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Nancy Dallavalle
Professor in the Theology department
at Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
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Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.3
Easiness
2.4
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11/25/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
RS101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Participation matters" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Get ready to read"

I was afraid to come to this class every day I had it. Too bad I couldn't skip or I would've failed. I missed one day due to a death in the family, and she gave me a very hard time for it. You read A LOT. Pop quizzes every now and then. She calls on students randomly and embarrasses them. I know I'm not a dumb kid, and she made me feel dumb.

08/19/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Religion 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I found this woman unbelievably rude and completely unhelpful. She points out every last mistake, even when it is clear you're trying your best to put in effort. She calls students out in the middle of class and embarasses them about their answers to questions. Course work is extremely difficult and unclear. I recommend no student to take her.

04/22/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
RS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Do not take this professor! Head of the Religion Dept, very hard grader. I was failing most of the semester, her tests are v. difficult and even if you work hard on a paper she still gives you a bad grade. If you study hard for her final you can pass this class.

03/13/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
RS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The material, exams, and papers are quite easy, but she is just so unapproachable as a professor. She picks favorites and if you aren't one of them then good luck.

08/05/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
RS 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She comes to class with absolutely no plan and it shows. She is all over the place and her class discussions have no relation to the coursework. She gives off the feeling that she really does not care about what she is teaching or whether or not the class understands what she says. Very condescending and rude.

04/24/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
RELIG Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

so difficult. seriously don't take this class if you want to be able to understand anything your teacher is talking about. wants to make things way more confusing than necessary to make herself sound smart. way too difficult for a religion class avoid at all costs

04/23/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
RS 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This was my cornerstone even w/o the religion major. While the class can be hard and the tests are not easy, she was easily one of the best professors at Fairfield. She really cares about the students in her class and their well-being. She is willing to work with students. You'll think you're failing all semester but get a good grade in the end

11/02/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
RStenA Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

She was a terribly rude and condescending professor, you must work very hard to achieve on the tests which are quite difficult...she expects a lot.. I feel like she means well but she was just too harsh for my liking... keep in mind I am an A student and am not just a lazy person...I kept up with readings etc...her class just wasn't for me!

05/11/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Rs10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Dallavalle expects a lot of you. She uses a lot of books and the tests are really hard. She really cares about her students and she's a good overall teacher but her class wasn't for me. She's willing to meet with you pretty much ever and is very nice when you're one on one.

04/06/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
RSA Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Terrible teacher. Don't take her. She is extremely hard, if you don't have an incredible "interest" in religion, then don't take her. get away.

12/21/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
RS10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dallavalle is very challenging. However, if you go to class, do your readings, study for exams, look engaged during class, and laugh at her jokes, you're golden. She is a hilarious woman, and beneath her cynical exterior is a mom. Seriously, she's such a mom sometimes, it's really cute. If you want to learn things, take her. If not, don't.

10/05/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
RS10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I had her as a teacher last year and she was the worst teacher I had. She picked randomly on the students and put you on the spot. If you try and make an inference she will say "no" and look at you like your an idiot. She also spoke too fast and never smiled. Her office hours were only one time a week. I do not recommend her to upcoming freshman.

04/03/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
RS237 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Definitely one of the best professors that I had here at Fairfield. She is hysterical and definitely keeps you listening for her witty comments. While a challenging professor, you definitely feel rewarded when you have completed the class.

03/23/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
RS10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

took her freshman year for RS 10. wayyy too intense and hard for RS 10. she has a way of calling on you and while you struggle to answer she looks at you like you're an idiot. teachers should have compassion and help people who have a harder time. seems like a very depressed individual and never smiles. the 8 am class sucks.

12/15/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
RS10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is not a bad teacher at all. What is expects is for you to actually do the readings and the work. Weird concept for a student, I know. If you do that, then you won't be picked on or feel like she is being condescending. The class isn't a breeze, but if you actually put effort into it you'll be fine.

12/04/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
RS227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you are an idiot, then by all means avoid this class. However, if you're not mentally challenged you will realize that she is a phenomenal teacher. If you don't do the work, you will fail. If you want an easy class and you don't want to learn avoid her. But if you are intelligent then she is a great asset and will help you do well.

07/12/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
RS10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Not as bad as all these comments. Yea she is sarcastic but its hilarious. Class is class and its religion so its not going to be fun. But she gives a study guide for each test and final. Just go by the guide and you wont do so bad. Not an easy A but def doable. I thought she was kind of funny

05/07/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
RS10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

this woman is out of her mind way too intense about RS10. Lets be honest, we are forced to take an RS10 class and nobody actually wants to take it. She picks on random people in class, expects you to do all of the reading, the tests require a ridiculous amount of studying and the final has 4 essays on it that count for more than half of the class.

12/27/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
RS10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

One piece of advice. Avoid Dallavalle's classes at all cost.

12/27/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
RS115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

terrible teacher. makes no sense whatsoever. office hours are pointless. good luck suffering in her class

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