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Jack Lessenberry
Professor in the Journalism department
at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
are you Jack Lessenberry?
Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
3.2
Easiness
2.2
Helpfulness
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04/24/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
COM 5080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is not easy, he can be rough around the edges but he's not teaching a 5000 level class to children; he's teaching it to adults and that is how he treats everyone. Read and then read again, study and study some more and ask questions, he is very helpful and very insightful.

03/08/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
COM 5080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I really don't care if this guy "knows his stuff". He is rude and degrading to his students and is nothing but a grump who needs to retire. He gets paid for showing videos to the class and texting in the corner. Wayne State needs to get rid of him. He's not funny either.

05/01/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
COM5080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Jack is intelligent and talented, but he's the Boogey Man to students. I was terrified of him before I took the class, but he's fair with a good sense of humor. His interpersonal skills are lacking, but as long as you treat it like a job and don't slack off, an A or B is easily attainable. You'll want this man's recommendation.

11/01/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Com5080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Mr. Lessenberry is a class act. I've been terrified of Jack since my freshman year. I was biased though, I'd never spoken to him. Now, two years later, I'll tell you a different story. Mr. Lessenberry is a wealth of knowledge. I'm seriously not sure how his brain contains it all. He keeps it real. Best professor I'll ever have, I already know.

05/08/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
COM5080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He comes across as a hard nosed prof, but once you get to know him you realize he is a class guy. Show up ON TIME. Do all the assignments by the deadline and you'll be fine. Also do the assigned readings because there is a reading test every week. The midterm is pretty hard if you don't pay attention in class. The final is cumulative.

04/28/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
COM5250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Jack is awesome. Despite the rumors you may hear, he really has students' best interest when it comes to journalism. The guy knows everyone in media. He's very smart! His class is by no means a blow-off. You have to be prepared to work hard. Do not be late, and execute deadlines. It's not just a class, it's a job.

04/18/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
COM5250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This is the second class I've taken that Lessenberry has taught and I learned a lot. If you expect to make it in journalism, I recommend taking one of his classes because he gives you a taste of the real world. Show up on time, meet deadlines and take notes and you'll be fine.

03/01/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
COM5080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I was BEYOND terrified to take Jack's class. However, as the semester's gone on, I realize how much he really does care about his students. I went to his office hours and he's totally a different guy. He's helping me find an internship. He knows his stuff and wants us to know it, too. That's why he's so tough. DO. NOT. BE. LATE.

12/13/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
COM6190 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

Probably one of Wayne State's most renowned professors. His only character flaw, if you can call it that, is recognizing those who shouldn't be majoring in journalism and ostracizing them. For example, you need to be able to read and write intelligently, critically and with comprehension. If you cannot, he'll find you and make an example out of u.

04/25/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
COM5080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I guess Jack comes off as intimidating, but that's probably just because he knows a great deal about what he's teaching. His class gives you a taste of the real world. He puts students on the stop by asking questions and has zero tolerance for lateness and absences. Basically, your grade reflects how much effort you put in.

12/08/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
com101 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

Jack is the kind of egoistic person who likes to hear that he's the smartest guy in the room. Surely he knows a thing or two about journalism, but that doesn't allow him to disrespect his students and humilate them in front of his peers.

11/26/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
COM5080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I can't help but think the person who commented before me is Jack. But anyway, earlier in the semester I was very intimidated by him, but his "nightmarish" tactic actually motivated me to do my best. His assignments are not hard, basic college work. Just be on time and do the readings and you'll pass with flying colors. He's actually a cool guy.

08/22/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
COM5080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Being attractive has nothing to do with anything. It was the dead of winter when I took this class, and I showed no skin. He's tough, sure. He's intimidating, sure. He's nightmarish, sure. I bet you'll know something about journ when at the end. And his dry humor is just his way of being hip, he knows he's an old coot. p.s. BE ON TIME!

07/14/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
COM5250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

If he ever wrote an article about sexual harassment and asymmetrical power relationships, I'd love to read it. They say your writing is best when you know the material first hand.

10/08/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
COM5250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

SNOOZER! Jack's class is such a blow-off! He lets you turn in assignments whenever you want and pretty much write about anything you want -- he doesn't read them anyway. This is the best class I've ever taken because I got away with so much!

09/09/2009
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
INTRO101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Survey Course, Intro to Journalism. All comments about his inappropriate conduct, sexism and harrassment are true. I should know, firsthand. Stay away!! (Pretty) girls, beware.

05/04/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
COM5250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I can't believe the comments people have left about Lessenberry. Sure he's tough. Sure he doesn't take excuses. But what future employer won't be the same. He is not only the best teacher Wayne State offers but also a genuine mentor. Take him if you wish to learn and succeed in life.

04/20/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
COM6190 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I've had Jack for another class and used to think he was the biggest jerk! Not true. All Jack wants you to do is follow directions and show some effort. If you slack, then Jack attacks! LOL. No really, once you get to know him, you'll learn that he really does care and wants you to succeed. He only cares if YOU care. So do the work & BE ON TIME!

01/21/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIST2040 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is not helpful, very arrogant and plays favorites. He doesn't care about students, only feeding his ego. He is one of the worst professors I've ever had. He trys to discourage students and has a negative attitude. He uses offensive examples during class. He's not a good professor. Bottom Line.

11/03/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
com5080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I really don't know what to say about him. Sometimes I think he is nice, & then he ruins it & makes me cry. He has no tact. He is a walking encyclopedia, but he isn't very easy to approach or talk to. Maybe his way of helping me is making me feel like a loser. It feels like crap, but if it will get me to graduate and get a good job, I thank him.

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