The Irene Rothbaum Award for Outstanding Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences was established with a generous donation from Julian Rothbaum in honor of his wife. The recipient will receive a one-time award of $2,500 that may be used either as a salary supplement or in support of teaching and/or scholarship. The recipient also will have their name placed on a plaque for permanent display in the college office. The award is presented annually.


The nominee should be a model teacher, recognized for dedication, effectiveness and ability to inspire students to high levels of achievement. Outstanding teaching should be demonstrated through student-teacher evaluations, chair recommendations and additional information such as student or peer letters of support, sample syllabi, course materials, etc. The nominee also should show evidence for good progress in scholarship, such as publication in peer-reviewed outlets and fellowship or grant support.


The nominee must be a tenure-track assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences with at least two complete years in rank at OU. This award may be bestowed upon an individual only once. A department may nominate no more than one person for any year.


Nominations are due by Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Nomination Procedures:

Submit electronic nominations (in pdf format) to Susan Bayliss at The Dean or his/her designee will appoint five members to a selection committee comprised of a faculty member from each of the four areas of the college (humanities, professional, sciences and social sciences) and one alumni representative. The Dean or his/her designee will serve as the non-voting chair of the committee.

The nomination packet should include:

  1. Letter of nomination from the Chair/Director (prepared in consultation with Committee A) describing the candidate’s accomplishments and how the candidate meets the award criteria. The letter should not exceed two pages.
  2. Letters of support from students and faculty members
  3. Current curriculum vitae
  4. Other supporting evidence, including a list of courses taught, teaching evaluations and other appropriate materials in support of the nomination.

Award Announcement:

The award will be presented in the spring at the College of Arts and Sciences Kaleidoscope Evening Event and at spring faculty meeting.