Clemson University educators included in ‘The Best 300 Professors’
CLEMSON — Five Clemson University educators are profiled in the new book “The Best 300 Professors” by The Princeton Review.
The Princeton Review partnered with RateMyProfessors.com to develop the roster of top educators in more than 60 fields from 122 colleges and universities across the nation.
The Clemson educators included are:
- Paul Christopher Anderson, associate professor of history;
- Robert Kosinski, professor of biological sciences;
- Robin Kowalski, professor of psychology;
- Karen Pressprich, lecturer in chemistry; and
- Stephen Schvaneveldt, professor of chemistry.
Educators were selected based on qualitative and quantitative data from survey findings and ratings collected by the two partner organizations. Students at thousands of colleges across the country and abroad shared their classroom experiences and assessments of their professors.
The featured professors are a select group, according to The Princeton Review. From an initial list of 42,000 professors considered, the final group of “best” professors chosen constitutes less than 0.02 percent 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, but each profiled professor received high ratings from their most important audiences, beneficiaries and critics: the students they teach and inspire.
“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,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher. “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.”
How the professors were chosen
The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com annually collect data from students at thousands of colleges 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 The 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.