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Teaching Resources

Explore the topics below to learn more about teaching resources on campus.

Ordering Textbooks

Northwestern University has partnered with Faculty Enlight, an online content search, discovery and adoption website that allows faculty to research and adopt textbooks in one convenient place. Faculty teaching courses on both campuses may register and order textbooks through this site.

The Evanston bookstore is located in the Norris University Center in Evanston, 1999 Campus Drive. They may be reached using an online contact form or by phone at (847) 491 3990.

On the Chicago campus, the University Bookstore at Abbott Hall, located at 710 N. Lake Shore Drive, handles book orders for the medical and law schools as well as the Kellogg School of Management's Part-Time Program and the School of Professional Studies classes taking place in Chicago. They may be reached using an online contact form or by phone at (312) 503-8486.

Library Services

With more than 6 million volumes, Northwestern University’s diverse library collections rank 11th among the nation’s private universities. The University’s library system includes University, Deering, and Seeley G. Mudd Libraries on the Evanston campus; and the Galter Health Sciences Library, Pritzker Legal Research Center, and the Joseph Schaffner Library on the Chicago campus.

Your Wildcard gives you access to all of these libraries, as well as to the United Library on the Evanston campus, the theological library of the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and an affiliate library of Northwestern University.

The University Libraries offers many services tailored to faculty. Check out the library website for details on book delivery, reciprocal borrowing, a listing of subject specialists and more.

Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching

Since its founding in September 1992, the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching has supported teaching and fostering student learning in the undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. Programs and services are available for faculty, graduate students who teach, as well as undergraduate peer mentors in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.

The Center provides opportunities to faculty to engage with the research, scholarship, practical skills, innovations, and practices of teaching and learning in higher education. A comprehensive series of programs and events are designed to accommodate a wide range of interests and schedules. Faculty may participate in lunchtime discussions or join monthly workshops addressing a multitude of teaching issues.

The Searle Center also conducts an annual all-day New Faculty Workshop to welcome new faculty into the teaching community at Northwestern. This highly interactive session touches on many topics related to teaching and learning, including Enhancing Student Engagement, Course Design, Teaching Methods, and Assessment & Evaluation of Learning. Registration is required.

In addition to these various programs, the Searle Center offers a range of resources and services to help faculty find answers to their questions about teaching and learning. The Center houses the Robert Menges Memorial Library, an extensive collection of books, articles and videotapes on teaching and learning in higher education which can be accessed online through the Center's website. You can contact the Center via email or call (847) 467‑2338.

AccessibleNU (formerly Services for Students with Disabilities)

It is Northwestern University policy to ensure that no qualified student with a disability is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any University program or activity.  In response to a request made by a qualified student with a documented disability, AccessibleNU will arrange for the provision of academic accommodations and auxiliary aids determined by AccessibleNU to be necessary to afford the opportunity for full participation in University programs.

Students who have been determined eligible for classroom accommodations are advised by AccessibleNU staff to present notification from our office to their instructors and to discuss accommodation needs with their professors.  Faculty are encouraged to contact AccessibleNU by email or call (847) 467-5530 with any questions pertaining to academic accommodations. More information is available on the AccessibleNU website, or located in our new faculty guide (available at our office). Finally, under the faculty tab of our website, there is also a list of Frequently Asked Questions available as a quick resource.

Dealing with Student Problems

Faculty members who have a question or a problem concerning a student are encouraged to consult with the Dean of Students Office at (847) 491-8430 or via email. This includes issues that might arise involving dangerous, disruptive, or troubled students. The office will work to help resolve the problem or refer you to someone who can. In addition, if anyone is unsure of who to contact when assistance is needed, please visit NUHelp.

Additional information about the various services offered can be found on the Division of Student Affairs website.

Teaching and Learning Technologies

Northwestern’s learning management system, Canvas, is the hub of a technology learning ecosystem that provides instructors and students with a single place to organize class materials, post assignments, and to engage using video and social media. Faculty Support Services staff will help you learn how to use Canvas like an expert, with a series of workshops, including an Introduction to Canvas (basic features, tools, and functionality) and  specialized workshops on using video and social media tools to connect with your students. If you need more individualized support to design your course, please sign up for a consultation or drop by a mini-consultation.

All new faculty should register for an introduction to Canvas.

Faculty Support Services empowers instructors and students to use classroom and online technologies that make the teaching and learning experience richer, more efficient, and more accessible. In collaboration with the Provost’s office and other units, we support a growing educational technology community of innovators including the Educational Technology Teaching Fellows program, our TEACHxperts speaker series, and our annual TEACHx showcase.

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