New York, NY (September 17, 2013) – mtvU’s RateMyProfessors.com, the largest online destination for college professor ratings, today released its annual lists ranking the nation’s top professors and universities, based entirely on students’ input. Loyola University Chicago’s Penny Livermore, a classics professor, leads the list of top university professors, followed by Devon Hanahan, a Spanish professor at the College of Charleston and Kenneth Anderson, a music professor at the University of California San Diego.
RateMyProfessors.com is built for college students, by college students. It is the highest-trafficked U.S. college professor rating site (Omniture), reaching its highest-trafficked month ever in August 2012 (7.7 million unique visitors). Owned and operated by MTV’s college network, mtvU, the site consists entirely of student-generated ratings of current or former professors, featuring more than 8,000 schools, 1.8 million professors and 15 million ratings. RateMyProfessors.com reaches 6 million college students on average each month.
Top 25 University Professors
Penny Livermore, Classics, Loyola University Chicago
Devon Hanahan, Spanish, College of Charleston
Kenneth Anderson, Music, University of California San Diego
Rosalind Hall, Music, Brigham Young University
Kevin Raiford, Business, College of Southern Nevada
Debra Farrer, Education, California University of Pennsylvania
Bridget Middleton, Mathematics, Santa Fe College
Claude Mark Hurlbert, English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Kimora, Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Warren Schultz, Education, St. Joseph’s College
Myra Bloom, English, Oral Roberts University
Sarah Satterfield, Music, College of Central Florida
Raj Bose, Business, University of Phoenix Hawaii Campus
Andrew Russakoff, Computer Science, St. John’s University
Karen Turner, Business, University of Miami
Pietro Lorenzini, Criminal Justice, Governors State University
Donald Franks, Mathematics, California University of Pennsylvania
Paige Baltzan, Business, University of Denver
William Hoston, Political Science, University of Houston – Clear Lake
Garry Merritt, Languages, University of North Georgia – Oakwood
Margaret Jordan, English, Wayne State University
Kevin Kreider, Mathematics, University of Akron
Jessica Damian, English, Georgia Gwinnett College
Susan Young, Mathematics, University of Akron
Anna Bass, Management, Southeastern Louisiana University
Top Lists Ranking Methodology
RateMyProfessors.com is the largest online destination for professor ratings. With more than 8,000 schools and 15 million entirely student-generated comments and ratings, RateMyProfessors.com is the highest trafficked free site for quickly researching and rating more than 1.8 million professors from colleges and universities across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Each year, RateMyProfessors.com compiles Top Lists of the highest-rated professors, hottest professors, and top schools in the U.S. based on ratings from students.
It should also be noted that school size does not affect the outcome of the lists nor does it give professors from larger schools an advantage over their corollaries from smaller schools. RateMyProfessors.com performed a regression analysis on school size vs. number of ratings and found no noteworthy correlation. Here is a look at how each of the lists are compiled:
Highest Rated Professors
Students rate professors on several dimensions: Clarity, Helpfulness, Easiness and rater interest (interest level prior to attending the class). However, a professor’s Overall Quality rating (which informs the highest rated professor list) is determined by an equal weighting of only two criteria: clarity and helpfulness. 5 is the highest rating and 1 is the lowest rating for each of the above-mentioned dimensions.
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