The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 11th, 2014
The Internet can be a nasty place, as academics know well from Rate My Professors.
It is on that website that faculty members might learn, for example,
that their students think they are “useless” or a “general moron,” and
say anyone “would enjoy eating the rectum of a brown, exotic Australian
toad” more than taking their course.
Yes, those are real reviews.
Many professors assail the website and anything that might give it
credence. But at least some faculty members have recently concluded that
the best way to challenge the site and its unsubstantiated ratings is
to mock it without mercy.
Lehigh University became the latest institution to use the website as
fodder for comedy. Taking a cue from a popular late-night comedy trope
in which celebrities read cruel tweets about them, Lehigh filmed faculty
members reading negative comments about themselves from Rate My
Professors, and posted the videos online.