GENESEO, N.Y. - Gary Towsley, distinguished teaching professor of mathematics at SUNY Geneseo, is among the country's top undergraduate professors named in The Princeton Review's new guidebook "The Best 300 Professors."
The educational services company teamed up with RateMyProfessors.com, the highest-trafficked college professor ratings site in the United States, to create the guide, which profiles outstanding professors at 122 colleges. Selection was based on qualitative and quantitative data collected by both organizations from undergraduate students at thousands of colleges across the country about their classroom experiences and assessments of their professors. Towsley is one of five SUNY professors in the guide and among 17 from the entire state.
"To be honest, I'm not surprised to hear about Gary's selection as one of the country's best," said SUNY Geneseo Provost Carol Long. "His reputation as a consummate scholar is well-known on our campus, and I frequently hear from students about the impact he has on their learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. He has my high esteem."
Towsley has taught at Geneseo for 38 years. He was named a distinguished teaching professor in 1998 and has published widely in his field. Among his favorite classes is Poetry and Cosmology in the Middle Ages, which he co-teaches with Geneseo Dante scholar Ron Herzman. Towsley received both his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Rochester.
In its profile of Towsley, The Princeton Review editors cited his "ability to account for the varying levels of skill and understanding in his classes by trying to challenge those who already understand the material, while simultaneously being patient and supportive with those who feel they are lost."
"The State University of New York takes great pride in its faculty, and we could not be more pleased that five of our best and brightest have been named to the Princeton Review's Top 300 list," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Ziimpher. "Congratulations to Professor Towsley on this much-deserved national distinction."
Neither the professors nor colleges are ranked in the book. The profiles are organized by academic fields with more than 60 fields represented from accounting to engineering to writing. Within each field, the profiles are presented alphabetically by name.
The guidebook also includes a profile of colleges where the professors teach, which includes admission information, tuition, SAT/ACT score ranges of admitted students and other useful data. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine. RateMyProfessors.com contains ratings from more than 7,500 schools and reaches an estimated four million college students each month.
"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 democracy," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher. "One cannot page through the book without having tremendous respect for the powerful ways they enrich their students' lives, their colleges and ultimately, our future as a society."
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