Beach Review

Faculty Earn National Teaching Honors

Thomas Gufrey

Thomas Gufrey.
Photo by Victoria Sanchez

Positive student responses have earned national teaching recognition for two CSULB lecturers.

Thomas Gufrey, who has taught Chemistry 100 at CSULB since 1977, is among America’s top undergraduate professors in the Princeton Review’s newest guidebook, The Best 300 Professors, published in partnership with RateMyProfessors.com.

His guidebook profile states, “In his legendary demonstrations, he uses humor, songs, and poems, and treats students with respect. And, he says, ‘Frankly, I make it very easy to do well if students show up and really try. It’s half chemistry, logic, and critical thinking but half of it is appreciating how important chemistry is.’”

Thomas Douglas

Thomas Douglas.
Photo by Victoria Sanchez

In August, RateMyProfessors.com listed anthropology lecturer Thomas Douglas No. 15 in the nation on its 2011-12 Highest Rated University Professors list.

Douglas earned his B.A. in liberal studies at CSULB in 1994, followed by an M.A. in social sciences and Ph.D. in anthropology, both from UC Irvine.

An expert in religious practices of Cambodian communities in Long Beach and Seattle, Douglas has taught at CSULB since 1999 and also teaches at UCI. At CSULB, he instructs a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes including Anthropology 120, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, where he requires students to interview an immigrant or a senior citizen and write a paper, exposing them to others’ experiences that they might not have previously considered.