Best UM teacher

Submitted by uniqenam on February 8th, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Since the other threads on classes are so popular, I have to nominate one about the best professors that you had at UM.

I'll have to nominate Dr. Cameron for Great Books (although I hated the class) and Gavin LaRose for Calc III.



February 8th, 2010 at 7:47 PM ^

Best professor has to be either Ralph Williams or Brenda Gunderson. Stats is NOT my strong point, but she made it bearable and even *gasp* enjoyable. Ralph Williams is amazing, but it's sad he's gone now. His classes were epic.

The Bugle

February 8th, 2010 at 7:47 PM ^

Bacon is probably the best teacher I have ever had, however, even as someone who loved his course - I don't think I can call him a prof. Cameron and Williams - also incredibly good, but both have since retired. In the German Dept. - Kalli Federhofer is a damn good teacher as well.


February 8th, 2010 at 10:11 PM ^

Came in here hoping to see John; he's my 425 teacher right now.

I was initially waitlisted because so many kids try to get in his class. I got a call a week after the first class:

[Unknown Caller]: Is this Mr. Flood?
[Me]: Yes, this is him
[Unknown Caller]: You fucking idiot.
[Me]: ...
[Unknown Caller]: It's this is "he," not this is "him."

And with that, I was back in his class.


February 9th, 2010 at 4:55 PM ^

Surprised it took this long in the thread to mention him. If I'm ever forced to get married, he's running the ceremony. I feel we should all chip in a Rubadeau story to spread the gospel to the MGoBoard. Here's a starter:

Rubadeau: here's how you remember the difference between "who" and "whom." Knock, knock.

Me: Who's there.

Rubadeau: Fuck.

Me: Fuck who?

Rubadeau: It's fuck "whom," you moron.

Viva la marginalia!


February 8th, 2010 at 7:51 PM ^

Adams was engaging and extremely intelligent.

My favorite class was American Industries (330). Also had him for European Economy (453) and Government Regulation of Industry (432).


February 8th, 2010 at 8:08 PM ^

I just mentioned him in one of the other threads and I agree 100%. Best in the econ department by MILES, and probably the best prof I had. In sharp contrast to Kuhn (ugh, see other thread...), he never loses sight of the fact that econ is a social science, not a purely mathematical discipline.

Bill in Birmingham

February 9th, 2010 at 10:36 AM ^

At the risk of showing what a fossil I am, Adams was my Micro Professor in (I think 1980). His class was the one that convinced me to major in economics. It's great to know he is still there and that he is still highly regarded by the students thirty years later.


February 8th, 2010 at 7:52 PM ^

#1 by a mile: Ralph Williams -- I'm sorry that lots of future UM students will miss out on him. Enthusiastic, entertaining, knowledegable, exactly the type of teacher every college student should encounter.

Also, Eric Rabkin, English 313: I enjoyed his fantasy and sci-fi classes a lot

Finally, Bruce Conforth, AmCult: One of the funniest and most interesting teachers you'll even have. His American folklore class was a great way to wind down my last UM semester.

I had about one good EECS teacher and he was a lecturer that's no longer here.

Bando Calrissian

February 8th, 2010 at 9:32 PM ^

I appreciate the man as a scholar. He's a brilliant mind with a lot of relevant experience and credentials. But the personality got in the way of passing on his knowledge.

It's a 50-minute class. And he spent 10 minutes of it walking up and down the aisles shaking hands and wasting time. Everything is so over-the-top and theatrical. It's really all an act.

Scott Dreisbac…

February 9th, 2010 at 5:14 AM ^

His lectures were a show. You couldn't take notes even if you wanted to as it was impossible to pay attention to anything other than his enthusiasm for the topic. And catching every word during lecture wasn't necessary anyway, all you had to do was complete the reading and not drool on your final and an A was almost guaranteed.

If you couldn't get excited after listening to Williams, it wasn't going to happen. It's too bad you didn't enjoy him. He was absolutely one of my favorites.


February 9th, 2010 at 9:25 PM ^

I can report that his hands aren't the only part of Ralph's anatomy that is gigantic. I had a membership to a gym on Eisenhower and State my senior year and Ralph had one there too. Let's just say that he was not a fan of wearing anything but super tight, hiked up spandex when he worked out and I saw a lot more of Ralph Williams than I ever wanted to.

My favorite teacher was definitely Matt Lassiter. Loved his use of pop culture to teach history. Very informative and entertaining lectures