When it comes to navigating college life — which can be as simple as figuring out how to wake up in time for class — sometimes there’s no better compass than a really good teacher.
Enter Deborah Stearns, a psychology professor at Montgomery College and the 2010 Maryland Professor of the Year. Stearns earned the accolade for her human sexuality course, in which her frank and high-expectations approach caught the attention of the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program. Stearns’s past teaching record includes prestigious schools such as the University of Chicago and Georgetown University, but she said her non-traditional, community college students, who can vary in age from 20 to 62, provide a different perspective.
“They’re working two jobs, and they have family responsibilities, and they have so much going on,” Stearns said, “but I still want to give them the best education they can get.”
Have you ever had a professor who was the highlight of your daily class schedule? Are there professors out there who use social media or blogging, like Stearns does, as another point of access for students?
And how about the opposite — who would you give a failing grade on Rate My Professors?Tweet
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#standoutprofs Yes, the late Vernon Merrifield, design prof, taught me to have a thick skin for criticism & understand visual communication