Dean Showalter - Texas State University

Professor: Dean Showalter
Department: Economics
College: Texas State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ECO2314
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Don't have attend his class as long as you viewed his recorded lectures and understand it . He would go fast so I advise to read the book first before class . I think the exams were heavy % of your total grade so that was very stressful to me. I had to try my hardest for a B. Try and get perfect grades on assignments and quizzes .
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ECO3334
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Graded by few things. Test and hw are derived from lecture material. Office hours are a must if you are lost/want an A. Some chapters were interesting. Great professor that is flexible and wants students to succeed, just show effort. Easy pass if you pay attention to concepts and attend class. Also, note cards are allowed.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ECO2314
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Nice guy, but was all over the place this past semester. He goes over problems during lectures, you would want to read the book to understand it, along with using the practice problems. He's a good teacher but goes really fast but is willing to help and explain himself again.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ECO301
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Showalter is a great guy, however, he was very disorganized and scatterbrained over the course of the semester. Lectures were old videos/zoom recordings and he uploaded them inconsistently. Office hours are important to pass this class. There were three exams, three homeworks, and weekly quizzes. Lectures were long and boring though.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ECO2314
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Showalter is a good professor overall. Graded by few things, about 10 quizzes and 3 exams. So if you get behind on lectures and don't do well on quizzes, it'll hurt. Average lectures, about 1 quiz per week. Quizzes are through a Pearson application, so it follows the book not lectures and are sometimes hard. Pretty easy to keep up with.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ECO2314
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He would cancel office hours or postpone homework because he forgot to post them. He was good at showing you the material and exactly what you need. Pay attention in class and take notes because you will need those to study for tests.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ECO2314
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The course was lecture heavy, all the notes were given in class and not uploaded to tracs. He gives a lot of examples, but going to office hours help. Reading the textbook and watching the videos explains the material even more which helps. He is willing to explain and help when needed.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ECON3334
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dean is a nice guy and a great prof. The class is very lecture based, so if you have trouble showing up to class every day you will probably not do well. Homework comes straight from the lecture material and so do the exams. Going to his office hours for help is almost required if you want to get an A. He is very helpful and wants you to succeed.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ECO3334
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Absolutely the best eco prof I've taken. He's smart, very nice, helpful, and clear. He cares about everyone getting the material and is willing to go over things until it is clear, great guy!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ECO3314
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Best Eco/finance professor on campus, my class was full of lazy idiots that didn't go to class and the curve he gave was generous. I actually learned a ton since he is clear, thorough and very knowledgeable in his lectures. He's very smart but relatable, caring and seems cool as opposed to most Eco Professors. I definitely recommend taking him!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BA5353
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Showalter's lectures are amazing, clear and relevant. Just Attend his classes and follow videos that he posts ! He gives lengthy homeworks but if you do it nicely , you are set for the finals.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ECO2314
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Solid professor. Lectures can drag a little and his handwriting is a little hard to understand. If you come to class and try on the hw you'll make an A. Textbook and tophat is used.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ECO2314
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Requires you to purchase TopHat in addition to the already expensive book and MyEconLab access just so he can take attendance. He teaches well enough, but moves too quickly through material and his handwriting is borderline illegible. Definitely buy the book, preferably physical copy, because it will do a way better job than him of teaching you.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ECO2314
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Mr. Showalter is fantastic. He's lectures are engaging, funny and informative. He's more than happy to take questions, work with you or clarify. The class itself is pretty difficult, but if you work with him he's more likely to work with you. He doesn't post slides and the in class info is detrimental so be prepared not to skip. I'd take him again!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BA5353
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Not a good professor. The homework is ridiculous because the examples he uses in class are way easier than the homework problems. This is meant to be a leveling class, and I think it was way too much all at once, especially with the resources that are given to the students. I feel like I wasted a lot of money on this class.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BA5353
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
After looking forward to this class, I left completely frustrated. The professor appears lazy using pre-recorded lectures to teach core concepts instead of actually teaching in class. There is a heavy reliance on the doc cam, which is close to worthless, as his writing is abbreviated and extremely hard to read.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ECO2314
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
good lectures, great notes
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ECO2314
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Showalter is awesome! Go visit him in office hours because he is extremely helpful. I was not interested in economics at all and planned on getting a B since it was a difficult class. I went to visit him in his office hours and he helped SO much I ended up with an A. Lectures are relevant and keep you interested.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ECO2314
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He has been by far the most informative and well spoken professor I've had in 3 years. I would take every class that he teaches if you have the opportunity. He explains things in a clear and concise manner and is very intelligent. If he doesn't know something, he'll be the first to say it and will always help you out. Very entertaining lectures.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ECO3334
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This teacher's awesome. I took him for a summer class and everything was pretty fast-paced (obviously since it's a summer class), but he goes over everything extremely well and makes it relatable so you don't have to ask why you're taking the class. The class was hard, but I never used the book and just showed up to class and did well.
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