MtvU site lists highest-rated, hottest teachers

By Jennifer Medders

MtvU’s launched its first annual ranking of the highest rated college professors and faculty online on Oct 10.

The Top-50 lists include the Highest Rated Professors, Hottest College Professors and Schools with Top Rated Faculties. Votes were gathered on the site from more than 7.5 million student-generated ratings of more than one million U.S. college professors.

The University of South Florida ranked No. 29 on the Schools with Top Rated Faculties list. Kathy Carvalho-Knighton, a chemistry professor at the St. Petersburg campus, and Karla Davis-Salazar, an anthropology professor at the Tampa campus, both made the list of “Hottest College Professors.”

“I would prefer that students were listening to what I was saying rather than paying attention to my appearance,” Salazar said. “I would hope students’ class choices wouldn’t be based on the ratings – that’s scary.”

Dr. Rick Wilber, a mass communications professor at USF, believes is “wrong-headed” in some aspects because it asks students to rate on criteria like “hotness.”

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The “Standout Professors” list features 10 professors, in no particular order, who regularly “go the extra mile” and receive “stellar reviews” on their pages.

The Web site also introduced an application that allows students to access teachers’ ratings via Facebook. began in 1999 and is the highest trafficked college professor rating Web site in the United States, covering nearly 6,000 schools. More than 150,000 college students access the Web site per day.

“I don’t know how I got by without (the Web site),” said Thomas Cardillo, a USF senior majoring in gerontology. “I passed the site on to my sister and cousin who also attend USF and they use it every time they pick their class schedules.”