Stephen Finley - Haverford College

Professor: Stephen Finley
Department: English
College: Haverford College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENG352
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Best professor I've had at Haverford. Will challenge you, but also introduce you to a new way of interpreting texts. He is by far one of the English Department's best assets.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENG200
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took Bible lit with Finley and was really excited for it, but he completely butchered it. He's awful at facilitating discussion, he shares inappropriately personal stories with the whole class, and just throws a ton of reading at you but doesn't tell you which ones you actually need to do for class. The worst professor I've had so far.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENG352
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
really no idea where all these poor reviews are coming from. Yes, he's emotionally invested in the material, but I find that far preferable to a monotonous lecture. He's also very encouraging with class discussion and facilitates it well. All this said, I'm an english major, so the lack of structure to the class doesn't really bother me.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENG352
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the course content. Seems to come from years of experience with reading and reflecting upon the poetry. Receptive to student comments and ideas. Excellent, insightful comments on papers. Changed my way of thinking about the poetry of Wordsworth, Eliot, and Stevens.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL298AND299
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
You get a mixed bag with Finley. You will learn a lot about the texts he loves, but not about Walcott or Joyce. He did not cover the theory as well or helpfully as the other section. He can also be weirdly personal in his comments in class and on your papers. If you have a tough skin, you can ignore them. If not, you will be traumatized.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENG299
  • 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:
He's lovely. He is emotional and can get defensive, but just listen to what he has to say. He's got a great heart and is tremendously intellectually based. He cares about his students -- he can just come off as gruff if you take a limited view.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ENG200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
very emotionally invested, which can be good or bad depending. i loved him!! def. knows what he's talking about.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: TOPOGSECT
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Like the first student says, this man is so melodramatic. He brings a lot of feeling to his course, but can also be emotionally manipulative. Use his favoritie words in your paper if you want to get a good grade.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: JUNIORSEMINAR
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Finley is the most calculatingly melodramatic man I have ever met. His ability to "unpack" a text is limited to how well it can be interpreted within a feminist context. New ideas and individual learning styles are of no concern to him. To sum up with a quote from a certain late night talk show, "He's a sweet little cupcake...baked by the devil."
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ENG
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
comment below is so true! save yourself! flee from this guy!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ENG
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Finely is gifted in interpreting texts. However, if you don't agree with him, you can either hurt his feelings, or get on his bad side. Doesn't say much for a professor when he won't encourage independent thinking. Also--he's got a temper!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ENG101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Best Prof I had at Haverford.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENG
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
blarg. there are way better english classes than this guy's. take one of those instead!
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