Stonehill Professors Featured In New Princeton Review Book “The Best 300 Professors”
April 03, 2012
Stonehill has two of the country's best undergraduate teachers according to The Princeton Review. The Massachusetts-based education services company-widely-known for its test-prep courses, books, and student survey-based college rankings-profiles Professors Richard Capobianco (Philosophy) and Jared Green (English) in its new book, The Best 300 Professors (Random House/Princeton Review).
Published April 3, 2012, The Best 300 Professors is a project that The Princeton Review teamed up with RateMyProfessors.com - the highest-trafficked college professor ratings site in the U.S.-to develop.
The book's impressive roster of top teachers features professors in more than 60 fields ranging from Accounting to Neuroscience to Sport Management. They hail from 122 colleges and universities across the nation. A complete list of the professors in the book is accessible at www.princetonreview.com/best-professors.aspx.
The selection process took into account qualitative and quantitative data from survey findings and ratings collected by both The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com. (See "How the Professors Were Chosen" below.)
The professors featured in the book are a truly select group: from an initial list of 42,000 professors considered, the final group of "best" professors chosen constitutes less than .02% of the roughly 1.8 million post-secondary teachers instructing students at colleges and universities across the U.S.
The professors in the book are not ranked (nor are their colleges ranked in this book) but each professor profiled received high ratings from their most important audiences, beneficiaries and critics: the students they teach and inspire.
Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher, "We developed this book as a tribute to the extraordinary dedication of America's undergraduate college professors and the vitally important role they play in our culture, and our democracy. One cannot page through this book without having tremendous respect for the powerful ways they enrich their students' lives, their colleges, and ultimately our future as a society.
"Together with their students who rated them so highly, we salute the Stonehill professors and each of the other professors we profile for their outstanding teaching. We are truly pleased to recommend them-and the schools at which they teach-to college applicants and their parents who use our resources."
In its profile on Professor Capobianco, The Princeton Review editors cite his "lively" and "engaged" classroom. The write-up also includes comments from his students surveyed by The Princeton Review who described his classes as "the most thought-provoking...the ideas can be difficult but fascinating."
Capobianco has been teaching for 25 years and is the author of the acclaimed book Engaging Heidegger about renowned philosopher Martin Heidegger. He received the Hegarty Award for Teaching Excellence from Stonehill in 2000 and founded and directed the College's Honors Program from 1992-2002.
In its profile on Professor Green, The Princeton Review editors cite his "intent to encourage students to thirst for intellectual challenge and to love engaging with their world both critically and creatively." His students note him as "an incredibly eloquent speaker, with a great reading voice that really captivates. He knows how to get everyone in the class interested in the reading no matter what it is."
Green has been teaching at Stonehill since 2002. His research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century British and Continental literature and art, theories of urban modernity, anthropology and ethnology, commodity culture, and early cinema.
The Best 300 Professors also includes profiles of the colleges at which one or more of the book's top-notch professors teach. The school profiles give students considering attending these colleges information on admissions, tuition, SAT/ACT score ranges of admitted students, and other useful data.
In its profile on Stonehill, the editors note the College's "small classroom setting" and "personable and engaging professors" that provide a "supportive community environment right from the start."
The Best 300 Professors is one of nearly 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that also includes The Best 376 Colleges, the Princeton Review's flagship college guide. Stonehill is among the 15% of the nation's colleges and universities that are featured in The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition, published August 2011.
The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.
How The Professors Were Chosen
The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com annually collect data from students at thousands of colleges across the country (and abroad) about their classroom experiences and assessments of their professors. For this project, The Princeton Review culled an initial list using its surveys of hundreds of thousands of students that revealed the colleges at which students highly rated their professors' teaching ability and accessibility. Data from RateMyProfessors.com identified more than 42,000 professors at those schools that students had rated on its site. Combining this info, a base list of 1,000 professors was formed. After obtaining further input from school administrators and students, as well as from Princeton Review's surveys of the professors under consideration, the editors of The Princeton Review made the final choices of the professors they profile in the book. Complete lists of the book's professors organized three ways (alpha by state/city/college/professor/department, alpha by professor/college/department, and alpha by department/professor/college) are at www.princetonreview.com/best-professors.aspx.
About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, www.PrincetonReview.com, the company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education. The company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education, providing career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (www.pennfoster.edu).
RateMyProfessors.com is the highest-trafficked U.S. college professor ratings site (comScore), with more than 7,500 schools and over 13 million ratings, providing an automated system for quickly researching and rating more than 1.5 million professors from colleges and universities across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The site reaches more than 4 million college students each month.
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