Chambana’s own Kristin Lems, that’s who. Even though she is no longer native to Champaign-Urbana, her songs like “Smith Hall” evoke the University of Illinois. Kristen was instrumental in getting the National Women’s Music Festival started here. I first discovered her because of “The Ballad of the ERA” and her voice led me into feminism. Now she has won the Northern Illinois University.
From the NIU blog:
Congratulate the winners of National Louis University’s annual Excellence awards for faculty and staff. The University announced them Sept. 7.
Excellence in Teaching Award
Kristin Lems, Ph.D., professor of ESL/Bilingual Education in NLU’s National College of Education, won the Excellence in Teaching Award.
Lems has led two grant projects from the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education. She is an English Language Specialist at the U.S. State Department and a two-time Fulbright Scholar, to Algeria and Mongolia. She is first author of a textbook about linguistics and reading in English, and co-editor of a book on reading fluency which was a finalist for the Literacy Research Association’s Fry Award. She has published with Scholastic and in distinguished journals including English Teaching Forum, The Reading Teacher, Reading in a Foreign Language, and Writing Systems Research. She earned her Ed.D. in Reading and Language at NLU, where she won the Rebecca Barr Award for outstanding performance. She has been with NLU for 25 years.