| It is almost expected that faculty
who teach rigorous courses at a highly demanding pace and with
totally uncompromising grading standards would be rated
harshly by their students.
That's not the case at Rose-Hulman,
an institution in which The Huffington
Post ranks professors No. 9 in the nation for having
faculty members that were valued by their students as good
"What has impressed me the most over my four
years is the time and resources my professors provide to us,"
says senior civil engineering student Joe Wright.
"Their readiness to help and their open-door office
policies make it easy to ask for help whenever you need it. My
team just completed our senior design project and
|Mueller-Price answered questions throughout the project. She
turned the project reviews around overnight when we were up against
At most technical universities, faculty members are
rewarded for research, grant writing, and producing graduate
students. Teaching is often left to graduate assistants.
"I had some great teachers at larger universities,"
says Mechanical Engineering Professor Don Richards, Ph.D. "You will
find good teachers there. But here, nearly everyone is in that
category, or trying to be."
Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering Professor
Kay C Dee, Ph.D., who also came from teaching at a large
university, remarks, "I loved research and loved teaching
subject, but I came to realize that the more skilled I
became at these activities, the further I would
be removed from them. Ironically, as you move up in your
field, you train graduate assistants to do the research and
teaching, and you stop doing the things you love. You
become a manager whose job is to pursue funding."
Dee's husband and colleague, Glen Livesay,
Ph.D., adds, "there are structural penalties to paying
attention to students at research universities. I enjoy doing
research with my students here at Rose-Hulman. Without
graduate assistants, we can eliminate the middle man.
Professors can pursue their research passions while
working directly with the students they are teaching."