Faculty Excellence and Success

The excellence of our faculty forms the foundation for NIU’s vision, mission and values.

Moreover, faculty expertise drives the teaching, learning, research, artistry and engagement that underlies NIU’s promise to prepare our students and society for a century of change. Accordingly, we are committed to building an equity-minded academic community that challenges and eliminates exclusionary practices, and provides all faculty with the recognition and support necessary to achieve their full intellectual and professional potential.

Mentorship and Professional Development

Professional Development

In partnership with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) offers the 8-week ACUE Microcredential in Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning, which has capacity to serve 90 faculty, staff, and graduate students annually. To date, 40 NIU faculty and staff have completed it, as well as 22 graduate students.

In the first two years of the partnership with ACUE, 61 faculty and staff have completed the year-long the year-long ACUE Course on Effective Teaching Practices, which results in the Certificate in Effective College Instruction. Those individuals are also now ACUE Distinguished Teaching Scholars for NIU. This course will continue to serve approximately 30 faculty annually.

Faculty Academy on Cultural Competence and Equity

The Faculty Academy on Cultural Competence and Equity (FACCE) is a collaboration between NIU faculty, ADEI and CITL. It is being offered during the 2022-2023 academic year as a series of 10 monthly workshops, with up to 30 faculty and staff in each workshop. It will also be offered in the summer of 2023 as a week-long intensive.

Goal 2B

Mentorship of Diverse Faculty

  • The Preparing Future Faculty Conference for Graduate Students of Color is hosted annually by NIU, and brings together graduate students of color from universities across the state for workshops, presentations and opportunities to share their research.
  • The Mid-American Conference Academic Consortium sponsors an academic leadership development program (ALDP) to identify and develop academic leaders from faculty at the 12 MAC member universities.
  • The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is implementing a university-wide faculty mentoring program to support the career progression and success of our faculty. The initiative is focused on creating an inclusive, respectful and positive work environment and ensuring that all faculty receive mentoring support. A sample of the DEI initiatives within the program includes: supporting the retention and success of faculty of color; fostering a climate that values faculty diversity, equity, inclusion and excellence; and collaborating with the Division of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on related faculty initiatives and concerns.

Goal 4B

Faculty Scholarship, Research and Artistry

Northern Illinois University is a research institution recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the category of Research Universities (high research activity). Faculty scholars across academic areas are engaged in research and artistry that advances equity, diversity and inclusion; student success; and social justice education. The summaries below highlight examples of the work being led by faculty in NIU’s seven degree-granting colleges and the University Libraries. Further, the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships highlights externally sponsored DEI scholarly and service activities on their website.

Be Recognized: Awards

Faculty at NIU are recognized by a variety of areas for work in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  A list of awards are below.

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