Karl Plank - Davidson College

Professor: Karl Plank
Department: Theology
College: Davidson College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: WRI101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Plank is hilarious and respected professor who truly cares about the well-being and success of his students. The WRI101 course I took with him consisted of reading five memoirs and writing five essays related to each of those memoirs, as well as a final project. Pay attention to the arguments he makes during class and take good notes.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: WRI101
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Pretty smart guy. This was a writing course--we read 5 American memoirs. Discussion based, sometimes boring. 5 essays about the books. He graded hard, and I felt discouraged sometimes, but his comments made sense. You need deep analyses. 8-12 page paper final. He told us that back in the day, his 500 page dissertation was about 4 lines of text :o
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: REL320
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Karl Plank is one of the best professors I have had at Davidson. I took Genesis Narrative with him, and the way he takes the class through a journey into the mind's and motivations of the characters was truly enlightening. It's not easy but well worth it.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: REL140
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Easy
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: 222
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Probably a really nice guy but the worst grader I've ever had at Davidson. Horrible.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: 222
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Incredibly difficult grader and very unclear. Don't take him.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: REL222
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Plank definitely grew on me. His lectures can be very boring at times, but extremely interesting at others. You could probably get away without doing much work, but you need to make sure you do well on the papers. He doesn't give grades away for those.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: REL256
  • 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:
Incredibly brilliant and kind. He genuinely cares about both the subject matter and his students. Take good notes and you'll be fine.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: REL222
  • 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:
Lots of students groan and complain about Dr. Plank, but he is a fantastic teacher. He lays out each assignment very clearly, and expects you to reiterate what he lectured about, so take good notes. He is definitely one of my favorite professors here, as he is extremely caring about each student's health and well-being. I highly recommend him.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: REL275
  • 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:
One of my favorite professors at Davidson College. He is brilliant and really cares about each student!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: REL303
  • 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:
I love this professor! He is super hard, especially when it comes to grading, but he teaches you so much.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: REL275
  • 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:
I took Jewish Rel. Life honestly looking to learn about a different culture. I ended up hating the class, mostly b/c Plank graded reviews really hard, even though his class didn't seem difficult. He's a nice guy, but awkward during office hrs & never made it clear why I didnt do well. Simply a poor life decision taking that class with him.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: REL321
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
A mind-expanding class. Definitely worth it - he has a great sense of humor and is always willing to consider students' opinions in evaluating the reading material.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: REL232
  • 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:
Plank can be a little boring sometimes (it's that calm, slow voice early in the morning), but I learned SO MUCH in his class. He's also very approachable (albeit a little socially uncomfortable) and loves to get to know his students. Do expect to regurgitate a little, but some original thought is encouraged. Overall a great prof.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: REL320
  • 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:
He's a great lecturer but he gives way, way too much reading. He's tough but you can do well IF you take good class notes and basically repeat everything he says in class on your papers. He's all about specifics and details, so you have to show him you've "had your nose in the book" (his words not mine) on exams and in papers.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PARABLES
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dude, this guy teaches English classes about religious texts. If that's what you're looking for, then take him, but don't expect it to be easy. I tried to be creative and did not do so well in his class. A friend of mine, however, quoted him in papers and did quite well even though they were supposed to be reflective in nature.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: REL222
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I went into this religion course with minimal religious background and ended up doing very well. All you need to do is take a lot of notes every class and regurgitate what he said in class in your essays. He's undoubtedly brilliant. Not very helpful when I went for extra help. Don't miss a class, and expect to work.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: REL222
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
If you're a religion major, you probably already love the guy. Otherwise, do your best to avoid him. There's no question that he really knows what he's talking about - it's just that half the class doesn't. Loves to use big words, is sometimes unconfident. A nice guy, just not always interesting
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: REL320
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Amazing insight; great discussion; excellent texts- be prepared to work your arse off, and love doing it!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: REL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The Plankster transforms your world. Brings Judaism to life!
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