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[Dec. 19th, 2012|04:07 pm]
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If I wanted to complain to my college about the quality of one of my professors this semester, what department would I contact? Or should I contact multiple departments, or even the dean?

This professor has been horrible from the start, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt because it was his first semester at our school and the first time he was teaching ed psych. But last night in class he admited to all of us that he never read the material and only spent maybe 5 minutes looking at the book before each class.
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[User Picture]From: whataspacecase
2012-12-19 09:10 pm (UTC)

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Dean of the department. I'll be honest with you--if you go to a research university, they're not likely to care too much if this guy is getting published or doing research that is interesting to entities with money.
[User Picture]From: whataspacecase
2012-12-19 09:10 pm (UTC)

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Also, academic affairs (or whatever they call it at your school)
[User Picture]From: blue_moon_ice
2012-12-19 09:16 pm (UTC)

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Its not a research university and he isnt getting anything published
[User Picture]From: briansue
2012-12-19 09:10 pm (UTC)

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You will probably get an end of the year evaluation to fill out about him/the class. I'd do it there. Dean of the department if you don't think that's enough.

Edited at 2012-12-19 09:10 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: blue_moon_ice
2012-12-19 09:16 pm (UTC)

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Last night was our last class and we never got evaluations. Our area was hit pretty bad by Sandy so almost none of the classes got them this semester.
[User Picture]From: briansue
2012-12-19 09:20 pm (UTC)

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Aw I'm really sorry that you guys got hit hard. The dean of the department is probably your best bet. Good luck. I had a terrible professor this semester and my class evaluation was so nice to write. I'd been taking notes of things to mention all semester.
[User Picture]From: blue_moon_ice
2012-12-19 09:23 pm (UTC)

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Ha me too! I was holding out hope we would get them last night but, alas! nothing.
[User Picture]From: kikkyo
2012-12-19 09:54 pm (UTC)

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I never recalled those evaluations making much of a difference at my school though, and I recall a couple professors actually admitting to them not necessarily making it to where you think they're going even though the university made them mandatory. It probably depends on the school though, but the Dean might be OP's best bet. :/
[User Picture]From: obfuscate
2012-12-19 09:11 pm (UTC)

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The department he teaches in?
[User Picture]From: kinkakinka
2012-12-19 09:12 pm (UTC)

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The dean of the department he works for.

Also, there is no apostrophe necessary. It's professors.
[User Picture]From: blue_moon_ice
2012-12-19 09:17 pm (UTC)

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Ah sorry... I knew I messed something up but my brain is on overload from finals...
[User Picture]From: shweetnettie13
2012-12-19 09:15 pm (UTC)

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I would complain to the dean of that department. And make sure to be hones in your course evaluation at the end (assuming you do them).

I've also found that using your school's ombudsman office (if you have one) is a great resource as well, but I would use this as a last resort.
[User Picture]From: blue_moon_ice
2012-12-19 09:21 pm (UTC)

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I was actually looking forward to the course evaluation for this class. Unfortunately, as I mentioned above, the hurricane hit our area pretty bad so things are all out of whack and most classes did not receive any evaluations