Distinguished Awards

The College of Liberal Arts and Science's distinguished awards are presented to outstanding members of the college community who are celebrated for their prominence in their professional field or through their civic, cultural or charitable service, or who have made major contributions to the college and its reputation for excellence. The awards were established following the college's 50th anniversary in 2009. To date, the college has honored 159 alumni, faculty and staff.

Each year, a wide range of nominations are submitted by students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends of the college. Nomination materials are evaluated by a selection committee comprised of alumni, faculty and staff who are appointed by Dean Brinkmann.

All awardees are invited to the NIU campus, where they receive their awards at an annual celebration held in Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.

Nomination Forms

Alumni Nomination Form (DOCX)
Faculty/Staff Nomination Form (DOCX)

2022 Honoree Class


Marcus Leshock
B.A., Communication - Media Studies, 2003
M.A., Communication Studies, 2005

Timothy P. Marshall
B.S., Meteorology, 1978

Joseph "Tip" McFadden
Ph.D., History, 1968

Robert M. Sobel
B.S., Chemistry, 1998
Ph.D., Chemistry, 2004


David Changnon
Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Michael J. Day
Department of English

Heide Fehrenbach
Department of History

Anton Zettl
Department of Mathematical Sciences


Suzanne Hogan
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Renee Page
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences