professor
Beverlee Bruce

May 2006

"We pay too much money as students to have Professors like Bruce sit back and collect their paychecks for doing absolutely nothing!" This person is right on. I took this course as a senior and I must say that Professor Bruce is the worst professor I have ever had in my academic career for all of the aforementioned reasons (previous review). SHAME ON COLUMBIA for doing absolutely nothing in this regard... do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY

May 2006

If you are not already convinced by the previous reviews, let this be your last warning: Do not, under any circumstances, even if your life depended on it, ever take a course "taught" by Prof. Bruce. This class consisted of one Reading Rainbow-book report-group presentation after another - absolving Bruce from the responsibility of having to actually give a lecture and teach something. When she did attempt to lecture, it always ended up being about herself. Her writing assignments were always unclear and poorly thought out and her grading was mathematically illogical. Her comments in class were often divisive and she played favorites. She was unorganized and not quite sure what she was doing, evident in the fact that she amended the syllabus at least twice during the semester. Overall, Bruce simply is not qualified to teach at this level. I have never taken a course at Columbia and felt like a professor was anything other than an expert in their particular area of study - until now. This is unfortunate because CSER is a great department with some amazing professors.

May 2006

If you want a Professor that does not teach and passes off all of her teacher responsabilities to her students, then this is the Professor. The reading requirements are ridiculous for an Intro-class. Each week there are group presentations on assigned group books, so basically this course is a series of book reports with absolutely no feedback from Professor Bruce. Every writing assignment is completely wordy and only a chosen few can figure out the actual question. She creates a competitive environment by posting A papers on courseworks and then has the nerve to tell her students to model their papers after the A papers. She grades strictly on grammer, so if you are not up to par with your Columbia vocabulary, then your grade will suffer. I would not recommend Professor Bruce to anyone. She should not be teaching at Columbia. We pay too much money as students to have Professors like Bruce sit back and collect their paychecks for doing absolutely nothing!

Apr 2006

Professor Bruce is the type of professor who: a. is too lazy to teach so makes every class group presentations b. believes her opinions are facts c. contradicts herself all the time d. is EXTREMELY disorganized e. plays favorites f. assigns an impossible amount of reading (a book a week, if not two) While I definitely learned a few things about myself and American society from this class, I have to take it all with a grain of salt because of the issues listed above. This class had great potential, but Bruce really, really killed it. If you don't have to take it for your major, I would stay far away. Unless, of course, you enjoy writing obnoxiously vague essays.

Jan 2006

Professor Bruce is an interesting woman with amazing, very applicable life experiences, and some of the reading materials and discussions in the class were good. However, I have to agree with the other reviewer, she was painfully disorganized and there was no way we could know what she expected from us since she didn't know herself. It was her first time teaching the class (and her first at columbia?) so maybe it will improve next semester.

Dec 2005

Beverlee Bruce is the worst professor on two legs...there is just no other way to describe her. She gave us 5 different syllabi throughout the course of the class because she just couldn't get herself together. I am warning anyone reading this review that you WILL regret taking any class with Bruce. Because of her I am considering changing my major. She is disorganized, ridiculous, rude, unclear....and the list could go on and on.