Guide for New Faculty
Your first step on campus should be to complete the steps necessary to establish a record for yourself in the Faculty and Staff Information System (FASIS). To be entered into FASIS, you must complete the following documents: 1) a Personal Data Form with your demographic information; 2) your personal W-4 tax forms; and 3) the Employment Eligibility Form (I9). Your department will submit these forms, along with your Position Appointment form, to the Payroll Office. It will take anywhere from 48 to 72 hours for the Payroll Office to review your submitted forms and enter you into the FASIS system. Please note that at the beginning of the academic year, due to the extremely high volume of paperwork being processed by the Payroll Office, this process may take up to a week to complete. To help reduce this delay some schools may provide the necessary Personal Data and W4 Forms for the faculty member to complete well before the start of the academic year. The sooner you complete the forms and return them to your department or school, the sooner your information can be sent to Payroll and entered. For additional information and links to the forms, visit the Human Resources web site at http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/policies-forms/how-do-i/new-employee.html.
No later than the first day you will start being paid on Northwestern University’s payroll system, you must complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility. Section 1 of the I-9 can be completed from any computer. Section 2 of the I-9 can be completed in your department, in the Payroll Office, or by a remote agent. This step must be completed no later than the end of the third day you are paid through the university’s payroll system. If you will not be on campus on or before your first day of pay, then you must go through the remote agent process. Instructions can be found on the payroll website at http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/managers-administrators/onboarding-procedures/E-verify/E-VerifyRemoteHireQuickSheet.pdf.
You must bring with you identification that will be reviewed when you are completing this process. The document(s) must verify that you are eligible to work in the United Stated and establish your identity. The most common acceptable documents for U.S. persons are a U.S. Passport or Driver’s license and Social Security card. For a complete list of acceptable documents, please see http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/managers-administrators/onboarding-procedures/E-verify/i9documents.pdf.
The I9 Form should be completed as soon as possible after you arrive on campus; failure to complete the form will not delay the entry into FASIS but it will prevent you from receiving your paycheck. For additional information on the I9 process and requirements, visit http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/payroll/e-verify/index.html.
Your campus WildCARD, the official Northwestern photo identification card, may be obtained once your FASIS record is established. This campus ID card can be used to gain entrance to University facilities and events; use the university shuttle service; check out library materials; purchase food through a University meal plan, and much more. Additionally, U.S. Bank checking account holders can use their WildCARD as their ATM/debit card. Spouses or domestic partners of faculty can obtain a campus WildCARD for a nominal fee of $10.
Because of the high volume of office visitors during the period when new students are arriving on campus, you are advised not to attempt to obtain a WildCARD at that time. In 2012, this period will be the latter half of September in Evanston and the last week in August and first week in September in Chicago.
The WildCARD Advantage Program provides a list of area businesses that offer discounts to Northwestern faculty, staff, and students holding a valid WildCARD. Most of these businesses also offer discounts to spouses or partners of faculty members who also hold a valid card. Discounts and services vary. For more information on WildCARD uses, local discounts, and instructions on how to obtain a card, visit: http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/wildcard/index.html.
Your NetID is your electronic identity at Northwestern. Many networked University resources are associated with it, including e-mail, many special library resources, and the online directory. When your NetID has been created, you will be notified and will receive instructions about how to activate it. You can activate your NetID from your own computer up to 90 days before your official start date. Once your NetID is activated, you can instantly access your University e-mail within Northwestern’s Outlook Web Application, which requires no setup and is a secure and easy way to check your e-mail from anywhere.
For more information and detailed guides on university e-mail and guidelines for setting a secure password, visit http://www.it.northwestern.edu/netid/overview.html.
Failure to complete the enrollment process by the stated deadline may necessitate the postponement of the coverage date until the following January and/or proof of qualification for insurance (as through a medical examination) for the life, long term care, and disability plans during the Fall Open Enrollment period. You can complete the enrollment process prior to your arrival on campus provided you have an active University NetID and password. The Benefits Division asks that you designate your life insurance plan beneficiaries online using FASIS Self Service.
You may obtain benefit plan information, online enrollment instructions, and the secondary enrollment step forms from the Benefits Division website at http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/new-employees/enroll-benefits/index.html or obtain them in Evanston from the Benefits Division (720 University Place, 2nd floor), or the Chicago Campus Human Resources Office (710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Abbott Hall, Room 150).
The University's online directory provides contact information for all Northwestern students, faculty and staff. The Online Directory data can be accessed through email, or via the Web at http://directory.northwestern.edu. The Online Directory will display the job title, department name, office address, phone numbers, and e-mail address for every faculty member. Each faculty member may also opt to include their home address and telephone number as well as the name of a spouse/partner. In early October, faculty members are reminded via e-mail to update their directory information through the FASIS Self Service module at https://nuhr.northwestern.edu. Faculty holding multiple appointments can elect to list multiple departments and one location for campus mail deliveries. Unless you update the information in FASIS, the information from your most recent Personal Data Form, which may be out-of-date, will appear in the Online Directory.
Once you have established an e-mail account, you should check your own data, as the directory is one of the principal tools your colleagues and students will use to contact you. Go to https://directory.northwestern.edu/edit/ and review your entry. If your name, title, department, office address, or office phone number is incorrect, please access FASIS at https://nuhr.northwestern.edu. Sign in using your NetID and password and click on the link called “Online Directory” to update this information. Some changes, such as to your academic rank, department title, etc. must be made by your school authorities; please contact your department chair to request changes to this information.
To notify the University of a change in your home address, please go to the self-service link in FASIS https://nuhr.northwestern.edu and sign in using your NetID and password. Then click on the link under My Personal Information for Address Change. It is particularly important that you maintain current records with Human Resources because the address that is on file in FASIS is the address to which the W-2 form will be mailed.
If your professional or published name differs from your legal name in Human Resources, please be sure that Human Resources also has a record of your professional/published name. To update this information go to the self-service link in FASIS https://nuhr.northwestern.edu, and sign in using your NetID and password.
In addition to the Online Directory, all Northwestern employees should also enter/update their Emergency Contact information. This information can be updated and/or added in FASIS Self Service using the “Emergency Contacts” page located in Personal Information folder. This emergency contact number will be used for contacting a close relative/friend if needed in an emergency.
Please note that all of your phone numbers (not that of your emergency contact relative) and emails in the system are provided to Northwestern’s emergency notification system. In the event of an emergency or disaster on campus, we will call, text and/or send e-mail notifications to the phone number(s) and e-mail address(es) in the system.
Northwestern University has a strong commitment to ethics and compliance. The University's "Standards for Business Conduct" provides a framework for administering University resources and establishes guidelines for acceptable standards of behavior. It can be found at http://www.northwestern.edu/auditing/how/standards.pdf
If you have concerns about your compliance, please speak to your department chair, dean, or central administration personnel to solicit their support and help. However, if you feel uncomfortable discussing any matter with your colleague or department chair, go to the University’s ethics and compliance web site at http://www.northwestern.edu/ethics/. On this web site (located in the sidebar) you will find links to University policies and contact information for any questions about these policies.
In addition to these resources, Northwestern has selected EthicsPoint to provide you with a simple way to report activities that may involve misconduct or violations of University policy. EthicsPoint is a phone- and web-based resource available to faculty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is is contracted by the University to provide specially trained personnel to receive all phone- and web-based reports. When you file a report with EthicsPoint you will be asked to describe the suspected compliance problem in as much detail as possible. Upon completion of your report, EthicsPoint will promptly relay the information to the appropriate University officials. You may file a report here or by dialing 866-294-3545 (toll-free within the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico).
Due to the nature of certain claims, the University may be limited with respect to the action(s) it may be able to take in response to a report if the individual submitting the report does not wish to make his or her identity known.
Reports submitted via EthicsPoint will be handled as promptly and discreetly as possible, with facts made available only to those who need to know to investigate and resolve the matter. EthicsPoint and the University are committed to safeguarding the confidentiality of individuals who submit reports. The University is firmly committed to a policy that encourages timely disclosure of such concerns and prohibits retribution or retaliation against any staff who, in good faith, reports such concerns. No staff member will be exempt from the consequences of misconduct or inadequate performance by reporting his or her own misconduct or inadequate performance.
Various Chicago and Evanston campus maps are available on the Northwestern website at http://maps.northwestern.edu/. Maps for specific buildings and departments can also be found on the University Department/Office Directory at http://offices.northwestern.edu.
A current Northwestern parking permit is required to park on the Evanston campus from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Parking permit restrictions are not enforced in most lots after 4:00 p.m. The Evanston University Police Parking Office at 1819 Hinman Avenue administers parking registration for the Evanston campus. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will be required to present a WildCARD and a valid driver's license to obtain a parking permit. If the WildCARD has not yet been received (see the above section on How to Obtain a WildCARD), you can present a memo or letter from the department explaining that you are a new faculty member with a WildCARD pending. The Parking Office will issue a temporary parking permit until you receive a WildCARD. Once you have received your WildCARD, you may obtain a permanent parking permit. These permits are non-transferable. Parking Office personnel may request additional documentation as necessary to verify address, affiliation and vehicle ownership.
In 2011-12, the cost for a full-year faculty parking permit was $501.00 for full-time faculty and $322.00 for part-time faculty. In addition, a $25 permit is available; this permit allows the holder to park at the Ryan Field lot (located at Central Street and Ashland Avenue) during the day and take a free shuttle bus service to the main campus (see the section on the Evanston Parking Shuttle). Holders of the $25 permit are permitted to park on the main campus during the evenings, weekends, and in several lots on campus during summer quarter. The $25 permit must be purchased prior to the end of winter quarter. For current rates, please check the parking website: http://www.northwestern.edu/up/parking
Parking is paid through a pre-tax payroll deduction only. The cost of the permit is divided into twelve pro-rated equal installments.
Further information is available at http://www.northwestern.edu/up/parking
Chicago campus parking permits are sold annually or quarterly. Annual parking is from October 1 through September 30 of the following year. Annual parking permits go on sale the first working day after Labor Day each year.
To qualify for Northwestern University's subsidized parking, you must meet the following conditions: at least 50 percent of your salary must be drawn from the University via a NU paycheck; you must live outside of the designated boundaries, which are Halsted Street on the west, North Ave on the North and Congress Pkwy on the south side of the Chicago campus; and you must be approved for parking privileges through the department/school space allocation process. At the NU Parking Office, you must supply a valid driver's license and a current vehicle registration card for your vehicle. You may pay for your parking through pre-tax payroll deductions.
Parking fees for faculty and staff are structured on a tiered basis and determined by annual salary (include NU, NMFF, NMH and RIC salaries). In 2011-2012, tiered rates for commuter parking in the Erie-Ontario garage, the 441 East Ontario garage or the Abbott Hall flat lot range from $606 to $2,691. For fiscal year 2012-2013 rates, check the parking website at: http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/transportation/parking/index.html.
The commuter parking permit gives unlimited parking access to the assigned garage. The evening/weekend permit gives evening faculty access to their garage beginning in the late afternoon (4:00 p.m.); these parkers have weekday access to their garage until 8:00 a.m. each morning and 24-hour access on the weekends. Evening/weekend parking does not require departmental/school approval.
Evanston faculty who have a valid Evanston campus full-time parking permit and are teaching evening classes on the Chicago campus may purchase the Chicago evening/weekend parking permit at a reduced rate each quarter. These individuals must provide proof of Evanston parking (Evanston receipt), and proof of class assignment in a Chicago evening class. Evanston campus parkers who are interested in the Chicago evening/weekend parking permit, but are not attending or teaching class, may also purchase the permit at the regular permit rate. Chicago evening/weekend parking during 2011-2012 costs $138 per quarter or $372 for the full year. Faculty who do not have Evanston parking but are interested in the Chicago evening/weekend parking permit must pay the standard rate.
The Chicago Campus Parking Office is located in Abbott Hall, Room 100, phone: (312) 503-1103, and is open Monday -Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Extended hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the beginning of each academic quarter (with the exception of summer session). More information is available online at: http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/transportation/parking/index.html. You can also contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since daytime parking is limited in Evanston, faculty, staff, and students who live close to campus may not use campus parking. Evanston faculty must reside outside the Walking Zone to be eligible for an Evanston campus parking permit. Specifically, one must reside north of Central Street, west of Ridge Avenue from Central Street to Emerson Street, west of the Metra tracks from Emerson Street to Lake Street and south of Lake Street to be eligible for a permit. The Parking Office uses the official address of the building to establish residence. No one living within two miles of the Chicago campus will be issued a daytime Chicago campus parking permit. http://www.northwestern.edu/up/parking/permits/walking-zone.html
University Services provides a shuttle that runs from early morning into late evening between the Chicago and Evanston campuses Monday through Friday (except for University holidays). The shuttle schedule and pick up/drop off locations are listed at www.shuttle.northwestern.edu. There is no charge for the shuttle service for anyone displaying an active WildCARD (including spouses/partners). Travel time between campuses varies upon time of day. Please present your WildCARD when boarding the shuttle. Expired ID cards are not accepted. Contact University Services at 312-503-8129 or via email at email@example.com with any questions or for further information.
Evanston Ryan Field Shuttle
To encourage people to use the off- campus Ryan Field parking lot during the academic year, University Services provides a shuttle linking the north and south ends of the Evanston campus. Except for University holidays, this shuttle runs between Ryan Field and several points on campus, Monday through Friday, between early morning and mid-evening. This bus does not operate during summer break, but employees with Ryan Field parking permits are allowed to park in the commuter lots on campus during the summer. Visit www.shuttle.northwestern.edu for the shuttle schedule and pick-up/drop-off locations. Anyone with a WildCARD (including spouses/partners) can use this shuttle; there is no charge for this service. Should you have any questions, contact University Services at 312-503-8129 or visit www.northwestern.edu/uservices/transportation/index.html.
Chicago Shuttle Services
The Northwestern Chicago campus train station shuttle runs in the morning and afternoon between Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Union Station, the Ogilvie Transportation Center (widely known as the Northwestern station) and the LaSalle and Randolph train stations. The shuttles run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes, but delays may be caused by heavy traffic or special events which often take place on Friday afternoon. At the time of printing, the shuttle costs $15 for ten rides or $37 for a monthly pass. Tickets may be purchased at the Feinberg cashier on the second floor, the Feinberg Pavilion, the Prentice cashier on the first floor, the Rehabilitation Institute cafeteria or in the University Services Office at Abbott Hall, Room 100. Train shuttle tickets can be purchased on a pre-tax basis. More information is available at http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/transportation/shuttles/chicago/index.html.
If you need to travel between Northwestern’s Chicago campus and the Lurie Children’s Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park, there is a shuttle service that runs approximately every 20 minutes, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The shuttle runs from Lurie at the southeast (Superior Street) corner of the main hospital driveway and drops off curbside at 2515 N. Clark Street. For additional transportation options and directions between the campuses, visit http://www.luriechildrens.org/en-us/care-services/parking-locations/Pages/lurie-childrens.aspx.
Pace Rideshare Program
Northwestern University, in conjunction with PACE, now offers a rideshare program for all full-time faculty and staff. Carpooling is an economical, convenient and environmentally friendly way to commute to work. Full-time Northwestern faculty who plan on carpooling at least three times a week and live outside the parking boundaries for their campus* are eligible for the program. Northwestern has also created an Emergency Ride Home Program (ERH) for registered PACE Rideshare participants from NU in the event of a personal and urgent emergency. Qualified ERH reimbursements will cover taxi rides and single Metra, Pace, or CTA tickets home. More information can be found at: http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/transportation/commuter/rideshare.html.
*Parking Boundaries - Chicago: North of North Ave., West of Halsted and South of Congress. Evanston: North of Central, West of Ridge and South of Lake.
Bike to Work
Riding a bicycle to work is a commuting option that can have economic, environmental, and health benefits. Northwestern offers many services and resources for bicycle riders. All University shuttle buses are equipped with bike racks. Kryptonite brand locks available for purchase at cost through the University Police. University Police also provides Bicycle Security Tips as well as free, online bicycle registration for the campus community. Contact (312) 503-8314 for additional information.
For information on bicycle maps, parking, and shower facilities for both the Chicago and Evanston campuses, visit http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/transportation/commuter/bicycle.html.
University Services has compiled information about transportation services to and from the two Chicagoland airports, O'Hare International and Midway Airports, for use by faculty, staff, and students that can be found at: http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/transportation/airport/index.html. We recommend that you plan ahead to find out the current prices, reservation and cancellation policy, holiday schedules, and any other information that might assist you in making an informed decision.
With over 4.6 million volumes, 4.5 million microforms, and over 45,000 current periodicals and serials, Northwestern University Library’s rich and diverse collection ranks 11th among the nation’s private universities. The Northwestern University Library system includes: the Main Library and two branch libraries on the Evanston campus ― the Math Library and the Seeley G. Mudd Library for Science and Engineering; and three Libraries on the Chicago campus―the Galter Health Sciences Library (http://www.galter.northwestern.edu), the Pritzker Legal Research Center (http://www.law.northwestern.edu/lawlibrary) and the Joseph Schaffner Library. 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.
Library services for faculty can be found on Northwestern University Library’s website at http://www.library.northwestern.edu/services/faculty-graduate-students.
Typically, departments provide information to new faculty prior to their arrival regarding the ordering of textbooks. Should you need or want to contact the bookstores directly, the following contact information may be helpful. Order forms for the on-campus bookstore in the Norris University Center in Evanston are available at most departments, at the bookstore, or online at http://www.bookstore.northwestern.edu/. The Norris bookstore can be reached at: (847) 491‑3990, fax: (847) 491-7088, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Chicago campus, the Northwestern University Bookstore at Abbott Hall handles book orders for the medical and law schools as well as the part-time Kellogg School of Management and the School of Continuing Studies classes taking place in Chicago. Orders can be placed online, by phone (312) 503-8486, by fax at (312) 503-0101, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
On the Evanston campus, the University maintains several apartment buildings and single family homes that are available to in-coming faculty relocating from outside of the Chicago area. The maximum rental is generally for one year. Units are unfurnished and contain one, two, and three bedrooms with rents at market rates. Persons interested in receiving information and applications for rentals should email Ranee Berliant, Real Estate Asset Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (847) 467-3450.
The Office of the Provost maintains a website where faculty can post and browse available housing, both for rent and for sale, long-term and short-term. The site can be found at: http://www.northwestern.edu/provost/faculty/work-life-family/housing/index.html.
Though designed primarily to assist students, the Living Off-Campus Office, located in the lower level of Scott Hall, 601 University Place, may be able to provide some assistance to faculty in finding apartments and houses for rent and for purchase. The Off-Campus Housing Office can be reached at (847) 491-8430 or by visiting http://www.northwestern.edu/offcampus/.
Other excellent sources to search for rental properties or temporary housing in the Evanston area include:
- The Evanston Review, a weekly newspaper published on Thursdays and available online at http://www.pioneerlocal.com/
- The Chicago Reader, a free weekly newspaper published on Thursdays and available online at http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/Home
- Craigslist http://chicago.craigslist.org/.
- Sabbatical Homes http://www.sabbaticalhomes.com
- The Homestead (http://www.thehomestead.net/) offers short-term furnished housing
Through the University's local designated preferred banking vendors for mortgage services, loan transactions are available at preferential interest rates on primary mortgages for both tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty members. There is also some discounting on interest rate for bridge loans. Some fees such as the application fee will be waived to the faculty member. The faculty member is responsible for down payment and closing costs and must meet normal bank loan underwriting approval. More information is available at the Northwestern HR relocation web link: http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/work-life/relocation/index.html
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More information and resources regarding home purchase may be found in the Deans’ offices of individual schools. Additionally, for specific information about home purchase assistance or relocation assistance in general, please call Ms. Janie Savage, Assistant to Northwestern's Senior Vice President for Business and Finance at 847-491-5534, or Ms. Lori Anne Henderson, Director of Work & Life Resources, HR at 847-491-3612.
First Northern Credit Union (FNCU) is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned and operated by its members. Because there are no outside stockholders, members earn higher dividends on savings, pay lower rates on loans, and appreciate reduced or eliminated fees, as well as superior service.
First Northern provides services to all Northwestern University employees and students. Savings, checking, money market accounts, Visa® credit and debit cards, home equity loans, first mortgages, vehicle loans, automatic payroll deductions, mobile banking, online banking and bill pay, and more are available. All accounts are federally insured up to $250,000―with a separate coverage up to $250,000 for Individual Retirement Accounts ― and additional private share insurance up to $250,000 through Excess Share Insurance.
FNCU has branch locations conveniently located on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. The Evanston Branch is at 726 Clark Street. The Chicago Streeterville Branch is at 541 N. Fairbanks Court, Suite 120. For details on these locations and branch hours, visit www.fncu.org.
In addition, First Northern Credit Union offers over 71,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide! They also offer over 6,800 Shared Branching locations, allowing free access to a group of credit unions around the world through which you can conduct your financial transactions. Visit First Northern’s website at www.fncu.org or m.fncu.org on your mobile phone for ATM and Shared Branching locations close to your home, workplace or next vacation destination.
Northwestern's University Career Services (UCS) helps NU students and alumni identify and successfully pursue individual career goals. UCS offers career assistance to faculty spouses/partners to help them become familiar with available career resources and/or arrange a courtesy appointment with an appropriate career specialist. In addition, spouses/partners of faculty may use Career Search, an online service with which the University has contracted. Career Search is a powerful online employment research tool with a database of more than 1.5 million employers from every major sector of the business and academic worlds. Please note that Career Search provides information on organizations and companies, not a listing of specific job openings.
For assistance, please have your academic department office email the Executive Director of University Career Services, Lonnie Dunlap at email@example.com to request arrangements on your behalf.
Northwestern has also partnered with the Greater Chicago Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (GC HERC), which includes other area educational institutions such as the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Argonne, and Fermilab. Through the sharing of information and resources, the GC HERC supports its member institutions in attracting outstanding faculty, administrators, and staff, with a particular focus on assisting dual-career couples. GC HERC contains a web-based search engine that includes listings for both faculty and staff jobs at all member institutions and is available at no charge to anyone seeking employment in higher education. The search engine allows users to link two profiles and find jobs that match both search criteria. It can be accessed at: http://www.jobtarget.com/home/index.cfm?site_id=1684 .
The Office of Work/Life Resources, a division of the Office of Human Resources, has a wide range of programming available to assist faculty with a diverse array of family and personal needs. For information on childcare, eldercare, family leaves, relocation, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and more, please visit http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/work-life/index.html.
The International Office assists international faculty, visitors and dependents on matters pertaining to their nonimmigrant and immigrant status. All new international faculty members (tenure eligible, non-visiting and visiting) should take a few moments to familiarize themselves with the International Office (IO) web site where you will find a comprehensive listing of requirements and resources: http://www.northwestern.edu/international/scholar/faculty-researchers-staff/index.html.
It is imperative that new faculty who are not U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents maintain the proper nonimmigrant status to be permitted to work in the United States. Maintenance of status and eligibility to work in the United States is the faculty member's responsibility and not that of Northwestern University.
The Community Council for International Students (CCIS) is a volunteer group that works with the International Office to provide programs for international scholars and students and their families. These programs include Foster Relatives, the International American Women's Group, a playgroup for children, a one-on-one English conversation program, and an English Class for Spouses. Information about these programs is available at http://www.northwestern.edu/international/ccis/index.html.
The Faculty Senate is the elected and 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 will strive to protect academic freedom, promote excellence, equity, and diversity within the faculty and student body, and advance the general welfare of the university as a whole. On its own initiative it may submit recommendations and resolutions to the Board of Trustees, transmitted through the Provost and President, on any matter affecting the interests of the University.
Information about the Faculty Senate, its membership, and its activities is available at http://www.northwestern.edu/faculty-senate/index.html. The chair of the Faculty Senate is Babette Sanders, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year the President and Provost appoint faculty members to various committees (often including students and staff as well as faculty) that advise the University administration on various matters. Should you be interested in serving on such committees, contact the chair of the Faculty Senate, Babette Sanders at email@example.com.
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) 491-7206 or visit the web site www.dailynorthwestern.com.
The Department of University Relations is the official producer of Northwestern News, showcased on Northwestern’s home page and on the NewsCenter, updated daily. The news is also distributed by email twice weekly to the Northwestern community. Often accompanied with audio and video, the features cover a diverse range of subjects, from major research to acclaimed theater productions and a variety of other events to administrative announcements and faculty honors. For more information, contact the internal communications editor at (847) 491-4893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PlanIt Purple, found at http://planitpurple.northwestern.edu, 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: email@example.com or call (847) 491-4870.
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, and 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 track 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. For more information on the domain dinners, please see the website at: http://www.adminplan.northwestern.edu/domain/index.htm.
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 interest groups get together 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 Continuing Studies to further career opportunities.
For further information contact Jane Dowding at (847) 446-0302, firstname.lastname@example.org or Margaret Schatz at (847) 475-2365, m‑email@example.com or visit the website at http://www.northwestern.edu/university-circle/index.html.
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. Visit http://owf.northwestern.edu/index.html for more information.
You may also contact the Director of the Northwestern University Women's Center, Renée Redd, at (847) 491-2733.
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, Jared Wunsch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Secretary, Liz Trubey (email@example.com).
You may be interested in learning a bit about the backgrounds of the students who enroll at Northwestern as undergraduates. The University participates in a national survey of incoming students. The most recent data from this survey can be found at http://www.adminplan.northwestern.edu/ir/sspg/cirp/index.htm.
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 are designated Fellows of those 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 matters as public affairs, commerce and industry, humanities, and international studies to name a few.
For additional information on the program and testimony from participating Fellows, visit http://www.northwestern.edu/residentialcolleges/index.html .
Faculty interested in affiliating with a residential college are welcome to contact the Director of Residential Colleges, Nancy Anderson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (847) 467-1362.
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 web site, offers fellowships-specific workshops throughout the academic year, and holds general informational sessions every Thursday in the 1940 Sheridan conference room. For more information visit their web site: http://www.northwestern.edu/fellowships/.
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 at email@example.com; Associate Director Elizabeth Pardoe at firstname.lastname@example.org; Associate Director Stephen Hill at email@example.com; or Associate Director Brad Zakarin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 from several broad areas:
- Course Design
- Teaching Methods and Pedagogy
- Students Development and Learning
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Teaching and Learning with Technology
The Searle Center conducts an annual all-day 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. The 2012 New Faculty Workshop will be held on September 19 at Annenberg Hall, G02, 2120 Campus Drive (Evanston Campus) from 8:45 am - 3:00 pm. Registration is required: http://nfw2012.eventbrite.com/.
The Searle Center website, http://www.northwestern.edu/searle/index.html, provides information on services and a calendar of events. 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 at (847) 467‑2338 or by email at email@example.com.
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, Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) will arrange for the provision of academic accommodations and auxiliary aids determined by SSD 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 SSD to present notification from the SSD office to their instructors and to discuss accommodation needs. Faculty are encouraged to contact SSD at (847) 467-5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions pertaining to academic accommodations. More information is available at http://www.northwestern.edu/disability/. As part of SSD’s newly designed website, there is also list of Frequently Asked Questions available as a resource for faculty: http://www.northwestern.edu/disability/our-office/faq.html#facultyfaq.
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 email@example.com. 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, a guide for “Helping Students in Distress,” which provides practical guidance to identify and respond to dangerous, disruptive and troubled students at Northwestern, is available from the Dean of Students Office upon request.
Additional information about the Dean of Students Office can be found on their website at: http://www.northwestern.edu/studentaffairs/dos/, and comprehensive details about the various services offered by the Division of Student Affairs can be found here: http://www.northwestern.edu/studentaffairs/.
The Office for Research promotes, facilitates, and enhances research at Northwestern University; the Office supports Northwestern faculty in building and maintaining excellent research programs and ensures that the research infrastructure is robust and responsive to the expanding and ever-changing needs of Northwestern investigators. The Office provides information for all members of the University's research community on its web site, http://www.northwestern.edu/research.
In addition, the units within the Office for Research maintain web sites that provide up-to-date information specific to their missions. Because regulations and procedures governing both the conduct of research and research administration undergo continual change, internally and externally, these web sites are updated regularly to reflect these changes: http://www.research.northwestern.edu/administrative-offices/index.html.
The Offices of Corporate and Foundation Relations (OCR and OFR) are responsible for managing relationships between Northwestern University and foundations and corporations. OCR and OFR can assist faculty who are seeking funding for research, fellowships, and other scholarly projects.
The Office of Corporate Relations serves as a gateway for the corporate community to all academic areas of Northwestern. The Office of Corporate Relations works with companies to create customized, strategic initiatives that support both corporate and University goals. In that role, the office works with faculty and administrators to facilitate philanthropic support, industry-sponsored research, mentoring, student placements, executive education, and other forms of corporate engagement.
Faculty members should contact Corporate Relations if they are interested in engaging with a company, or if a company has contacted them directly. Corporate Relations team members are available to discuss how to find and utilize corporate interests in your area.
To best match University and corporate priorities, OCR collects funding and engagement needs from faculty and deans and then presents these options to corporate strategic partners as opportunities arise. To learn more, please visit their website at: http://corporate.northwestern.edu.
The Office of Foundation Relations is Northwestern's central office in support of fundraising from private professional foundations. Foundation Relations' primary role is to manage and monitor relationships with private foundations to advance the University's goals and priorities. Their office is responsible for coordinating approaches to all foundations on behalf of Northwestern University. This allows the University to ensure that new approaches to foundations are strategic and initiated appropriately.
The Office of Foundation Relations works with Northwestern faculty who are planning to approach private foundations, providing research information on foundations and identifying those that might be interested in funding particular projects. They review proposals and letters of inquiry, provide editorial assistance, and help gather materials for submission. The office also works closely with the Office of Sponsored Research to coordinate grant proposals and process awards.
The Foundation Relations team conducts biannual clinics for faculty and administrators who wish to learn more about seeking funding from private foundations. Team members are also available to meet individually with faculty by appointment. Contact information, research request forms, and a list of upcoming Requests for Proposal can be found on their web site at http://giving.northwestern.edu/fundingresources.
RFPs and Other Funding Announcements from Corporations and Foundations
The Office of Foundation Relations periodically disseminates Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for foundations to chairs and others in areas relevant to the foundations. They also maintain a database of corporation and foundation RFPs that is searchable by subject area, located at: http://giving.northwestern.edu/foundations/funding.
Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT) offers key services and resources to faculty to best 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 http://policies.northwestern.edu/policies-by-category.html#information-technologies.
Visit the NUIT Web Site often to stay informed about academic and research services and resources available to Northwestern faculty. Get up-to-date NUIT news, read the NUIT Insider Blog and subscribe to the NUIT RSS news feed to receive instant notifications about system upgrades, new service offerings and more.
The Academic & Research Technologies (A&RT) unit of NUIT is the principal point of contact for faculty interested in the University’s computing infrastructure and services. A&RT supports faculty in their primary roles as instructors and researchers and provides access to educational technologies and various multimedia resources for the larger Northwestern community. Visit them at http://www.it.northwestern.edu/about/departments/at/ for more information.
Northwestern University Advanced Media Production Studio (NUAMPS) is a professional production team within A&RT which is dedicated to the service and advancement of multimedia applications in teaching and research. They partner with NU colleagues to produce high-definition video productions and innovative Web-based outreach sites such as Northwestern’s Institutional channel on YouTube@NU (http://www.youtube.com/NorthwesternU) and Northwestern’s Educational album on iTunes U (http://www.itunes.northwestern.edu/). For a list of NUAMPS projects and services, visit http://nuamps.at.northwestern.edu/screenroom/about.
There are a host of other learning and teaching services available to faculty. These services include a Blackboard-based Course Management System (CMS), 115 technology-rich Smart Classrooms across both NU campuses, a Student Response System (SES), commonly referred to as “classroom clickers”, and several computer classrooms that may be reserved for instructional purposes. For detailed information on these services and others, visit http://www.it.northwestern.edu/staff/index.html.
High Performance Research Resources
For specific information on all of the research support resources available to faculty, visit http://www.it.northwestern.edu/research/index.html.
NUIT provides access to the world’s most advanced research networks for campus investigators. Northwestern’s HPC System, or Quest, is recognized among the TOP500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. It includes data storage, data resources, and advanced instruments, all linked together by advanced software and high performance networks to improve research productivity and enable breakthroughs not otherwise possible.
The University’s central storage platform for research information, called Vault, provides alternative storage platforms for storing computational data. University researchers, faculty researchers, and post-doctoral researchers are able to use Vault to share research data in a collaborative environment, store large-scale computational research data and request additional storage for further data analysis.
NUIT participates in ongoing international, national and statewide networking initiatives such as StarLight, a proving ground for next-generation national and international optical networks optimized for high-performance applications. A list of global network research partners can be found at http://www.it.northwestern.edu/research/global-networks.html. NUIT also provides MATLAB, Mathematica, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SAS, SPSS, X-Windows, and a growing list of open-source software applications to NU researchers. View a list of NUIT software available at http://www.it.northwestern.edu/software/index.html.
The University’s Data Centers, located on the Evanston and Chicago campuses, offer researchers a cost-effective, secure, and reliable solution to hosting and managing physical servers. For detailed information, please visit http://www.it.northwestern.edu/data-centers/index.html. The Social Sciences Computing Cluster (SSCC) provides an advanced computational capability, a rich suite of statistical software applications, and a centrally-managed data storage service customized for social sciences research activities. Learn more about the SSCC at http://www.it.northwestern.edu/research/sscc/.
Research Grant and Proposal Consultation
General consultation for determining the appropriate sources of external funding for research projects as well as assistance with grant applications is available through the Office for Research, http://www.research.northwestern.edu/information-for/faculty-researchers/funding-opportunities.html. NUIT can also assist in providing information technology-related assistance with grant applications.
Northwestern offers solutions and support for desktop, room-based, and audio conferencing as well as webcasting. For a complete list of conferencing services provided, visit http://www.it.northwestern.edu/conferencing/index.html.
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. Register for upcoming presentations, and listen to past presentations at http://www.it.northwestern.edu/learning/techtalks/.
Presented in conjunction with the University Library, the Scholarly Resources and Technologies Series is for faculty who want to take advantage of the teaching and research capabilities of digital media, course management system features, online archives, electronic databases and other emerging technologies. Find a list of upcoming and archived presentations at http://2east.northwestern.edu/.
Listen to NUIT-to-Go-Podcasts which cover topics that focus on current and upcoming information technology services, initiatives and support in a convenient format. Listen now at http://www.it.northwestern.edu/podcasts/index.html.
Additional learning opportunities can be found at http://www.it.northwestern.edu/learning/.
To further explore the many support and service options available to faculty, please visit NUIT’s website at http://www.it.northwestern.edu/.
There are a number of locations on both campuses where you can get a quick snack or a whole meal. Daily menus and hours of operation for NU dining facilities on both campuses are located at http://www.northwestern.edu/nucuisine or by calling 847-491-2020.Evanston Campus
The six Residential Dining Halls across campus offer all-you-can-eat meals featuring a variety of entree and made-to-order options as well as reliable cafeteria staples such as salad and dessert bars. Northwestern faculty and staff and their guests are also welcome to use the dining halls during any meal period by paying the following cash-entrance rates: $6.50 for breakfast, $8.50 for lunch and $10.50 for dinner. Cash and Munch Money are accepted, but credit cards are not.
Faculty may also participate in a discount program by using the Cinch card. The Cinch card offers a 20% discount on entry into any of the six residential dining halls. For more information on the Cinch card, contact the Food Service office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-491-2020.
Additional dining options are available at many retail locations. Tech Express, located on the first floor of the Technological Institute, 2145 North Campus Drive, has a selection of entrées, salads, sandwiches, pastries, Seattle’s Best coffee, espresso drinks and cold beverages. Lisa's Café, located in Slivka Hall, 2332 Campus Drive, is an a la carte dining facility that serves espresso drinks and other beverages, sandwiches, pastries, and contains a convenience store. Library Plaza Café is located on the second floor of the Northwestern University Library and serves Seattle's Best coffee, tea, bottled water, freshly made bakery items like Grab-N-Go sandwiches and baguettes, sushi and smoothies. Einstein Bros. Bagels has a branch on the second floor of the Pancoe/ENH Life Sciences Pavilion. Norris University Center has several eating areas on the ground level: Willie’s Food Court, Jamba Juice, Sbarro, Crepe Bistro, or nusushi. A Starbucks café is located on the main level of Norris. The Great Room at 610 Haven Street, is a newly renovated lunch and late night option serving made-to-order burgers and pub food along with a variety of snacks, cold and hot beverages. On the south end of campus, Crowe Café, on the ground level of Crowe Hall, 1860 Campus Drive, offers gourmet sandwiches and wraps, freshly made salads, healthy beverages and organic coffee drinks. Café Kellogg, located in the Levy Atrium of the Donald P. Jacobs Center, offers deli sandwiches, salads, pizza, soups, as well as some breakfast items. Additional details, menus, and location information for all of these locations can be found at http://www.nucuisine.com/retail/index.html.
Faculty members and their spouses or partners from any school in the University may make reservations for lunch at the James L. Allen Center of the Kellogg School of Management located on the lakefront in Evanston. Priority for luncheon reservations is given to members of groups holding meetings at the Allen Center. Lunches are currently $20 per person and can be paid for by credit card. Reservations can be obtained by calling (847) 467-7024.
Also in the Technological Institute, the McCormick Faculty and Staff Dining Room serves hot buffet lunches Monday through Friday during fall, winter and spring quarters up until finals week. The Jerome B. Cohen Faculty Commons is located in the Tech Building, L482, 4th floor north, and is open from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Monday-Friday. Reservations are accepted for parties of more than 4 persons with 24-hr prior notice via e-mail only at j‑email@example.com or by calling (847) 491-5550. Menus and additional information are posted online at http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/resources/dining/index.html.
Unless otherwise noted, all locations accept cash, credit or Munch Money as forms of payment. Faculty and staff may use departmental chart strings to purchase meal vouchers for Cohen Commons and the Residential Dining Halls. The Departmental Meal Voucher request form is available on the Food Service website, http://www.northwestern.edu/nucuisine/plans/forms.htmlChicago Campus
On the Chicago campus, snack cart cafes are located in the lobby of the Searle building. These cart cafés offer fresh sandwiches, soups, beverages, and baked goods for both breakfast and lunch. Harry's Café in the basement of the School of Law offers a similar selection during the weekday mornings and mid-days. Kafe Kellogg, located on the third floor of Wieboldt Hall, is open Mondays through Thursdays and offers light snacks, sandwiches, salads or sushi, and bottled beverages. The Coffee Cure, located in the Ward building, provides fresh brewed Starbucks coffee, Tazo tea, pastries or a simply-to-go salad or sandwich. The newly opened White Coat Café at the Lurie Center features a salad bar, homemade soups, made-to-order deli sandwiches, pizza by the slice and a Chef's station with a hot entree special of the day. Bottled beverages, chips and more is available for the on-the-go customer. For more information, please visit http://www.nucuisine.com/retail/chicago.html.
In addition to these dining facilities, both the Evanston and Chicago campuses offer a variety of catering services ranging from coffee and bagels to five-course meals. More information is available online at http://www.northwestern.edu/nucuisine/catering/index.html.
University Services consists of a number of different service departments, including Travel Services, Motor Pool for vehicle rental, various shuttle bus routes, Computer Recycling, Mail Services, Purchasing Resource Services (PRS), WildCARD ID offices, Printing & Duplicating, Laboratory Supplies & Services, Equipment Maintenance Insurance Program (NUMAINT), Vending, Trademark Licensing, Internal Moving Services (Chicago campus only), Laundry Program and the Chicago Fitness & Recreation Program. Detailed information on the services they offer is available at http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/.
When you use Travel Services, you are urged to complete a Traveler Profile with one or more of the approved agencies to speed the booking process. The University has a special negotiated rate on some fare classifications with United Airlines providing for a discount on some United Airlines tickets booked through Northwestern's list of approved agencies and the lower-cost online booking tool called Compass. Transaction fees have also been negotiated with these agencies. NU-related business travel can be charged to a chartstring rather than your personal credit card. For details of currently available services and procedures, please go to the travel website at: http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/travel/.
Facilities Management is responsible for campus planning, space management, the design, construction and renovation of University facilities, and for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of buildings, grounds, and utility systems. Requests for service can be called in to (847) 491-5201 for the Evanston campus or (312) 503-8000 for the Chicago campus or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, many schools have persons in the dean's offices with special responsibility for the school's facilities issues and for bringing these issues to the attention of Facilities Management.
Northwestern follows a policy of recycling and sustainability. Northwestern strives toward green campus activities and practices and has an active recycling program. Northwestern recycles more than 1,800 tons annually, which represents 30 percent of the campus waste stream. Recycling bins are provided by NU Recycling. More information is available at http://www.northwestern.edu/fm/operations/recycling/ or by calling (847) 467-1374.
You can view the NU Commitment to Environmental Sustainability at http://www.northwestern.edu/fm/environmental_sustainability.htm
For information about recycling services for your computer and electronic equipment, please see: http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/office/computer/staff.html
Several recreational facilities are available on the Evanston campus. Faculty may access facilities by showing their current Wildcard and paying the $14 daily fee or by purchasing a facility membership. Membership fees vary depending on options selected and can be paid through an automated payroll deduction. Please visit the Membership page at http://www.fitrec.northwestern.edu/membership/index.html for details.
Membership provides access to the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and the Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Aquatics Center (SPAC). SPAC’s spacious facility is located on the shore of Lake Michigan and offers an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a 3-lane indoor walking/jogging track, six tennis courts, a cardiovascular and weight conditioning area, personal training fitness studios, free weight rooms, racquetball and international squash courts, multipurpose courts for basketball, aerobics, or volleyball, men's and women's locker rooms with showers and saunas and much more. There is also a private beach which is open daily from 10am to 6pm (weather permitting) beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day each year.
Two other gymnasium facilities are available: Patten Gymnasium, located at 2407 Sheridan and the Blomquist Recreation Center, located at 617 Foster. Northwestern also maintains a Sailing Center which rents sailboats and windsurfers and provides both sailing and windsurfing lessons between mid-May and early October. The Vandy Christie Tennis Center has outdoor courts available on a walk-up basis for faculty during the summer months.
In addition to the various facilities available for drop in use, faculty and their guests are invited to take advantage of a variety of fitness programs and instructional classes. While membership includes access to all cardio/strength group fitness classes, Pilates, yoga, and other mind/body classes are available at discounted rates. Personal training as well as small group training services are offered by our certified fitness staff. The aquatics program provides scuba lessons as well as private and group swimming lessons. Group tennis classes are available for all skill levels. Private instruction is available for tennis, racquetball and squash. Visit www.fitrec.northwestern.edu for more details on these and other programs.
Learn about Chicago campus fitness and recreation options at: http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/fitness/chicago_campus.html.
Each year, the Bienen School of Music presents more than 400 concerts and events on the Evanston campus. Many performances showcase the school's 16 faculty-supported ensembles, including orchestras, bands, a wind ensemble, opera, and several choral and jazz groups, in a wide range of repertoire. Other events include solo recitals by faculty and students, master classes by world-renowned guest artists, and three professional series: the Segovia Classical Guitar Series, the Winter Chamber Music Festival, and a themed spring festival. For a schedule of events, go to www.music.northwestern.edu.
Ticket prices range from $0 to $36. Many master classes, all solo student recitals, and some additional concerts are free of charge. Discounts are provided to school-aged children, full-time students, and Northwestern faculty and staff with a valid WildCARD. Tickets may be purchased online, in person at the Pick-Staiger box office, by phone or by mail. Visit http://www.pickstaiger.com for more information.
Tickets for Northwestern student performances are available online or through the Theatre box office. Discounts are provided for Northwestern faculty. Contact information, a schedule and description of Northwestern student theatre events is available at http://www.tic.northwestern.edu.
Faculty may purchase up to two 2012 season tickets for football at $213 per person. Men's basketball season tickets are also available at a discount of around 20 percent; only two season tickets may be purchased at the discounted rate. Discounts are available for all other ticketed sports for regular season events.
Wildcat football and basketball tickets can be purchased through the ticket office at 888-GOPURPLE or online at www.NUsports.com (Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Visa, are accepted).
Public football season tickets are $262 for individuals and $152 for end-zone season tickets. Tickets are also available on an individual game basis at $40-$70 per person, with end-zone seats available for $20-$50. There is no faculty/staff discount for single game purchases. During 2011-2012, men's basketball season tickets for individuals were $260-$385 or $22-$30 on an individual game basis; women's basketball season tickets for individuals were $49 or $7 per game.
Information on enrolling children in local schools can be obtained by contacting the appropriate school district. Here are the phone numbers and web addresses for several of the school districts in our area:
Chicago (773) 553-1000 http://www.cps.edu/Pages/home.aspx
Evanston (847) 492-5970 http://www.district65.net
Northbrook (847) 498-7900 http://ww1.northbrook28.net
Skokie (847) 568-3950 http://www.niles-hs.k12.il.us or http://www.skokie69.k12.il.us
Wilmette (847) 256-2450 http://www.newtrier.k12.il.us
Winnetka (847) 446-9400 http://www.newtrier.k12.il.us
The Skokie area encompasses several school districts. Callers to the Skokie number will be referred to the appropriate district office, which in turn will provide information for a specific school in the area.
Information about cultural events in Chicago is available in a number of publications: the Chicago Reader, the Friday sections of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago magazine, Time Out Chicago magazine and Chicago Metromix. Information about Evanston is available in the same publications, in the weekly Evanston Review, and from the Evanston Convention and Visitors Bureau at Evanston Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Evanston The Century Theatres’ complex, located just west of the El tracks between Davis and Clark Streets in Evanston, houses 18 movie theatres. Westfield Old Orchard shopping mall, located in the city of Skokie at 5100 Golf Road, features many retail stores, interesting eateries and a movie complex. The nearest Home Depot is located on Oakton Street east of McCormick Boulevard in Evanston, and the nearest Best Buy, Office Max, and Target are located just east of McCormick on Howard Street.
Chicago Just blocks from the Chicago campus, on Michigan Avenue, are several highrises featuring numerous stores, restaurants, and theaters. These urban malls include Water Tower Place (Macy’s); 900 North Michigan Avenue (Bloomingdale’s); and 700 North Michigan Avenue (Saks Fifth Avenue).
In Evanston, the closest grocery store to campus is Whole Foods Market at 1640 Chicago Avenue (also at 1101 Chicago Avenue). Other grocery stores in Evanston include Jewel Osco (2722 Green Bay Road, 1128 Chicago Avenue, and 2485 Howard Street) and Dominick's (2748 Green Bay and the corner of Dempster and Dodge).
The closest grocery store to the Chicago campus is a Treasure Island Foods located in the 680 Lake Shore Drive Building, immediately south of the campus. Approximately 10 blocks away from the Chicago campus is also a Whole Foods Market at 30 West Huron Street and a Trader Joe’s, located at 44 East Ontario Street.
A variety of public transportation resources are available close to each campus, connecting those campuses to most parts of Chicago, Evanston, and beyond. The Chicago metro area is served by three public transportation systems: the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and the Pace suburban bus system. Routes, schedules and maps are available at their web sites.
The central bus depot in Evanston is just north of Davis Street on Benson Street. The “El”, Chicago’s local train system, runs from Evanston into the city and from there to many other locations. In Evanston the nearest station to south campus is Davis Street; for mid campus is Foster Street; and for north campus is Noyes Street. The Chicago-State CTA stop is closest to the Chicago campus.
Residents of Illinois are required to obtain Illinois auto license tags within 30 days of moving to the State and an Illinois driver’s license within 90 days. License plates as well as an Illinois driver’s license or Illinois state identification card can be obtained at the Secretary of State’s Driver Services Facilities. Offices of the Illinois Driver Facilities nearest to the Evanston campus are located at 8261 Golf Road, Niles and 5401 North Elston Avenue, Chicago. The office closest to the Chicago campus is in the State of Illinois Building, 100 West Randolph Street. All offices can be reached at (312) 793-1010. These offices are closed various days of the week, so it is well advised to check on hours before embarking on a visit. Depending upon the applicant’s prior record of traffic violations, a written and/or road test may be required. Auto license plates can also be obtained (for an additional service charge) at Currency Exchanges throughout the area. Complete information is available at the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/. Within that site, a special page is devoted to new residents of Illinois: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/services/newresidents.html.
In nearly all area communities, including the cities of Chicago and Evanston, vehicles must be registered in the city where the car is garaged and must display that city’s vehicle sticker. Evanston residents may purchase their city vehicle stickers from the Evanston Civic Center located at 2200 Ridge Avenue or online at: http://www.cityofevanston.org/departments/finance/vehicle_sticker.shtml.
Chicago residents may purchase their vehicle stickers in person at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 107 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Chicago city stickers can also be obtained using a form available at http://www.chicityclerk.com/residential_parking/index.html. Chicago stickers are also available, for an additional service charge, from almost any currency exchange (check the yellow pages for listings). Skokie residents may purchase stickers from the Village of Skokie located at 5127 Oakton Street.