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Mark Merkley
Professor in the Communication department
at Weber State University, Ogden, UT
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94 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/12/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
2110 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B
"Tough Grader" "Inspirational" "Amazing lectures"

Merkley is a highly interesting teacher. If you enroll in his 2110 course, you will enjoy attending his lectures, assuming you're not easily offended. However, be advised, it's extremely difficult to earn anything higher than a B in the course. He forced each 4-person group to average out their members' grades to a 3.0, regardless of what we earned

12/11/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
COMM 1020 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B+
"Inspirational" "Hilarious" "Clear grading criteria"

Prof. Merkley is amazing. He is highly inspirational, motivated, and intelligent. I have taken two classes from him and both were filled with fun humor and great perspectives. His engaging teaching style is completely different than the usual lecture taking note style. I have learned so much, that I will take with me beyond school.

12/11/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Comm 2110 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B+
"Participation matters" "Amazing lectures" "Gives good feedback"

Professor Merkley is definitely one of a kind. He doesn't care about grades he wants you to learn and take something away from the class. My advice to you is make sure you get a good group for the project because mine was terrible and it affected my grade and also affected how much I enjoyed the class. This class is NOT for shy or timid people.

12/09/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
lecture Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: C+
"Tough Grader" "Assignments galore" "Skip class? You won't pass."

I would not take another class from him. He talks about God the whole class time. I worked harder for this class than any other class and I still did not get an A. He does not go by the book

12/09/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Comm 1020 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: B+
"Get ready to read" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Tough Grader"

Has his opinion on what an "online" class should be and doesn't really care if you can't make it. He definitely won't give you good feedback if you have to miss his meetings. His grading is so confusing and makes little sense. Try hard and you get a B-. Don't try hard and get an A He isn't very respectful to students because our opinions are wrong

12/06/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM 1020 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: B+
"Tough Grader" "Participation matters" "Big time extra credit"

He's pretty funny, but arrogant. Rude, opinionated, etc. He'll talk more about his views than public speaking. The tests are extremely easy if you read the study guides you'll do well on them. In fact, I would highly suggest making sure you get A's on all of the exams because he grades extremely tough on the speeches. Extra credit for poetry.

12/05/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM 1020 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A+
"Hilarious" "Would take again" "Inspirational"

Professor Merkley may not be the easiest teacher you ever have. He definitely expects you to work for your grade. However, he is extremely willing to work with you if you need help. He is supportive, hilarious and it was a joy to be in his class. Absolutely my favorite professor in college so far, and possibly my favorite teacher ever.

11/10/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
COMM 1020 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-
"Would take again" "Gives good feedback" "Participation matters"

As long as you show up it's very easy to get a good grade. You have to give a few different speeches but he has all the information on how he is going to grade them in the workbook you buy for $2. He has four tests that are more like quizzes. If you just study the Study Guides he puts on Canvas, you should be able to get 100%.

04/20/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
1020 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Merkley's class will push you to think and challenge the ideas you were born into thinking are true. It's great. You have to be really stupid to get anything less than an A-B+ in his class. Tests are easy, gives you a format for the outlines, and grades on CONTENT not only the presentation.

04/18/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM 2110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Mark Merkley is a great teacher!! He has his opinions and is sticking to them, but he definitely puts your brain to work! He is a very fair grader, but doesn't offer a lot of out of class help. Just study & put forth effort & you'll be fine! Awesome guy!!

04/08/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM 2110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This class is THE BEST class I have taken at WSU. I took it my first semester as a Junior and had so much fun! You WILL think in his class, you WILL be the center of attention, and you WILL be subject to controversial topics, but he is AMAZING! Merk, I know you read these and desire a chili....so enjoy! :) :) :)

03/13/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Comm 2110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Merkley is the kind of professor that either you like or you don't. I personally thought he had many cool insights, and liked him. I wish that is he was a little less opinionated though. WARNING: IF YOU DON"T LIKE CONTROVERSY TOPICS, YOU WILL HATE THIS CLASS.

01/30/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Comm Public Spe Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

avoid this guy

01/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM 1020 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took this course online and was concerned about having to travel to the university for presentations. Merkley may be a lot to handle and overwhelming for the conservative of heart, but he was a great professor. He was VERY flexible with working around my schedule for speeches. I never heard him say he wouldn't give his online course A's.

12/14/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
COMM 2110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Enter class w/ open mind. Realize words mean nothing, until you put a meaning behind it. Some get offended and drop the class and other will realize that he is trying to get you to use you brain! Very helpful and eye opening class based on leadership. He makes class exciting and humorous.

12/03/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM 2110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Devil's advocate is part of a teacher's job HOWEVER consistently tearing down your students with a "holier than thou" attitude is ineffective. When your Prof exudes a sense of entitlement, patronizing greed for knowledge, and an overall dislike of his students, it doesn't make me want to go to class.

11/12/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
2100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Oh he is definitely different. Don't take his class if you are easily offended. He isn't really clear on assignments. He rants a lot and just goes on and on and on. Shuts other peoples opinions down. You have to really work for the grade you want.

10/28/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
2100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Merkley is an outstanding instructor. Don't listen to the other comment about Merkley playing favorites with comm. majors--NOT true! He favors the ones who work hard and think for themselves. He is not for the faint hearted. He's tough, but you'll learn so much and thank him later for opening your mind.

08/13/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Comm 2110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Merkley is a great teacher! He is very blunt and straightforward but also very funny and makes class interesting. This was my favorite class so far. The tests are easy, you use the book but its cheap, papers are easy, and a group project. Go in with an open mind and speak up in class, you will get a lot out of the class if you do that.

08/05/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Com 2100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is a critic but also very interesting. Believe in God? he pretty much makes fun of him. Merkley goes on a lot of rants If you're going into communications... then you're going to be his favorite.

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