Learn more about the awards recognizing excellence in teaching and learning at Northern Illinois University.
The Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award (EUIA) award honors excellent undergraduate teaching in the university, specifically among non-tenure track educators not recognized by the NIU Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Recipients of the EUIA will be among the most outstanding instructors on campus. Undergraduate students have a significant role in nominating instructors for this 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.
The Excellence in Online Teaching Award (EOTA) encourages and honors outstanding online and hybrid teaching at NIU. It recognizes NIU faculty and instructors whose performance exemplifies a commitment to excellence in online teaching, course development and student engagement.
The Blackboard Exemplary Course Award recognizes faculty and course designers whose courses demonstrate best practices in four major areas: Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. Submitted courses are evaluated by a peer group of Blackboard clients using the Exemplary Course Rubric.
The Certificate of Excellence in Online Teaching (CEOT) was established in 2021 and is awarded for online teaching performance that exemplifies accomplished excellence in online teaching, course development and student engagement. Nominees for the Excellence in Online Teaching Award are eligible to receive this certificate upon demonstrating "Accomplished" excellence in review criteria.
A member of the first Board of Trustees at NIU, David W. Raymond, created an endowment to fund an annual award of $1,000 to the faculty member who has most creatively and fruitfully implemented new teaching technologies. Only tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for the award.
The NIU Presidential Teaching Professorships were established in 1991 to recognize and support faculty who excel in the practice of teaching. Recipients of this award have demonstrated their commitment to and success in the many activities associated with outstanding teaching. The recipients receive budgetary support and release time for the enhancement of their teaching skills.
After four years as a Presidential Teaching Professor, each of these eminent faculty members is designated a Distinguished Teaching Professor.