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Former Times editor named one of U.S.'s top college professors



University of Florida journalism professor Mike Foley, who spent 30 years with the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, was just named one of the country's "Best 300 Professors" by Princeton Review.

The list, now available in paperback, is composed of data from the Review's website and, a student-generated site that ranks professors on everything from quality of teaching, helpfulness and even "hotness."

Foley was one of three professors from UF to make the cut. Professors from Florida State University, Miami Dade College and St. Petersburg College were included, too.

"I'm flattered," Foley said in an e-mail. "And I'm especially gratified by the reaction from students -- past and present."

Full disclosure: that includes this reporter.

Foley teaches a reporting class that has the reputation for being one of the toughest in the UF journalism program. After getting their first assignments back, it's not unusual for students to openly cry -- having committed one or two dreaded "fact errors." Any factual inaccuracy in a story warrants a swift 50 points off.

The other professors named are Sergei Shabanov, who teaches math and physics at UF; UF history professor Steve Noll; FSU biology professor Trisha Spears; St. Petersburg College communications professor Tony Smith; and Miami Dade College engineering professor Monica Zima.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 1:29pm]


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