Joe Benevento - Truman State University

Professor: Joe Benevento
Department: English
College: Truman State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENG206
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Doesn't even wait for you to finish a sentence before he tells you you are wrong, even if you have a good thought to back up your claim. Also, even if your argument in discussion is well backed up, he will always find one flaw and make you feel incompetent. Always felt stupid to him even though I often did research after class to find I was right.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENG206
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I went into the class knowing I wasn't a fan of the topic, but honestly tried my best and did the work and I felt I was shot down every day. If you say one wrong detail in a well thought out argument in class, he focuses only on what you did wrong, yet participation matters so it isn't like I could keep quiet. You can tell when he doesn't like you.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENG326
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Benevento only wants you to parrot his own beliefs. The literature he chose was full of domestic and sexual violence, and when we tried to have bigger conversations about it, he shut us down. The midterm and final were excessive for a 300 level class, and he's a super harsh grader. I was looking forward to this class, but it just left me angry.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENG408
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Overall, a really great professor and class! I feel like my poetry skills have increased a lot just from the past few months. Dr Benevento isn't the type of professor who will give you empty praise and he's not afraid to point out the ways you can improve, but when he gives you a compliment you know it's genuine. Highly recommended for all writers!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is a genuinely great guy. Tells fantastic stories, and then incorporates them into lecture. Brought his guitar one day and sang songs while we wrote poems. Half your grade is participation, and the other half is just on a portfolio you submit at the end of the semester of your best 5 poems and a short story. Grading is HARD tho. GL reading notes
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I would not recommend taking Benevento for creative writing if you want a blowoff class. He expects his students to participate and learn how to write more effectively. Classes are largely writing workshop style, but you also discuss reading material in class. He's a great guy and pretty encouraging. Definitely good to take for English majors.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ENG266
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Benevento is a good choice. There really aren't lectures, but there are classroom discussions of the books that you've read. His grading system is simple: contribute to the discussion each day, and 40% of your grade is an A. The rest of your grade comes from three papers (6-10 pages), and if you read the books, then you'll do fine.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENG266
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I think Professor Benevento really is a good guy and cares about what he's talking about. Read your books, talk in class and write a few decent papers and there's no reason you shouldn't get an A. He can be rather intense during discussion in class, but it's worth 60% of your grade. Don't be upset if he challenges your opinion during discussion.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ENG326
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He asks challenging questions but doesn't act like a know-it-all. Class is based around discussing the readings. Showing up and participating is the biggest part of the grade so try to actually do the readings. Over all, he's a really great prof and if you're struggling don't be afraid to email him or stop by his office, he's super helpful.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: 408
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Benevento is a wonderful human being; he is inspirational, but has the potential to be intimidating. However, he makes up for that by being abundantly kind and encouraging. He really just wants you to succeed, and you will as long as you're willing to put forth real effort.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awesome teacher, but you will need to ask for clarification about his feedback, because you won't be able to read it. Always feel free to email him, he answers promptly, even on weekends. Had a great time in this class! He has definitely helped me improve my writing and I hope I'm in a class of his in the future.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ENG408
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Definitely be prepared to work hard on your poetry. Benevento pushes his students to do the best, and he expects participation. However, he is a very easy grader and always available to talk to students. Can't read his handwriting, though, which is annoying.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENG266
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took this class only to fulfill the literature mode, but by the end of the semester, I loved coming to this class. Entire class is discussion, you'll read a book a week. 50% of grade is attendance/participation, 25% take-home essay midterm, 25% final of the same format. Dr. Benevento facilitates discussion so well, and he picks great books.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ENG326
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Took for Lit of American Minorities: Latino. Very knowledgeable and interesting teacher. Class is based 40% on participation with some essays around 10 pages. He is a generous grader, not a hard A if you work with him.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ENG516
  • 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:
Benevento is one of the coolest professors ever! He knows his stuff. He is also very interesting and reasonable in his grading. Participation is key in his class.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ENG266
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very cool teacher! Grade based mostly on class participation and a few papers. Lenient on participation and keeps class interesting.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ENG407
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's a very critical grader, but in a "I know you can do better way," not in a mean way. He's helpful and interesting, but I'm fairly certain he writes in some kind of cryptic alien language. No one can decipher his scrawls, which can be frustrating for understand what he liked/didn't like in your work.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His handwriting is so horrible! omg! I can't tell what he thinks of my work.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ENG190
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awesome guy. Intellectual conversations in class. Encourages you to share your thoughts. Super Easy-going.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: LITIDK
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This guy is so great. He is very openminded and works with you so that it's nearly impossible to get less than an A. Also, he's funny
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