pretty laid back most of the time. tried to illuminate why a university student would need to learn such a thing as a lens or conversation essay, but wasn't always able to do so clearly. similarly, when critiquing drafts he often called students out for mistakes they weren't aware they were supposed to avoid-he's not good at elaborating the intended audience or appropriate style (often contradictory on this) for a particular assignment. I also didn't like that most of the "seed texts" he provided the class were written by Columbia professors-it made the class feel very insular and detached from the real, practical world.
that said, one could do worse. he clearly cares about his students, and he was good at sparking interesting student discussions that provided fodder for essay topics.