Igor Erovenko photoWelcome, friends! My name is Igor Erovenko. I am an Associate Professor of mathematics and Associate Head in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNC Greensboro. I have taught mathematics at research universities for 20+ years. The main—and often the only—criterion for merit and promotion at research universities is excellence in research. Yet I have always been taking my teaching responsibilities seriously; I devote considerable time and effort into designing and preparing my classes. Every time I teach a repeat course, I look for ways to improve my delivery and student experience. But was I doing enough?

Nationwide (and worldwide) campus closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic clearly illuminated that we have been complacent about the traditional teaching methods. Recent technological advances changed the way individuals receive and consume information. Now is the time for us to change our teaching methods.

I have decided to adopt the flipped classroom approach, which have long been known to be more effective for student learning than traditional lectures. This website will document my journey to design and deliver flipped classes from ground zero. I suspect that many educators are interesting in trying the flipped classrooms but they may feel overwhelmed or don’t know where to start. I hope this website will become a useful resource for all of us, and we can build a community of modern innovative educators.

In 2016, I became involved in undergraduate research through REU, NREUP, CURM, and regular academic-year research projects as well as student conference organization. As a result, I was elected as a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Councilor in the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division in 2020. I’m committed to promoting undergraduate research at all levels. Please contact me if I can be of any help in this capacity.

As a faculty member at a research university, I must maintain an active research program. My current research interests lie in the field of mathematical biology. I investigate questions related to evolutionary game theory, behavioral epidemiology, and theoretical ecology. Here is the link to my Google Scholar profile.