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:

Presidential Engagement and Partnerships Professors (PEP)

The Presidential Engagement and Partnerships Professors (PEP) honors professors who create and nurture external partnerships for mutual benefit.

Presidential Teaching Professors (PTP)

The Presidential Teaching Professors (PTP) honors professors who inspire excellence in and out of the classroom and connect students to the real world.

Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professors (PRSAP)

The Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professors (PRSAP) honors professors who are recognized nationally and internationally for their research, scholarship or artistry.

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

  • Aug. 28, 2023: call for nominations (campus announcement)
  • Oct. 9, 2023: nomination deadline
  • Nov. 13, 2023: application deadline

Contact Dr. Freeman

Office of the President
Altgeld Hall 300
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