Vazquez, Hedin named Board of Trustees Professors

DeKALB – One is a filmmaker whose works have screened internationally, the other a physicist who has made his mark on some of the world’s most ambitious experiments.

Their disciplines couldn’t seem more different. But Laura Vazquez and David Hedin share an uncommon drive and a passion for immersing students in their work and creating opportunities for them to shine.

Northern Illinois University has selected Vazquez, a professor of communication, and Hedin, a professor of physics, as its 2014 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.

“Since coming to NIU less than a year ago, I’ve met many extraordinary faculty members, and Laura Vazquez and David Hedin certainly are among the best of the best,” NIU President Doug Baker said in a news release.

“Throughout their careers, their work in and out of the classroom has been exemplary, always integrating NIU students. We could use both Laura and Dave as case studies in how faculty can nurture student career success.”

Each BOT Professorship is accompanied by a $10,000 stipend, renewable annually during a five-year term.

The BOT Professorship awards were presented during the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony and Reception on April 24.

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