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Top 10 teachers at ETSU named

By Jay Cook
On February 27, 2013

  • Thank you for writing this article, if everyone was as openminded as you, the world would be a much better place! Also not many writers have the balls to write about a subject that is so taboo. Jo #comment 2
  • Thank you for writing this article, if everyone was as openminded as you, the world would be a much better place! Also not many writers have the balls to write about a subject that is so taboo. Jo #comment 2
  • Thank you for writing this article, if everyone was as openminded as you, the world would be a much better place! Also not many writers have the balls to write about a subject that is so taboo. Jo #comment 2
  • Thank you for writing this article, if everyone was as openminded as you, the world would be a much better place! Also not many writers have the balls to write about a subject that is so taboo. Jo #comment 2

For the past two weeks I have been on a mission. I searched high and low, asked as many students as possible, and compiled a list of our favorite ETSU professors. The first criterion of my search was figuring out just what we as students think it takes to be a good professor.
The answer to this inquiry actually surprised me a little bit. Students seem to unanimously enjoy teachers who are very knowledgeable and helpful - no surprise here. The surprising characteristics come in the form of technology usage, preparation, and opinions of other students through websites like www.ratemyprofessor.com.
While I was under the impression that most students would enjoy the teachers who utilized D2L the most, this turned out to be the opposite. I also had the idea that students would favor those teachers who used PowerPoint and other teaching resources; when on the contrary, students preferred the teacher who encouraged active learning through critical analysis, guided discussion, and provided real-life examples of subject application.
Most of my fellow students seem to utilize RateMyProfessor.com, but few actually use the resource as a clear-cut guide to class section choice.
As a matter of fact, a lot of the students on campus seem to enjoy the challenge posed by the professors that others claim impossible on the website. Following is a list of your favorite teachers in no particular order and the class that each student had the teacher for:
1.) Robin Leonard - Intro to Psychology - for her personality and the way she utilizes her personality to enforce her teaching methods.
2.) Mark Giroux - Technical Physics and Atomic and Nuclear Physics - for his clear explanation and knowledge of a complex field of study.
3.) Steve Cockerham - Intro to Human Services and Counseling Theory-for his laid-back attitude and the real-life examples he gives throughout his lectures.
4.) John Hounshell - Desktop Publishing - for his patience with students and his desire for his students to learn the material at his/her pace.
5.) Lee Bidgood - Ethnomusicology and Appalachia - for his extensive knowledge in the field of musicology and his research done abroad.
6.) Bert Lampson - Microbiology - for his elaborate teaching method of building knowledge piece by piece.
7.) Prasun Bhattacharjee - Micro Economics - for his use of technology, intellect, and knowledge of Economics.  Dr. Bhattacharjee is an award winning professor.
8.) David Harker - Science and Modern World-for his symbolic logic utilization and his active discussions throughout his lectures.
9.) Susan Hossler - Probability and Statistics - for her preparedness, extensive amount of supplement material, and willingness to provide assistance to students in need.
10.) Mary "Betsie" Cole - Marriage and Family - for her sense of humor, relatable career stories, and classroom management abilities.  
 


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