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

Nominations will be received through Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

2020 Honoree Class

Alumni

Paulette Hasier
B.A., History, 1989

Joseph P. Reidy
M.A., History, 1974
Ph.D., History, 1982

Faculty

Walker S. Ashley
Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor
Presidential Teaching Professor
Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences
2005 – Present

Lara Crowley
Professor
Department of English
2012 - Present

Janice D. Hamlet
Professor
Department of Communication
2000 - Present

Staff

Steven L. Estes
Director of College Advising
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
1996 - Present

2021 Honoree Class

Alumni

The Honorable James E. Snyder
B.A., History, 1987

Joanna Sztuba-Solinska
M.S., Biological Sciences, 2007
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, 2011

Faculty

Jeffrey Chown
Professor Emeritus
Board of Trustees Professor
Presidential Teaching Professor
Department of Communication
1982 - 2014

Beatrix Hoffman
Professor
Department of History
1996 - Present

Ross D. Powell
Professor Emeritus
Board of Trustees Professor
Distinguished Research Professor
Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences
1980 – 2020

Staff

Alexandre S. Dychkant
Senior Research Scientist
Department of Physics
2001 - Present