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Morgan Pitelka
Professor in the Asian Studies department
at Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
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Overall Quality
4.0
Average Grade
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Hotness
Helpfulness
4.0
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
2.8
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05/31/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASN101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

At first, Pitelka seems easy going and the first test, at least for 101, was a breeze if you studied a bit. But, he grades papers hard, gives tons of reading, and attendance is mandatory. He does hold grudges against students! Overall, interesting lecturer but is not knowledgeable in areas other than Japan.

04/12/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASN250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He takes attendance everyday. Doesn't give out any work besides a couple of moodle forums and two papers. No midterm or final. Grades with a rubric. Answers emails very quickly. Very nice and knows everyone by name.

05/21/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASN250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

cool teacher, but grades kinda hard.

11/03/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASN250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's a very nice and intersting professor who knows the material well. He does like to take attendance everyday though.

07/11/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
asn 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Lectures about history, but essays entirely on culture. Grades exactly to freshman core grading rubric, so follow that and you're assured a B or higher. 95% of class is lecture. Two quizzes/week is VERY annoying. Lots of work. Class discussions may be a little alienating if you're not interested in Asian Studies or have never been to Asia.

04/18/2006
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASN 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Although Mr. Pitelka is knowlegable and his lectures are decently entertaining, I don't think that he cares about his students unless you plan to study Asia in more depth. Also, if you are not a prolific writer, he will insult your writing, and you. He is also close-minded and holds grudges against students. Know what you are getting yourself into.

03/30/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASN 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is an awesome and engaging professor and I totally recommend anyone to take one of his classes. His classes are very interesting.

10/28/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASN 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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10/28/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASN 180 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Pitelka is rad! His classes are extremely informative and his wealth of knowledge about Asian studies is very inspiring. Be wary - his classes are extremely difficult! I took ASN 180 and ASN 101. I asked him how I could get an A in his class. If you follow his guidelines and bust your ass during the semester, it is possible to get an A. He's also extremely willing to write teacher recommendations for his students for grauate school. You are seriously missing out if you pass his classes up!!

08/31/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Early Modern J Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

We had REAL discussions about the readings, not straight from the book crap. The more interested people are, the better he teaches. Communication is easy and essential in order to get exactly what you want out of his class. He LISTENS.

08/12/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASN 250, 350 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great prof., knows his stuff, especially good in small seminar class. Gets behind in his grading and such though. But his classes are very worthwhile.

06/29/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASN 101, CSP 9 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Pitelka is an excellent, and challenging teacher who gives a lot of work. He also is very, very tech savvy, and so the majority of his assignments are online. If you need help or just have any questions, he is extremely understanding and helpful. I highly recommend taking a class with him but be prepared to work hard.

04/05/2005
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASN101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

boring...did not like his class...although he is very straight forward

02/06/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASN101,350,360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I have had three classes with Pitelka and they have all been excellent. His lectures are straightforward, and his discussions are very student-centered and thought-provoking. He assigns a lot of reading, but it is all pertinent and very interesting; besides, he never expects people to read it all.

01/18/2005
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASN180 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This guy is boring and his tests come straight from his lectures...i hated attending class so much..it was like death every morning. you don't need to do any readings and all you have to do is study straight from the lecture notes he puts online...and it's an easy A-

07/28/2004
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
asn 180 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

cut the guy some slack...he's basically the ONLY asian studies professor at oxy. he works very hard and still has time to be super nice and helpful. shame on oxy for not even trying to develop our asian studies department!

05/24/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASN 180 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Enthusiastic and helpful; has realistic expectations. Lectures frequently follow readings. Essays are hard. If you put in some effort, this class is not too difficult and you can learn a lot.

04/30/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASN101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Pitelka is a good guy and a good teacher. But seriously, who goes to Princeton to Major in Tea Ceremonies??? Anywho, I don't know if he should get tenure so quickly. Why so much reading, with such poor discussions?

04/30/2004
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASN101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Teaches like he's still at Columbia, he's really intense sometimes it seems. Hopefully one day he will mellow out and relax a bit and give more slack on attendance and loosen up.

04/21/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASN 360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Pitelka is a smart guy -- he came from an Ivy league school, and he expects his students to use the brains they were given. Oxy students may be steadily decreasing in quality, but the faculty know what they are doing, and Pitelka's no exception.

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