Each year, the University Teaching Awards are conferred to individual faculty members through the Office of the Provost. These exemplary faculty demonstrate excellence in undergraduate classroom teaching and represent innovative curricular leadership across the University. University Teaching Award recipients come from across all six Evanston undergraduate schools and NU-Qatar. We celebrate their considerable contributions to student learning.
Professor of Instruction of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
The driving force behind Ben Gorvine’s teaching is his commitment to supporting students’ “intellect and humanity.” Gorvine explains that, to him, “quality teaching is as much about making human connections with students as it is about specific content.”
Brent E. Huffman
Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a passionate professor of documentary filmmaking. Huffman aims to train “leaders in documentary journalism who will advance the medium creatively and responsibly.”
Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities, History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Daniel Immerwahr’s approach to history centers on narratives. He explains that “organizing facts into narratives” enables “a way of seeing how this led to that.”
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Communication
Elizabeth Norton’s teaching and mentoring are driven by the motto “Do good and do good science.” As Norton explains, “my foremost goals for teaching are to inspire genuine curiosity and enthusiasm and to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence that enables them to do good (and good science).”
Associate Professor of Instruction of Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Aaron Peterson aims to create a vibrant mathematical community in his classes by “empowering students to reason through problems.” Peterson explains that “each of my courses tells a compelling mathematical story that frames learning objectives as aspects of a coherent and aesthetically pleasing system of ideas.”
Associate Professor of Political Science, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
In his teaching, Reuel Rogers examines the racial injustices and political disparities Blacks and other people of color experience in the United States. As he explains, he guides students to use “empirical evidence and social science theory to identify progress, problems, and puzzles in [these groups’] quest for democratic representation and equality.”
Assistant Professor of Instruction, School of Education and Social Policy
Across her teaching in the School of Education and Social Policy, Lilah Shapiro asks students to interrogate what “knowledge” is. In doing so, Shapiro encourages them to consider the ways that knowledge is socially derived and constructed.