
  1. $7,000 to recipient (awarded annually as a salary supplement at the beginning of each year of the award term)
  2. $3,000 for professional development (awarded annually at the beginning of each year of the award term to support the hiring of assistants, research expenses, attendance at professional meetings, and related activities)
  3. $3,000 to the recipient's home department (a one-time award to support departmental activities that enhance undergraduate education, broadly construed)
Eligibility: regular, tenured faculty
Fellow of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching Yes

Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Lecturer or Clinical Professor

Awarded: annually
Award Term: 1 year (term commences at the start of the next academic year)
Award Amounts:
  1. $7,000 to recipient (awarded as a salary supplement at the beginning of the award term)
  2. $1,000 to the recipient's home department (to support activities that enhance undergraduate education, broadly construed)
Eligibility: regular, full time faculty member for at least five years.
Fellow of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching Yes

Nomination and Selection Process

Faculty members are nominated for a University Teaching Award by the deans of the schools or colleges in which they have their principal appointments. The nominations are reviewed by the University Teaching Awards Selection Committee, which is chaired by the Provost and made up of senior faculty members, university administrators, and a student representative. The selection committee submits its recommendations to the President. Appointments are made by the President, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees. The appointments are made without regard to the school affiliation of the faculty member.

Current selection committee members may review the nominations on the secure committee site.  NetID login is required.

Nomination materials should include a single PDF file of the following:

  • A letter of nomination from the school dean or the departmental chair;
  • Current CV of nominee;
  • A statement from the nominee setting forth his or her goals as a teacher and assessment of success in meeting those goals;
  • A log of all courses taught during the past three years along with a) all student evaluations of those courses and b) all syllabi of those courses; and
  • Letters from no more than four currently enrolled undergraduate students and no more than two students who have graduated but who studied under the nominee as undergraduates describing the ways in which the nominee's teaching has significantly facilitated student learning.

For further details on these requirements, please refer to the List of Required Nomination Materials.

Nominations for the 2014 teaching awards are now closed.  A call for nominations for the 2015 awards will be announced in the fall of 2014.

Contact

The University Teaching Awards are administered by the Office of the Provost. For questions please contact teachingawards@northwestern.edu.