Faculty

The University of Chicago has one of the most distinguished faculties in the world. More Nobel laureates (89) have been associated with UChicago than any other university in the world.

But that’s just one of many accolades bestowed upon our professors. Among the most coveted awards? The student-nominated Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, established in 1938 as the first undergraduate teaching award in the nation. When physics professor James Cronin, who received the Nobel Prize in 1980, was awarded the Quantrell in 1994, he said he was “bowled over to be receiving this Quantrell prize. . . . I really care about teaching undergraduates—it’s both a great responsibility and a great pleasure—and to have this recognition is just incredible. It’s better than some of the more public awards I’ve gotten.”

Valuable combination

The unique combination of a liberal arts college with a research university encourages our professors to value teaching as much as research. Ninety percent of our courses are taught by faculty members, and the student to faculty ratio is 6:1. Most of our faculty also live in the neighborhood surrounding the University, a rarity for an urban university and a great resource for our academic community. Don’t be surprised to see your professors at the park, in line at the grocery store, or signing books after class at the local bookstore.

Impressive recognition

Among other awards associated with current and former faculty and alumni of UChicago:

  • 136 American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows
  • 17 John Bates Clark Medalists (economics)
  • 6 Fields Medalists (mathematics), two currently on faculty
  • 213 Guggenheim fellows
  • 29 MacArthur “genius” fellows
  • 46 National Academy of Sciences members
  • 12 National Humanities Medal winners
  • 15 National Medal of Science winners
  • 89 Nobel Laureates, eight currently on faculty
  • 5 Presidential Medal of Freedom winners
  • 20 Pulitzer Prize winners