Professor Brendon Swedlow has been selected to receive NIU's 2011 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. This is one of NIU's most prestigious awards and stands as the institution's oldest faculty honor. Brendon is one of only three faculty members across the university community to receive this award this year; and he is only the sixth political scientist at NIU to win this award. Past POLS recipients include Little (1966), Dionisopoulous (1971), Glenn (1995), Hilton (1996), and Jones (2002).
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:
This is Brendon's second campus-wide award. He received NIU's Outstanding Advisor Award in 2007 for his work in establishing our department's Pre-Law Society. While Brendon possesses a number of positive qualities as an undergraduate teacher, it should be noted here that his special dedication to helping students outside the classroom through the Pre-Law Society, pre-law advising, and extra-classroom program is especially well-recognized by the POLS student body and across the university community. "I want to express the department's gratitude to Brendon for his efforts in this area and thank him for his many contributions in support of Political Science's undergraduate teaching mission," says Political Science Department Chair Chris Jones. More>>