LiveWire Network Peer Answers Peer Support Teen Forums Tech Forums College Forums 232 users online 275509 members 30 active today Advertise Here Sign In
TeenCollegeTechPhotos | Quizzes | LiveSecret | Memberlist | Dictionary | FAQ
You have 1 new message.
Emergency Help
Until you sign up you can't do much. Yes, it's free.

Sign Up Now
Membername:
Password:
Already have an account?
Invite Friends
Active Members
Groups
Contests
Moderators
0 online / 0 MPM
Fresh Topics
  LiveWire / My Forums / Prof Reviews / English / Detail

 (+) Add Review
DiPasquale, Theresa
English
Average Rating: 4.5
Reviews
Posted April 3, 2011 at 8:44pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
Shakespeare

Overall Rating: 8.0

Recommended
Comments:
Despite the negative reviews on here, I have to say that Theresa was a welcome surprise from the horror stories I had heard about her. I found her grading style - the most notorious aspect about her - fair yet challenging, and her lecture/discussions were engaging almost all of the time. She is absolutely brilliant with wit to boot, and while not afraid to call you out if she doesn't agree (which she did several times with me) she is very, very rewarding. For people getting upset by her unreasonable expectations... well, you've come to a school of scholars and incredibly hardworking people, so you should be prepared to work hard in whatever classroom you're in. Perhaps my classes mutual love for Shakespeare tied us together, but I found this class definitely a rewarding experience.
Posted Dec. 17, 2009 at 1:28pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
Core

Overall Rating: 6.0

Recommended
Comments:
DiPasquale is a very nice person, but she talks way to much, and has very high writing standards for an introductory level class that is required for everyone. Core is supposed to be a discussion-based class, but it would serve everyone better if she would step back a bit; oftentimes she talks more than all of the students combined. Her writings standards are very high, which has its benefits, I have greatly improved as a writer over the course of her class, but could easily overwhelm someone who does not come into Whitman as a good writer. If you are having trouble, I would recommend writing your paper a week in advance and having her look at it so she can find everything that she doesn't like about you writing and you can fix it and get a good grade. If you want to become a better writer, she is willing to help you, but if you are not, prepare to do very poorly.
Posted Nov. 30, 2008 at 12:13am
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
World, Flesh, and Devil

Overall Rating: 3.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
Professor DiPasquale was NOT the experience I was hoping to have when I signed up for her class. Her paper expectations are unrealistic and very difficult to satisfy, discussions often turn into mini lectures, she calls on students and puts them on the spot like they're a delinquent preschooler, and she's full of herself, constantly making reference to the numerous books and essays she's been asked to write on certain subjects. That said, their appear to be people in my class who enjoy her and she enjoys their interpretations, but she's definitely not an encouraging, helpful professor for everyone.
Posted April 22, 2008 at 3:27pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: High
English 290

Overall Rating: 6.0

Neutral
Comments:
Professor DiPasquale is really quite hard to describe, and nearly impossible to evaluate as a professor. Everything that everyone has said about her grading very hard is true. I cannot stress this enough. It is so, so true. She will tear your papers apart and bathe in their blood with the relish of a harpy with the munchies.

That being said, she is a brilliant and occasionally kind woman. And I mean, really brilliant. She certainly knows her stuff about research and the world of academia. Just talking to her might be a useful experience for English majors, even if you don't take a class from her. Usually, she is approachable. She can be a little flippant in her comments and unsympathetic to the fact that she expects a lot (perhaps too much) from her students.

Did I mention that this class was hard?

I learned many many things from this class. On the other hand, it drove me to the edge of nervous breakdown three- no, four- no, five- OK, A LOT OF TIMES. There were many tears spilled, but in the end it was good for me. So if you are into that kind of thing, go for it, kiddo. If not, I'd say, take 290 elsewhere.
Posted April 13, 2008 at 9:20pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Discussion
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
EVIL

Overall Rating: 8.0

Recommended
Comments:
Theresa DiPasquale, to quote Gaurav Majumdar, is one of the most brilliant scholars at Whitman College. I stand wholeheartedly behind this assessment.

Taking her class improved my writing astoundingly. Her comments on papers and her handout, "Guidelines for literary analysis" were extremely helpful.

That said, her classes are HARD. She will pick apart problems in your writing that you won't even notice. She will expect TONS of reading (not that other classes don't). You WILL get a bad grade on your first paper unless you REALLY know what you're doing.

But, seriously. C'mon. Suck it up. It's for your own good. She is a brilliant prof, and if you honestly take to heart her comments, and seek her out, outside of class, you will improve soooo much.

The most underrated professor at Whitman.
Posted May 14, 2007 at 4:55pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Discussion
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: High
John Donne (Single Author)

Overall Rating: 2.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
Theresa is a nice person at heart, but as someone said, "she has really come out of the closet as an awful professor this year."

Her expectations are incredibly high, which at first I admired, but then I came to realize that I would never be able to attain them. A part of me stopped trying.

As a discussion based class, things were difficult with the tiny class size of only four students. She would become annoyed when people did not have anything to offer to the discussion, and John Donne is not the easiest author to read.

Theresa expected us to write TWO TYPED PAGES per class (2 meetings of per week) of "thoughts and analysis" of that day's reading.

Her sense of how a paper should be written is such that, unless you write in her style or that of the Phd. holding scholars that we read in class, you will not receive a good grade.

Lastly, the take-home final was positively outrageous. She said that she expected it to take six hours to complete. Not true, not true. Days. The format was 20 short answer questions and 2 essay questions. It sounds doable, right? Not so, because every other short answer question would require you to re-read and summarize an article that we had read sometime in the semester. I believe that there were 11 articles to be re-read, each article being about 20 pages long... so that's 220 pages of basic reading, then creating your argument for each question, then locating a poem in Donne's huge canon that matches the element that Theresa was looking for... I think finding appropriate poems was the most time consuming. Needless to say, I never finished the exam. I worked on it for about 25 hours before turning it in still unfinished.
Posted April 12, 2007 at 1:32pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Milton

Overall Rating: 1.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
She is the most subjective grader at Whitman, and she tells students that she can tell who writes her evals, so they're terrified to admit how awful the experience really is.
Posted Jan. 3, 2007 at 3:15pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
Literature of the Modern Theatre

Overall Rating: 3.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
DiPasquale is one of the worst professors that I've had on campus. Not only does she not really know what she's taking about, but she is EXTREMELLY dull. Every class a number of students would fall asleep. I have never had less fun reading plays. Her grading is also extremelly difficult. I got the exact same grade on every single paper, and did not improve one bit. I highly recommend NOT taking a class from her.
Posted Nov. 8, 2006 at 1:35am
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
English 290; Renaissance Lit

Overall Rating: 7.0

Recommended
Comments:
DiPasquale is a professor I've gone back and forth about. She's one of the most intelligent professors on campus, easily, and her passion for her subject is nearly unmatchable. That said, she is not always the easiest prof to...well, enjoy. She loves to lecture, and you will work your butt off in her classes.

290 was a wake-up call for me--like nothing Core ever was. Definitely the "gateway to the English major."

Ren lit meeting for three hours Monday nights is painful. There is no nicer way of putting it. Our class dropped in number immensely over the first week or two of classes. The reading for each class is considerable (but you only meet once a week, so it kind of balances out), and the papers are HARD. The final is a take-home final consisting of various short answer questions and a couple of essays.

DiPasquale has very high (sometimes I felt they were unattainable) expectations. She doesn't always come across as the most approachable person, but she is incredibly available for help outside of class, which was often my saving grace. Overall, I dreaded these classes, and appreciate them more in hindsight.

I can understand where everyone who has submitted a review on this page so far is coming from, and what I would ultimately say is that as long as you go into her class knowing that it's not going to be the easiest or most pleasant experience, you'll be okay. Because, let's face it, you're going to learn something whether you like it or not.
Posted April 17, 2005 at 11:26pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Renaissance Lit.

Overall Rating: 7.0

Recommended
Comments:
I don't know why the other reviews on here so far are so negative. It's true that DiPasquale's unbridled enthusiasm for literature can lead to some tangents, but I for one find these tangents interesting because it is hard not to catch some of her infectious passion for Renaissance texts. She always knows a lot about each author she teaches, and often brings up interesting bits in lecture. I agree that the discussions are sometimes kind of boring, but I find the lecture part of the class valuable, and so I can deal with that. As for grading, Theresa hands out a thick packet outlining her essay expectations at the beginning of class. I found that reading this and knowing her general guidelines led to success with my papers. I don't think her grading is unfair because she enlightens you to her expectations from the beginning. The amount of reading is average for an upper level English class, although we do turn in e-mail response questions each week. Overall, I think some of the reviews on here are pretty harsh. Believe me, there are far worse teachers at Whitman, and I think Theresa DiPasquale is a very nice person and an interesting professor.
Posted April 14, 2005 at 8:35pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
Core

Overall Rating: 4.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
Short answer: DiPasquale has turned Core into the most painful three hours of my week.

Long answer: I'm not entirely sure how this happens, but the discussions in DiPasquale's class are invariably unintertesting and one-sided (she does the majority of the talking), which makes it difficult to be interested in the subject matter. It often feels more like she's exploring the topics "discussed" by herself, instead of class being an interesting discussion in which everybody participates. Regardless, DiPasquale is a good professor in that although she is a very strict essay grader, she writes paragraphs of comments on each essay, and I really appreciate this level of feedback. However, this fact alone is not enough for me to be able to recommend this professor.
Posted Feb. 15, 2005 at 11:45pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
core

Overall Rating: 5.0

Neutral
Comments:
Theresa is a certain type of professor for a certain type of student. She is extremely demanding. She has a tendency to linger on discussing minute aspects of the texts which I could care less about. Her lecture style, I agree, is totally unsuited for a core class. She would often spend most of the period discussing trivial items in the text, and then expect us to be able to discuss in some high-blown, extremely academic fashion. Difficult to do when I had to keep from falling asleep.

Theresa did allow us to pick our own paper topics, which was a challenging and educational experience for me. Since I've been on both sides of the core experience, I have to say it was more liberating to pick my own topic than write on one assigned. However, Theresa's grading style was such that I would completely bomb my "self-designed" paper the first time around, and have to revise extensively, until I got to what she was looking for. It definitely made me a better writer, however for my first semester at Whitman, I would have preferred a more laidback experience.

Theresa is VERY accessible outside of class, and recognizes when we don't understand or have difficulty writing papers. She's also a mostly friendly person, and was the most interesting when she took core out of its dry origins and related it to modern life. I'll never forget when she compared some text we were reading back to the election, and the discussion devolved into politics. Maybe not "on topic" with whatever boring text it was, but it was the most fun I'd had in core all year.

If you can handle a demanding professor who will, without a doubt, make you a better writer, take a class from Theresa. However, be fully aware of what you're getting yourself into.
Posted Feb. 14, 2005 at 3:18pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
Core

Overall Rating: 5.0

Neutral
Comments:
She knows what she's talking about but she seems to have some trouble not letting her personal beliefs get in the way of others during discussion. She's very picky with grading but the one VERY nice this is that she takes a lot of time on each paper and gives very detailed responses to your writing.
Posted Feb. 7, 2005 at 4:46pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: High
Shakespeare

Overall Rating: 3.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
It's often hard to put my finger on exactly what it is that makes DiPasquale one of the least desired professors at Whitman. But suffice it to say you want to stay away from this one.
Posted Feb. 6, 2005 at 11:27pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
Core

Overall Rating: 3.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
DiPasquale was by far the worst professor I've ever have at Whitman. Discussions dragged on interminably, always on the same topic of a small part of the text that usually wasn't all that interesting. She has a hard time letting her beliefs (social and otherwise) not get in the way of the material or her grading. She is available most of the time, and very nice. Core should bring these readings to life not make the students wish that they had never been rediscovered.
Posted Jan. 31, 2005 at 2:19am
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
Literary feasts

Overall Rating: 3.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
ditto to the last review
Posted Jan. 31, 2005 at 12:03am
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
Core

Overall Rating: 3.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
DiPasquale seems to be a nice person but it is hard to take a core class from her because she allows very little time for discussion. Perhaps it is because English is her subject, but she talks way more than she should and I think way more than she means to. She does try to mix it up, but it often just results in her lectures, which should not be the way core is taught.