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Faculty recognized for diversity, inclusion, service at University

The Office of the Provost announced recently the recipients of 2019-2020 faculty honors including the Provost Award for Exemplary Faculty Service and the Daniel Linzer Awards for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity.

“Professors Amaral, Gundlach, Loew and Smilowitz have exceptional records of sustained and meaningful service to the University,” Northwestern Provost Jonathan Holloway said. “Their dedication to our shared values of diversity and equity is impressive.” 

The Exemplary Faculty Service Award recognizes faculty members who engage with, build and support the Northwestern University community. The 2019-2020 recipients will be honored at a reception on April 29. 

The Linzer Awards aim to build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable climate on campus and enhance diversity across the spectrum, including race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, age and political affiliation. This year, two professors will be honored with the Linzer Awards. 

2019-2020 Recipients of the Provost Award for Exemplary Faculty Service

amaral luisLuis Amaral, Chemical and Biological Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science 

Amaral is recognized for fostering interdisciplinary networks across the University. He has expanded the reach of NICO (Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems), and has served as a leader of the University-wide Data Science Initiative since 2015. In addition, Amaral has fostered joint research across the University through the creation of faculty research networking luncheons.

writingprogram faculty gundlach robert 168x210Robert Gundlach, Linguistics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences 

Gundlach is recognized for his service in leadership and mentorship roles at the University. He served as the founding director of Northwestern’s Cook Family Writing Program for 42 years and also has held faculty leadership positions in the Linguistics Department, at the Northwestern University Press and in the residential college system. Gundlach also has been the faculty Athletics representative since 2002, representing the University in the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.

2019-2020 Recipients of the Daniel Linzer Awards for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity

patty loew3Patricia Loew, Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Loew is recognized for her outstanding and creative Indigenous Tour of Northwestern, which elevates Native history and presence across our campus and community, the creation of the Native American and Indigenous studies minor, and for her leadership at the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research.


smilowitz karenKaren Smilowitz, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick; Operations, Kellogg School of Management 

Smilowitz is recognized for her long record of consistent work in both formal and informal roles moving McCormick, and the University, towards greater diversity and inclusion. She demonstrates her excellence in her sustained leadership and commitment to incorporating the values of diversity and inclusion throughout the school and University.