Martin Itzkowitz - Rowan University

Professor: Martin Itzkowitz
Department: Communication
College: Rowan University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CW1
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
It's called a creative writing class, but he doesn't let you be creative. You have to write the kind of stuff that he likes, or else he won't give you a good grade. I'm a writing major, and I love to write, but this man honestly made me hate writing. He's passive aggressive, mean, and even once insulted me right to my face. Don't take him.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: WA072902
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
despite the course name of 'creative writing', the work you submit to him does not allow you to write creatively, requiring 'realistic scenarios that we've been through'. no mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, etc. he also stated that he believes men are creatively superior to women, which bothered me on a personal level. feedback is passive-aggressive
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: WA01304
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Good teacher, but very opinion based when grading. The type of teacher that tells you your creative writing paper, isn't creative. He doesn't allow much room for students to write what they want despite it being Creative Writing and Writing with Style. Can be mean.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CW1
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Itzkowitz definitely goes off topic and is a little boring BUT he is an easy professor.. If you go to class and participant in the readings then you will receive a good grade. I would definitely take him again if given the chance! Easy class! Tip: you don't need to purchase the books bc all the readings are online!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CWI
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I honestly hated this class. We were assigned to read various poems and short stories, and then he would lecture about them in class every day, except he would always go off onto other topics. We received NO grades back during the semester, just comments on what we wrote and turned in. The whole grade is based off of the portfolio at the end
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CW
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This man is one of, if not the worst writing teacher I've ever had. God-forbid you have a second opinion because you'd be wrong. We could not write what we wanted to write and he restriction for these poems and prose where down right ridiculous. I personally love writing, but in this it felt like a chore. Don't take if you value your sanity.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: EVALUATINGWRIT
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He asks the class if they heard foreign movie titles & books, sees that the class does know recognize them and STILL goes into explaining them. He was off topic for majority of class time. You cannot read his handwriting to even begin to correct work. He scores out of 10 points and I never got higher than an 8, on one he gave me a 6 and 3/4.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: WA01304
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is an old guy that rambles on, on tangents. I had him for writing with style. There are 5 papers each 2000 words.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: SSEWEWWR
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Assignments were a good kind of challenging. Never got lower than a B, but proofreading and showing true thought in your papers is a must. Lecture was awful. He does not invite any students to participate and rarely cancels class. Books were good. Very opinionated about religion, age, gender, politics. Not an easy A, but you will learn a lot.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: COMP2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I had Marty for Honors Comp. 2, selected topic of Genocide. I received A's on nearly all papers, but one and somehow I ended up with a B+. He is scatterbrained and kind of mean. He made my friend cry. Definitely an opinion based grader, he also picks "favorites." He's knowledgeable, but not a good teacher. Avoid taking him.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CRTWRTG
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
So lectures are not the most interesting and there is a lot of writing involved with alot of criticism but, SURPRISE, its creative writing, thats to be expected. The illegible hand writing is pretty annoying and I was uncomfortable with his lack of grading until your final grade. Overall, he's pretty funny though and a good class to zone out in.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: COMPHONR
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Honestly, I really like him. He's very knowledgeable and gives great feedback on papers, which definitely improved my writing. Class itself was just kind of pointless and long-winded. I would definitely take him again and I do recommend him.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: COMPHONR
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Horrible! Class had nothing to do with writing, was taught as more of a history class (was themed genocide). Did not help with my writing at all. He is very unclear with what he expects and very often contradicts himself. Moved due dates many times, often to a sooner date. Assigned way too much unnecessary reading. opinion based grader
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CRWR7290
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Creative Writing I -okay, I admit that Dr. Itzkowitz can be a little scary - big BUT - if you do your reading and do your assignments (do them well), then you'll do fine in his class. You get to rewrite your stories & poems before you're graded at the end. There is a lot of reading and, as you would expect, a lot of writing - you will learn A LOT.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: COMP101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This man gave me the lowest passing grade possible. He would no tell me how to improve on my writing skills, but insisted tha I went to the writing workshops. That is HIS job: To teach. Grade: F. Worst teacher I had at Rowan University. It astonishes me how he became a professor.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CRWR101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Worst professor I have encountered at Rowan University. It is not the fact that he criticizes my work that makes me angry, but rather the fact that he is insulting about it. His handwriting is illegible, and I would be surprised if he knew the term CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM. Only take him if you are looking for a sure way to bring down your GPA.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: WWSSECT
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
RUN! He is the hardest professor! He made my stomach turn at the thought of class! Although I did learn something from his class, it was not worth the stress and emotions he puts you through. If you study, and go to him for extra help with every essay you write, you may have a chance at a B. But he's though. good luck.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: COMP101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I have him currently for Honors Composition II. He's a nice guy and I respect the hell out of him, but the class is pretty useless. This professor basically spends the entire class, every class, lecturing about nothing imparticular. You could easily never show up for this class once and have it not affect your grade, though attendence is mandatory.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: INTR1101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I had him for Intro. to Humanities. If you read then you will be fine. If you show that you read, then he will like you. Ask him for help with a paper and you're set. He loves literature and writing. He is only hard if you don't care and don't do the work. He is one of my fave profs at RU
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: WRIT1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
ok I missed about 10 classes no joke and still managed a B. He is passionate about writing which can be seen in all of his stories, however he seems only interested in himself and not the class. He is friendly, however he does not offer encouragement but rather harsh criticism. He taught me how NOT to teach as a future educator. Rant rant rant!!!
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