William O'Meara - James Madison University

Professor: William O'Meara
Department: Philosophy
College: James Madison University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL218
  • 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:
Dr. O'Meara's Philsophy of Religion class was a real gem, and I really wish it didn't have to be online due to COVID. Nonetheless, it was. The class material was almost always intriguing/thought-provoking. The grade is based half on discussion posts and half on your exams. The class was fairly laid back, but the exam questions were rather specific.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: REL325
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. O'Meara is a nice man and caring individual, but not the greatest professor. His lectures are very confusing and he makes us write every class, which makes the class very subjective. His exams, though, are very objective and much of the content on them he didn't teach us at all. I would not take his class, but would like to be his friend.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. O'Meara is a very knowledgeable professor who has clearly been teaching for a long time, however his teaching style seems very old-fashioned and doesn't quite work in 2019. He assigns readings that don't line up with the tests and the tests are incredibly hard. The worst part is that every class is just completely irrelevant discussion
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL390
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
O'Meara is a sweet guy, but he isn't the best professor. He has an awkward grading system that isn't at all laid out beforehand (you're basically graded subjectively at the end of the semester). He's also very dogmatic in his views. Rather than presenting the material neutrally as a professor should, he ridicules dissenters including colleagues.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL390
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He grades on a 7 point scale, meaning below an 85 is a C, which tanked my GPA despite getting a B on a conventional grading scale. O'Meara is a nice guy that obviously cares but often goes on tangents and doesn't finish lectures. The final is cumulative and comprises of about 400 pages of reading that you'll have to read all of during finals week.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: GPHIL101
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I can see how some would not perceive O'Maera as a first choice, his lectures can be slightly scattered and he has a soft tone, but he is still a fine choice as a professor. Do all the short (and easy) writing assignments and you are guaranteed to pass, as tests can only pull your grade up. He is very responsive to emails and students needs.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
O'Meara's a good dude, but the class is impossible, especially for a gen ed. His tests are insanely hard (highest score was a 76 on the first), and he just rambles a lot of the time. His lectures can be unclear, and his lack of grammar usage makes some of the textbook look like another language. Overall, I would not take him again.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is a great person; funny, kind, open minded, but don't take his class. It's impossible to get an A or B on his tests, even as a student who has a 4.0, this class will ruin that. You're guaranteed a C in the class if you show up to every class which is great because nobody would pass the class without that.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101H
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Awful class. Lectures make NO sense, and neither do readings. Dr. O'Meara is definitely passionate, but also extremely close minded. If you don't agree with him, he tells you that you're wrong. Tried asking for help and he was extremely vague and unhelpful. Very frustrating. Tests are ridiculously difficult, no clear way to prepare. DO NOT TAKE
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: GPHIL101
  • 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:
Good teacher. I love philosophy but only earned a B. You can easily get a decent grade but not a good one. Class guarantees C, tests for above. They are all true or false and very hard even if you have read the material. He doesn't understand online courses (cheat/easier) so curve can be dumb, meaning highest test in class is often still C+ or B
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101
  • 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:
I took an intro class with him, and decided to become a philosophy major because of him. Now, 25 years later, I still remember, and am influenced by his lectures on Kierkegaard. Wonderful man.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL344
  • 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:
Easily one of the best people I've ever met. Extremely passionate and energetic. most importantly he actually cares what students have to say and responds in a very thoughtful manner. To this day the best teacher I've ever had. FYI I'm a philosophy major
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: GPHIL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is the most passionate professor I've ever had. After taking GPHIL with him I signed up for existentialism with him as the professor. He gets off track in lectures, but that's what makes the class more interesting. It can be confusing at times, so go to his office hours and he will explain it all. He is an understanding and accommodating guy.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: GPHIL101
  • 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:
Best lectures I've ever heard. He is a truly captivating speaker, which is helpful because his lectures are what really help you pass the class. If you don't show up for a few classes, you would most likely fail. One of my personal favorites.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101
  • 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:
Dr. O'Meara changed my life. After an intro class with him, I ended up taking about ten philosophy classes--even though I was a math major. He introduced me to one of the fundamental principles of my life; the unexamined life is not worth living. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: GPHIL101
  • 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:
This professor was very good. The subject of philosophy was difficult, but O'Meara did a great job relating that to every day life. This class was online over the summer but O'Meara was very available and more than willing to help. I would definitely recommend taking this course.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL344
  • 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 spirited lectures. You can tell that he loves what he does. Sometimes a bit whimsical and unclear, but what he lacks in clarity he makes up for in vibrance.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: REL325
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is the only teacher i have met at JMU who is so passionate about the subject he is teaching. You don't really learn about Catholicism but more about being a human being. Take this class for the experience. You won't regret it. O'Meara is the man
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL340
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
By far, one of my favorite teachers at JMU. I love this man, and he truly loves what he is teaching. His tests are hard, but do the reading. He's great!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL344
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
AMAZING! He is by far the best professor I have ever had. He gets very passionate about his lectures and is very knowledgeable. I really liked the way the class was structured because you really get out of it what you put into it. Tests were nearly impossible, but curved very generously.
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