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University Teaching Awards

Northwestern University offers three awards to recognize individual faculty members who have consistently:

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.

Congratulations to the 2017 Recipients

Jeremy Birnholtz

Jeremy Birnholtz

Associate Professor in Communication Studies, School of Communication, and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, McCormick School of Engineering

Jeremy Birnholtz’s commitment to improving the undergraduate experience is demonstrated through the vast number of ways he engages student learning. Read more.
Vasili Byros

Vasili Byros

Associate Professor of Music Theory and Cognition, Bienen School of Music

Vasili Byros chose to teach the sophomore honors sequence to engage undergraduates in a “new curriculum built fundamentally around the principle of learning by doing.” Read more.
Nick Davis

Nick Davis

Associate Professor in English and Gender Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Nick Davis’s undergraduate teaching ranges across the entire spectrum, from first-year seminars to large introductory lectures to research-intensive upper-division courses to one-on-one advising, most recently on a senior thesis that took top honors. Read more.
Michael Jewett

Michael Jewett

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering

Michael Jewett has dedicated himself “to high quality education in the chemical and biological engineering sciences.” Read more.
Francesca Tataranni

Francesca Tataranni

Professor of Instruction in Classics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Francesca Tataranni aims to bring passion for teaching Classics, a commitment to rigor, and creativity to her classroom. Read more.
Tracy L. Vaughn-Manley

Tracy L. Vaughn-Manley

Associate Professor of Liberal Arts in Residence, Northwestern University-Qatar, and Associate Professor of Instruction in African American Studies, and by courtesy, in English, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Tracy L. Vaughn-Manley’s teaching philosophy is to “create and maintain an environment that is physically, emotionally, intellectually, and culturally safe and conducive to the free exchange of thoughts and ideas.” Read more.

Erin Waxenbaum

Erin Waxenbaum

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Erin Waxenbaum believes “education should be collaborative, inclusive and integrative” and has translated this ideology, with the support of two Hewlett Fund for Curricular Innovation Awards, into an experiential teaching pedagogy. Read more.
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