At a glance (please read review, as ‘at a glance’ it’s hard to rate professor Palmer)
- Workload: Moderate
- Teaching Style: Interactive
- Interest in students: Moderate
- Relevance to outside world: Low
Overall Professor Rating: 2
Overall Course Rating: 2.5
It is incredibly hard to summarize a review on Professor DR Palmer (who is different than Professor David R. Palmer, by the way). His style is very off-the-cuff, his lectures meandering, and his attention span rather short. At the same time, he’s the kind of person with whom I’d love to sit down over a couple cups of coffee. But that doesn’t make for a good professor, really. The course, too, is hard to rate. The subject matter is really quite interesting from a research and practical perspective, but the way it was taught, by DR Palmer, made for a lower rating.
This is the latest of my reviews on the professors I’ve had while an MBA student at Santa Clara University‘s Leavey School of Business. There are lots of sites out there that provide feedback and rates – ratemyprofessor is the most notable. The SantaClaraMBA Yahoo group also has a big database of comments and lots of additional information in its message archive. That database can be a bit hard to wade through, and the comments are short and often just link to other threads, which are themselves pretty short and superficial. Only here can I write as much as I want 🙂
I review professors from a variety of perspectives. First, I explain the context(s) under which I took the class. Time of year, time of day, etc. Then I talk about the quality of the class and the professor, and finally about the professor as a person. After all, we are trying to learn about our interactions with people, so knowing that side of a teacher is critical, too. So these would be interactions outside the classroom, etc. I also just write whatever it is that I think is relevant or will be helpful to others. That is my overall goal.
I’m also reviewing them in reverse order of when I had them for class. This is mostly so that I am reviewing those whom I remember the best sooner. This also means that at some point I might skip a few professors I took a year ago or just stop outright out of concern that I will not be able to provide a proper review (the downside of these longer reviews is that I do, after all, have a responsibility to do a good job at them). As of this writing, which is summer quarter 2008, I’m now going back to Fall 2007, so it’s a ways back.
I took Management 503 – Organizational Theory – back in Fall of 2007. I have no idea what time I took it or what days of the week :-). The course is loosely based on how companies are organized, how communications are handled within such structures, etc. This is one of the required courses in the management track – basically, you need this and 501 and you can take everything else. Interestingly, I have seen few of my 503 classmates in my other classes. This is weird because one would think most people would get 503 out of the way relatively early in their coursework (as I did – my third quarter), and I should therefore run into them again later. So far, I don’t think I have, though.
Them’s the facts. Now read on for the review.