Laura Sanders earns Northeastern’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Monday, October 12, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University has selected Professor of Earth Science Laura Sanders as the 2015 recipient of the Audrey Reynolds Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Emerita of Linguistics Audrey Reynolds established the award to be given annually to a tenured member of the Northeastern faculty who best demonstrates distinguished teaching.

“Dr. Sanders serves as one of Northeastern’s finest examples of the dedication to teaching and learning that our faculty demonstrates every single day,” Provost Richard Helldobler said. “It is a pleasure to see Dr. Sanders recognized for her commitment to her students.”

Of this year’s nominees, the Reynolds Award Committee selected three finalists after careful consideration of nomination letters submitted by colleagues and other members of the University community. The finalists were Sanders, Chemistry Professor Ana Fraiman and Philosophy Professor Daniel Milsky.

The finalists demonstrated evidence of excellence in teaching, and in each of the dossiers the committee found evidence of innovation, high standards and a positive impact on students at the University. After careful review, the committee recommended Sanders as this year’s recipient of the award, which will be formally presented at the December 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

As the Audrey Reynolds Distinguished Teaching Award recipient, Professor Sanders will receive $5,000 and will give a presentation regarding teaching during the Spring 2016 semester.

Laura Sanders