Top of the Class: Some of NYC’s Leading Professors Share Their Secrets

What’s the key to being a good professor? Talk to any academic today, and they’ll say they encourage students to find their passion.

But a more nuanced answer is striking the right balance. As New York University prosthodontics chair Leila Jahangiri explains, “You can be nurturing and keep a high standard.”

When she was at Harvard, Ms. Jahangiri was inspired by professor Edwin Reilly III, who happens to be the Boston Bruins’ team dentist.
“He delivered the message in a firm way without ever getting mad or embarrassing us,” she recalls. “Sometimes I wished he would slap me instead of being so kind.”

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