University Teaching Awards

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.

For full details on the different types of awards and the nomination processes, visit About the Awards.

Current and Past Recipients

Congratulations to the 2014 Charles Deering McCormick Professors of Teaching Excellence, Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor, and Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturers. You can also view a complete history of University Teaching Award recipients.

David J. Corr

David J. Corr

David Corr, clinical associate professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, has distinguished himself as a highly effective professor within McCormick. Read more.

Rebecca Claire Gilman

Rebecca Claire Gilman

An associate professor in the department of radio, television and film in the School of Communication, Rebecca Gilman has gained worldwide recognition as a gifted playwright, but to her students she remains grounded in her teaching and helping them succeed as writers with unique voices. Read more.

Jeanne Weiland Herrick

Jeanne Weiland Herrick

Jeanne Herrick is a senior lecturer in the writing program in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. A faculty member at Northwestern since 1999, she has had a profound influence on countless students across the university. Read more.

Todd David Murphey

Todd David Murphey

Murphey, associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, has had a far-reaching impact on engineering education both at Northwestern and nationwide. Read more.

Neelesh Patankar

Neelesh Patankar

As a professor in the department of mechanical engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Patankar’s highly effective teaching "uses the language of mathematics to analyze physical phenomena and apply the analysis to realistic problems.” Read more.

Susie Phillips

Susie Phillips

An associate professor in the department of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Susie Phillips has been described as “the linchpin connecting medieval and early modern literature in the English Department.”  She is filled with an infectious enthusiasm for and commitment to her course subject...Read more.