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University Teaching Awards

Each year, the University Teaching Awards are conferred to individual faculty members through the Office of the Provost. These exemplary faculty demonstrate excellence in 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, and are celebrated here for their contribution to student learning.

University Teaching Award Faculty Recipients

1992 - 2020

For more information about the University Teaching Awards, visit the About the Awards page or send an email to teachingawards@northwestern.edu.

Congratulations to the 2021 Recipients

Michael J. Allen

Michael J. Allen

Associate Professor of History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Michael Allen explains that “the goal of historical study is not the mastery of facts but rather a conversation with the past about questions and concerns we still struggle with in the present.” Read more about Michael Allen and view his remarks.

Cynthia Ellen Coburn

Cynthia Ellen Coburn

Professor, School of Education and Social Policy

Cynthia Coburn strives to help her students deeply understand the process of policymaking and implementation and to develop their strategic and reflective judgement when teaching social policy.  Read more about Cynthia Coburn and view her remarks. 

Pam Daniels

Pam Daniels

Clinical Associate Professor of Design Innovation at The Segal Design Institute, McCormick School of Engineering

Pam Daniels approaches teaching human-centered design by honoring the individual student, creating a climate of collaboration, and building creativity and confidence. Read more about Pam Daniels and view her remarks.
Thomas J. Meade

Thomas J. Meade

Professor of Chemistry, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Thomas Meade adheres to a philosophy for teaching biochemistry in which learning occurs when students can apply their understanding of content to answer new questions. Read more about Thomas Meade and view his remarks

Stephan Moore

Stephan Moore

Associate Professor of Instruction in Radio/TV/Film, School of Communication

Stephan Moore views teaching the audio arts as a kind of ongoing experimentation in which his central responsibility “is to remain open and responsive to the opportunities and challenges that present themselves in the classroom.” Read more about Stephan Moore and view his remarks.