John Fennell at Grinnell College

John Fennell

  • 4.4Overall Quality
  • 4.3Helpfulness
  • 4.6Clarity
  • 3.4Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
1/6/14

PHI 102

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Class is organized well so your receive new information each time. Sometimes he likes to yell when making a point which can be surprising at first.

3/31/13

Phi 256

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great professor. Really wants students to get material. Does lecture a lot but is open to discussion. You have to be proactive to start discussion but trust me listening to the lectures is often far more reward. Clearly extremely passionate. A kind man and a great advisor

7/1/11

PHI111

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

My least favorite class at Grinnell BY FAR! The only class I've taken where I felt I learned NOTHING! Not a good professor at all. Just talks the entire 50 minutes--not engaging at all. Paper prompts were extremely unclear.

6/2/10

PHIL101

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Wow-I thought philosophy was going to be easy-wrong.However, I learned so much. Fennell explains concepts really clearly, which I appreciated. He gives good feedback and if you come to his office w/ questions, he's very helpful. Really smart, intimidating, helpful, encouraging.

11/11/09

PHI256

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness2

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

It can be said with certainty that Fennell is an expert on the material at hand; however, his plodding, almost entirely lecture-based courses fail to inspire the kind of enthusiasm one expects must motivate him to study this subject. For an avid student of philosophy, his constant repetition inside of - and between - lectures was really dull.

4/7/09

PHI256

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is a great teacher, this stuff is his life and it shows in his ability to explain things very clearly. Not a lot of class discussion but really good lectures. Great at answering questions and really nice outside and inside of class

1/29/07

PHI111

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great guy. Really know his stuff. Wish I would have talked to him more in offices hours about papers. Definitely worth taking Intro with him if you have any slight interest in philosophy.

4/25/06

PHI 258

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

i would marry john fennell and have him read philosophy to me in his glorious australian accent.

9/15/05

logic 101

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

incredible, one of the best three classes i took at GC

5/16/05

PHI 102, 256

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Fennell rocks. He is incredibly clear, engaging and challenging. Take his class if you want a no b.s., no busy work course. He is religious about following the syllabus so you know what you are getting into from the first day of class. He is willing to review drafts of papers and he will spend any amount of time with you in his office.

12/22/04

PHI 111

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

his lectures are so clear that it is impossible to not understand the material, although the material is incredibly boring except for Nietzsche and Plato

2/8/04

logic

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

fennel is a very good-looking man. he paces around a lot, and pops up and sits down on the desk over and over. he's so totally australian too, which is cool. when he thinking deeply, his face darkens and it seems like he is staring into the abyss.

12/8/03

PHI 102

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

In Logic, it seems impossible not to do well, even if you skip a lot. Everything is laid out on the syllabus and if you read the book you only really need to show up for the quizzes on Friday. Good class, but I dont know when I'll ever use the knowledge.

11/13/03

Phil 101,

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Fennell is the man. He's clear as can be. He makes things easy to understand, but incourages your insights and challenges on philosophers. A nice guy. A real human being....not lofty...doesn't put wall between himself and students.

11/2/03

Phil.o.Sci

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Repeats things a bit too much, but other than that a good prof.

11/1/03

PHI 111

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Fennel is a great prof, he gets to the foundations of the philosophy and even lets you argue about it, which was really nice. He also has his crazy Austrailian accent.

10/30/03

p of mind

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

it was the first class he taught in grinnell. it was not bad and i could see it improving. he makes effort to do things well and he's definitely becoming one of the better profs. take his phi of lang class.

4/24/03

PHI 111

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Very good lecturer, one of the best

4/21/03

phi 113

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

4/8/03

PHI 253

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Affable, smart, not a ****.

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