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James Spady
Professor in the History department
at University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
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Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.6
Clarity
2.9
Easiness
3.1
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42 Student Ratings
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06/07/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST 131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Spady is laid back and has a charming, if not dorky sense of humor. Take his class if you are confident in your abilities as a writer. One test, three papers..and really no need to attend class after the first test.

05/16/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST471 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

An excellent professor who will be missed. I loved this class and his passion for the subject came through.

05/12/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST 131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I loved this class! i really wanted to learn more about US history and Spady definately pulled through. His classes are nothing like youve ever had in high school becuase he actually disects the information to find all possible reasons for the history. Very sad he got a different teaching location. Papers were returned late but class was worth it!

05/03/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He's leaving after this semester so we won't have to worry. But, he cancelled class quite a few times (5+). Nothing was given back in a timely manner (still haven't got essay grades). Came away feeling like I didn't learn a thing about US history.

05/01/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
hist b4 1865 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

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05/01/2006
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST 131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's a nice guy, but dont ever expect anything back on time. Tries to make class interesting but usually ends up with information presented in a disorganized manner.

02/15/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HST 131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The first 4 weeks are just discussion but then he begins to lecture and it gets a lot more interesting.... Class is almost always fun

12/08/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist of VA Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B

Professor Spady is awesome!!! His lectures are interesting and he only lectures one day a week. The other class is discussioned based on the reading that was done for that day. He really wants you to put your opinion out there. Spady is very helpful on papers and other assignments. I would love to take another class with him.

11/28/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Spady is a nice guy, but I didn't enjoy his teaching style at all. He focused more on how the author wrote about the facts than the facts themselves. He changed the format of the class too. 1 test 3 papers. Overall, not too bad...if you want to nit pick and analyze history textbooks.

11/14/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST 131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's a very nice guy, and I enjoyed his lectures. I chose to write the essays and he was an extremely fair grader, and the class discussions would have gone better if the class had been engaged and prepared...but that seems to be an issue with all mary wash classes.

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