NIU presents Board of Trustees Professorships

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

Northern Illinois University has named Dan Gebo in anthropology, Paul Kelter in literacy education and Zhili Xiao in physics as its 2013 Board of Trustees Professors – a top university honor that recognizes faculty members for international renown in their research and excellence in all facets of teaching.

Gebo’s paleontological research is elucidating the origins of primates. Kelter is working to improve ways that students of all ages learn math and science. And Xiao is conducting pioneering work in the high-tech field of nanoscience.

Each of the three also has built a reputation for top-tier teaching, bringing students into the research fold.

“This award recognizes the very best of the best, and this trio couldn’t be more deserving,” NIU President John Peters said in a news release. “Professors Gebo, Kelter and Xiao are extraordinary and engaging mentors to NIU students, and they are also well known internationally for being at the very forefront in their respective fields of research.”

Established in 2007, the Board of Trustees Professorships honor faculty members who have consistently demonstrated excellence in teaching, academic leadership, scholarship or artistry, and service and outreach.

Each BOT Professorship is accompanied by a $10,000 stipend, renewable annually during a five-year term. The BOT Professorship awards were presented last month during the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony and Reception in the Altgeld Auditorium.

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