Catherine Marrone, professor of sociology at Stony Brook University, has been named among the top 300 college and university professors in the nation by The Princeton Review in the newly released book, The Best 300 Professors. The book was developed in collaboration with RateMyProfessors.com, the highest-trafficked college professor ratings site in the United States, by using qualitative and quantitative data collected from students at thousands of colleges and universities across the nation.
“Professor Marrone is well-deserved of this recognition as one of the best 300 professors in the nation,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “Her dedication to our students and her drive to connect with them are just two of the many qualities that make her an outstanding educator and a true asset to this institution.”
Marrone teaches sociology to undergraduate students and serves as the director of undergraduate studies and as a faculty advisor in the multi-disciplinary studies major. Her goal is to broaden students’ perspective on understanding human behavior by using the social sciences while at the same time learning about and connecting to them as individuals.
“I really enjoy learning about my students and love to hear their ideas and thoughts,” said Marrone. “It is one of the best things about working on such a diverse campus.”
In her profile included in The Best 300 Professors, Marrone notes that she begins each semester by attempting to ease students’ hesitations about large classes. “I try to make a large class seem much smaller and more intimate,” she said. “I like my classes to feel interactive, and I truly want to hear what they have to say. My students say the most amazing things and I usually leave class thinking I learned something from them.”
Marrone received both her BA and PhD in sociology from Stony Brook University and completed a two-year post-doc at the Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health before joining the Stony Brook faculty in 1998.
“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. Zimpher. “Congratulations to Professor Marrone on this much-deserved national distinction.”