Martin Shaffer - Marist College

Professor: Martin Shaffer
Department: Political Science
College: Marist College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: POSC312
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I highly recommend not taking any of his classes. Don't get me wrong, he is a great guy. The issues I had with him were his way of teaching which is super disorganized, the lack of assignments (2 or 3), and he never gave me any feedback on my assignments unless I emailed him and asked for them! I didn't get my final paper grade until after my final
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: POSC360
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great guy, very disorganized lecturer. He's a bit tough and expects a lot of readings but they aren't always necessary. Very passionate and I enjoyed both classes (posc 312 and posc 360) I took with him, but a lot of people couldn't take his disorganized style of teaching. Still, one of the best polisci profs at Marist imo.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: POSC312
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If this is your only class for the year, then yea sure take it.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HIST110
  • 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:
Highly recommend him for any class. Always available to help. Lots energy! Loves what he does and his students. Lots of reading- but that's any polysci/American govt class. Just complete paper requirements, he is a fair grader- you will know how much you take away from his class by your grade- that's how fair. Gives extra credit.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: POLSC101
  • 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:
Amazing professor. She has a lot of experience in what she's teaching and she really cares. All of the tests including the final are in class essays, which she gives you the question to ahead of time and you can bring an outline. She's a really cool woman I would definitely recommend taking her.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: POSC101
  • 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:
Professor Shafer is extremely helpful. Whenever an assignment or test is coming up she gives her home phone number and invites us to call at any time if we have questions. She has very interesting experiences relating to the topic, but tries not to impose her beliefs on us. Awesome teacher!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: POSC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
one of the worst i had at marist- felt like i was in a capping course witht he way he graded- did not explain well at all and tests were impossible- def avoid if possible
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: POSC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Not only is she a great teacher, she's also a really nice person. Truly wants you to do well in the class and helps everyone to succeed. I highly recommend her. Doesn't try to impose her personal political beliefs on students, a rare event in the poli sci department! Wonderful wonderful teacher!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: POSC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
horrible! all he does is talk the whole class mostly about nonsense- extremely hard grader and the tests are impossible- if you dont have to take it with him- you def should not
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: AMERGOV
  • 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:
Nice guy, very animated. Doesn't teach well. Way too much material for topics that could be easily condensed. You can never write well enough for this man, and it's frustrating
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HIST101
  • 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:
Make sure you read and do all the work and you will do fine in the class.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: AMRGOV
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
An excellent professor, you can tell he is very passionate about the subject. Go visit him during office hours to show him that your interested in the subject. Lots and lots of reading, however, if you do all of the work, you’ll learn to enjoy the subject too. One of the best professors for the subject, take him if you can.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: AMGOV110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Nice guy. Thats it. Horrible professor. You will read tons of packets, read the whole book, and yeah its a 110 course. Quizes and tests are difficult, any kind of essay that you hand in our on a test/quiz will never be graded on full credit. You always need to elaborate according to him, but theres never enough time to finish because he digresses.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: POSC100
  • 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:
she really is a nice lady...extremely educated and know her stuff though this made it sort of hard for me to follow bc im not that into politics..pretty boring for the most part, only grades are the few tests she has which she gives u the 1 essay question ahead of time, and the paper
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: POSC110
  • 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:
Great professor; Really likes what he does. Not the easiest of professors, but is very fair and helpful. Best American Natl Govt professor by far.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: POLISSIDEAS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really nice lady. Kind of a dry class but she does the best she can. She is very smart, dont be decieved by her ditzy first impression. She knows her stuff and she grades your papers tough. Know what your talking about. She acts dumber than she is, really smart and really nice
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: POLITICALISSUE
  • 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:
Really nice teacher and very helpful. Willing to give you extra help whenever you need it, and very interested in what she is teaching. I like her class a lot.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: SCOPES
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
shaffer is awesome. he's very helpful during office hours, seems really into what he teachers and besides his constant abreviations on the board, he is a great teacher. scopes isnt supposed to be easy, but hes a good teacher for it.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MANY
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Shaffer is the nicest guy in the world but he does expect a LOT from you in class. Be prepared to write a lot.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: SCOPE
  • 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:
This guy is the Man--Very helpful and willing to meet with students at any time.
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