MEDIA ALERT: Voting Begins in Questia’s Most Valuable Professor Competition

National Scholarship Contest Honors Stellar Academic Professionals


Voting for Questia’s first ever Most Valuable Professor Competition opened today (Monday, April 23rd), allowing college students to recognize the professors who have had the biggest impact on their education. Which of the following top ten finalists do you think should receive Questia’s National Title of Most Valuable Professor? To vote, please visit Questia’s Facebook page. Voting will end on April 29.

  1. Dr. Jamie Ward, Communications at University of Michigan-Dearborn
  2. Dr. Ralene Mitschler, Biology at McDaniel College, Maryland
  3. Julia Corine-Barnes, Spanish at Berry College, Georgia
  4. Dr. Patrick McCauley, Religious Studies at Chestnut Hill College, Pennsylvania
  5. Kenneth Cherry, Marketing at Central Michigan University
  6. Jeannie Harmon, Child Development at Santa Rosa Junior College, California
  7. Dr. Michael Anders, Music at University of Findlay, Ohio
  8. Daniel L. Lemisch, Criminal Justice at Henry Ford Community College, Michigan
  9. Dave Miller at Queens College, Mathematics at City University of New York
  10. Mike Eddy, Film at Century College, Minnesota

In addition to receiving the MVP title for Most Valuable Professor, Questia (, the premier online library and research tool for students, will create three $2,500 scholarships in the winning professor’s name. The reigning MVP will also become part of the integral team that selects the scholarship recipients. Scholarship criteria will be determined at a later date with input from the MVP.

Throughout the nomination process, we surveyed nearly 1,000 students and instructors on everything from study and research habits to relationship building with faculty. When students were asked who they turn to first for trustworthy academic advice, more than half said it was a professor. When asked who their college mentor is, the majority also said it was a professor. It appears that professors are a go-to source for more than just homework questions—they are advisors, mentors and MVPs! Take a look at our Study Habits Infographic to view the rest of the survey results.

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