Presidential Professorships

Northern Illinois University has a long history of recognizing outstanding faculty through the awarding of Presidential Professorships. These awards acknowledge excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, artistry and engagement, and result from a rigorous application process involving academic peers, students, and external partners.

Read the descriptions below to understand the nature of these three distinct awards:

Professors (PEP)

Honors professors
who create and nurture
external partnerships
for mutual benefit ...

Professors (PTP)

Honors professors
who inspire excellence
in and out of the class-
and connect
students to the real world ...

*Presidential Research,
Scholarship & Artistry
Professors (PRSAP)

Honors professors who
are recognized nationally
and internationally
their research, scholarship
or artistry …

 All three presidential awards and the Board of Trustees Professorship share the same application schedule:

  • September 9, 2016: Call for nominations
  • October 7, 2016: Nomination deadline
  • November 11, 2016: Application deadline

*Formerly called the Presidential Research Professorship, this award has been expanded and its name changed accordingly to the Presidential Research, Scholarship, and Artistry Professorship.