Illinois exemplifies research and teaching excellence and the transformative educational experiences that come about when the two are linked together. Opportunities abound at Illinois for both seasoned professors and teachers-in-training to think broadly and deeply about what makes for good pedagogy in a rapidly changing educational landscape. With enrollments surpassing 40,000, this is a place where teaching and learning happen at many scales and in many settings, whether face-to-face or virtual. This is place where learning is student-centered and student-driven and fueled by faculty excellence.
Since the start of the 2015-16 academic year five faculty members received Sloan Research Fellowships, five were awarded National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, six were elected to membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one elected to the National Academy of Engineering, seven were named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list and one was named a national Professor of the Year. These follow a previous year that saw a National Medal of Science and a MacArthur Fellowship.
At Illinois, this is the caliber of faculty working in and out of the classroom with our undergraduate and graduate classes. Our students are learning from the faculty creating the innovations and knowledge that will be the standard texts of the next generation. These students aren’t just reading about world-changing ideas – they are immersed in the community of scholars pioneering those very ideas.