Professor Rebecca Hannagan has been selected to receive NIU's 2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. This is one of NIU's most prestigious awards and stands as the institution's oldest faculty honor. Rebecca is one of only four faculty members across the university community to receive this award this year; and she is only the eighth political scientist at NIU to win this award. Past POLS recipients include Little (1966), Dionisopoulous (1971), Glenn (1995), Hilton (1996), Jones (2002), Swedlow (2011), and Radasanu (2012).
The award, which was established in 1966, honors excellent undergraduate teaching in the university, encourages the improvement of instruction, and seeks to promote discussion among members of the university community on the subject of teaching. Recipients should be among the most outstanding teachers on campus. This fact is attested to by those with direct knowledge of effective teaching and instruction on the part of the nominee, such as students and alumni who have been taught by the nominee and/or faculty who have observed the nominee’s teaching. As part of the nomination process, evidence is provided by students, faculty (including those in departments other than the nominee’s), administrators and others who know of the nominee’s reputation. The selection committee especially seeks the following qualities in a nominee:
While Rebecca possesses a number of positive qualities as an undergraduate teacher, this recognition is certainly well deserved and is a reflection on her rigorous, engaging classes and dedication to helping students outside the classroom. Rebecca has served as a faculty advisor for Undergraduate Honors Capstone, Zeta Omicron Mu, and Phi Sigma Zeta. Read the full story here.