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Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award

The Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award (EUIA) award honors excellent undergraduate teaching in the university, specifically among non-tenure track educators not recognized by the NIU Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Recipients of the EUIA will be among the most outstanding instructors on campus. Undergraduate students are expected to play a significant role in nominating instructors for this award.

Eligibility for Nomination 

  1. NIU employee with regular teaching responsibilities who is not a tenured or tenure-track faculty member.

  2. Completion of a minimum of five full academic years at NIU.

  3. Over the last three years, the nominee should have taught a minimum of six (6) evaluated course sections at the undergraduate level.

  4. Has not previously received the award for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction.

  5. Currently not a member of the Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Academic Experience.

  6. Eligibility for nomination is not based on race, sex, age, or other distinction but solely on superiority in teaching.

Required Materials

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Cover page with signatures
  • Procedures followed at the department and college levels (Boxes 1-2)
  • Responses to 5 prompts regarding the nominee’s accomplishments (Boxes 3-7)
  • Letters of recommendation (signed – see instructions; up to 7)
  • Curriculum vitae (optional; to be used only to verify facts presented elsewhere)
  • Entire nomination assembled into a single PDF document 

Complete nomination emailed to CIUAE to the Provost's office provost@niu.edu.



2017 Award Winner

Janet Reynolds

Janet Reynolds

Department of Sociology