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Dula listed on’s list

Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 23:09

Each year, the largest online destination for professor ratings, puts together a list of the top student-based.

On Aug. 29 released its annual lists and this year East Tennessee State University’s own Psychology Professor, Chris Dula placed 24th on this list.

“With over 14 million ratings of more than 1.7 million instructors at over 7,500 schools,” Dula said, “I’m led to believe this is quite an honor.” is built for college students, by college students. It is the highest-trafficked U.S. college professor rating site, reaching its highest-trafficked months in April 2012, with 7.5 million visitors, and May 2012, with 7.4 million visitors. is 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. has an average monthly reach of about 6 million college students.

“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 of strategic partnerships and development at mtvU, “We extend our sincere congratulations to all of the professors, universities and junior colleges on our top lists.”

Each individual professor rating is first standardized, and subsequently, the standardized scores from 2009-2011 are weighted in a way that puts more weight on recent years and less weight on ratings from the past.

Using the weighted score (15 percent for 2009, 25 percent for 2010, and 60 percent for 2011), professors are ranked from high to low.

Only professors with 30 or more ratings are included to provide statistical significance.

In an attempt to break ties, professors with more ratings are ranked higher — the rationale is that a larger amount of information typically results in a more accurate estimate. Nevertheless, ties (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 professors from smaller universities.

Many students, who posted on, praised Dula as a professor stating, “Awesome professor! Super helpful, and actually cares about whether or not his students understand the material. He makes the class super fun, energetic, and interesting. By far one of the best professors I’ve ever had.”

Another student stated “You will not regret taking this man’s class. I use things Dula has taught me on a day-to-day basis. This class made me a better student and a better person in general. I cannot reiterate enough how amazing this class was!”

Students spoke highly of Dula on the website and had nothing negative to say about him.

“There’s nothing more dear to me in my professional life than teaching, and this type of thing confirms for me that my career choice, both in terms of activities and location, couldn’t have been better,” Dula said. “I’m hopeful you’ll feel it’s worthy of coverage as I’m very proud to have achieved this distinction as a Buccaneer!”


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