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Who was your Favorite College Professor

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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by Jedidiah View Post
    I think I remember college. And I think I had professors. More than that ??
    Only if you get one of those "aha" moments.... don't strain yourself, brother!

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  • Jedidiah
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    I think I remember college. And I think I had professors. More than that ??

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  • Cow Poke
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    When I was younger, I had a NT Professor named Dr Paul Payne. On the first day of class, professors of other classes would come in and introduce themselves to the class, basically reciting their resume, degrees, published works, accomplishments.....

    Dr Payne waked in and said, "Good morning - I'm Paul Payne, and if I wasn't qualified to teach this class, I wouldn't be standing up here, so let's get started....."

    That was quite refreshing! And he had GREAT sermon illustrations which I still use!

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  • Catholicity
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    One of the more outstanding professors in my mind was Dr. Wooldridge, he was an elderly psychology professor, but he knew how to teach the concepts to a room full of students from many backgrounds. My other favorite was Dr. Macelreath who quite frankly taught history from one of the more unique perspectives. He was quite liberal, though never impressed his world view. His idea was for us to read about history and write from our point of view. His class was VERY challenging, but it made for very interesting debate and discussion. I was going through a difficult time with my epilepsy in his class and he accomodated it too, which helped. I passed the class with a good grade and while parts of it are hard to remember it left an impression on the way I think about events.

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  • One Bad Pig
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    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Did he ever cover the assertion that the RF-4E (F4) Phantom was living proof that if you put enough engine on something you can even make a brick fly?

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  • KingsGambit
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    I had a lot of graduate teacher assistants in undergrad, and if I'm completely honest, the one who most stood out did because she was cute. (This was before I joined TWeb, Cath, don't worry )

    The most memorable professor I had was Harry Shaffer. He was in his late 80s when I had him. He had had upwards of 20-25 voice surgeries so he could continue to teach. He was Austrian so combined with his voice issues, rather difficult to understand, but he was a university institution. Almost everybody had him for introductory economics.

    He also had a unique background. He fled Europe just before the Holocaust started (he was Jewish) and ended up translating English/German for the US military. He then taught at the University of Alabama, but resigned in protest when they expelled their first black female student on specious grounds... and ended up at my school, where he taught for the next 50 years.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_G._Shaffer

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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    Dr. Mark Maughmer was another excellent educator who managed to impart the fundamentals of aerodynamics to me.
    Did he ever cover the assertion that the RF-4E (F4) Phantom was living proof that if you put enough engine on something you can even make a brick fly?

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  • One Bad Pig
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    Dr. Steinn Sigurdsson was adept at making a difficult subject (Astrophysics) interesting, and was rather laid-back. IIRC he said something like, "in the first two years, Astrophysics undergrads learn we know everything; in the second two years, undergrads learn we don't know anything; grad students learn why we don't know anything."

    Dr. Mark Maughmer was another excellent educator who managed to impart the fundamentals of aerodynamics to me.

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  • Cow Poke
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    Who was your Favorite College Professor

    I had some professors who really tended to bum me out, most notably my US History professor. He seemed to be pretty much on auto-pilot, almost unaware of the class, just droning on with facts and figures and dates. It was a required class but I hated it. It's guys like that who come to mind when I grumble about academia. My psych professor seemed to think it was his job to embarrass and humiliate students, and was a total jerk.

    ON THE OTHER HAND, I had guys like Dr. Bob Utley who not only made the subject incredibly interesting, but he was absolutely fantastic at interacting with the class. He was constantly voted "professor of the year", and other such titles by his students, and I actually REMEMBER quite a few things he taught!

    While I never had him as my own professor, I was privileged to know Doctor Norman Borlaug, "the Man Who Fed the World". My wife was in charge, for a period of time, of arranging his travel, and for being such an incredibly important man (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), he was one of the kindest and most gracious men she ever met. The Borlaug Center at Texas A&M, College Station, sends students all over the world to be involved in research helping (mainly) third world farmers learn what crops and methods are most beneficial to their particular geography, soil, climate, etc.

    Who is (are) the professor(s) you remember most, and why?

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