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Office of the President
Altgeld Hall 300
DeKalb, IL 60115
Teachers and administrators at K-12 schools across the northern Illinois region are singing the praises of this year’s NIU Presidential Engagement Professors.
Psychology professor Christine Malecki and biology professor Jon Miller both have long histories of involvement with external school partners: Malecki works with school psychologists on developing systems for assessment and intervention in students’ academic, social, and emotional functioning, while Miller works with teachers to improve middle- and high-school students’ performance in science and math.
Both are committed to NIU’s definition of engagement as collaboration between the university and its larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
Malecki and Miller will be honored at a ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Altgeld Auditorium. The Presidential Engagement Professorship award is accompanied by a $5,000 stipend to support their engagement activities, renewable annually during each year of a four-year award period. PEP professors also receive a specially minted medallion to be worn with their academic regalia.