Our own Nikola Petrov was the recipient of the 2009 Irene Rothbaum Outstanding Assistant Professor Award. It’s description states that it’s for the
Tenure-track assistant professor who exhibits outstanding teaching and evidence of good progress in scholarship.
Each year they choose a single winner among all the assistant professors in the college of arts and sciences. It’s a great honor and recognizes all the contributions of Dr. Petrov to the math department and to the University. Be sure to congratulate him when you see him on campus!
We should also note that our own Dr. Ravi Shankar received the same award in 2006. Two out of four years, not bad!
The late Julian Rothbaum, a long-time supporter of the college, established the award nine years ago to honor his late wife. Nominees must be tenure-tenure track assistant professors with at least two complete years in rank at OU. Outstanding credentials as teachers as shown by student-teacher evaluations, chair recommendations and letters of support from peers or students are also taken into consideration.
Addendum: Dr. Petrov’s fame continues to spread! There is an article about him in today’s Norman Transcript.