The Best Professors in the Country

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In the mad rush to add the perfect courses for next semester, we have to battle against upperclassmen, extracurricular activities and scheduling conflicts. With all that against us, why would we take a chance at having an awful professor? Enter RateMyProfessors.com, a free website that takes (some of) the chance out of course registration. After just a few clicks, collegiettes™ nationwide can find out whether their British Literature or Calculus II professor will be a blast or a bust. If you’re wondering where to find the best professors in the country, look no further than this top ten list, compiled based on thousands of ratings on RateMyProfessors. Did your professor make the cut? Do you agree with the standings? Read on to find out.

From Better to Best
 
10. Todd Schoepflin – Niagara University, NY
Coming in at number ten on the list of best professors is Todd Schoepflin, sociology professor from Niagara University in New York. He scored a whopping 4.9 out of 5 in overall quality, with the infamous red hot chili pepper next to his name (meaning he’s not only a talented teacher, but totally cute as well). Most of the reviews are for Sociology 101, and most of the students say he is “amazing”, “interesting” and “HOTT”. Beyond being easy on the eyes, it seems that Niagara students also enjoy the ease of his classes and the entertainment value of his lectures. His helpfulness and clarity categories are in the 4.9 range as well, so if you find yourself at Niagara, try taking sociology with Professor Schoepflin! Chances are you won’t regret it.
 
9. Tony Smith – St. Petersburg College, Fla.
At a respectable number nine on the list of the best of the best, you’ll find Tony Smith of St. Petersburg College in the Communication department. He has a swooping 5.0 in all categories except easiness, which is a decent 4.3. He even earned the chili pepper, which is always a good sign of things to come. Professor Smith has a shocking 25 pages of reviews from previous students. Most of the reviews praise his ‘awesomeness’, but more specifically, many of them wrote about how much he helped them overcome their speech anxiety. Who wouldn’t want to take a class that eliminates pre-speech jitters?

8. Melissa Bush – University of North Florida, Jacksonville
While Melissa Bush of UNF’s rating slips a bit when it comes to easiness, all of her other ratings are high, and a quick read through the 15 pages of positive reviews will tell you all you need to know. She teaches chemistry, so it’s safe to say that the difficulties come more from the subject than from the professor herself. One student said, “Melissa will help you whenever you need her”. Even if chemical equations are not your forte, give Professor Bush a try!

7. James O’Keefe – St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY
If criminal justice is your major or you’d just like to expand your knowledge on the topic, check out Professor O’Keefe at St. John’s University in New York. Again, here is a professor whose score dips in the easiness category at 3.8, but he earned a 5.0 across the board otherwise. He also has the telltale chili pepper on his page. If that is not enough to persuade you, click through the 14 pages of student reviews. Students at St. John’s called him “interesting, articulate and caring” and, since all of you collegiettes™ were wondering, “handsome”! He has history as a police officer too, so if you’re headed in that professional direction you can pick his experienced brain!

6. Susan Croll-Kali – Queen’s College, Flushing, NY
Steady ratings are always a good way to judge a great professor, and Professor Croll-Kali of the psych department has high 4’s all the way through. One student went as far as to say, “scientists need to perfect the art of cloning. She is just so intelligent and teaches with so much passion.” How is that for a positive review? As any psych majors out there can commiserate, psychology gets difficult once you get past the fun of abnormal disorders in 101. According to her reviews, Croll-Kali is “clear and helpful”, which is one of the most important qualities in a professor. What more do you need? If you’re at Queens, go take Croll-Kali’s class!

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Kayla Riley is a senior studying journalism and English at the University of Maine. When she's not rushing around campus in fabulous shoes or making deadline, she can be found devouring the latest Jodi Picoult novel or being quippy with friends. She recently spent a semester at the American University in Bulgaria, studying and experiencing Eastern Europe's diverse culture all while learning how to ask for a pair of shoes in her size. She plans to publish her first novel before age 30 and travel the world even sooner. She is pursuing a career in journalism in the Boston area. Follow her on Twitter @KaylaRiley

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