SBU Sociology Professor Named Top 300 Professor by Princeton Review
Professor Catherine Marrone’s success highlighted in the new book ‘The Best 300 Professors’
STONY BROOK, NY, April 3, 2012 – 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 Best 300 Professors 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.”
Professor 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 Professor Marrone. “It is one of the best things about working on such a diverse campus.”
In her profile included in The Best 300 Professors, Professor 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.”
Professor 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.”
The four other SUNY professors named to the list include UAlbany English Professor Jeffrey Berman; Binghamton University Journalism Professor Mary Stillwell Haupt; Binghamton University Health Professor Jennifer Wegmann; and, SUNY Geneseo Mathematics Professor Gary Towsley.
“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 Marrone and each of the other professors we profile for their outstanding teaching. We are truly pleased to recommend them—and the schools at which they teach—to college applicants and their parents who use our resources.”
The Best 300 Professors also includes profiles of the colleges and universities where the top 300 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 Stony Brook University profile, Princeton Review editors note that students who are “fortunate to attend are privy to a large campus that offers a lot of diversity and many opportunities.” The profile also states that Stony Brook attracts “Nobel Prize winners and Ivy League grads/profs while maintaining an affordable, state school price tag.”