Sivilotti Receives Teaching Award

Posted: February 24, 2012

In a surprise classroom visit, OSU President E. Gordon Gee awarded CSE Associate Professor Paul Sivilotti, Associate Professor, a 2012 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. This award is given annually to a highly selective professor group at Ohio State for their teaching excellence. Only five professors were selected after rigorous reviews and evaluation this year.

At the presentation, CSE Chair Xiaodong Zhang remarked on how very proud CSE is of Sivilotti and recognized his outstanding achievements. Ms. Kathy Bickell, Vice President of the Alumni Association, pointed out that this award is a reflection of the high regard in which Paul is seen by both his students and his colleagues.

Associate Chair Bruce Weide works closely with Dr. Sivilotti in Soft Engineering. He commented, "How many times have I personally sat in on one of Paul's courses? Two. That should tell you something about how much I appreciate the quality of his teaching. It's no wonder students agree he's one of the top faculty at OSU."

CSE has long known and appreciated the teaching talents of Dr. Sivilotti. He is a three time winner of the Department Outstanding Teaching Award. He participated in the 2010 Frontiers of Education Symposium where he presented a collection of learning activities designed around kinesthetic learning.

Paul joined CSE in 1998 after receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology where he also attained a Master's of Science. Originally from Canada, he earned his B.Sc.H. in Computing Science, Mathematics and Biochemistry at the Queen's University in Ontario. His research area is Software Engineering with foci in Distributed Systems and Tool-based Support for Testing Component Implementations.

Paul is the second CSE faculty member to achieve this award. Dr. Tim Long was given it in 1990. In 2004, Dr. Scott Pike, a mentee of Paul's, received the Distinguished Graduate Student award.