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2011 Board of Trustees Professors

Northern Illinois University has named Jeffrey Chown,John Hartmann and Gerald Jensen as its 2011 Board of Trustees Professors — an honor that recognizes international prominence in research as well as excellence in all facets of teaching.

Chown is a professor and documentary filmmaker in theDepartment of Communication.

Hartmann is a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures specializing in Thai language and culture.

And Jensen is a professor in the Department of Financewho is highly regarded for his expertise in the business and academic worlds.

“Whether it’s engaging students, inspiring colleagues or expanding the limits of knowledge in their respective fields, our 2011 Board of Trustees Professors do it all exceptionally well,” NIU President John G. Peters said. “The university and our students have benefitted greatly from the hard work and creativity of Jeffrey Chown, John Hartmann and Gerald Jensen. And we look forward to more good things to come from these exceptional faculty members.”


The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees Professorship was established in 2007.

The award recognizes international prominence in research as well as excellence in all facets of teaching.

Upon appointment to the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees Professorship, the recipient receives a stipend of $10,000/year that will be renewed annually during the period that the individual serves in this role.

No more than three awards are made each academic year and a total of no more than fifteen professorships will be active at any time.The term of the appointment is five years and is renewable on a competitive basis.


Jeffrey Chown

Jeffrey Chown
Department of Communication

John Hartmann

John Hartmann
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Gerald Jensen

Gerald Jensen
Department of Finance