Jadwiga Sipowska...couldn't understand a word she said...
i refuse to even consider this a possibility
Jadwiga Sipowska...couldn't understand a word she said...
C'mon now...you get used to the accent after awhile. If you've ever talked to her, she's a really sweet lady and I can't really think of anyone nicer I've had. I feel bad because she teaches a subject that few people like. Feels awful when everyone walks out on her seven minutes before class ends when she tries so hard to keep them there and goes out of her comfort zone by trying to make jokes.
And I thought she was great. Her accent did take some getting used to. There were definitely worse profs, especially in the Chem department. Adon Gordus would be one of them.
I had Gordus for A-chem. We used to call him droopy dog. Just looking at him made you sad.
didn't see this thread coming.
If you mean for Economics 401, that man was a stud for that class. One of perhaps 3 legit classes in the major. I learned a hell of a lot.
If you think he perhaps wasn't the nicest guy in the world, as I understand it he lost his wife while she was tragically young and he's raising a severely mentally handicapped child, so his world view might be a bit affected.
I worked at Foster Library for three years. My boss always told me that he was never the same after his wife passed away. He was definitely kinda weird but I was always nice to him after I heard that. Don't judge books and stuff.
Easily the worst lecturer that I encountered during my entire education. I felt like I was teaching myself economics, and thank goodness for study groups. I actually think the material in that class was not terrible, but that guy ruined economics for me.
Yes I think I started in his class and then ended up taking 401 with Paula Malone. She was incredible. I had fun taking her exams. They were like mini puzzles.
The 1st week of school I used to sit in on almost all of the Econ classes and survey the professors and figure out what classes would have more math and less reading.
1. Thomas Toon with History of the English Language. I don't know what I learned in that class. He just rambled.
2. Troutman for Indian History was very informative, but I challenge anyone to have a boring-off with him. They will be destroyed-- even Tressel.
Without a doubt Fred Terry for EECS 215.
How can you hate on a guy who has so many good quotes?
These babies suck current like no tomorrow!
haha touche. I could also never get over the fact that George McFly was one of my professors.
I had Fred for 423 - Semiconductor Physics Lab aka Fab Lab. One of my favorite professors. Easy guy to talk to, always available if you had a question. Then again, it was a course with only ~20 people in it and one of the most expensive courses in the whole entirety on UM. The estimated cost per student at the time was like 80k for the semester!
I totally forgot about massaging circuits, it's been way too long since EECS 215.
I don't remember her name, but whoever teaches History of Photography is just brutal. I thought the class would be really interesting. It was absolutely soul-crushing in its boredom - and attendance was mandatory (and this on North Campus, to boot).
There is a guy teaching it now, on central campus. They say mandatory attendance, but they don't take attendance so it doesn't matter. Still soul-crushing however. Really a downer for a person looking for an interesting perspective in a humanities class. Memorized ~150 photographs (title of photograph, photographer(s) names, year taken) for both exams, and it was only 10% of your exam grade. Really not a good setup for an intro level class in this random internet guy's opinion.
I took it 3 years ago and attendance wasn't mandatory or on north campus. It was pretty easy and non offensive.
Acting teacher. Most of you will not know him. But if you take his class, he will touch your butt. No joke.
Trevor Mudge is the worst professor. He's old, cranky, and does not want to teach. I had him for EECS570.
Mudge isn't anywhere close to a good professor in a course setting, however he was one of the best professors there was one on one and in small groups.
Yale Patt was exactly the opposite from my experience. Literally the best teacher I've ever seen in a class room setting but not that great one on one and in small groups.
Was always interesting as during my period of UM, there was always seemed to be this covert battle of egos between them.
Yale Patt is at the University of Texas now, which is where I'm doing my PhD. I'm taking a class from him this semester. He's definitely a good lecturer, although he rambles a lot and digresses very often. Personally I consider this a plus rather than a minus, since I've already taken the equivalent of this course at Michigan. I think that the main issue with him is that he is pretty intimidating and not afraid to argue with you or call you out on your bullshit, but if you can get past that then he's pretty good in that area too.
Word. I have him now for EECS 270.
Melinda Gugelchuk. She sounded like the mom from Bobby's World but was pretty much the worst teacher ever.
Don'tcha know, class...!
She totally used to say that. She'd also begin most sentences with, "LikeIsaid".
I skipped so many classes because I couldn't take that voice at 9am.
Bob Barsky, Econ 402. We used an unfinished proof of a textbook and he often showed up late for class.
Miles Kimball for Econ 102. I was going to major in econ, then I took that class. the first time he'd ever taught a 100 level class, going from 400 level, and he apparently thought he was still teaching grad students and seniors. He was awful. Completely out of it, and didn't teach or look at exams. Nothing he lectured on was on the exam. A genius, but out of it. Wore the same thing every day, I'm pretty sure.
The now-retired Bill Zimmerman. No question about it.
Zimmerman was painful.
I thought Paul Huth, who taught PoliSci 472 / International Security Affairs after Raymond Tanter, was excruciatingly awful. Not that he didn't know his stuff, but he spoke slightly slower than tectonic plates move, and was more repetitive than a badly written sitcom.
She is one of the "most distinguished" researchers at the University, as she was part of the IPCC that won the Nobel Prize for Climate Change work. She baffled me with her lack of knowledge of the subject. She didn't know my name the day before the final in a class of 11. She constantly had grad students in her class correcting her lecture materials. It was just mindboggling how little she understood and how unprepared she was.
Tomaso de Fernex for Math 490 (Intro to Topology). Brilliant guy, but awful teacher.
Smart professor who knows his material but the projects were so poorly planned that I wouldn't start until two night before because the spec would always change
I liked him as a person, but he definitely didn't know how to teach that class.
First of all, great thread. Absolutely great. I hated, with a passion, Octavious Michoud of ECON 406. By far the worst teacher I've ever had....didn't quite get his sense of humor and his overall gayness was too much to be around.
He gets an F in my book.
No no, you're mistaken. Octavious Michoud is a three-star ATH from the Muck. Belle Glade or Pahokee, I always get them mixed up. Great motor, terrific upside. A little raw, and needs to work on his pad level. Just a raw athlete.
It's a shame this comment won't get enough views to be posbanged to infinity.
I forget his name now, but he taught an advanced statistics and probability course in the math department. Had an office in the Frieze building, and had one of the worst "whistling" problems I have ever heard. It took me 2 class periods he was even saying "derivate." He also got mad at you if you came to office hours.
Amy Gottfried. Enough Said.
i was in her class for honors chem 130...i think it was the first semester of class's existence, and amy's first semester on the job, and my first semester in college.
maybe it wasn't her fault the curriculum was stupid....but either way that was the worst class ever.
She was Turrible, but I felt bad for her. She was just trying too hard to be Nolta
Nah, she wasn't that bad. At least she tried hard. It's probably not her fault that you couldn't understand Orgo 2 (and a lot of people share your predicament).
Well we all have our own opinions.
And I didn't even have her for Orgo so I am kind of missing your point.
Most of my terrible professors were in Intro level courses
Diane Owen Hughes-History 110: Worst public speaker ever.
Chad Hogan-Econ 101: Spent at least 6 lectures introducing the production possibilities frontier.
Benjamin Howard- Math 215: Terrible, just terrible.
Always choose guns over butter. Once you have the guns, you can simply take everyone else's butter. Then you have guns AND butter.
Seconded. Awful, awful lecturer.
She was really good when I had her...
He was (is?) usually dull, which is damn near inexcusable when you consider that he had basically all pre-modern Chinese history to work with. The rest of the time he was just plain incomprehensible. On his required textbook list -- back when it was only available via Shaman Drum -- was his own textbook on Chinese history, which cost around $90. He never used it, not once.
I guess I was lucky when I took his class then. He had his text book on the required list but it wasn't printed until a couple weeks before the semester ended so no one bought it. I think some people actually liked his class, and he was clearly very knowledgeable on the subject but I was also really bored by him.
Absolutely. I think he's really highly regarded in the field but he's the absolute most boring professor I've ever had.
Steven Yalisove in the Materials Science department. That guy is kinda crazy.
James Grotberg is pretty terrible. I also didn't like Ken Balazovich.
My current Art & Design 151 teacher could not be more vague, incorrect, and overall aggravating. Pointless class with a first time "professor" who has been in the business world for more than 20 years.
ugh and I have lecture/discussion back to back tomorrow
This lady prof I had for Engin 100 my first semester (also had TWO assistants, one GSI(cool guy) and a associate prof(tool)). It was the horrible, Pizza cooked and delivered in a van class.
One of the first things she said to us on the first day was "I don't play favorites because I hated when professors did that to me; I'm fair; This class will be straightforward and we'll work with you."
She (and the associate prof) then proceeded to play favorites, be completely unfair and biased, and be so straightforward that when, after the semester, I asked the associate prof why I got a 2 sublevels lower FINAL grade than my teammate(who had almost exactly the same scores on everything) was told that A) I shouldn't know his grade. B) More complex things than just scores (!??!NOT ON THE SYLLABUS) went into the grade. C) "I don't have time for this I have to go."
I'm still bitter, and hope that bitch got fired.
Was the professor's name Mimi Adams? She was in my Eng 100 class and she was the worst teacher ive had anywhere.
No, but the GSI was John Norton. He was pretty sweet actually, but I had the associate professor for my section.
Edit: Ann Marie Sastry was the professor. Again, hypocrite that played favorites.
Sean Solata was a counselor that told me on three separate occasions to stop trying to transfer majors/pursue my goal. After I received my diploma in my desired major I ALMOST emailed her to tell her to fugg off. I thought better of it. She was easily my worst experience at U of M, worse than Math216.
I can't remember her name but I had a prof in the Nuclear Engineering dept pull the same crap. I was meeting with her to figure out what I wanted to do after undergrad. She told me to my face that my grades weren't good enough for grad school...especially at a place like Michigan. 5 years later when I was finishing my Ph.D. in EE - at Michigan - I almost had an extra copy of my dissertation printed to throw on her desk.
He made us buy three of his books (only books required for the class). He firmly believed that humans would one day realize their 'animal kinship' and begin treating their bodies better/living healthier. He boldly stated (in all three books and on numerous occasions during lectures) that we would not need any doctors in the future. I asked him what would happen if a person got hit by a falling tree and broke their leg. All he did was laugh and continue teaching. I spent the rest of the course citing examples where no amount of 'healthy living' would prevent the NEED for a doctor. He never retracted his statement. He just kept reiterating that the practice of medicine was an artifact of our 'unhealthy denial of animal kinship'.
Furthermore, the course had two bluebook exams. The first exam prompted us to compare and contrast two of his books. My friend and I both answered the prompt with fairly lengthy essays. We both received C's because all he wanted was two lists (literally bullet points and no complete snetences): one list of similarities and one list of differences. He decided our response was not "thorough enough". For the final, we grilled him extensively as to how he wanted the questions answered and he gave brutally incoherent and contradictory directions. BY FAR THE WORST TEACHER I HAD AT UM.
negged this post.
Seriously, this is a hilarious story. Too bad I missed this class!
John Phillips for Orgo and Nina Lin for ChE 330. Phillips would go to Nolta's lectures to try to mimic them, but failed miserably. Lin didn't know what she was teaching and couldn't explain the bits she did know.
1. Perry Sampson, Geology 215 (?) Extreme Weather. The class was easy as all hell, but the guy had a tendency to laugh at his own jokes, not explain the material, and remind us all he did weed with his mental capacity.
2. Tom Venable, Statistics 100. For someone who already hated Math, he made me hate it more for my QR requirement. The guy was a babbling idiot who would explain something on the overhead, and then promptly wipe it away after screwing up.
3. Mariela Devos/De La Torre, Spanish 231 and 232. I had an absolutely wonderful Spanish professor (Karen Primorac) for 101 and 102, but Ms. De La Torre up there honestly made me want to put a gun in my mouth. On top of that, I cursed UM a thousand times over for the four semester language proficiency crap. But anyway, she was the biggest bitch I've ever encountered. Pushy, impatient with students, embarrass you unnecessarily in class, would arrive late because she commuted, had material on the exams we never covered, and was, again, a huge bitch when you tried to get help in office hours. To my horror, I got her again in 232 when I thought I would avoid her with an afternoon class. After I somehow survived, I took a very joyful hour writing every hateful thing I could on those evaluations to get her fired. And I hope she was.
I would agree about Venable. He was dry as a bone. Although, for a polisci guy, any QR professors probably aren't going to get a positive review from me
She taught Orgo I for the only time when I first took it, and after a semester with her it's no surprise she only lasted that long. Absolutely terrible. She's like Bizarro-Nolta. This all happened 4 years ago but her name still burns as it escapes my throat. *shudder*
Thankfully I never had any of the professors that have been mentioned in this thread.
The worst professor I had was Richard Cureton. I had him for History of the English Language, and that guy could bore the pants off of...someone who's really boring.
He would squint and mumble for 90 minutes like he was stupefied by looking into the sun.
Alan Deardorff. I feel bad for writing his name especially since Kuhn was worse, but I took Deardorff's Econ 340 class my first semester at Michigan and he would just put me out to sleep. I remember sleeping before he even started lecturing because I knew I was going to sleep anyways. All his exams were basically memorization and all he did was read his slides during lectures. Being a freshman, I didn't realize I could skip his class until there were only 3 weeks left of the semester.
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~alandear/courses/340/comments.html for student comments on his classes. It's pretty cool that he's that transparent though.
I had him for Econ 102 at 8:30 on central when I lived on North. For obvious reasons, I went to lecture 4 times all semester.
He was pretty bad. All I remember from Econ 102 was him bringing up the fact every lecture that he still didn't own a cellphone.
Myron Campbell for Physics 126. He hated life and especially pre-med students. Well, maybe I can't blame him for that.
I'm going to go a little more obscure - John Fine in the history department. He wrote a book on Byzantine history - and then read from said book during his lectures.
That was literally what every class was like - him reading and the entire class of like 20 kids falling asleep.
My friend who is a professor of Byzantine history tells me that Fine's book is very good. So at least you were sleeping through something potentially educational...
I always had a serious dislike for any prof who scheduled a lecture or tutorial on a Friday morning. Damn those hurt.
Well, in their defense, SOMEONE has to take those slots.
Elijah Kannatey-Asibu is the worst prof I had. He would read straight from lecture slides prepared by another prof and if you had any questions he would repeat what the slide said verbatim. If your question was directed to something a few slides back, he would go back to the relevant slide and re-read it out loud. I am convinced he did not know the subject matter at all.
I think he prepares his own slides. He also tells one story about hamburgers and another story about how they nod differently in Ghana...in every class he teaches (I had him twice heard both stories twice, verbatim).
Not the worst Prof. I've had by far, but I can see how you'd might feel that way.
Dude, you are the Andre the Giant of negative points.
Let this be a lesson to all of you.
I resemble that remark.
--Not Bill Zimmerman
does anyone remember larry greene from the poli sci department?
he may not have been the "worst" professor but he was found last year to be the "worst lawyer in the state of michigan."
Ugh. Don't remind me. I still feel dirty knowing I got A's in his classes just becuase I'm a girl.
I had him for health and nutrition
the answer to every question was pizza and beer.
I had a professor in 19th century European social history (can you say Marxism, various political upheavals, post-Enlightenment fallout, etc. - plenty of fodder for interesting material) who spent almost all her time talking about her favorite hobby, which was 16th century French furniture. Worst of all, the class was from 1-2:30 twice a week - right after lunch - and there was a group of four or five in the class who somehow found her tangents to be fascinating.
Lots of nap time gained, probably extending my life a few weeks.
Hanes Walton Jr of Political Science.
He'd show up a good 20 minutes late (not counting Michigan time) and ramble on about the 1970s and 1980s for awhile. He loved telling Jimmy Carter stories. He'd end class at least 30 minutes early (it was an 80 minute class that basically turned into 30 minutes of rambling about Carter and other Souther politicians). He never wore a mic, but it didn't matter because nothing he talked about was on the midterm or final. For example he told a minium of one Jimmy Carter story a week. The name Jimmy Carter never appeared anywhere on the midterm or final. (I only went because I had a class before it and after it, so I had nothing better to do. I used to sit there and play Madden or Grand Theft Auto on my laptop.)
Our GSIs though for that class were amazing. They worked their tail off to cover all the material that Hanes Walton Jr didn't cover in lecture.
He also never responded to email and was never at his office hours.
Maria, a former GSI of mine gets honorable mention for actually getting into a verbal fight with a student in front of the class. She used to show up late because she had to drop her kid off at child care and then ripped on this kid for showing up 2 minutes late. A bunch of us seniors jumped in on his side. It was so bad she was pulled as out GSI and some pinch hitter sent in to finish off the term.
Ha, I loved Hanes. I couldn't be angry at him for being a little insane. The man knew his stuff, but he just knew that us U of M students, with our BMWs and iPods, didn't really care.
Did you drive your BMW over to Jackson?
Nah man, Jimmy Carter was on the phone and told me some shit about some peanuts.
Totally agree that his class was a waste of time. GSI's totally sucked ass.
Only produced one memorable thing - his 25min comparison of the 2000 Gore Presidential campaign to Raiders of the Lost Ark. The theme of the lecture was, "They're digging in the wrong place." I don't remember how that was relevant.
Was a horrendous teacher. But I feel like every once in a while, an entertaining professor who gives you some funny memories is an okay trade-off (especially since that was the semester I realized that poli sci books are seriously the most horrendously boring things ever written.) When I took his 300-level class, people realized that lecture had fuck-all to do with exams, so they took to reading the Daily, texting, etc. during class. This pissed Hanes off, so he told us the final would teach us a lesson. There were questions of fact so specific that you needed to memorize the reading to answer correctly. Good times.
but the man had his qualities. You had to simply marvel at the deftness with which Hanes utilized the blackboard to bring home his points (unfortunately, I can't reproduce those random, non-alphabet-based scrawls here.) The most memorably tangent he went on, in my class, was about how funeral homes are almost entirely unregulated. Here:
"They charge you five thousand dollars, say you're gonna get a watertight casket. You believe that? Watertight. What the hell you need a watertight casket for, unless your daddy's Dracula? If your daddy is Dracula, you probably don't want one anyway. Probably want to let him get out!"*
*That's paraphrased a bit, as the memory's faded a little over time, but I tried like hell to lock that little vignette in for posterity so it's pretty close. Anyone who's taken a class with the man knows I'm not exaggerating.
Alexander Ganago...I have hime for EECS 314. His lectures mostly consist of irrelevent electronic theory and examples that don't help with the hw, and is basically impossible to stay awake in. Then there is about 6 hours of hw a week that he feels is easy, plus a lab that has very little relation to the course material.
However, his accent is pretty funny and when he gets excited he sounds like Borat, so there's that I guess.
...Ganago for my EECS 211 lab instructor, but there's no way I could ever picture him as a lecturer. I definitely feel for you my friend.
However, I can't believe that no one has mentioned Kieras. I had him for EECS 280, and suffered through his terrible attitude, awful lectures, and intentionally inconvenient office hours (other side of North Campus, immediately following lecture lolz at underclassmen!) to complete that course.
Foreign GSI's. I had this guy named Istvan for calc...couldn't understand a damned word he said.
Best Prof: Avik Chacrabati. Back notes and group tests in Econ. Best class, hands down.
My two terrible professors were people that managed to take subjects I loved and absolutely destroy them.
1. Detlef Sprinz, PoliSci 160. Not really a bad guy, but his visiting professor German voice was the most soothing thing known to man. Bad news when all he talks about is game theory and models of world interaction. Half the class would be asleep within five minutes of 9:00 a.m.
2. Michelle McClellan, History 161. Michelle, on the other hand, is just a straight up bitch. The class is stupidly easy, but she seemed to only want to talk about Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ingalls Wilder the entire time. Instead of trying to teach an intro course on American history, she was pushing some agenda that I still haven't fully gotten. Not to mention that she would stop talking and stare at people if they fidgeted in class.
michelle mcclellan's academic research is focused on little house on the prairie -- that should be enough said.
Yep, and had I known that she was going to make that entire class about that book, I would've dropped it and waited for a better prof to come around.
Econ 320: Labor Economics. This guy is even worse than my previous nomination of Deardorff. Can't remember his name but he was Asian and I think he learned English like the day before class started.
He taught the class in Fall of '06. He taught us nothing about labor economics, instead he just kept trying to prove his own theories in class. He spent about 4 weeks of class time trying to explain why log functions smooth out a curve, which we already knew because we were all econ students. One month into the semester he dropped all the requirements in the syllabus and gave everyone B's. Before the final, he gave us a fixed curve and defined what an A would be, what a B would be, etc. But then proceeded to change his curve after the final and not answer any emails.
The fact that I forgot to mention this guy previously proves that he was so horrible that he became a repressed memory.
Michael Wellman. Artificial Intelligence. Nobody could understand his assignments. Not even the TAs. A classmate and I went to one of his office hours and asked him to clarify the assignment. He was no help whatsoever, insinuating that we were trying to get the answer out of him, and saying that he doesn't just hand out good grades. I pleaded with him, saying that I didn't care about the grade (which was true - I already had my job lined up), but that I just wanted to learn something. He wouldn't budge. I still can't forget that smug look on his face. My classmate had to calm me down afterward. (I later married her).
He also taught an Advanced AI course, which mainly consisted of getting all of the students working on his pet project (AuctionBot). In the end, it failed miserably. Everyone hated it.
"My classmate had to calm me down afterward. (I later married her)."
Did not see that one coming.
I had one at U Toledo (before i escaped). He was just as bad, but he also would hold back the best students, even it they weren't his, by giving them Incompletes so that he could get published papers from them. His favorite students never had to do it and usually got out in record time. He got tenure and we got squadouche.
Taught ChemE 460 (senior lab) in the 80's and 90's (I'm guessing he's long since retired now). The class was an epic waste of time and he pretty much was a dick. He gave out two grades. B and B+. That's it. Literally. The intention of the class was to try and give chemical engineers practical engineering experience with industrial experience but it was worthless.
Jussi Keppo in the IOE department. i had him for Financial engr I and II. he sucked, could keep a straight line of thinking even when reading his own overheads -- poorly, and his finnish accent was god awful. he was nice guy out of class as long as he wasn't trying to teach.
She is in the musicology department at Michigan and routinely would ask the entire class to stay 30 minutes past the end of class time because she hadn't covered everything she wanted to. She was so slow and boring. Definitely more of a researcher than a lecturer
Aerospace prof, does structures analysis. Didn't learn a damn thing in his class, all I recall is that his exam questions were graded either 100%, 50%, or 0. First midterm was 2 questions and the average grade/score turned out to be 25%.
I also remember someone asking him, during class, to give an example of how to apply a theory; he just turned around and said "when you do your homework, there is an example."
PS: I see some things never change: http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=679876
L. Rowell Huesmann for Psych 481 was awful.
Don't get me wrong -- his research is incredibly interesting, is nationally renowned, etc, but good lord, this guy does not know how to teach an undergraduate course worth a damn, and his exams are a nightmare in that "either answer could be correct" sort of way.
That class was graded on a hard curve, and I somehow lucked out with an A, regardless. And yes, to you engineering nerds, I do realize I'm talking about a Psych course. It was still a pain in the ass, so there.
I, sir, am taking you to task on this one.
I'm taking Comm/Psych 481 this semester and after being terrified out of my mind reading horrible reviews of Huesmann on ratemyprofessors, have been pleasantly surprised with him.
While he's certainly not an awesome lecturer he's definitely been solid this year and the only exam we've taken so far wasn't bad at all (the second one's tomorrow...ruh roh). He's also really nice.
It makes me wonder why so many people have it out for him and whether he's trying to make a conscious effort to improve his image or something like that.
Most of her answers for questions came from Google. Had no idea about 95% of the course content.
Do Dearborn professors count? Herb Kaufman for Digital Systems and another CE class I'm drawing a blank on.
The guy is/was a pushover- not sure it was possible to get worse than a B in his classes- and he progressed incredibly slowly through the material.
I hated Mary Lou Dorf for EECS 183. Some of it was me being terrible at programming, but it's intro to elementary programming that I needed for my major. She knew what she was talking about, but the GSIs were more helpful than she was. Her slideshows were not helpful. Plus if you asked a question that might seem obvious to her she would make you feel like an idiot. Put that all together with her amazingly annoying voice and you've got yourself one bad teacher. My guess is that people who have some knowledge about programming don't mind the class, but I didn't have much experience and I hated it.
On the other hand, I am taking AMCULT 219 with Bruce Conforth, and I would highly recommend to take any one of his classes if you have the chance. It's "A Survey of American Folklore" which might not sound interesting, but it is. And even if it really isn't, he makes it interesting and fun. Just a great guy overall. I feel like I'm on rate my professors right now.
I couldn't resist. What a great thread. Had a lot of fun reading it (and a flood of bad memories!) even though I didn't attend classes at U-M.
Miami University, 1995-96: Professor Jeanne Hey, International Studies. I had to take an ITS course to satisfy the "Miami Plan," a liberal education requirement that also included a foreign language. Fine, I said, I'll take Intro to International Studies. Mistake. Here's what Professor Hey did (who was very pregnant at the time): We had class scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:15 PM. Quite often throughout the semester, I would say at least 4 or 5 times, Hey would cancel one (or both) classes for the week and tell us that we had to attend a lecture at the campus art museum -- and these lectures would always be in the evenings, usually 7 PM or so.
I was taking an LSAT prep class at the time, and paying good money -- my OWN -- to do so. Guess when it met? Around 7 PM. I told Hey this, and her response -- so help me God, I'll never forget this -- was, "Well, that's your problem. You'll have to work that out yourself." I told her, "I didn't sign up to take this class at 7 PM; I signed up to take it at 1:15." It was like talking to a brick wall.
I went to my LSAT prep classes rather than these lectures, needless to say. OK...we get to final exam time. I'm taking this class Pass/Fail, by the way, so I believe that all I needed, if I recall correctly, was a C. The final exam consisted, by my estimate -- and judging from the groans around me the estimates of many others -- 75% of material culled SOLELY from these 7 PM lecture sessions. Seriously.
So, flash forward to when I received my semester grades. I had failed. This was an absolutely crucial time for me, as I had taken, and done very well on, the LSAT, and I had been accepted into the Toledo College of Law -- but everything was dependent upon my final undergrad credits. And I needed this credit to graduate. I vividly recall just about losing at this time. I recall a heated exchange of e-mail and phone calls with Professor Hey, and I found out during this time that the difference between my Pass/Fail was TWO POINTS on the final exam. Feeling desperate, and feeling incredibly wronged, I brought the Dean of the Arts & Sciences school into the mix, and had several phone calls and an in-person meeting. He took my side, and offered to speak to Professor Hey.
I have no idea what was said between the two, exactly, but the final remedy was this -- I would have to attend some after-hours lecture (oh, the irony!) on South American artists, and Hey said that it would be good for the two points I needed to pass the course. She was at this lecture, too, and I'm sure she felt every one of my cold icy stares of death from across the room...
I won't name the prof since I can't remember his name. It's been ~20 years since I had the class, plus he's dead. Why was he the worst? He was about 90 years old, spent most of class time talking about his boat, and smoked about 3 packs a day. He was exhibit A for the case against tenure. Going to office hours was worthless because of the mumbled answers and the cigarette smoke. He gave me an incomplete for the course because he forgot to record my final exam score. 6 months later, he gave me a C. So I showed him my exams and homework, and 6 months after that the C was changed to a B-. About a year after that, he died, making me feel like crap for cursing him out for 2 years. But I'm not bitter or anything like that.
Without a doubt.. Dick (David) Chesney. The guy had the worst inferiority complex on campus, possibly because he went to State. He constantly felt the need to try and show people that he had a phd. He was also a total asshole. In EECS 281 in our semester, he took down lecture slides that were already online because some smart guy brought a camera to class and was taking pictures of his lectures (right in front of him, might I add). And he constantly threatened to fail seniors at 496 which was a total dick move IMO. Overall the worst and biggest douche of a professor I've had. I think I knew more than him back when I was in school.
Richard Scott, Mechanical Engineering Department. WAY TOO OLD. Babbles on about nothing
When midterm evaluations came around and the entire class roasted her in them, she came to the following class and told everyone that she didn't care what people's opinions of her were because 'she was going to get paid either way'. Also told the class in the first lecture that she would love nothing more than for everyone to get an A, so she could go to the department head and argue that we all deserved top marks. With two weeks to go in the semester, around 2/3rds of the class were in line to get A's, and we were informed by the gsis that because two many people had high grades the final was going to be extremely difficult as to knock down the grades of many people.
Also, every concept we discussed (gears, levers, springs, etc.) somehow was related to a story about her kids.