When students of John Halpin, a chemistry professor at New York University, went online to express what they thought of him through the increasingly popular website Ratemyprofessors.com, he did not take it lying down.
Instead, Professor Halpin accepted an offer to make a video for the site responding to criticism of everything from his sense of humour to his tone of voice. He also addressed the “celebrity status” he has apparently achieved among students, and even dealt with an offer of marriage.
“You get these comments on Ratemyprofessors and you read them and you think, that’s fine, that’s your opinion, but there are reasons I do the things I do, and people who read these comments won’t necessarily understand those things,” he explained.
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