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Tom Napierkowski
Professor in the English department
at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO
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Overall Quality
4.4
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Helpfulness
4.4
Clarity
4.5
Easiness
2.5
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04/28/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He brought British Literature and Chaucer to life without all of the relative and politically correct nonsense of modern criticism.

05/25/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL4850 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Loved this teacher! He is so knowledgeable. Favorite class of the semester.

02/16/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL3950 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I found his analyses of old English literature pretty outdated and useless for modern literary criticism. He's okay if you plan on being an elementary school teacher, I guess.

08/13/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL392 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

One of the hardest classes I've ever taken, but it was amazing. He brought Chaucer to life in a way I couldn't have dreamed of. It was a great class and very helpful as I move on in my schooling.

06/30/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL251 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Interesting lecturer with great sense of humor; he made the period of English literature come alive for me.

12/20/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
engl0000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He taught Chaucer and History of the English Language and he was great! His tests are difficult, but if you take lots of notes and memorize them, you will get an A without a problem! He is so funny and helful and makes even a boring topic fun!

12/20/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
engl0000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I took him for Chaucer and History of the English Language and he was great! His tests are difficult, but if you take lots of notes and memorize them, you will get an A without a problem! He is so funny and helful and makes even a boring topic fun!

12/09/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL3200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Napierkowski is probably one of the best instructors I have ever had. His approach is methodical, in depth, historically correct. He teaches students how to correctly appreciate literature. His tests are hard, but his involved lectures and ability to make the literature he teaches as not only clear but vastly meaningful.

11/25/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG3920 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Napierkowski teaches very little critical thinking, and he's a pushy ideologue. He expects students to memorize his narrow Catholic vision of Chaucer and regurgitate it on tests. He also makes absurd comparative claims, as in how Chaucer surpasses Shakespeare in excellence--ridiculous and naive. Too bad, and unfair to Chaucer.

08/15/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL2510 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Napierkowski is very knowledgeable and personable. I have taken two of his courses and have never been disappointed. His tests are hard so I suggest forming study groups early on.

05/12/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENGL395 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Napierkowski is honestly the best teacher I've ever had. He flawlessly combines tough definitions with humor and a fair grading system, and encourages his students to explore the subject on their own. He is always available to talk to you, and if you can't make an appointment, he'll call you or respond through email within a few hours. I highly rec

01/21/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL251 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Napierkowski is a great educator who is obviously still very into the subjects he teaches. Approachable, funny, and an all-around cool dude! There aren't very many assignments in his class, though, so it's easy to fall behind.

11/09/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG135 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

napierkowski was awesome. I took his 2 week lit class during the summer and it was actually pretty cool. He has lots of good stories and you'll be fine if you read the book, which is just a bunch of short stories. He's a nice guy too. Years later he still remembers me.

07/02/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL395 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Although he is passionate about the material, his assignments and lecture style are generally uninspired. Rarely, if ever, are you encouraged to engage the text. Rote memorization may impress you if you aren't looking to be challenged, but you won't leave with much grasp of the texts other than basic plot and quickly forgotten definitions.

06/26/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chaucer Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Probably the best engl. lit prof. still teaching at UCCS

10/30/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ABC123 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I am a student who has already graduated and I still think back to how much I appreciated Nepierkowski's classes. He definitely keeps you awake with his loud voice and funny comments. I absolutely love Medieval lit because of him- if you get an A in his class, you'll feel like you just hiked Pikes Peak (exhausted but proud).

07/13/2007
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
eng900 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Nepierkowski definitely cares about his students and the material he teaches. I learned more about my writing and studying styles from him than from any other professor ever in college. He may be hard to get used to, but as soon as you receive an A you feel on top of the world!

03/11/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
eng251 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Amazing prof! Knows the material and is excited about it as well. You have to work hard but it is worth it for the things you can learn in any class he teaches. Especially enjoyed Chaucer. Had several classes with him over the years, don't recall the actuall class numbers.

01/16/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
hum300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

ok

04/04/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HUM 300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He will work with you on assignments to make sure you know what he wants. He knows so muck about so many subjects.

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