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Friday, July 23, 2021

Northeastern Illinois University is proud to share that nine faculty members have been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor. Undergraduate and transfer students can still take advantage of NEIU For You, a one-time scholarship that covers tuition and mandatory fees for first-year, full-time undergraduates. Plus, Student Counseling Services invites you to celebrate International Self-Care Day. Read about all this and more in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern! 

Around the Commons

Northeastern awards tenure and promotions to nine faculty members

Northeastern Illinois University has awarded tenure and promotions to associate professor to nine members of the faculty, who were introduced during the April 15 Board of Trustees meeting. Five faculty members were also promoted to professor. They are: 

  • Pamela Geddes, Biology 
  • Aaron Schirmer, Biology 
  • Travis Heath, Music 
  • Olivia Perlow, Sociology 
  • Mary Thill, Library

Return to Campus

Northeastern Illinois University is preparing to have all students, faculty and staff return to campus for the Fall 2021 term, with the majority of classes being held in person! The University will continue to follow guidelines that meet or exceed the standards set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the City of Chicago. Northeastern has also adopted an Interim COVID-19 Return to Campus Policy. Everyone who is coming to campus this fall is encouraged to read the weekly COVID-19 Task Force update for information on how Facilities Management is sanitizing facilities, face covering requirements and COVID-19 vaccination and testing options. Anyone with questions about the interim return to campus policy is encouraged to reach out to the COVID-19 Task Force at

NEIU For You

If you haven’t applied to NEIU yet, there’s still time to do so and take advantage of NEIU for You, a one-time scholarship that covers tuition and mandatory fees for a full year for incoming first-year, full-time undergraduates! NEIU For You also covers the cost of three credit hours for new undergraduate transfer students who register for six credit hours or more for Fall 2021. All prospective students who apply to Northeastern and are admitted as first-year students will automatically qualify for this initiative so long as they meet the eligibility requirements. 

And there’s more!

  • The application deadline for Fall 2021 for undergraduates and students-at-large has been extended to Aug. 15. 
  • Registration for Fall 2021 is currently open for all admitted students. 

To do

Next Steps for Admitted Transfer Students: Time to Enroll

Newly admitted NEIU transfer students are invited to attend a virtual session from 3-4 p.m. July 28 to learn how to complete their registration, as well as learn about financial aid, NEIU resources and how to connect with their academic advisor. Sign up online. Questions can be directed to Associate Director of Transfer Enrollment Patricia Rodriguez at (773) 442-4139 or

Illinois Writing Project Summer Workshops

The Illinois Writing Project (IWP) is offering a Social Emotional Learning and Writing workshop July 26-30 via Zoom. This non-credit course will focus on the critical and strategic use of digital technologies that allow students and teachers to experiment with ways to creatively express themselves and show what they know. There is a fee of $150. View IWP’s other summer offerings and sign up online. Questions can be sent to

NEIU Literacy Education Summer Professional Development Series

The Department of Literacy, Leadership, and Development is hosting a virtual professional development series throughout July. The next session is titled “Embracing Students’ Multiple Languages and Literacies” and will be held at 4:30 p.m. July 27. These workshops are open to the public with a fee of $25 per session. CPDUs are awarded for each session. Read complete descriptions and sign up online. Questions can be directed to Jill Hallett at

Coming Next Week

In the media

  • President Gloria J. Gibson is contributing a weekly column titled “The Value of Education" to The Austin Voice newspaper. Columns ran on July 14 and 21. The column is expected to run weekly through August. 
  • Professor of Social Work Judith Rocha was featured in the Chicago Tribune discussing the importance of the Latino Healthy Brain Summit. 
  • NEIU For You was featured in the Daily Herald

Student support spotlight

Self-Care: Celebrating International Self-Care Month and Day 2021

As International Self-Care Month comes to an end, you can celebrate International Self-Care Day on July 24! Student Counseling Services (SCS) recommends these articles to learn more about mental health and the importance of self-care, especially as NEIU transitions back to in-person learning:

SCS has also provided some tips for helping individuals manage anxiety and worry they may be feeling, and listed some important resources. Students are welcome to contact SCS to set up an appointment to talk either by phone or their online platform for teletherapy. To access NEIU’s SCS, call (773) 442-4650 or send an email to between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, students may also reach a counselor for more urgent consultation by calling the main number and pressing “2” during the outgoing message.

More resources for students can be found on the Keep Learning website and the COVID-19 Student FAQ page. General information about Northeastern’s response to the pandemic and the latest University updates regarding COVID-19 can be found on the NEIU Coronavirus Response page

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