Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Class schedules posted!!

Good News: Class schedules are posted here!!!
Bad News: Business school will have many classes on Friday.

Good News: A LOT of classes are available next semester in all schools.
Bad News: Business school will have many classes on Friday.

Sad but true. We can't be wimps though. I think I can handle a 2pm or 4pm. Anytime earlier than that is another story...


Blogger Herman said...

I also found it a little scary to see more than half the business school class with STAFF as the professor. Additional, all the classes for the summer session say STAFF. I am sure some of that will be filled in by summer, but for the Spring its a HUGE PROBLEM.
I'm a Junior, double majoring in business and political science. It is no big secret that there are significant differences between good and bad professors for core requirements. Signing up for a class with STAFF sometime in early november does not instill me with confidence in the quality of education I will be receiving in the Business school.
Although I know I am returning to Tulane, I am not sure I will be continue in the business school, unless it becomes more apparent who is going to be teaching my classes.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

Seeing staff as the professor's name is very very common. It just means they havent assigned certain teachers to each section yet. As they do, they will fill it in place of staff. If you are a junior, then this would have been your first year in the business school. You will see this a lot throughout your 1st and 2nd years. It is not uncommon at all in the b-school.
I'm double majoring in Political Economy and business and I know that usually this doesnt happen in tulane college. But since there are so many sections of the same thing, it is very common in the b-school.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Herman said...

It actually isnt my first semester in the Bschool, I started early and know it is common place to have Staff in many course. However, there are an abnormal amount of STAFF listings this semester. Obviously these are not normal times, but for the first time since the Hurricane, my faith in the quality of Tulane education has faultered a little bit. There are a few glaring names missing from the Business school list of Professors: Lesmond in Managerial Acct (Although I heard he was leaving Tulane before the Hurricane), Goodman in Managerial Perspective (Although Hogg is a great teacher), and Kohlman for Marketing Management to name a few. I understand STAFF is a common listing, but not with such high frequency this close to registration.

I believe a post asking for students comments on Professors would be extremely helpful to students. I know there is grade-it and ratemyprofessor, but these website are often out dated and limited (especially when talking about the B-School)

3:58 PM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

Lesmond is now teaching MBA students, that is why you don't see him as an undergraduate professor. He is truly amazing. Goodman teaches marketing, not managerial. She will be coming back for sure. Your worried about Kohlman not coming back? apparently you didnt have her, I did.

STAFF simply means they haven't picked who teaches what section yet. If you want to know which professors will be returning, they will probably make that available to you when you can call the b-school. There is no reason to be concerned about that whatsoever. I promise.

4:08 PM  
Blogger greenwave said...

yeah staff just means that they haven't assigned a professor yet to that class. nothing to worry about.

4:19 PM  
Blogger spohmoremom said...

Why don't they have a name. You would think the same person who was going to teach it in Fall would be teaching it again. I understand that they may not need as many classes because students took them at other schools but if they are going to have 2 instead of 4 the main professor should be listed.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Obese Blogger said...

It IS a bit odd to have core classes scheduled as taught by "staff". Professors usually teach their same classes for YEARS - it is "their class", so to speak. They don't usually switch classes semester by semester, willy nilly AND they aren't usually assigned classes. This is assuming that 100% of professors are staying as Brett already stated in previous posts. I'm certain that all these professors have stayed in close contact with their dept. heads and were already prepared to teach their Fall classes. There would be no reason necessarily to alter that schedule or the Spring schedule if 100% professors were returning, as Brett had already mentioned.

This blog really needs to cut down the pollyanna responses just a bit...it can get extremely irritating at times.

Brett, If you just give the objective facts without minimizing the bad or overstating the good - you'll come across as a more reliable source of information. Giving objective information does not mean that you are showing disloyalty to your beloved institution and city. It means you are thoughtful, mature, and can be viewed as a good and reliable source of information.

Do you REALLY know that every single professor is coming back and that some admin person decides which classes the professors will teach?

Might it not be better just to state that you hope and pray that the classes that are now scheduled as "staff" will be taught by renown professors rather than TA's?

If it is indeed your constant viewpoint that nothing is bad and all is good - blind faith - then you need to be mindful to qualify your statements as your opinion only - and nothing more. But you really ought to try not to come across so overtly biased, especially if you are a junior or senior. I think out in the real world, men of vision and integrity are held in higher esteem than men of blind faith and flamboyant words...

5:01 PM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

Yes, i think 90% of the professors are coming back. I'm a senior, I've seen every time I register. It's not a big deal that it says STAFF. A good professor will teach it. Students aren't going to walk into a room and find a FEMA employee teaching the class.

Many of the great professors are already listed as teaching classes There are much bigger issues than worrying about why it says staff on the course page.

5:38 PM  
Blogger jon kohn said...

The first edition of the couse list always has about 90% STAFF listings, then the second and third editions come out...it is the same EVERY semester...Let us never forget the famous TULANE UNVERSITY catalog...

5:46 PM  
Blogger jon kohn said...

andy herman...i am shocked at your negativity

5:47 PM  
Blogger BootNRally said...

Classes on friday? How are the b-school kids supposed to feel normal by going to class on fridays? Well, Hogg better be coming back..

5:47 PM  
Blogger The Obese Blogger said...

FYI: From the Tulane Forum...

"im taking classes at elmwood this semester while i wait for tulane to reopen and the dean came into our class tonight to say hello and mentioned a few things...about 800 faculty and staff lost their homes in the hurricane, the head of accounts receivable died in his home in lakeview and tulane is trying to lease a cruise ship which could hold about 2400 people to try to help with the housing issue"

6:44 PM  
Blogger doc brinker said...

I don't know about the b-school, but all of the profs. in my dept are coming back. The problem is that we are required to offer all core first AND second semester courses simultaneously (since many student couldn't take classes this last semester), so our teaching load is nearly doubled. This makes scheduling very tricky, especially since we can't just have faculty meeting, being scattered all about right now. Please have patience.

8:00 PM  
Blogger RollWave23 said...

maybe the professors arent signing up to teach the classes because they have to teach on fridays. they probably dont want to miss happy hour. :-)

i love tulane
i will have classes at 2am in the morning on a sunday if thats what it takes to go back there.

11:58 PM  
Blogger ncgwmom said...

Maybe the listings say "staff" not because the profs aren't teaching their normal courses but because there are multiple sections and those haven't been assigned. I don't really know, but it's a possiblity. Having taught at the university level, I know that's very common. It's not a big worry, I wouldn't think.

4:40 AM  
Blogger tuvadad said...

A worry is not offering a full complement of courses for a common major over the two 'semesters' (Spring + Lagniappe).

Add in an administration that is not forthcoming, and Tulane loses its academic appeal.

8:12 PM  
Blogger TheDevilIsInTheDetails said...

Be prepared for the next huricaine rita or find another one that's similar. As the Boy Scouts say: "Be Prepared"!

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