The popular website RateMyProfessor (RMP) has ranked Soha Abdeljaber, a university lecturer in the department of mathematical sciences at NJIT, number 45 of the 50 highest rated professors for 2007 in the nation. The website http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/top50Profs.jsp?from=25&to=50&tab=highest_top50 is the largest trafficked US college professor ratings site with almost 6,000 schools, one million professors and 7.5 million ratings.
Abdeljaber, of North Bergen, an alumna of NJIT, has taught pre-calculus and calculus in the department since 2000. Daljit Ahluwahlia, PhD, department chair, called her a dedicated instructor: “She is always concerned about her students’ performance. She inspires students which motivates them to perform well.”
From website comments, Abdeljaber seems adored. Students’ sample statements include: She’s blessed. THE BEST Math teacher I've ever had...very sweet, wonderful woman...very helpful. This past fall, the university honored her with an excellence in teaching award, an accolade reserved for outstanding professors.
“Being chosen a top 50 professor came as a great honor,” said Abdeljaber. “I felt as proud and happy when I read my students’ comments as I did when I received the NJIT award.” Abdeljaber attributed organizational skills to her success. She likes to present lessons in a clear and structured way, while asking questions and encouraging class participation. When working out problems on the board, she will ask students to do what’s next. “I involve them in every step of the equation,” she said. Following most lectures, she will give students in-class problems, working one-on-one, with each student. If students didn’t get it during lecture, they’ll get it while working out the problem.
She said qualities of a good math teacher include enthusiasm and energy, patience and caring and, above all, a passion for teaching. “Teaching math is very challenging because every student is working at a different level,” she added. “It’s essential for math instructors to give every student the help he or she needs.”
To produce this ranking, RMP used standardized, weighted scores from 2005, 2006 and 2007. The weighted score reflected a combined, long-term performance rating of just over two-and-one-half years with emphasis on the most recent ratings. For more about methodology, see http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/methodology.jsp