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 2013 Charles Deering McCormick Professors of Teaching Excellence and the 2013 Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturers. You can also view a list of past University Teaching Award recipients.

Jack Doppelt

Jack Doppelt

Jack C. Doppelt, Professor in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications, has been a pioneer in interdisciplinary, international, and civically engaged education throughout his long career at Northwestern. Read more.

Benjamin Frommer

Benjamin Frommer, Associate Professor of History, has distinguished himself through his continuous desire to improve as a teacher, meticulous preparation, and strong commitment to understanding his students’ perspectives. Read more.

Nitasha Tamar Sharma

Nitasha Tamar Sharma

An Associate Professor with joint appointments in the Department of African American Studies and the Program in Asian American Studies, Nitasha Sharma has proven herself to be an exemplary teacher and mentor since her arrival in 2006. Read more.

John M. Alongi

John M. Alongi

John Alongi, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, earned his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from Northwestern University. Read more.

Laura Schellhardt

Laura Schellhardt

A Northwestern alumna, Laura Schellhardt earned her M.F.A. at Brown University before returning to the University in 2008 as a full-time playwriting lecturer in the Department of Theatre. Read more.