professor
John Fitzgerald III

Dec 2020

John is such a great professor!! He genuinely really cares about the subject he teaches and the wellbeing of his students. He's an okay grader, but UWriting grading, in general, is pretty hard, so I don't think he is much different than the standard for grading in this class. There are 3 papers, which is normal for UWriting, and then for your final paper, you take your third essay and turn it into a small Op-Ed piece. His classes can be a little boring sometimes, but he walks you through the articles he assigns to make sure you fully understand them. Definitely, in the grand scheme of UWriting, I think you're pretty lucky if you get John. Also, go to his office hours with an idea of what you want to write about and he will basically help you develop a claim..super helpful!!! I was randomly assigned to this section and I'm so happy I was!!

Dec 2020

I took UW Human Rights online with John during the Fall 2020 semester. Pros: - Interesting readings (in my opinion). - John is available to meet with students and discuss their work, and he is accommodating with extensions. He's also very accessible via email. -Gives detailed comments on work. - I found his grading to be fair. - Generally, class discussions about readings are engaging and he helps you to understand more difficult texts. Cons: - For me, the biggest issue that I had with this class was that John can take a while to return comments on work, and he often underestimates the amount of time that he needs to grade papers/formal drafts. This can make it difficult to plan as a student, since deadlines shift as a result of when he's able to return work. - Some discussions about essay structure and source us could be a little dry, but I understand that they're necessary to discuss.