FLUSHING, NY, April 10, 2012 – Susan D. Croll, a Queens College Psychology professor, has been named among the top college and university professors in the nation in The Princeton Review’s recently released debut book, The Best 300 Professors. The group constitutes less than .02% of the roughly 1.8 million post-secondary teachers instructing students at colleges and universities across the U.S. Croll taught at Queens College for three years as a graduate student before joining the full-time faculty in 2001.
“Susan well deserves this national distinction,” says Larry Liebovitch, Dean of QC’s Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. “Her dedication and ability to connect with students are among the many qualities that have made her an extraordinary educator.”
Croll is currently on academic leave, developing education programs at a biotech company in Tarrytown, N.Y. – work that will enhance her background and experience in the industry, which will serve her psychopharmacology students well. “I’m looking forward to teaching again,” says Croll. “I just love Queens College!”
The Best 300 Professors was developed in collaboration with RateMyProfessors.com, the highest-trafficked college professor ratings site in the United States. It uses qualitative and quantitative data collected from students at thousands of colleges and universities across the nation. The book’s impressive roster of top teachers features professors in more than 60 fields, ranging from Accounting to Neuroscience to Sports Management. They hail from 122 colleges and universities across the nation. A complete list of the professors is accessible at www.princetonreview.com/best-professors.aspx.
In her profile, Croll noted that intellectual arousal is the name of the game, and students are more than happy to rise to the challenge of reasoning on their own. Croll chose to teach courses – Statistics, Neuroscience, Contemporary Issues in Science and Experimental Design – that facilitate broad thinking, while providing the tools for critically evaluating controversies and arriving at sound conclusions. “I learned that it is more powerful to give students the ability to synthesize ideas on their own than to passively feed them the ideas of others,” she said.
Croll’s write-up in the book also includes comments from some of her students who commend her method of teaching, which uses examples drawn from everyday life, humor, and controversy to maintain interest. “Scientists need to perfect the art of cloning,” says one. “This way they can clone Professor Croll so she can teach every class at every learning institution on earth.”
The Best 300 Professors also includes profiles of the colleges and universities where the professors teach. These profiles give prospective students invaluable information on admissions, tuition, SAT/ACT score ranges of admitted students, and other useful data. In the Queens College profile, Princeton Review editors note that “affordable tuition, ‘challenging academic curriculum’ and excellent scholarships – not to mention its location in New York City – make QC one of the most desirable schools in the CUNY system.” The profile also states that the college attracts “top-notch, dedicated, accomplished professors who are enthusiastic, approachable, and interesting to listen to,” forming the “backbone of the amazingly high levels of education [the school provides].”
“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,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President and Publisher. “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 her students who rated her so highly, we salute Professor Croll and each of the other professors we profile for their outstanding teaching.”
Croll earned her PhD in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She conducted her dissertation research in neuropsychology at Queens College, where she also earned her master’s degree. Other CUNY professors named to the list are Jennifer Basil (Biology) at Brooklyn College; Avi O. Liveson (Economics) at Hunter College; Dara N. Byrne (Communication) and Professor Kimora (Interdisciplinary Studies) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Queens College is consistently named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review, a Massachusetts-based education services company widely known for its test-prep courses, books, and student survey-based college rankings. Most recently, the college was featured in the 2012 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 376 Colleges and Best in the Northeast. Each year the company cites Queens College as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs.
Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), founded in 1937, is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Its more than 20,000 students come from over 170 nations and speak scores of languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. The college opened its first residence hall in August 2009. More info on Queens College at www.qc.cuny.edu.