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Jack Spiro
Professor in the Religion department
at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
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Overall Quality
4.7
Average Grade
C
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.7
Clarity
4.7
Easiness
3.9
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10/23/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
RELS 305 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again" "Amazing lectures" "Respected by students"

Although I knew nothing about the Hebrew Prophets, Dr. Spiro made their identity and teachings very clear. He is a wonderful teacher and really knows his subject. One of the best courses I've taken.

05/06/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST 326 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

He has wonderful reviews and is informative, nice, funny, lenient, and sincere--but his class was a disappointment. He's forgetful, goes off on tangents, constantly misreads material, fails to understand questions, and tells the same ten stories every class period. Doesn't write on board, just speaks from the podium the entire time. No slides.

04/26/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
REL 319 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Hands down one of the finest professors at VCU. I've taken two classes with him. If you want to become a scholar in Judaism and Jewish History, register for his courses. He's an absolute gem of a guy.

04/11/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
RELS 306 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor! Has the best stories, I would listen to him all day. Can explain everything in depth. He follows the outline & readings in the (inexpensive) book and makes great jokes. Easy in the sense it's interesting so studying isn't a pain, but you have to know your stuff. I'd take this class again!

03/13/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
RELS 250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very interesting class. Lecture first half of class every time, second half is always a movie. No need to study hard if you pay attention in class. Readings are mandatory, but interesting and short. Attendance is taken. All notes and summaries are in the course packet you buy prior to the start of class.

03/30/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
RELS391 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Spiro is an amazing professor and person. Really entertaining classes, loves the material he teaches about. None of his classes are extremely difficult if you pay attention, but you will probably learn a lot (I did!).

12/21/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
RELS250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

A brilliant professor and a great man. His class on death was one of the most interesting classes I have ever taken in my life. I have never had a professor who was so genuinely nice. He is a man who loves what he is teaching and his students. He has a lot of real life experience with the subject-one of his P.H.D's is in grief counseling.

11/28/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
RELS305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Rarely ever attended class but was never penalized. Love Spiro. His lectures always make me giggle... makes great contemporary comparisons. Always somehow manages to throw the word "sexy" into lecture... mildly obsessed! Take a class!

11/17/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
RELS334 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

I have taken a couple of classes with Spiro. He is without a doubt one of the most enlightened men I've had the pleasure of learning from. If you get an opportunity to take a class of his, take it! For real.

09/25/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
RELS334 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

One of my favorite religious studies professors. He is knows his stuff. I love his course packets. If you follow along in the lecture outlines with your notes and do the readings, his tests are no problem. Just study. Even when he talks about things that aren't on the test its really interesting. TAKE HIS CLASSES.

04/05/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
RELS250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Classes are easy- just pay attention, take notes, & attend class. Tests are easy as long as you study. If you don't you won't pass: questions are phrased just different enough to actually make you think about it. Very cool guy. Only people who'll fail are the ones expecting everything to be "spoon fed" as another rater said. This isn't high school.

02/05/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
RELS250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher! Very funny and more importantly, very intelligent. One of the most interesting teachers and classes I have ever had! I would love to take another class with him. I recommend Death class to anyone who goes to VCU!

12/21/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
RELS334 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I can not believe that a student had the audacity to rate Dr. Spiro as poor. This man is a true scholar, a pillar in the community, and had traveled all over the world. If you want someone to spoon feed you and if you lack the ability to think, don't take him, but if you're truly interested in gaining knowledge, Dr. Spiro is the BEST.

11/25/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
RELS250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher! Very interesting class and very interesting person. He's funny and very smart. One of the best classes and professors I've ever taken.

11/14/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
JewishHis Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took this class because I was interested and people lovee him on here. I was REALLY disappointed. His lectures are all over the place, he goes off on irrelevant tangents or talks about the same thing for 45 minutes straight. If you want to do okay, you MUST read both books (they're boring) because lectures can be spotty. He curves. Don't take it.

07/26/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
RELS334 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

LOVE him. i want to take more of his classes.. he makes class interesting. probably one of the best classes i've ever taken. definitely recommended.

07/20/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
RELS334 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He was a great professor. I learned so much about different religions and it was obvious how knowledgeable he was. I loved his teaching style! He was like an adorable grandpa teaching you about religion. :) Wish I could take more classes by him.

04/11/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST326 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Finishing 2nd semester of Jewish history. Fantastic teacher, greater lecturer, makes history fun to learn. Lots of empathy for his students, extremely well organized.

12/18/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
RELS340 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He was a lot of fun.

07/24/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
RELS305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His lectures are clear and fascinating. Wonderful speaker and holds my attention even when I'm tired. I want to take ALL his courses!

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