Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

The Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (EUTA) encourages and honors outstanding teaching at NIU. It also promotes discussion about teaching excellence and improvement on campus. Undergraduate students have a major role in selecting faculty for the annual award. Their comments on nominees' qualifications are considered in the process, along with those of faculty, administrators and others.

Each department nominates a faculty member by providing their college with nomination materials. The colleges then select nominees for consideration by the Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Academic Experience (CIUAE). The committee chooses the award recipients.

If you have any questions about the award or nomination process, contact the CIUAE chair, Farah Ishaq at fishaq@niu.edu.

2024 Award Winner

Eric Michel

Department of Management

Criteria and Eligibility

Nominees for the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (EUTA) should:

  • Help their students grow in appreciation and knowledge of their subject area.
  • Vary their methods of instruction to meet students' needs.
  • Support students outside of class time.
  • Receive consistently positive teaching evaluations.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of their subject area and its teaching methods.
  • Work to improve undergraduate education at NIU.

In order to be eligible, a nominee must:

  • Be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at NIU with regular teaching responsibilities.
  • Have completed at least five full academic years at NIU as a tenure-track faculty member.
  • Have taught at least six evaluated course sections at the undergraduate level over the last three years.

An individual can only receive the EUTA once. Members of the CIUAE are not eligible.


Date Activity
October 10, 2023 Competition opens. CIUAE notifies deans and department chairs, who notify faculty and student advisory committees.
December 15, 2023 Nominations due to departments (suggested deadline).
January 5, 2024 Nominations due to colleges (suggested deadline).
January 29, 2024 Nominations due to CIUAE (firm deadline).
March 25, 2024 Applicants and chairs notified of results.
April 2024 Awards presented at Faculty Awards Ceremony.

Nomination Form and Process

In general, the nomination process is as follows:

  1. Department receives nominations; may interview nominees or request updated CVs.
  2. Department selects nominee and sends nomination materials to college.
  3. College selects nominee(s), adds information to nomination materials and submits to the CIUAE.
  4. CIUAE selects recipients.

Departments and colleges must ensure there is no discrimination based on race, sex, age or other characteristic not related to teaching ability.

Nominees may not participate in the selection process. Anyone assisting in the process must remove themselves from consideration.

Nomination Form

Department Nomination Process

Each department can select one nominee. The department's student advisory committee should make the selection, or the department should follow procedures set by the department and committee. Undergraduate students from a range of department programs should form at least half of any selection committee.

Faculty and administrators can assist students with the nomination process by:

  • Providing a list of eligible faculty members.
  • Ensuring consideration of those who regularly teach introductory and general education courses.
  • Mentoring the advisory committee.
  • Serving on a selection committee.
  • Organizing nomination materials.
  • Requesting nomination and recommendation letters through newsletters or other means.

If the department doesn't have a student advisory committee, a faculty committee can submit a nominee. Student input should still be considered and must be documented.

Departments must provide complete nomination materials to their college:

  • Completed nomination form (all six prompts).
  • Uploaded letters of recommendation.
  • Certification that department procedures met requirements.

College Nomination Process

The number of nominees a college can submit to the CIUAE depends on its percentage of total university faculty. The number of nominees for the academic year are:

  • College of Business: 1
  • College of Engineering and Engineering Technology: 1
  • College of Education: 2
  • College of Health and Human Sciences: 2
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts: 2
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: 4

The college's student advisory committee, or similar group, should consider nominations received from all the college's departments when selecting nominee(s).

The college must add information to the nomination form and submit it to the CIUAE by the specified deadline.

Past Recipients

  • Bill Cassidy, Department of Communications
  • Scott Sibley, School of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Stephanie DeSpain, Department of Special and Early Education
  • Keith Millis, Department of Psychology
  • Artemus Ward, Department of Political Science
  • Leonard "Lenny" Clapp, Department of Philosophy
  • Allison Gladfelter, Speech-Language Pathology
  • Beatrix Hoffman, Department of History
  • Alicia Finch, Department of Philosophy
  • Jamie Mayer, School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
  • Douglas Wallace, Department of Psychology
  • Kate Cady, Department of Communication
  • Myoung Jung, Department of Special and Early Education
  • Tim Ryan, Department of English
  • Emma Kuby, Department of History
  • Jie Chen, School of Nursing
  • Amanda Littauer, Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
  • Paul Dawkins, Mathematical Sciences
  • Diane Rodgers, Sociology
  • Katja Wiemer, Psychology
  • Jason Hanna, Philosophy
  • Jeanne Isabel, Allied Heath and Communicative Disorders
  • Qingkai Kong, Mathematical Sciences
  • Steven Daskal, Philosophy
  • Amanda Durik, Psychology
  • James Horn, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Mary Lynn Henningsen, Communication
  • Geoffrey Pynn, Philosophy
  • Toni VanLaarhoven, Special and Early Education
  • Timothy Aurand, Management
  • Rebecca Hannagan, Political Science
  • Betty Helen LaFrance, Communication
  • Terry Bishop, Management
  • Nancy LaCursia, Nursing and Health Studies
  • Andrea Radasanu, Political Science
  • Michael Konen, Geography
  • Michael Morris, Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Brendan Swedlow, Political Science
  • J.D. Bowers, History
  • Dennis Cessarotti, Technology
  • Kenneth Gasser, Biological Sciences
  • Mylan Engel, Philosophy
  • Lesley Rigg, Geography
  • Jeanette Rossetti, Nursing
  • Anne Britt, Psychology
  • Ed Klonoski, Music
  • Melissa Lenczewski, Geology and Environmental Geosciences
  • Judith Lukaszuk, Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences
  • Carla Montgomery, Geology and Environmental Geosciences
  • Julie Robertson, Nursing
  • Katharina Barbe, German
  • Lisa Finkelstein, Psychology
  • David Gunkel, Communication
  • Julie Hillery, Family Consumer and Nutrition Science
  • Lee Shumow, Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations
  • Allan Zollman, Mathematical Sciences
  • Kristen Myers, Sociology
  • Amy Newman, English
  • Lawrence Stoffel, Music
  • Jenny Parker, Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Joseph Scudder, Communication
  • David Sinason, Accountancy
  • Richard Blecksmith, Mathematical Sciences
  • James Giles, English
  • Christopher Jones, Political Science
  • Rick Ridnour, Marketing
  • William Koehler, Music
  • Judith Testa, Art
  • Donald E. Hardy, English
  • Ayhan Lash, Nursing
  • Ronnie Wooten, Music
  • Daniel Grubb, Mathematical Science
  • Chhiu-Tsu Lin, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Kathleen Propp, Communication Studies
  • David S. Ballantine, Jr., Chemistry
  • Linda M. Johnson, Accountancy
  • Jay A. Stravers, Geology
  • Dianne Cearlock, Allied Health
  • Angela Powers, Communication
  • Stephen Squires, Music
  • Elizabeth Kay, Allied Health
  • Sean Shesgreen, English
  • Gordon Hilton, Political Science
  • Gary Glenn, Political Science
  • Bernard Harris, Mathematical Sciences
  • Promod Vohra, Technology
  • Arthur Doederlein, Communication Studies
  • Henry Leonard, Mathematical Sciences
  • Seymour Simon, Psychology
  • Curtiss Behrens, Management
  • Harvey Blau, Mathematical Sciences
  • B. Diane Kinder, Educ. Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
  • Arra M. Garab, English
  • Antonio J. Garcia, School of Music
  • Sondra King, Human and Family Resources
  • David E. Keys, Accountancy
  • Charles Larson, Communication Studies
  • Charles J. Olson, School of Art
  • William Blair, Mathematical Science
  • Robert LaConto, Journalism
  • Helen Merritt, School of Art
  • Jeffrey Chown, Communication Studies
  • Curtis Norton, Accountancy
  • Carl Roskott, Music
  • William Johnson, English
  • Randall Newsom, Theatre Arts
  • Ahmed Rifai, BSA
  • Donald Brod, Journalism
  • Elliott Lessen, LDSE
  • Peter Nicholls, Math
  • John Beachy, Math
  • Darrell E. Newell, Electrical Engineering
  • J. Patrick White, History
  • Arnold Hampel, Biological Sciences
  • Richard H. Howland, Marketing
  • William Snyder, Chemistry
  • Sue Warrick Doederlein, English
  • Kuo-Huang Han, Music
  • John R. Simon, Accountancy
  • Charles A. Pennel, English
  • William M. Shearer, Communicative Disorders
  • Harold O. Wright, Jr., BEAS
  • Laszlo Hanzely, Biological Sciences
  • Askari H. Kizilbash, Marketing
  • Avra Liakos, Art
  • Jaroslaw Komarynsky, Finance
  • F. Marion Miller, Chemistry
  • Diane Ragains, Music
  • Charles (Tim) Blickhan, Music
  • Walter S. Dewey, Theatre Arts
  • Linda R. Sons, Math
  • Floyd L. Crank, BEAS
  • Gustaaf Van Cromphout, English
  • Robert F. Wheeler, Math
  • Jan Bach, Music
  • James Hendricks, Accountancy
  • Doris Crank, BEAS
  • Lawrence Hapeman, LDSE
  • Jack Villmow, Geography
  • Richard Preston, Physics
  • Esther Mocega-Gonzales, Foreign Languages and Literature
  • Patrick Delaney, Accountancy
  • Louis Mustari, Art
  • Sharon A. Plowman, Physical Education
  • Norman Potts, Theatre Arts
  • John Starkey, LDSE
  • Dimitri Liakos, Art
  • Margaret Wood, Speech Communication
  • Ruth Woolschlager, BEAS
  • Mazhar Hasan, Physics
  • Kathryn Iliff, Accountancy
  • Paul Steg, Music
  • Leonard Kouba, Geography
  • M. Jack Parker, Speech Communication
  • Vernon Wills, LEPS
  • Frank Bazeli, LEPS
  • Allan Dionisopoulos, Political Science
  • Hallie Hamilton, Journalism
  • Ralph Novak, Management
  • Elwood Smith, Music
  • Joe Vaughn, Chemistry
  • Abdul Basti, Finance
  • Mary Frances Reed, Home Economics
  • John Rhoads, Sociology
  • Arnold Fox, English
  • E. Edward Harris, BEAS
  • Edward Herbert, English
  • J. Hubert Dunn, Physical Education
  • Parvine Mahmoud, Foreign Languages and Literature
  • Rosalie Reynolds, Chemistry
  • John Bower, Chemistry
  • John Collins, History
  • Lucien Stryk, English
  • Donald Kieso, Accountancy
  • Richard Little, Political Science
  • Donald Murray, English

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