Noteworthy at Northeastern: Meet the faculty members who earned tenure

Congratulations to 17 newly tenured members of the Northeastern Illinois University faculty! We’ve got the details and bios to mark the accomplishment, plus summer concert plans and much more.

Northeastern awards tenure and promotions to 17 faculty members

Northeastern Illinois University has awarded tenure and promotions to associate professor for 17 members of the faculty, who were introduced during the June 23 Board of Trustees meeting.

“I congratulate the newest members of our faculty to earn tenure,” Provost Richard J. Helldobler said. “This is an important milestone in their development as teachers, mentors and role models for Northeastern’s current and future students. Their promotions also build on Northeastern’s tradition of teaching and research excellence.”

Here is the list of awards of tenure and promotion:

A career path to smile about

If you ask Wanda Nguyen about her career plans, she does not hesitate with her answer: She will graduate from Northeastern Illinois University, attend dental school and eventually become an orthodontist, she says. And then she smiles.

Nguyen hasn’t always been so quick to smile. As a child, she was teased and bullied by her classmates for having crooked teeth. She became shy and withdrawn. But after receiving orthodontic treatment at 21, Nguyen’s self-confidence skyrocketed.

Noteworthy at Northeastern: Students of action

It’s internship and fellowship season around Northeastern Illinois University as students take steps toward their career dreams. Read about Oscar Ramírez, who is a summer intern in the Washington, D.C., office of Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, plus lots more.

Three students chosen for Kettering Foundation exchange

Three Northeastern Illinois University students have been chosen to participate in the Kettering Foundation's Fostering Deliberation on Campus Research Exchange on July 11-12 in Dayton, Ohio.

Four Northeastern students participate in ChicagoCHEC Summer Research Fellows Program

The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC) will kick off the inaugural Summer Research Fellow program on June 20 with the participation of one Northeastern Illinois University alumna and three current students.

A mission for education

Oscar Ramírez never had a Latino teacher growing up. Not in grade school, not in middle school and not in high school. Nunca.

That all changed when Ramírez, the son of Guatemalan immigrants, enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University. “I suddenly had Latino teachers,” Ramírez said. “I would visit my professors during office hours and talk to them. They opened my mind and made me believe I can do anything.”

Noteworthy at Northeastern: Summer dance

If it seems like Ensemble Español is all over the place this month, that’s because the Northeastern Illinois University resident dance company is all over the place. Ensemble Español has launched its 40th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, which runs through June 25 with performances, panel discussions and workshops.

Get the latest on Ensemble Español—and more exciting dance news—in this week’s edition.

Northeastern earns grant for Jewel Box Series concert, outreach

Arts Midwest Touring Fund has awarded Northeastern Illinois University a $3,600 grant for the October engagement with Philadanco Dance Company.

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