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Femion » Profs, Profs, Profs: the Review

Profs, Profs, Profs: the Review

October 20th, 2006

After seven weeks of DISP, here’s what my friend Joi had to say about our profs:

It’s about time i give you all a little overview on my professors =D That is, the good, the bad, and the fugly.
The Good
Number one on the list would most definitely be my Psyche prof, Jennifer Stamp. She kicks ass. She’s hilarious, she teaches well, she’s nice, friendly…everything you could ever want in a prof! I mean, she made me love psyche in ONE lecture. That’s how good she is. And i could never hope to not pay attention in her class cuz she’s that good at teaching. I’m hopin i can get her to oversee my term project next semester.
At the mediocrely good but not particularly outstanding level would be my Chem prof, Patricia Laws. She’s quite a funny teacher who’s easy to talk to and very nice. While i don’t find her to be a spectacular teacher, she’s good at what she does, and is fairly good at explaining things. Though there’s always room to improve, she has all the basic parts one could ask for in a prof =)
And making an honourary mention here would be my Calc prof, Georg Hofmann. Aka Prof Sexy. AHAHHA. Being that we still haven’t departed from “review” area for me and some of my friends, we’ve spent most of our classes oogling him and speculating on his bilecture ring wearing. That is, he wears it every other lecture. He’s a bit clumsy sometimes, but generally very lovable with a sexy German accent and he’s absolutely adorable to boot =P What more could one ask for in a Calc prof? Capability and Eyecandy, all in one!
Finally we arrive at my earth science prof Milton Graves. He’s a hilarious guy who’s charismatic and funny. Just those two characteristics alone make him about 80% better then half the teachers i had in high school. He most reminds me of my old history teacher Stroud, except perhaps on sugar or something. I used to ADORE stroud, and now i adore Prof Milton =D Despite the fact that i have no interest in rocks, he makes lectures much more interesting than i thought possible, and he himself is a very helpful, cheerful, and open guy. Couldn’t ask for much better ;) The Bad
Making a #1 on this list would be my Stats prof. I’ve never thought there existed a truly boring person until i met him. He believes statistics to be exciting. Personally, i don’t understand how his wife could put up with someone like that. My high school teacher, Young, had actually made statistics remotely interesting (ie. not completely brainnumbingly boring), but this guy, and i don’t even bother to remember his name, forces our class to degrade into a bunch of skippers, sleepers, and videogame players. ULGH.
Scoring a second would be my Philosophy prof. I’ll be the first to admit that after Chilelli, Prof Leticia Meynell doesn’t seem halfway as bad, but i’m slightly concerned at her…teaching methods. At two different lectures, i see her waving her arms around with prominent sweat stains in her armpit. ew. Not just that, but she constantly talks like she’s about to have a heartattack. Quite the scary. Really, the only other complaint i have about her is her inability to make Philosophy remotely interesting, but that’s not entirely her fault. I just hate it.
The Fugly
So my bio prof, Cindy Stacier, drives me bongos. Again, she’s not a particularly “bad” teacher, but she has a million bad habits that DRIVE ME INSANE more then bad teaching ever could. First of all, she mispronounces nearly everything. FunJAIH. VEHHsicles. OMGGGG… T_T You’d think someone with a Masters or PhD or whatever in bio could at least pronounce the words properly! ARGHGHGHG. Next to that, she does the standard newbie teacher move. That is, she gives us a WHOLE sheet full of blanks to fill in as the lecture goes on. This is actually generally a good idea, if she didn’t actually go so effin fast that no one can keep up!. That means that no one ever has a complete set of notes and you can actually hear steam coming out of some people’s ears halfway through the lecture.
Verdict
Psyche / Stamp - You rock. I love you.
Chem / Laws - A more palpable sense of humour does wonders
Calc / Hofmann - You are teh sexy. *giggles* I wanna huggle you!
EarthSci / Graves - Less fieldtrips, less pointless assignments
Stats / that prof - Drop the course. now.
Phil / Meynell - Deodorant and maybe some exercise?
Bio / Stacier - Another 4 years as a Student-Teacher to someone cool =D

In general, I agree with her assessment, although I would be more forgiving of the aesthetic complaints. She’s not the first to complain about Meynell’s sweatspots, but that doesn’t really bug me, I find the topic more interesting than her armpits (and that’s saying a lot, considering the philosophy course is called Ethics in Science). Hilburn (that’s our stats prof) really is that boring, but I suppose that’s what happens when you devote your life to statistics. Graves is still great, although I agree with the pointless assignments.
Joi doesn’t take physics, so I have to add a description of Ruddick. He’s a nice guy who belongs at the beach. Seriously. He’s a oceanologist, not a physicist, and it shows. He wears bermuda shorts and sandals, and takes a long time to think through physics questions, but he’s usually just as late for class as I am in the morning, and he’s very approachable.
So Dad, now you know what your students judge you on. Be cheerful, and don’t raise your arms to high if you have sweatspots.

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