Gettysburg College has one 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 Chris Fee, Professor of English, in its new book, The Best 300 Professors.
Published April 3, The Best 300 Professors is a project that The Princeton Review teamed up with RateMyProfessors.com to develop. The book's impressive roster of top teachers features professors in more than 60 fields and hailing from 122 colleges and universities across the nation.
The selection process took into account qualitative and quantitative data from survey findings and ratings collected by both The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com. 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.
“I'm flattered by the recognition, but must say that I know too many great teachers at Gettysburg to be fooled into thinking that I'm all that special: I learn new things about teaching and about content every time I have the opportunity to observe one of my colleagues in the classroom,” said Fee. “I hope we can use this opportunity to bring attention to the many, many great teachers on the campus of Gettysburg College, as well as the great teaching environment and the world-class support for great pedagogy that truly puts Gettysburg College in a league of its own.”
Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP/Publisher, said, "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 his students who rated him so highly, we salute Gettysburg College’s Prof. Chris Fee 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."
One of 22 English professors featured in the book, The Princeton Review editors cite Fee as "a staunch proponent of student-centered, active learning."
Fee received a M.A. in English at Loyola University in Chicago, a M.A. in Medieval Studies at University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in English Language from University of Glasgow, Scotland. He is a specialist in Old English language and literature, with additional research interests in the history of English, Middle English, and Medieval and Indo-European Mythology. Fee teaches a first-year seminar on the literature of homelessness that includes a substantial service-learning component in Washington, D.C. In addition, Fee is an active participant in programs offered by Gettysburg's Office of Experiential Education.
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. 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. Gettysburg College is among the 15% of the nation's colleges and universities featured in The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition.
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 in three different ways, are available here. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
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