New York, NY – 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. Iona College’s Andy Gold, a business professor, leads the list of top university professors, followed by William Renfroe, a biological sciences professor at Pensacola State College and Kevin Raiford, a business professor at the College of Southern Nevada.

Topping the nation’s list of universities are Stanford University, University of Memphis, and St. Johns River State College. Whereas the 2010-2011 top universities list was dominated by many of the nation’s biggest state schools, smaller universities and private schools had a more prominent presence in this year’s rankings with schools like Union University, Missouri Baptist University and Marist College making their mark in the top 25 (the full lists for all categories are included below and can be viewed at toplists.ratemyprofessors.com). The rankings for best schools were determined by analyzing both professor ratings and campus ratings. Different from typical college rankings, this list is generated entirely from the input of the students themselves – providing an authentic overview of daily life at each respective school.

As many students continue to pursue moderately-priced alternatives to traditional four-year universities, RateMyProfessors.com once again published a list of highest-rated junior colleges. San Diego City College clinched the top spot, with Hostos Community College and Oakton Community College following close behind. This year’s top junior college professor is Sam Blank, a communications professor from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and last year’s top junior college professor, Margie Lewkowicz of Georgia Perimeter College, finished fifth this year. Miami Dade College was home to five of the top 25 professors on this list, more than any other junior college.

“There’s no higher honor for teachers and schools than to be praised by the students who are being impacted by their influence every day,” said Carlo DiMarco, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Development, mtvU. “We extend our sincere congratulations to all of the professors, universities and junior colleges on our top lists.”

Students posting on RateMyProfessors.com praised this year’s highest-ranked university professor, Andy Gold of Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, stating, “Gold has a really good way of teaching material that other teachers could make boring. He will change your perspective on a lot of business and world issues.” Other students remarked on his ability to engage, writing, “[Gold is] the best teacher I’ve ever had at Iona … [he] really made me look at things from a different perspective and changed the way I view my education.” Students share similar sentiment about highest-ranked junior college professor Sam Blank, of Borough of Manhattan Community College. One student wrote, “[Blank is] one of the very best teachers I have ever had. [He is] most knowledgeable with a great sense of humor … willing to go out of his way to help with all issues. Now that I took his class – I will miss him terribly!”

Meanwhile, psychology professor David Daniel at James Madison University snagged the top spot on the annual RateMyProfessor.com “Hottest Professors” list. Besides being described as “super hot,” students rated Daniel as “one of the best professors at JMU … he is really funny and helpful and he actually makes you want to come to class.” After nabbing the final spot on the 2009-2010 “hottest” list, history professor Hugo Schwyzer of Pasadena City College is back and hotter than ever in 2011-2012, ranking second. One RateMyProfessors.com reviewer referred to him as “Hotty McHot,” while another wrote while he’s attractive, “you’ll be more interested in what he says than his handsomeness.” Thomas Beard, an Economics professor at Auburn University, has been a mainstay on the hot list for years. He was the only professor to make the list for the third consecutive year, moving up five spots to No. 4 this year.

For the first time, RateMyProfessors.com will debut its “Fun Lists” as part of its annual rankings. Starting today with Best Professor Smiths, the site will roll out a quirky countdown of lists over the next few weeks, including Most Followed Professors on Twitter, Top 5 Presidential Professor Names and Top 5 Hottest Math Professors.

RateMyProfessors.com is built for college students, by college students. It is the highest-trafficked U.S. college professor rating site (comScore), reaching its highest-trafficked months ever in April 2012 (7.5 million unique visitors) and May 2012 (7.4 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 7,500 schools, 1.7 million professors and 14 million ratings. RateMyProfessors.com reaches 6 million college students on average each month.

The 2011-2012 RateMyProfessors.com Rankings Include:

Top 25 University Professors

  1. Andy Gold, Business, Iona College
  2. William Renfroe, Biological Sciences, Pensacola State College
  3. Kevin Raiford, Business, College of Southern Nevada
  4. Paige Baltzan, Business, University of Denver
  5. Bridget Middleton, Mathematics, Santa Fe College
  6. Caroline Seefchak, English, Edison State College
  7. Andrea Cordaway, Mathematics, University of Texas at San Antonio
  8. Irene Vlachos-Weber, Psychology, Indiana University Bloomington
  9. Ray Otto, Biology, George Mason University
  10. Jim Thomas, Philosophy, University of Maryland – Baltimore County
  11. Theodore Graham, Mathematics, Florida State College at Jacksonville
  12. Greg Dixon, Political Science, University of West Georgia
  13. Randall Benfield, Business, California State University – Sacramento
  14. Gary S. Gaffney, Law, Florida Atlantic University
  15. Thomas Douglas, Anthropology, California State University Long Beach
  16. Dan Mitchell, Chemistry, Bellevue College
  17. Chad Ostler, History, Utah Valley University
  18. Scot Plunkett, Family & Consumer Science, California State University – Northridge
  19. Mina Tsay, Communication, Boston University
  20. Linda Hickman, Business Administration, California State University – San Marcos
  21. Gary Brice, Mathematics, Lamar University
  22. Omar Al Nasser, Finance, University of Houston – Victoria
  23. Katir Patel, Microbiology, University of Massachusetts
  24. Chris Dula, Psychology, East Tennessee State University
  25. Joab Corey, Economics, Florida State University

 

Top 25 Universities

  1. Stanford University
  2. University of Memphis
  3. St. Johns River State College
  4. Union University
  5. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  6. Missouri Baptist University
  7. Marist College
  8. Roosevelt University
  9. Claremont McKenna College
  10. Saint Anselm College
  11. Minnesota State University
  12. SUNY Cortland
  13. Mitchell College
  14. University of North Dakota
  15. Palmer Chiropractic University
  16. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  17. University of New Haven
  18. Young Harris College
  19. Suffolk University
  20. Ohio Northern University
  21. Florida State College at Jacksonville
  22. Radford University
  23. SUNY Cobleskill
  24. University of Portland
  25. Christian Brothers University

 

Top 25 Junior Colleges

  1. San Diego City College
  2. Hostos Community College
  3. Oakton Community College
  4. Tri-County Technical College
  5. San Jacinto College – South
  6. Lone Star College (All Campuses)
  7. Normandale Community College
  8. Cypress College
  9. Owens Community College – Toledo
  10. Harford Community College
  11. Prince George’s Community College
  12. Irvine Valley College
  13. Jefferson State Community College
  14. Ventura College
  15. Madison Area Technical College
  16. Wallace Community College
  17. Santa Ana College
  18. Thomas Nelson Community College
  19. College of DuPage
  20. Rogue Community College
  21. Cuesta College
  22. Bunker Hill Community College
  23. Northampton Community College
  24. Moraine Valley Community College
  25. Brevard Community College – Palm Bay Campus

 

Top 25 Professors at Junior Colleges

  1. Sam Blank, Communication, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  2. Tony Smith, Communication, St. Petersburg College (All Campuses)
  3. John W. Todd, Communication, Miami Dade College (All Campuses)
  4. Raj Bose, Business, University of Phoenix Hawaii Campus
  5. Margie Lewkowicz, Mathematics, Georgia Perimeter College – Decatur
  6. Ronald Walker, Communication, Miami Dade College (All Campuses)
  7. Luis Beltran, Mathematics, Miami Dade College (All Campuses)
  8. Melinda Shoemaker, Psychology, Broward College (All Campuses)
  9. Lynne Vazquez-Rizzo, Mathematics, Ocean County College
  10. Ryan Adams-Barton, Social Science, Miami Dade College (All Campuses)
  11. Charles Sidun, Biology, Community College of Allegheny County
  12. Susan Wessner, Mathematics, Tallahassee Community College
  13. Ted Wiecek, Mathematics, Truman College
  14. Mehrdad Mahmoudi Zarandi, Mathematics, Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington
  15. Kristen Cole, Psychology, San Diego City College
  16. Kyle Barbieri, Political Science, Georgia Perimeter College – Decatur
  17. Ellen Feig, English, Bergen Community College
  18. David Demko, Sociology, Miami Dade College (All Campuses)
  19. Tracey Magrann, Biology, Saddleback College
  20. Douglas Phinney, History, Broward College (All Campuses)
  21. Phil Maywalt, Computer Science, Broome Community College
  22. Robert Martens, Biology, Brookdale Community College
  23. Norman Belleza, Biology, Tidewater Community College
  24. Stephen Miciak, College Success, Hillsborough Community College – Tampa
  25. Mark Shannon, Communications, Los Angeles Harbor College

 

Top 10 Hottest Professors

  1. David Daniel, Psychology, James Madison University
  2. Hugo Schwyzer, History, Pasadena City College
  3. Ruth Dellinger, Mathematics, Florida State College at Jacksonville
  4. Thomas Beard, Economics, Auburn University
  5. Shaun Vecera, Psychology, University of Iowa
  6. Adrienne Alaie, Biology, Hunter College
  7. Barbara Kalvelage, Biology, University of Southern Indiana
  8. Amir Sabzevary, Philosophy, Laney College
  9. Derek Milne, Anthropology, Pasadena City College
  10. Isabelle Sacramentogrilo, Geology, San Diego State University

 

RateMyProfessors.com Top Lists Ranking Methodology

RateMyProfessors.com is the Internet's largest destination for collegiate professor ratings with more than 7,500 schools, 1,700,000 professors and 14,000,000 ratings. The site uses a five-point Likert scale as well as a binary scoring system for students to rate professors. Below is a summary of the overall methodology used to compile the 2011-2012 rankings:

Each individual professor rating is first standardized and subsequently the standardized scores for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 are weighted, putting more weight on recent years and fewer weight on ratings from the past (15 percent for 2009, 25 percent for 2010,  and 60 percent for 2011).  Using the weighted score, professors are ranked from high to low. Only professors with 30 ratings or more are included to provide statistical significance.

In an attempt to break ties, professors with a greater number of ratings were ranked higher; the rationale is that a larger amount of information typically results in an estimate closer to the true parameter. Nevertheless, ties (i.e. professors with the same score and the same number of ratings) still occur. In that case, if two professors are tied for the same place - say 5th - then the next available rank is 7th.

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 performed a regression analysis on school size vs. number of ratings and found no noteworthy correlation.

More information on how this methodology was applied to each category is available here: http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/methodology.jsp.  Data analysis was conducted with the help of Professor Wolfgang Jank, Associate Professor in the Department of Decisions, Operations & Information Technologies at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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Released September 2012