• Report: #360909

Complaint Review: Nancy Chick

  • Submitted: Fri, August 08, 2008
  • Updated: Thu, November 15, 2012

  • Reported By:Hudson Wisconsin
Nancy Chick
1800 College Dr Ritzinger Hall, Room 209 Rice Lake, Wisconsin U.S.A.

Nancy Chick I took a college class from this professor online and her class method and grading structure was ill conceived and convoluted, I spent over 40 hours per week trying to complete the multitude of tasks required for this class and although she gave me good feedback online she gave me very poor grades at the end and many other student have complained that their grades were ridiculous as well. Rice Lake Wisconsin

*UPDATE Employee: I respectfully disagree

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I took a college class from this professor online and her class method and grading structure was ill conceived and convoluted, I spent over 40 hours per week trying to complete the multitude of tasks required for this class and although she gave me good feedback online she gave me very poor grades at the end and many other student have complained that their grades were ridiculous as well. I am an adult professional and I took some classes online to eventually finish a degree, but the nature of Chicks teaching method was so ill-conceived that I learned nothing. I would not recommend this class to my worst enemy it was a total waste of time and money! So do not ever take a glass from Nancy Chick unless you want to be degraded and belittled and expected to brown nose constantly just to not receive a D. I brown nosed a little just to receive the measly grade of a C+. Some students were brown nosing constantly and I was just plain not willing, so I am sure that was part of the problem in regards to my grade. However I think to grade student based on their ability to brown nose rather than on there work is completely unethical. Overall there were many red flags from the very beginning in this course that something was very wrong with Nancy Chick, I should have dropped the class at the very beginning when I realized the teacher was unethical and demeaning to the students, an just on one big scary power trip all the time. I took this class from the University of Madison's Online extension program which I expected to be professional because it is affiliated with the UW Madison. Nancy Chick is not the caliber of teacher I would expect from UW Madison and as it turns out she is not actually a Madison teacher at all but rather a Rice Lake Professor which figures. Rice lake is a small town, likely to contain small minded people bent on middle management type power trips.

Caracine
Hudson, Wisconsin
U.S.A.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

I respectfully disagree

AUTHOR: Civil citizen - (United States of America)

I have to respectfully disagree with the original poster about Dr. Nancy Chick's efficacy as a professor, both within the domain of the University of Wisconsin system and as it pertains to the structure of her classes. 

For reference, I have taken 5+ classes from Dr. Nancy Chick, in both face-to-face and online formats; in all classes, I have never earned lower than a B. No, I am not a "brown noser", but I do take my education very seriously. Here is my point by point rebuttal of the original posters accusation of Dr. Nancy Chick being a 

Pedagogy/Teaching style  "the nature of Chicks teaching method was so ill-conceived"


Dr. Nancy Chick starts every class by addressing her pedagogy/teaching style; that is, she utilises feminist pedagogy in her classes. For those unfamiliar with this method, it is a student-led, usually discussion-centered, decentralized classroom environment. Because it's student led, and because Dr. Chick encourages students to take the lead in their own education (What? Dr. Chick emphasizes PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY? No way!), you do get what you put into it.

This is true of anything in life! If you work hard (at anything), try to be open minded, and respectfully consider ideas different than your own, chances are you will learn a lot - about topics, about life, about the world, even about yourself. There are plenty of people who don't want to work hard - they just want to squeak by. So, they steal, they con, they try to cheat the system, whatever they can to stay afloat. Which way is better? (That's a hypothetical question)

Dr. Nancy Chick is very good at judging character; she knows if you just don't give a s**t, and are just doing the minimal amount of work to get by. She also knows if you are really committed to learning, and are doing your best. I've seen both students in her classes; the former, apathetic group usually gets Cs & Ds. The latter group will usually get As and Bs; and, even if they don't, if they talk to Dr. Chick about their problems, she will do everything in her power to help!
An example: for one class, we had to a Individual Reading Summary.

My own reading was very difficult, and I was having trouble understanding. I read it, I annotated, I looked words up, but it was still ubiquitous. When I talked to Dr. Chick, she guided me through, page by page, until I understood. I even ran my summary by her to see if I was on the right track. If you think every professor will help you this much, think again! (That class, by the way, I received an A).

So, I suppose, in a sense, Dr. Chick does play favorites; her favorite students are those who are throughly invested in their education, who ask for help when they need it, and want to actually learn (as opposed to regurgitate information).

Grades "unless you want to be degraded and belittled and expected to brown nose constantly just to not receive a D"

As previously mentioned, I've never earned below a B. Unlike other professors, Dr. Chick does expect autonomy and an open mind when coming to class. Students WILL travel outside of their comfort zone, confront uncomfortable themes and, yes, you WILL be challenged to think about what you think you know. 
I have seen closed-minded, disrespectful students become VERY uncomfortable in Dr. Chick's classes. But, then, since Dr. Chick maintains an environment of open mindedness and respectfulness, I'm not really sure how that's at all surprising. 
If you approach Dr. Chick's classes with an open mind and a willingness to empathize and consider viewpoints other than your own, I 100% GUARANTEE that you will learn a lot!

"I spent over 40 hours per week trying to complete the multitude of tasks required for this class"

First of all, Dr. Nancy Chick is a literary studies professor. In many college courses one takes (undergraduate, specifically), you read from a textbook, and the page count per week is generally 30-60. Students are usually expected to read, memorize facts, and regurgitate information. Conversely, literary studies is about novel analysis and critical thinking, so the reading expectations WILL be more intense. 

The original poster, Caracine, never actually stated specifically what the course was which was taken but, since Dr. Chick's specialty is literary studies, I'm going to assume that's the discipline of the course which was studied. 

Two points:
1) Literary studies, being about novels, is going to require a larger chunk of reading and being able to be a strong reader, with strong comprehension and analytical abilities. Not saying that, without these skills it's impossible, but it will require more work. 

2) Dr Chick utilises feminist pedagogy (see "Pedagogy/Teaching Style", the first point), and wants students to critically think about what is being discussed. Since she doesn't want fact regurgitation, there are more assignments to promote enhanced critical thinking about the topic. So, yes, there are more assignments, and they can be challenging; yet, if you speak with (or email) Dr. Chick that you are having problems, she will do everything within her power to help you out - even if that means extending a deadline! As a college student, I can tell that many professors lean FAR more towards "Sink or swim, because I don't care much about you, random student whose name I never bothered to learn" 

3) Again, not knowing what course specifically was taken, I can't state whether "40 hours" is an exaggeration, but I'm going to hypothesize that it is. As long as you keep up with reading and additional assignments (the assignments and deadlines are all clearly stated on the syllabus, by the way; all necessary instructions are given well in advance, so you can get plenty of work ahead of time). In my toughest class with Dr. Chick, I spent 3 hours/week on reading and assignments, which is not over the top. (1 hour studying outside of class per 1 hour in class)

Conclusion:
Dr. Nancy Chick is an outstanding college professor who will bend over backwards to help her students succeed. Attendance is mandatory (how are you supposed to learn if you don't show up?), and participation is a big part of your grade. You are expected to think which, for some, translates to "It's too hard!"; if you want to be spoonfed, go take another class.

(It's also curious that this "terrible" professor has some pretty good ratings: (((link redacted))) - no, she's not "easy", but the reason for that has already been thoroughly addressed)

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