In college, your professors can make the difference between an enjoyable semester or four months of struggling. Nobody wants a professor who is so easy that you don’t learn anything, but at the same time, excessively difficult instructors make each class a challenge and put a dent in your GPA. Read on for a list of the ten best professors at the University of Miami to ensure the best learning experience possible.
1. Juan Gonzalez
NUR 307-Learn More
NUR 453-Learn More
NUR 613-Learn More
“Ahh-mazing lectures. He is truly the best professor at the U. Learned a lot from him and hope I can take every class with him. Very easy on the eyes too!”
“The guy is a walking encyclopedia. Truly the best professor I have ever had. Thank you!”
“Great professor and provides great support to students. Very tough class, be ready to read the book and study your butt off! Thank you for everything Dr. Gonzalez.”
2. Andrew Porter
Department: Public Health
BPH 310-Learn More
BPH 321-Learn More
BPH 419-Learn More
“Dr. Porter is easily the best professor at UM. I am a senior and wish I would have found him earlier. This is the only class I have ever looked forward to going to every day and was upset on the few days I had to miss for travel. If you come to class, participate, and turn in the assignments you are guaranteed to have a great semester. A++++ class!”
“I just came here to say that Dr Porter is everything you want in a teacher. He is funny, knowledgeable, caring, and keeps his classes interesting. He definitely wins the award for best dressed too.”
3. Rebecca Hu
ENG 105-Learn More
ENG 150-Learn More
“She’s the best. literally. I sat through her class on my computer, had a biweekly paragraph to write, and one 10 page paper at the end of the semester. she cares so much about her students and class, and is the sweetest person ever. super easy. put in the right amount of effort for the minimal work there is, do it for her sweet, adorable soul.”
“BEST PROFESSOR EVER. Her grading is fair and she made me a better writer. If you show up to class you’ll probably get an A.”
“Rebecca is the nicest and most helpful English teacher I’ve ever had. She’s really approachable and helpful outside of class and he really teaches you how to write. I’d take him again if I could. Definitely recommend.”
4. Gina Maranto
Department: Ecosystem Science
ECS 113-Learn More
WGS 350-Learn More
“SUCH an incredible prof. ive had her for two semesters and each class has been so incredible ive actually looked forward to going. She will do anything for her students. Sweetest woman and loves discussion, never a dull moment in her classes. I wish all my profs were like gina.”
“I loved Gina and I’m excited to take more classes with her. She’s really educated in her field and taking this class opened me up to many things I hadn’t previously known. Participation is in the form of how many assignments you turn in – those are IMPORTANT! Do those, go to class and make sure she knows who you are and you’ll do great.”
“She’s the most amazing human being on the planet. Would do anything to help any student. Easy class. She’s perfect.”
5. Karen Turner
BSL 212-Learn More
BSL 304-Learn More
BSL 412-Learn More
“Professor Turner is amazing. She clearly outlines what you need to know and quizzes are straightforward. She is easily accessible outside class. If you don’t show up, you definitely won’t pass. She takes the time to clearly explain everything you need to know. There’s also minimal textbook work.”
“TAKE HER! She’s incredible! Lecture heavy but very fun and makes them interesting, cares about you as a student, really considerate personally and as a teacher. The class is tricky and she’ll make it rigorous but it’s so worth it. She’s a true gem I have zero regrets with taking her class. Make use of office hours and email bc she’s there to help!”
“Best professor I have ever had. She really helps you understand the material and makes class very interesting”
6. Mario Perez
ACC 211-Learn More
ACC 212-Learn More
ACC 312-Learn More
“Perez is an awesome professor he makes the class clear and explains what he is doing very well. In addition, if you don’t feel like showing up he is available often for office hours. Before each test he tells you what problems to study. I would recommend taking any accounting classes this guy teaches you will get an A.”
“Awesome professor. He is always ready to help. He has a bunch of office hours and is excited to answer questions. Apart from that he is super nice and really wants you to understand accounting. He never uses power points which makes the class not be boring or monotone and actually quite entertaining. Its not an easy A unless you work for it.”
“Professor Perez is by far one of the best professors at UM. He’s very organized and gives handouts so its important to go to class to get them! He makes the materials incredibly clear and easy to understand. He’s always willing to help and very understanding if theres a problem. Exams are hard but if you go to class and study you should be fine!”
7. Patricia Rua
MTH 103-Learn More
MTH 107-Learn More
MTH 108-Learn More
“TAKE RUA IF YOU CAN!!!! I had a horrible experience with Calculus in high school but Rua completely changed my attitude towards it with this class. She explains everything perfectly and I was able to understand the material without depending on memorization. My favorite professor ever!!”
“Ms. Rua is by far the best professor not only in math but any subject matter, ever! She is a true definition of a caring professor. She takes time out of her own schedule to tutor you. She teaches in a form that will grasp your attention and keep you focused. Highly recommend her especially if you have math difficulties.”
“Amazing teacher, describes everything and makes sure everybody is on track. Expect to go to class and have homework, do those two and you will get a good grade, and also learn math!”
8. Susan Leary
ENG 105-Learn More
“She is just amazing! If you do your best you can really learn how to write very good papers using her theory of thought. She makes the lectures funny and interesting by using people’s papers to teach. She truly cares about the students and is actively engaged in their learning process.”
“Absolutely loved this class. She is by far the best professor I have ever. She makes the class so interesting and it is a very free-flowing class. Graded is solely based on 3 papers and participating in class discussion. If you need ENG 105 or any english class that she teaches take her.”
“Oh man, Susan is a true gem in academia. I have never met someone so genuine, caring and compassionate as her. Her love for what she does truly radiates and reaches every student that she teaches. She truly has made an impact in my life and my love for literature. I strongly recommend her, you will embark on a journey of intellect and creativity.”
9. Marina Portnoy
MGT 304-Learn More
MGT 401-Learn More
“Professor Portnoy is a wonderful and caring individual. She provides quality feedback and seeks to empower the students to understand and analyze the facets of Strategic Management. Most importantly, you can tell that she truly goes out of her way to help and provide guidance. It was an absolute pleasure taking her class.”
“Absolutely wonderful professor. Professor Portnoy has relevant experience in her field, inspires others to achieve, gives quality feedback, and cares deeply about her students and the work that she does. Was a pleasure to take this course, and I would recommend any class with her as the professor. 11/10”
“Professor Portnoy is excellent. She cares about her students success and gives plenty of time to work on projects. You speak in front of the class often and do in-depth research for projects. From this, I learned valuable business information and developed my professional skills including critical thinking, research, writing and public speaking.”
10. Wes Smith
KIN 202-Learn More
KIN 221-Learn More
KIN 233-Learn More
“The absolute best. He really knows his stuff. All you have to do is show up and listen and you will learn everything you need to know for the course. Everything he teaches has practical applications for your own lifestyle.”
“You can tell how truly passionate he is about what he does. Amazing, interesting lectures. Quizzes were so easy and half of them were take home. Tests you had to really study for, but there were only 2 and he did online video review sessions the day before which was extremely helpful. As long as you put in some effort you’ll have no problem.”
“This guy is an unbelievable professor. If you can take a class with him, do it. He’s the absolute best.”
Notable Research Projects per Faculty at the University of Miami
1. Research Project by Ralph Sacco M.D.
Dr. Sacco works is the chair of the Neurology Department at the University of Miami. He conducts research on the causes and treatment of strokes. His primary focus is on minority and ethnic groups. Dr. Sacco aims to create better prevention and treatment plans for stroke victims.
2. Research Project by Glen Barber Ph.D.
Faculty: Cell Biology
Dr. Barber’s research aims to understand mechanisms of innate immunity to virus infection and malignant disease. A major focus in his laboratory is interferons, which are produced in response to infections. Dr. Barber is credited with discovering important mechanisms that explain interferon production and aspires to continue uncovering information to help create more effective treatments for infections.
3. Research Project by Denise Vidot Ph.D.
Dr. Vidot is currently conducting a study investigating the cardiovascular and metabolic effects of cannabis use. She also specifically analyzes effects of cannabis on HIV patients. She hopes to improve health outcomes for substance abusers, particularly from minority backgrounds.
4. James Englehardt Ph.D.
Faculty: Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Englehardt directs the Water Quality Engineering Laboratory at the University of Miami. Developments and discoveries from his work include energy efficient water treatment systems and technologies to make drinking water safer. His goal is to develop an eco-friendly, affordable water system in order to make clean water available worldwide.
5. Blaine Fowers Ph.D.
Faculty: Educational and Psychological Studies
Dr. Fowers is a licensed psychologist and Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Division 24. He is primarily interested in the ethical dimension of psychology and focuses on the interplay of virtues, cultural ideals, and human flourishing in psychological practices and ordinary life. Dr. Fowers aims to help students better understand their own potential and desires.
In the end, it is never possible to love every one of your professors. Nonetheless, certain professors have a reputation for making class more difficult or boring than is necessary. When building your schedule, consider opting for sections taught by some of the ten professors listed above to optimize your success and enjoyment this semester.