Unconstructive complaints should roll off your back.
Typically and with great intention I don’t include the instructor’s name from a class I’m reviewing. I’m relating my experiences about how I felt about a course along with challenges, issues, and other concerns I faced in a class. Early on in each semester, I will often post a class description along with some information about the instructor. These posts seem benign enough. Frequently I’m impressed with the biography of the professor – which speaks highly to AAU and the university’s hiring process.
In all my time at AAU I have only had two issues with professors. Of those two, I’ve only really ramped up complaints about a single instructor – which many of my fellow classmates also did. That instructor is not Roxanne Farrar.
I understand what it can be like to be a college instructor. I’ve had students apply themselves in various degrees. I’ve seen students deal with issues that impacted or modified their performance. As a student, I’ve had instructors that have had to miss classes. Life happens and it happens to everyone.
Yesterday afternoon I was greeted with a long comment to a blog post from former AAU instructor Roxanne Farrar. As she posted to the blog I’m placing her post at the bottom.
Roxanne Farrar is upset at me. Her primary complaint (from follow up emails) is that a blog post about a class I was preparing to take, that she was teaching, ranked near the top of a Google search. Indeed as of writing, that blog post I wrote in 2011 comes up fifth. The page in question is this one: http://weaver.net/MFA/2011/03/spring-2011-lineup/
If you read it, I’ve not said anything bad about her, and I actually praised her bio.
If you link to the class she taught then there is another blog post which is a review of the class. Roxanne Farrar believes I was attacking her as a terrible teacher, which I was not. For that complaint I have updated that particular post to better communicate the original intent. You can read that blog entry here: http://weaver.net/MFA/2011/05/not-masters-enough/
She’s upset and it is well communicated below.
Complaints work both ways. I verified the post is from that former AAU instructor.
This blog is about documenting some of my experiences and thoughts about taking an online MFA program in photography at AAU. This is a part of that experience!
Submitted on 2013/08/11 at 12:13 pm
Just thought you’d like to know that the “terrible teacher” you dissed so bad is no longer teaching at AAU.
It never ceases to amaze me students who complain that a course is “too easy” when a class (even one inspired by “grumpy old European men — I did not design the course or choose the content nor the structure, btw) can be what you make it… Especially true of online classes.
I also never will understand people (not just students!) who won’t say a word and act so meek & mild to a person they’ve got an issue with, and then blast them behind their back, as you did to me.
“Archive for the ‘GS 602: Art & Ideology’ category
Not Master’s Enough – Review of GS 602: Art & Ideology
May 10th, 2011
AAU does student evaluations but I don’t know if they do anything with them. I and a number of other students bitterly complained about a instructor in a course and I see that horrible instructor is teaching that subject again. I don’t know… (it is NOT this class)
I’m finishing up a painfully easy and expensive class titled “The Art & Ideology of the 20th Century”
Here is an excerpt from my evaluation of this course:
This is a Master’s level class. Instead of reading a couple modules about some philosopher we should be deeply engaged in reading about him. (Where are the female philosophers).
If this was a real Master’s class there would be a couple hundred pages of reading each week followed by critical analytical writing and individual reviews by the instructor and by peers.
Where are the Americans? Asians? Hispanics? Everything we study is grumpy old European, Eastern European and Russian guys.
You get the idea.
I’m here to learn and you failed to teach.”
I was there to help and to teach you and you failed to learn. But for some people, complaining is much more satisfying than learning…
So I’m sure you must be very pleased to see that your “review” of me is one of the top hits for my name on Google. Nice touch…
Anyone with any common sense of course will recognize that your very personal, public, and mean post about me speaks far more about you and your lack of professionalism and lack of character or personal integrity than mine.
Have a wonderful life, I wish you no harm. Karma takes care of that for me. Just wanted to let you know how deeply your comments wounded me in my heart… Mission accomplished, job well-done!