Spotlight

Illinois faculty are regularly recognized with awards and honors at every stage of their careers.

Read about recent faculty achievements below.

Keeping the Office of the Provost updated about achievements helps us to recognize and publicize them. To notify our office of a recent award or honor, please use this online form.

Recipient Rank Department Honor
Robert Aherin Professor Agricultural & Biological Engineering Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology Hall of Fame Award
Jean Paul Allain Professor Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research
Andrew Alleyne Professor Mechanical Science & Engineering American Society of Mechanical Engineers Yasundo Takahashi Education Award
Narayana Aluru Professor Mechanical Science & Engineering American Physical Society Fellow
Gopesh Anand Associate Professor Business Administration Production and Operations Management Society Outstanding Senior Editor
Matthew Ando Professor Mathematics Campus Executive Officer Distinguished Leadership Award
Yuji Arai Associate Professor Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Educator Award
Janice Bahr Professor Emeritus Animal Sciences ASAS L.E. Casida Award
Renee Baillargeon Professor Psychology Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award
Aron Barbey Associate Professor Psychology David Dodds Henry Lectureship Grant
Adam Bates Assistant Professor Computer Science ACM SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award Runner-Up
Johnell Bentz Teaching Associate Professor Special Education University of Illinois Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award: Advocacy for LGBTQ Affairs
May Berenbaum Professor Entomology British Ecological Society Honorary Membership Prize
James Best Professor Geography & Geographic Information Science European Geosciences Union Lamarck Medal
Trevor Birkenholtz Associate Professor Geography & Geographic Information Science Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers Robert McC. Netting Award
Stephen Boppart Professor Bioengineering Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow
Caleb Brooks Assistant Professor Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ) Shorei-sho Award
Donna Buchanan Professor Music Center for Advanced Study Associate
Antoinette Burton Professor History Center for Advanced Study Professor
Marco Caccamo Professor Computer Science Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Professorship
Felipe Cardoso Assistant Professor Animal Sciences ADSA Midwest Young Extension Professional Award
Felipe Cardoso Assistant Professor Animal Sciences North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Educator Award
Stephen Chaudoin Assistant Professor Political Science Cline Center for Democracy Linowes Fellow
Clara Chen Associate Professor Accountancy Journal of Management Accounting Best Paper Award
Girish Chowdhary Assistant Professor Agricultural & Biological Engineering American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow
Kathryn Clancy Associate Professor Anthropology American Anthropological Association Executive Board Biological Seat
Susan Curtis Lecturer Accountancy American Accounting Association J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize
Paul Davidson Assistant Professor Agricultural & Biological Engineering ABE J. Kent Mitchell Teaching Excellence Award
Luisa-Elena Delgado Professor Spanish & Portuguese Criticism & Interpretive Theory Senior Research Fellowship
Gary Dell Professor Psychology Center for Advanced Study Professor
Anna Dilger Associate Professor Animal Sciences AMSA Achievement Award
Ryan Dilger Associate Professor Animal Sciences ASAS Early Career Achievement Award
Minh Do Professor Electrical & Computer Engineering Center for Advanced Study Associate
Francina Dominguez Professor Atmospheric Sciences American Meteorological Society Henry G. Houghton Award
Marc Doussard Assistant Professor Urbana & Regional Planning Center for Advanced Study Fellow
James Drackley Professor Animal Sciences JDS Club 100 Honoree
Nathan Dunfield Associate Professor Mathematics Center for Advanced Study Associate
Stacy Dymond Professor Special Education University of Illinois Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award: Excellence in Access and Accommodations
Jonathan Ebel Associate Professor Religion John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
George Fahey Professor Emeritus Animal Sciences ASAS Fellow-Research Award
Catharine Fairbairn Assistant Professor Psychology College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Award
Eduardo Fradkin Professor Physics Center for Advanced Study Professor
Grace Gao Assistant Professor Aerospace Engineering Center for Advanced Study Beckman Fellow
Phil Garcia Professor Agricultural & Consumer Economics ACE GSO Outstanding Faculty Member Award
Phil Garcia Professor Agricultural & Consumer Economics Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Fellow
Richard Gates Professor Agricultural & Biological Engineering ACES International Impact Award
John Gerlt Professor Biochemistry Division of Biological Chemistry of the American Chemical Society Gordon Hammes Lectureship
Brighten Godfrey Associate Professor Computer Science Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times Bay Area CIO of the Year Community Champion
Patricia Gregg Assistant Professor Geology The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Faculty Fellowship
Tony Grift Associate Professor Agricultural & Biological Engineering ABE Ben and Georgeann Jones Excellence in Teaching Award
Tony Grift Associate Professor Agricultural & Biological Engineering North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Educator award
William Gropp Professor Computer Science Department of Energy 40 Years of Research Milestones
Martin Gruebele Professor Chemistry Center for Advanced Study Professor
Jeremy Guest Assistant Professor Civil & Environmental Engineering Center for Advanced Study Beckman Fellow
Gaines Hall Associate Dean Emeritus Architecture American Institute of Architects Illinois Council Gold Medal Honor Award
Sharon Hammes-Schiffer Professor Chemistry Center for Advanced Study Professor
Wail Seddiq Hassan Professor Comparative & World Literature Secretariat of the American Comparative Literature Association Second Vice President
Kathryn Huff Assistant Professor Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering American Nuclear Society at Illinois Student Chapter Teacher of the Year
Kami Hull Professor Chemistry Amgen Young Investigators Award
Kami Hull Assistant Professor Chemistry Center for Advanced Study Beckman Fellow
Jonathan Inda Professor Latino/Latina Studies David Dodds Henry Lectureship Grant
Iwona Jasiuk Professor Mechanical Science & Engineering Center for Advanced Study Associate
Brian Jefferson Assistant Professor Geography & Geographic Information Science Criticism & Interpretive Theory Senior Research Fellowship
Hong Jin Assistant Professor Biochemistry College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Award
Barclay Jones Professor Emeritus Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering College of Engineering Alumni Award for Distinguished Service
Samantha Jones Visiting Assistant Professor Theatre Black Theater Alliance Award for Best Costumes
Ezekiel Kalipeni Professor Geography & GI Science Center for Advanced Study Associate
Thomas Kehl-Fie Assistant Professor Molecular and Cellular Biology Vallee Foundation Scholar
Madhu Khanna Professor Agricultural & Consumer Economics College of ACES Spitze Land-Grant Professional Career Excellence Award
Andreas Kloeckner Assistant Professor Computer Science National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Hans-Friedrich Koehn Assistant Professor Psychology Psychometric Society Best Reviewer
Seichi “Bud” Konzo Professor Emeritus Mechanical Science & Engineering American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Hall of Fame
Susan Koshy Associate Professor English David Dodds Henry Lectureship Grant
Eduardo Ledesma Assistant Professor Spanish & Portuguese College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Award
Harry Liebersohn Professor History Center for Advanced Study Professor
Xin Lin Assistant Professor Astronomy Center for Advanced Study Beckman Fellow
Avital Livny Assistant Professor Political Science Cline Center for Democracy 2017-2018 Linowes Fellow
Ting Liu Associate Professor Bioengineering Center for Advanced Study Fellow
Gregory MacDougall Assistant Professor Physics Center for Advanced Study Fellow
Moshe Matalon Professor Mechanical Science & Engineering Institute for the Dynamics of Explosions and Reacting Systems (IDERS) Numa Manson Medal
Mary Pat McGuire Assistant Professor Landscape Architecture National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Paul McNamara Associate Professor Agricultural & Consumer Economics College of ACES Senior Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension
Ruby Mendenhall Associate Professor Sociology The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Faculty Fellowship
Silvina Montrul Professor Spanish & Portuguese; Linguistics Center for Advanced Study Associate
Robert Morrissey Associate Professor History Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Mellon Faculty Fellow in Environmental Humanities
Catherine Murphy Professor Chemistry Center for Advanced Study Professor
SungWoo Nam Assistant Professor Mechanical Science & Engineering Hanwa Advanced Materials Non-tenured Faculty Award
SungWoo Nam Assistant Professor Mechanical Science & Engineering The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Early Career Faculty Fellow Award
Kenneth Olson Professor Emeritus Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences Soil and Water Conservation Society Editor’s Choice Award – Honorable Mention
Michaelene Ostrosky Professor Special Education Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor of Education
Aditya Parameswaran Assistant Professor Computer Science Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) TCDE Early Career Award
Aditya Parameswaran Assistant Professor Computer Science National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Doug Parrett Professor Emeritus Animal Sciences ASAS Fellow Teaching Award
Carl Parsons Professor Animal Sciences PSA Novus Outstanding Scholar
Nicholas Paulson Associate Professor Agricultural & Consumer Economics College of ACES John Clyde and Henrietta Downey Spitler Teaching Award
Jian Peng Assistant Professor Computer Science National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Thomas Rauchfuss Research Professor Chemistry American Chemical Society – sponsored by Strem Chemicals Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry
Lulu Rodriguez Associate Professor Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) Excellence in Research Award
Emanuel Rota Associate Professor French & Italian Center for Advanced Study Associate
D Fairchild Ruggles Professor Landscape Architecture Center for Advanced Study Associate
Robert Rushing Associate Professor French and Italian American Association of Italian Studies Film and Media Studies Book Prize
David Sarlah Assistant Professor Chemistry College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Award
Julie Shapland Senior Lecturer Accountancy Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Educator Award
Daniel Shike Associate Professor Animal Sciences North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Educator Award
Clifford Shipley Clinical Associate Professor Veterinary Clinical Medicine Society for Theriogenology/American College of Theriogenologists David E. Bartlett Lifetime Achievement Award
Helaine Silverman Professor Anthropology Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award
Edgar Solomonik Assistant Professor Computer Science Householder Committee Alston S. Householder Prize
Hans Stein Professor Animal Sciences ACES Senior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
Kelly Stephani Assistant Professor Mechanical Science & Engineering American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow
James Stubbins Professor Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering American Nuclear Society at Illinois Student Chapter Staff Member of the Year
Kelly Swanson Professor Animal Sciences ACES Kraft Heinz Company Professor in Human Nutrition
Kelly Swanson Professor Animal Sciences NDSU College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and National Resources Distinguished Alumni Award
Brian Thomas Professor Emeritus, Research Professor Mechanical Science & Engineering Association for Iron and Steel Technology Distinguished Member and Fellow
Carlos Torelli Professor Business Administration Journal of Consumer Research Outstanding Reviewer
Kimani Toussaint Associate Professor Mechanical Science & Engineering Optical Society of America Fellow
Dallas Trinkle Associate Professor Materials Science & Engineering Center for Advanced Study Associate
Julie Turnock Associate Professor Media & Cinema Studies Center for Advanced Study Associate
Michael Twidale Professor School of Information Sciences Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award
Surya Pratap Vanka Professor Emeritus, Research Professor Mechanical Science & Engineering American Physical Society Fellow
Madhu Viswanathan Professor Business Administration Coursera Outstanding Educator
Madhu Viswanathan Professor Business Administration University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) International Leadership Award
Amy Wagoner-Johnson Associate Professor Mechanical Science & Engineering Center for Advanced Study Associate
Michael Ward Associate Professor NRES College of ACES Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
Matthew Wheeler Professor Animal Sciences International Embryo Technology Society Mentor of the Year
Rachel Whitaker Associate Professor Microbiology Allen Foundation Distinguished Investigator Award
Craig Williams Professor Classics Center for Advanced Study Associate
Mark Wolters Teaching Assistant Professor Business Administration College of Business and the College of Business Alumni Association Excellence-in-Teaching Award for Undergraduate Teaching
Donald Wuebbles Professor Atmospheric Sciences University of Illinois System Presidential Fellow
Yilan Xu Assistant Professor Agricultural & Consumer Economics Agricultural & Consumer Economics Earl and Mildred Hughes Teaching Enhancement Award
Yilan Xu Assistant Professor Agricultural & Consumer Economics American Council for Consumer Interests Richard L.D. Morse Consumer Economics Award
Yilan Xu Assistant Professor Agricultural & Consumer Economics Center for Advanced Study Fellow
Anthony Yannarell Associate Professor Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Educator Award
Mao Ye Assistant Professor Finance National Bureau of Economic Research Fellow
Abigail Zbikowski Assistant Professor Dance Juried BESSIE Award
Abigail Zbikowski Assistant Professor Dance Princeton Caroline Heart Choreographer-in-Residence
Yang Zhang Assistant Professor Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering American Nuclear Society Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award