April 15, 2021

NORMAN, OKLA. – Three University of Oklahoma College of Law professors have been recognized by the University of Oklahoma Provost as “A Tribute to the Faculty.” Evelyn Aswad received the David Ross Boyd Professorship; Steven Gensler received the Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching Professor; and Melissa Mortazavi is the recipient of the President’s Associates Second Century Professorship.

“OU Law is honored that our colleagues’ work has been recognized through these awards,” said OU College of Law Interim Dean Katheleen Guzman. “Each of these faculty members is an accomplished, devoted educator representing the very best in academic excellence. Each is a powerhouse within the classroom and beyond.”

Evelyn Aswad received the David Ross Boyd Professorship, one of the University’s highest honors, recognizing faculty who have consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching, guidance, and leadership for students in an academic discipline or in an interdisciplinary program within the University. Fueled by her remarkable commitment to students, Aswad, who has been with OU Law since 2013, has created cutting-edge courses and other learning and mentoring opportunities for OU Law students that have profoundly expanded their ability to engage in high-quality and advanced international legal research and writing, as well as service to the legal profession on international law matters.

Steven Gensler received the Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching, which is an annually University-funded award. He is being recognized for teaching with passion and energy. Students repeatedly laud his expertise and his ability to take complex material and make it clear and accessible for everyone. Hundreds of his students have commented that he was one of the best professors they have ever had.

Melissa Mortazavi received one of the Presidential Professorships, established to recognize those faculty members who excel in all of their professional activities and who relate those activities to the students they teach and mentor. Mortazavi infuses her classes with current events and her experiences as an attorney. She constantly innovates and experiments with new teaching techniques to make her classes more interactive, collaborative, and conducive to student growth. She is a consistent faculty judge for the moot court teams, and she serves as the faculty adviser for three different student organizations, including the Oklahoma Law Review.

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