Petravick named Outstanding Educator

Dr. Simon PetravickDr. Simon Petravick, professor of accounting, received an Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Educator award in June. The annual award acknowledges excellence in teaching, student motivation and mentoring, educational innovation, and contributions to the academic community or the accounting profession. This year, the society gave two Outstanding Educator awards — one to a professor at a four-year college or university without a master’s program and one to a professor at a four-year institution with a master’s program. Petravick was nominated by SARAH RAYFIELD ’11 and LINDSEY VAUGHT ’12.

“I know many of the teachers who have previously won this award,” said Petravick. “I respect them. I’ve worked with them and learned a great deal from them. It’s quite an honor to be included in that group.”

Petravick sent in three letters of recommendation from students and one from Dr. Robert Baer, dean of the Foster College of Business Administration. He also had to fill out an 18-page application and send his teaching evaluations from the past five years.

In addition to teaching, Petravick is the faculty adviser for Beta Alpha Psi, the international accounting honor society. He is also a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the Central Illinois chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He has held leadership positions in both organizations. 

– By Abby Wilson '10