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About the Provost Award for Exemplary Faculty Service

The Provost Award for Exemplary Faculty Service was founded in 2018. Nominations should clearly demonstrate how the faculty member has gone above and beyond in service that has had a substantial impact on students, faculty 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 or university governance
  • Exceptional engagement with and support for faculty or students
  • Significant contributions to building community in informal roles “behind the scenes” 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.


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.

Award Amount

Up to two awards in the amount of $5,000 (taxable) are made each year.


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 online 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 or University. Optional supporting documentation may be submitted, including the nominee’s CV, activity report or other record of service.


November 10, 2023

Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed by the Provost's Office and faculty members are selected in consultation with the Faculty Senate.


Questions can be directed to Joan Marie Johnson, Director for Faculty,