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Being 'hot' has a downside in academe

August 16, 2010

Professors who are considered too good-looking can be cast by their peers as lightweights, known less for their productivity than for their good-looks.

Research shows that students give better teaching evaluations to professors they think are attractive, but good looks can also be a burden in the classroom.

Students have been falling in love with their professors for decades. Now sites like RateMyProfessors allow students to post their feelings, sometime in blunt terms.

Lemondrop, an online site for women put together its list of the best-looking male professors last year based on nominations from female students.

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