Excellence in Teaching

Our Commitment to Teaching Excellence

The Department of Communication is highly regarded within both NIU and the greater academic community for its commitment to teaching excellence. Our faculty are among the finest teachers on campus. Several department faculty have been recognized with the most prestigious teaching awards bestowed by the university.

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Awards

Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Awards

Matt Swan

Matt Swan (2012)

Kim Gatz

Kimberly Gatz (2014)

Distinguished Teaching Professors*

*Formerly Presidential Teaching Professorships


Jeffrey Chown (2005-2009)

Joseph Scudder

Joseph Scudder (2012-2016)

Board of Trustees Professorships

Jeffrey Chown (2011)

Contact Us

Department of Communication
Watson Hall 210
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-7109 (Fax)

Mehdi Semati, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Laura Vazquez, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Watson Hall 213