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 more information about the University Teaching Awards, visit the About the Awards page or send an email to teachingawards@northwestern.edu.

Current and Past Recipients

Congratulations to the 2015 Charles Deering McCormick Professors of Teaching Excellence and the Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Clinical Professor. You can also view a complete history of University Teaching Award recipients.

Deborah Cohen

Deborah Cohen

As the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of History, Deborah Cohen is known for her energetic lectures and ability to spark interest in historical topics through imaginative and innovative assignments. Read more.

Walter B. Herbst

Walter B. Herbst

Walter B. Herbst, Clinical Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Master Product Design and Development Management Program in the McCormick School of Engineering is lauded by students for his ability to “combine incredible proficiency and knowledge in his field with a passion for teaching and obvious care for students and their learning.” Read more.

David N. Rapp

David N. Rapp

David N. Rapp is a professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy, and of Psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. With this dual appointment, he works to build connections between the two schools through his extensive student teaching, advising, and mentoring activities. Read more.

Karen Smilowitz

Karen Smilowitz

Smilowitz, associate professor in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, has had a tremendous impact on the school’s curriculum as well as its students. Read more.