Finding that perfect professor has never been easier with student-aimed Web sites
'Pick-A-Prof' allows students to grade professors
College students no longer need to walk into class without the opportunity of knowing a professor’s grade history and reading other students’ critiques.
Katie Parker, The Oklahoma Daily
OU students can research nearly any professor’s teaching history with Pick-A-Prof.com as their guide.
“Every time I make a decision on a class, the first thing I check is ‘Pick-A-Prof,’” said Brian Koss, a history senior. “If a teacher does not have what I think is a fair grade distribution, I don’t even think about enrolling in a class with them as an instructor.”
Pick-A-Prof.com has served more than 350 universities since the web site’s conception in 2000.
The Oklahoma Daily chose to feature the following professors because their general education courses received the highest rankings, lowest drop out rates and the fairest grade distribution on the professor evaluation web site.
Professor of sociology
Doctorate from University of Maryland in Sociology
Focus: Comparative and Historical Development, Environment and Human Ecology, Sociology of Health, Social Theory, Statistics and Methods, Social Institutions, Communication and Rhetoric, and Cultural and Social Change
Teaching style: Open door policy
Quote: “It is said that Aristotle took his students out for walks while he taught them. I like to do that too and will take some of my smaller classes out for walks on campus on nice days. So if you see a group of students wondering around campus, it might be one of my classes.”
Graduate Teaching Assistant
English Graduate Student
Focus: Creative Writing
Teaching style: Comfortable
Quote: “I want to make sure students have the freedom to write in different styles with their own voice, giving room for more creativity.”
Doctorate from OU in History
Focus: Native American, Medieval and U.S. History
Teaching style: Laid back
Quote: “I think students should know and study history to know more about our present. History isn’t just about the past, but we are living history. If we learn our history, we learn about our present and our future.”
Doctorate from OU in Sociology
Focus: Introduction to Sociology and Sociology of Deviance
Teaching style: Relate the subject back to the students.
Quote: “I did the first couple of years to see what they were saying, but you never know if it were the students that never went to class or got bad grades that were writing the reviews, but I was excited to hear that students enjoy my class.”