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Explore the topics below for more information on how to get settled on campus:

Faculty Senate and University Committees

The Faculty Senate is the elected, representative body of the faculty. It considers, makes recommendations, and passes resolutions concerning matters of general university interest, including educational and research endeavors; hiring policy; the tenure and promotion system; and campus life. The Faculty Senate strives to protect academic freedom, promote excellence, equity, and diversity within the faculty and student body, and advance the general welfare of the university.

Because senators are elected by every department in the university, they may be the eyes and ears of faculty members. Please feel free to contact your department's senator in order to learn more, or make suggestions about university policies and initiatives. Also be aware that the Senate administers an ombudsman program in order to discretely assist faculty members with any issue that cannot be resolved at the department level. The Faculty Senate website has further information about membership and its activities. The current president of the Faculty Senate is Laurie Zoloth.

Each year the President, Provost, and Faculty Senate President appoint faculty members to various university-wide committees (often including students and staff as well as faculty) that establish policy or advise the Northwestern administration and faculty on various matters. Should you be interested in serving on such committees, contact the President of the Faculty Senate.

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Campus Newspapers

The Daily Northwestern is published Monday -- Friday during the academic year. Since 1881, this award-winning student publication has been one of the nation's most respected college newspapers and is delivered free of charge to more than 50 locations around NU's Evanston and Chicago campuses. Classified advertising in The Daily Northwestern is an effective way to connect with students for part-time child care, work study help, research assistants or sublets.  For additional information, call (847) 491-4901.

The Department of University Relations provides media relations, print publications and web communications services for the University. In addition, UR produces Northwestern's alumni magazine and Northwestern News, the twice-weekly email newsletter that goes to all faculty, students and staff. News about the University is also posted daily on Northwestern's home page and the NewsCenter web page. Often accompanied by video and audio, the news features cover a variety of subjects, from major research breakthroughs to fine arts events to faculty honors. For more information, contact the internal communications editor at 847-491-4893.

Planit Purple

PlanIt Purple is Northwestern University’s centralized online events listing. The University community is the listing's primary audience, but it is also viewable by the general public. Users can display events on PlanIt Purple according to their date, general location, sponsoring group, or event type. University departments and offices can post their events and use the database of events to create their own public listing. For more information, email PlanIt Purple or call (847) 491-4870.

Lawrence B. Dumas Domain Dinners

The Lawrence B. Dumas Domain Dinner Program is designed to stimulate faculty interactions across departments and disciplines and to highlight Northwestern's distinctive interdisciplinarity. These events, featuring Northwestern faculty and senior lecturers, consist of a program followed by dinner. These events also provide the opportunity for faculty from both the Chicago and the Evanston campuses to gather in a relaxed environment for intellectual discourse. There is no charge for these dinners.  

All tenured, tenure-line and senior lecturer faculty members are sent electronically an invitation to each dinner. Other faculty who would like to be included on the invitation list should contact the administrative secretary of the Office of Administration and Planning at (847) 491-4335.

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University Circle

The mission of University Circle is to provide opportunities for Northwestern University women to participate in service, scholarship and social activities that enhance the University community. An annual membership is $25 and is open to all women affiliated with the University including faculty, staff, students and spouses.

In addition to hosting special events throughout the year, University Circle organizes interest groups and special programs so members can explore and share interests. Several groups focus on community service for Children's Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute. Another interest group supports the Northwestern University Settlement House, a privately-funded association that helps inner city residents obtain food, clothing, shelter and education. Other groups gather for sports, meet to practice foreign language conversation skills, discuss books and plays, visit ethnic restaurants, quilt, or go antiquing.

University Circle also represents Northwestern in the biennial Conference of Big Ten University Women's Organizations and funds an annual scholarship for University employees taking graduate courses through the School of Professional Studies to further career opportunities. For further information contact Elisabeth Malthouse at (773) 465-8411 or Sally Dobroski at (847) 251-4915 or visit the University Circle website.

Organization of Women Faculty

The Organization of Women Faculty (OWF) was founded in 1981 to improve the status and working conditions of women faculty at Northwestern as well as to provide a forum for intellectual and personal exchanges. The organization is concerned with all issues affecting women faculty members within the University community. 

You may also contact the Associate Director of the Northwestern University Women's Center, Njoki Kamau, at (847) 491-2734.

Phi Beta Kappa

Faculty members who have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa are strongly encouraged to affiliate themselves with Northwestern’s chapter, Alpha of Illinois. Please contact the Chapter’s President, Deborah Rosenberg.

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Residential Colleges Program

On the Evanston campus, the Residential Colleges Program offers a venue for informal interaction between undergraduate students and faculty.  Faculty affiliating with one of the colleges have the opportunity to get to know faculty and students across disciplines, are invited to take meals with students in the colleges, and participate in residential college-sponsored events on-and off-campus throughout the academic year. The 11 residential colleges include multi-thematic colleges as well as colleges focusing on such topics such as public affairs, commerce and industry, humanities, and international studies. 

Faculty interested in affiliating with a residential college are welcome to contact the Director of Residential Academic Initiatives, Brad Zakarin, or call (847) 467-1362.

Office of Fellowships

The Office of Fellowships identifies and prepares outstanding students for national fellowship competitions such as Rhodes, Marshall, Gates Cambridge, Mitchell, Fulbright, Luce, and National Science Foundation.  To help students locate appropriate fellowships, the Office maintains an extensive website, offers fellowships-specific workshops throughout the academic year, and holds general informational sessions every Thursday in the 1940 Sheridan conference room.

The Office depends upon strong faculty support.  Faculty members, especially those who have held fellowships such as the ones listed above, are invited to contact Director Sara Anson Vaux; Senior Associate Director Elizabeth Pardoe; Senior Associate Director Stephen Hill; Associate Director Amy Kehoe; or Assistant Director Jason Kelly Roberts.

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Information Technology and Computing Support

Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT) offers technology support along with key services and resources to faculty to advance the mission of the University. Technology services provided by NUIT to University entities include, but are not limited to: voice, data, video, and wireless networks and services; Internet; and academic and administrative systems. In addition, a number of schools and departments provide support for their specific constituencies in close collaboration with NUIT, which has oversight and coordinating responsibility for these systems and services.

Technological innovations and initiatives within the divisions and schools should be brought to NUIT early in their life for rapid consideration and assessment within University-wide plans. For a detailed list of Information Technologies policies and guidelines, please visit the University Policies website.

Visit the NUIT website often to stay informed about academic and research services and resources available to Northwestern faculty. Get up-to-date news, follow NUIT on social media and subscribe to the NUIT RSS news feed to receive instant notifications about system upgrades, new service offerings and more.

Finding Support

To request help with a technology-related question, the IT Support Center offers several options. By phone, the IT Support Center can be reached at 847-491-4357 (1-HELP) during business hours. For in-person assistance, visit the NUIT Service Point in Norris University Center or the IT Support Center location at 1800 Sherman Avenue in downtown Evanston. NetID issues can also be addressed at the NetID Support Kiosk in the WildCARD Office on the Chicago campus.

If your issue is not an urgent one, or you have a question outside of business hours, you can submit your question or issue via the IT Service Manager (NetID login required) or send an email to consultant@northwestern.edu. Please make sure your message has complete information about your issue, including your NetID and exact error messages, if applicable.

NUIT also provides an online self-service information center and IT Knowledge Base where Northwestern University faculty, staff, and students can find answers to frequently asked questions about University IT services. Click the categories to display a current listing of all Knowledge Base articles for the selected subject.

Academic Resources

The Academic & Research Technologies (A&RT) unit of NUIT is the principal point of contact for faculty interested in the University’s academic and research computing infrastructure and services. A&RT supports faculty and provides access to educational technologies and various multimedia resources for the larger Northwestern community. 

There are a host of other learning and teaching services available to faculty. These services include the University’s new educational platform, Canvas; 121 technology-rich Smart Classrooms across both Northwestern campuses; Mediasite, a lecture capture and management service and several computer classrooms. For detailed information on these services and others, visit the NUIT resources page.

NUIT Advanced Media Production Studio (NUIT AMPS) is a professional production team within A&RT dedicated to the service and advancement of multimedia applications in teaching and research. The team partners with University colleagues to produce high-definition video productions and innovative web-based outreach sites for research, pedagogical, and administrative initiatives.

Conferencing Services

Northwestern offers solutions and support for desktop, room-based, and audio conferencing as well as webcasting. See the NUIT website for a complete list of conferencing services provided.

Technology-Related Events and Presentations

NUIT provides information on a variety of technology topics through several different workshops and event series. NUIT Tech Talks are biweekly interactive webinars open to the entire University community. Learn about current and upcoming NUIT initiatives as experts discuss a range of technology topics, including new services and tools from NUIT, computer security, and more. 

Watch helpful step-by-step videos addressing common questions—from setting up email to connecting to the campus wireless network—on NUIT’s YouTube channel. You can also find the weekly “You’re the Key” Information Security podcast series, which provides the Northwestern University community with timely information regarding security news and tips.

Additional learning opportunities can be found on the NUIT Events, Presentations, and Training page. To further explore the many support and service options available to faculty, please visit NUIT’s website.

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