Saib Othman, Ph.D.

Saib OthmanAssociate Professor of Mathematics, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location: Stephens Hall, Room 208
Telephone: 630-844-4229
Email Address: sothman@aurora.edu

I have been teaching Math for six years at Aurora University. It is a very friendly and an inviting place.  I tremendously enjoy getting to know my students at a personal level and watch them grow and become mathematicians and educators. In my view, the most important aspect of teaching is the ability to reach students and connect with them; and the most important aspect of teaching mathematics is the ability to explain concepts and ideas in simple language and connect them to real life applications.

Education
Ph.D. Mathematics, The University of Iowa
M.S. Mathematics, The University of Iowa
B.Sc. Mathematics, Minor Physics, The United Arab Emirates University

Areas of Specialization
Differential Equation/ Applied Mathematics
Math Education

Courses Taught
College Algebra
Contemporary Mathematics
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus
Calculus I, II and III
Linear Algebra
Modern Geometry
Numerical Analysis
Differential Equations
Fundamentals of Higher Mathematics
Abstract Algebra

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Article: "New Teacher Academy, a professional development series of workshops for new teachers" in the ACI Journal for Success in High Need Schools.

Presentation:  "Using Geometer Sketchpad in Teaching Euclidean and Modern Geometry", ACCA Pedagogy Symposium on Oct, 2007.

Poster Presentation at the ACI Annual Symposium in April, 2007

Organized several workshops and seminars for pre service teachers at AU and in-service teachers in the neighboring schools over the year.


Highlights of Campus Involvement
Advisor/Mentor Math Secondary Education Program
Curriculum Coordinator of Illinois Math and Science Partnership (IMSP) masters programs
Faculty Senate

Other Interests
Playing basketball, running, water skiing, swimming
Enjoy cooking and is always looking for new and interesting recipes.  
A member of a Palestinian folklore dance (Debka) group.