Catherine Dobris - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Professor: Catherine Dobris
Department: Communication Studies
College: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: WOST105
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Took this as an 8-week course during COVID. I dont have an issue with online classes, but if you have a hard time with them, dont take this class. There is a lot of work, but I got an A without reading much of the textbook so dont stress too much about that. Do what the assignment says and youll get an A. Interesting course and good professor!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: COMMR350
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Dobris is seriously one of the best professors I've ever had. This class is not easy so if you are looking for a blow-off class this is not it. The class is very rewarding though. She gives amazing feedback on all assignments and you can tell she really does care about the success of all of her students. I would 100% recommend her.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: COMMR350
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I love to write, and you will be writing A LOT in her classes. Do not take her if you are not prepared for 12 page papers and 2000+ word discussions. She was always very kind to me, gave me great feedback, and is flexible when students need extensions. her lectures are interesting and if you actually read the course material, you will do fine.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: WOSTW105
  • 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:
Let me tell you DO NOT take her. I have her for the 8wk course online and she just expects too much! Week 2 our assignments include reading ch.3,4,5 (abt 200 pgs) typing 750+ word discussion post with at least 4 in text citations and responding to 5 peoples 250+ words with at least one source but cant all be the same.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: COMMR310
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Honestly the WORST professor I've had in my college experience. Expects students to make 500-word discussion posts and 250-word responses (to five different students). That's basically a 7 page MLA formatted paper. Everyone just types nonsense to get the word count. But, if you do try - she nitpicks every single thing. Her harshness is unmotivating
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: WOST105
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If you can take this class without taking Dr. Dobris, I say do it. She's just awful. The amount of work that she wants you to do is just so unrealistic. Instructions are not clear and she is a very tough grader. I really wanted to take this class, but not, I regret it. Just so much dang on work for no reason. UGH!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: WOST105
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Dobris is a phenomenal professor. She is easy to talk to and her lectures are very engaging and relevant. You do need to keep up with the reading to do well on her tests. Her course expectations are very clear. She has a really serious RBF, like on another level, but she is actually approachable. She has a lot of knowledge and good examples.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: WOST105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very fair and clear. She made sure she was always available to help and was always open for feedback.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: R310
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very tough 8week online class. Papers were not overly difficult but combined with discussions it turned into a lot of work. She makes you work for an A, don't expect to get it unless if you go above and beyond the assignment requirements. Dr. D was helpful and pleasant, but her exams are hard. Would highly recommend her!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: COMMR350
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She is an absolute delight. At first she seems a bit timid and standoffish but she is very sweet.. and stern at the same time. I respect her a lot. She will talk with you after class to help with anything you don't understand. She is a tough grader but she cares and wants to help her students do better. Very intelligent and interesting.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: COMMR310
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
She's a really good professor and give a lot of feedback. The class was only 8 weeks with assignments that were very much doable, but lengthy although she was very helpful. I would recommend her and take another class with her, she's very good.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: WOSTW105
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Absolutely great professor! Enjoyed her class very much. She had really great input and gave great feedback. You could email her anytime and she would answer any question or concerns you'd have. She also really cared about the students. Textbooks & notes on lectures are essential for passing assignments and exams.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: COMMR350
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She is literally the greatest! if you have a chance to have her as a professor, do it and you will not regret it!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: COMMR350
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She's very clear with her expectations but she's a very tough grader. Classes went 5-10 minutes over every session, I would not recommend scheduling a class right after hers. Overall I like her as a person but I would never take another class with her and I would warn anyone interested that its not easy.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: COMMR310
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This was by far the hardest online class I have ever taken. She gave plenty of feedback, but when I applied it to other assignments, I always seemed to get the same grade. The textbook is confusing, and overall just awful. With it being an online class, I expect a textbook that makes it easier to understand key concepts. Did not learn anything.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: COMR310
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class is not easy, and there is A LOT of work with it. Professor Dobris is a hard grader, but is fair. She grades quickly and gives feedback on everything. She constantly reminds you of what is due, but it is sometimes hard to follow because there is SO MUCH. The work and tests are hard-Hardest online class i've taken-But she is upfront & fair
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: COMMR310
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This rating is more reflictive of the course. This isn't a course to take online. The book is horrible and most of the terminology isn't found outside of the course. I really enjoyed communication before this class.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: R350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Do yourself a favor and never take her online class. Everything listed on the syllabus is simply the "minimum". If you only do what is assigned you will be lucky to get a C. Tough Tough class.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: WOST105
  • 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:
She was extremely kind and intelligent. The class discussions were lively and she really made the atmosphere feel open. She was willing to work with students. I was going through a hard time when I took this class, and she was more than willing to work with me so that I was still able to finish the semester with a good grade.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: COMM1368
  • 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:
Prof. Dobris is awesome. I enjoyed her classes even though there was alot of writing papers but she was very helpful. She shows that she cares about her students. She teaches students how to write professionally which has been helpful in my other courses. I would recommend Prof. Dobris for any COMM course.
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