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Faculty Honors, Awards, and Grants

Northwestern’s close to 8,000 faculty members are leaders in their fields. They are Nobel Prize laureates, Tony Award winners, Guggenheim Fellows, and MacArthur Fellows. They continually push the boundaries of knowledge, explore new possibilities, and lead the world in their discoveries and accomplishments. Faculty are dedicated teachers, committed to excellence and innovation in the classroom. Faculty leaders support excellence at Northwestern through outstanding service and are essential to the University’s mission: Northwestern is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research, and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community. 

The Office of the Provost administers a number of awards to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our faculty members in research, teaching, and service. In addition, Provost Office grants support faculty innovation in their scholarly and creative work, in the classroom, and in promoting a diverse and equitable campus.

 Excellence in Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work

Excellence in Teaching

Excellence in Service

Excellence in Diversity and Equity

 For other funding opportunities for faculty professional development, see information on Professional Travel Grants and other resources, including:

For funding support for lectures and conferences, see information on Speaker and Conference Funding from endowed lecture funds administered by the Office of the Provost.

Recent Honorees

Craig Duff

Craig Duff

Alumnae of Northwestern University Award for Curriculum Development

Professor of Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications


Richard Gaber

Richard Gaber

Alumnae of Northwestern University Award for Curriculum Development

Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Kirabo Jackson

Kirabo Jackson

Walder Award for Research Excellence

Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, School of Education and Social Policy

Susan E. Quaggin

Susan E. Quaggin

Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship

Director of the Feinberg Cardiovasular Research Institute, Chief of the Division of Nephrology/Hypertension, and the Charles Horace Mayo Professor Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
Ellen Wartella

Ellen Wartella

Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, School of Communication
Joshua Leonard

Joshua Leonard

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering

Miriam Petty

Miriam Petty

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

Associate Professor in the Department of Radio, TV, and Film, School of Communication
Catherine Woolley

Catherine Woolley

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

Professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Noelle Sullivan

Noelle Sullivan

Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Lecturer

Assistant Professor of Instruction in Global Health Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Jill Wilson

Jill Wilson

Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Professor of Instruction

Professor of Instruction in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering