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RateMyProfessor 2013 “Best Profs” List Filled With Non-Tenured Faculty

by P.D. Lesko

The second highest rated “professor” in the United States on the faculty rating website RateMyProfessor.com is Devon Hanahan. Hanahan, who teaches Spanish at the University of Charleston, is a non-tenured faculty member. She has taught at the college for 16 years. What is Hanahan’s secret to success in the classroom, or at least earning the highest marks possible from her students? This is from Hanahan’s teaching philosophy page on her College of Charleston faculty website:

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College of Charleston Spanish Instructor Devon Hanahan.

I believe that every student that comes into my classroom will learn something in it. It is my responsibility to find a way to reach each one of those students and to discover his or her interest and method of learning. To that end I try to incorporate many different approaches to teaching each day, and I praise and encourage my students when they succeed. I carry a clipboard all the time to keep track of the students with whom I have spoken each day, and I try (and usually succeed) to speak to every one of them every day. The students sense that I am excited about their learning, and that enthusiasm contributes to

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