The Department of Music congratulates Timothy Rommen as one of two recipients of the highest teaching honor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn. Established in 1983, The Ira H. Abrams Award recognizes pedagogy that is intellectually challenging and exceptionally coherent. The award honors faculty who embody high standards of integrity and fairness, have a strong commitment to learning, and are open to new ideas.
The ability to make students feel at home is a trait shared by the other Abrams Award winner, Timothy Rommen. Colleagues praise his courses on world music, ethnomusicology, and the music of the Caribbean for “his ability to combine scholarship with music-making—and in doing so to ground and humanize the study of music in ways that invite people in.” He is a devoted mentor who has worked with a wide range of students and sponsored scores of independent studies. (Almanac Volume 69 Issue 32)