Craig Shurtleff - Illinois Central College

Professor: Craig Shurtleff
Department: English
College: Illinois Central College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: LIT111
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The assignments are not extensive, and his grading is fair, but at times felt quite subjective. & all assignments involve lit analysis. I worked really hard all semester writing these assignments, so I didn't appreciate the comments questioning whether it was my original idea or not. I spent TIME considering themes/lit devices only to be questioned
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENG113
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
was considering majoring in creative writing, so i decided to take this class just to start off. but i did NOT enjoy this class at all. I like writing but shurtleff is VERY close minded and actually made me dread writing for this class. if you don't write what he wants to see, he tears it apart. Add some violence and stay far away from any romance.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: LIT115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Can't wait to take more classes with him. Very professional, and a caring instructor ICC needs more instructors like him. Take a class with him you will not be disappointed. You will write some papers, have a group project, tests are mainly short essay . You will need to work for your grade but, you are in college after all.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: LIT115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very nice persson, always willing to speak with you. Extra credit is easy to do
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: LIT115
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Shurtleff was a great teacher. He did have some lectures that were long and boring, but all teachers do. for the first half the semester you get assigned one paper a week. For the second half there is a group project worth 2 tests grades, but it's super easy to get an A or B on it. There are only 2 tests in the class which are the midterm and final
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL 111
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Enlightening, but high expectations Professor Shurtleff gives very inspirational & informative lectures. The works we read revolved around existential issues, including works by Socrates, Henry Thoreau, Gandhi, MLK... However, his assignments are very demanding and require a lot more time & effort. Do not take it while pressured.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: 111
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I loved this class. You must attend class or points will be taken off, but his lectures are informative and worthwhile. I have some really severe illnesses and he's the only professor I've ever had (out of over 30) who understood and showed concern. I'd highly recommend him, but not if you're looking for a blow-off, slacking off type of class.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENG111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I've had one quiz the whole semester and no tests. all the assignments were papers. You better like history because he teaches more about history than he does English. He encourages you to read the books but doesn't quiz you so no body has even opened theirs.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: LIT115
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
SIgned up for this class at first because I thought it would be interesting and an easy A. Its definitely not an easy class so don't be fooled! Craig is an AMAZING professor though!! One of the best i've had at ICC. He's funny but takes grading very seriously.He also offers a lot of extra credit. Definitely would recommend this class & teacher!!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: LIT115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
If you have any interest in being a student, ignore anyone on here that says this is a bad class or teacher. This is a lit class which means there will be reading and writing, which require a lot of effort & thought. You will spend a lot of time outside of class studying; there is more to learn than he has time to teach you. Awesome course/teacher
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: LIT115
  • 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:
Great teacher! Wanted to come to this class every day; got sad when it was over. Great lecturer, knowledgeable, interesting; commands respect from students. Don't take for easy A. You'll read 2 books, 5 plays, & research over 80 people; write each week & then do a 40 min group presentation. Wants in depth writing & expects a lot. This takes effort.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: LIT115
  • 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:
Probably my favorite teacher at ICC. He is straight-forward, honest, funny, sarcastic, and all around awesome. You do a lot of reading/writing, but it's a LIT class; so that makes sense. You need to work, but I promise you will learn A LOT from him. He is a fair grader, amazing professor, and I always wanted to come to class. I love Shurtleff!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: FILM110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
From day one he comes off pretty brash, and he can be. I took Film because I love movies, I expected to learn something new too. I felt he overcompensates for people trying to take an easy class. His test are mostly fill in the blank and essay, so be prepared.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: COMP111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good teacher. He makes the class hard and expects a lot from you, but in the end you actually learn to write a paper. People should also note that he isn't very clear with his sarcasm so watch out for it.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ENG111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Over-obsessive with guidelines and grading. Strict towards details and difficult to please. Talks down to students in disrespectful manor.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: LIT115
  • 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:
Shurtleff is brilliant if you are taking Mythology with him. What a fun class! There are group projects, but I found them fun. Be willing to go the mile and it's an easy A.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLI111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Craig is fair, patriotic, a little abrupt, and a good teacher.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: LIT111
  • 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:
Mr. Shurtleff is very passionate about the topic and expects his students to go above and beyond and be just as passionate. He is a great teacher but you are going to work a little for a good grade.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: LIT111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Easily one of my top three favorite professors. He was interesting to listen to and encouraged class feedback on the stories/ideas presented in class. He makes you work for your A, but you know the material better in the end. AWESOME TEACHER!!! If you get the choice, TAKE HIM!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: LIT115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Craig is a very passionate about his teaching and his students. He expects a LOT from his students and challenges them every chance he gets. Many students will downrate him for this, citing him as being on a power trip or being a jerk, but that's because he explains his expectations and holds you to them. If he says due Wed, he MEANS due Wed.
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