Presidential Professorships

Northern Illinois University has a long history of recognizing outstanding faculty through the awarding of Presidential Professorships. These awards acknowledge excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, artistry and engagement, and result from a rigorous application process involving academic peers, students, and external partners.

Read the descriptions below to understand the nature of these three distinct awards:

Engagement and Partnerships
Professors (PEP)

Honors professors
who create and nurture
external partnerships
for mutual benefit ...

Professors (PTP)

Honors professors
who inspire excellence
in and out of the class-
and connect
students to the real world ...

*Presidential Research,
Scholarship and Artistry
Professors (PRSAP)

Honors professors who
are recognized nationally
and internationally
their research, scholarship
or artistry …

All three presidential awards and the Board of Trustees Professorship share the same application schedule:

  • Sept. 9, 2022: call for nominations
  • Oct. 17, 2022: nomination deadline
  • Nov. 14, 2022: application deadline

*Formerly called the Presidential Research Professorship, this award has been expanded and its name changed accordingly to the Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professorship.