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About the Award

Faculty service is integral to faculty governance and excellence at Northwestern, yet is often performed without formal recognition or reward. The Office of the Provost seeks nominations of faculty members who provide outstanding service to Northwestern University or significant contributions to their unit. These faculty are exemplars of academic good citizenship.

Nominations should clearly demonstrate how the faculty member has gone above and beyond in service that has had a substantial impact on students, faculty, and/or the University, and that has significantly enhanced the quality of Northwestern as an educational institution and community of scholars. Faculty should demonstrate a record of multiple service activities or a single, major activity, over a sustained period.

Example of outstanding service include, but are not limited to:

  • Application of their expertise to benefit the university and through participation and service to university organizations, committees, and/or university governance
  • Exceptional engagement with and support of faculty or students
  • Significant contributions to building community in informal roles “behind the scenes” and/or in formal roles.

Teaching and research activities are excluded from consideration as are professional and public service activities in the faculty member’s discipline, art, profession or society.  


Two awards in the amount of $5000 (taxable) will be made each year.


Full-time faculty of all ranks, including tenure-line, clinical, instructional, research, and library, and in all departments or programs are eligible for nomination. Current deans, associate deans, and assistant deans are not eligible. Department chairs are eligible for service outside of their formal role as chair.


Nominations may be made by faculty, students, or staff. Departments and Colleges may also nominate an individual. Self-nominations are not permitted.


All nominations should be submitted using the on-line submission form . The nomination form requires two letters of nomination. The letters should explain the nature, extent, and significance of the nominee’s record of extraordinary service to the unit and/or university. Optional supporting documentation may be submitted, including the nominee’s CV, activity report, or other record of service.


Nominations for the 2019-2020 awards are due on November 1, 2019.


Nominations will be reviewed by the Provost’s Office and a representative from the Faculty Senate.


Questions can be directed to Joan Marie Johnson, Director for Faculty, Office of the Provost,