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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Zarena Aslami

Zarena Aslami
Professor (2008 – 2014)
Michigan State (MSU)
English
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3.6364***+
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Rated by 22 students
3.42
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across 5 classes
Spring 2014 Schedule
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ENG 210
ENG 211H
ENG 280
ENG 328
ENG 459
ENG 814
IAH 221C
WS 202

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IAH 221C
Great Ages Modern World (I)
2**
Garbage class. She grades papers and blue books exam like its a graduate level class. She needs to realize IAH 221c is a bullshit University required class. Be prepared to talk about 19th century romance and the nation and state. Fuck this class.
Professor rated by: Student on May 13, 2009
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WS 202
Intro Contemp Feminisms
1*
Pros: Grades were relatively easy, but not worth the frustration her classes caused.
Cons: Considering the 200 level of the class the reading was unreasonable and more then any other 200 level class I've had before. She tends to expect her students to be experts in this field which contradicts the "introductory" nature of the course. She also takes a condescending tone and as much as she encourages class participation, she will cut you off mid-sentence and belittle your thoughts/ideas for the course. The primary assignments for this course was leading discussion twice. She never used the student's questions or allowed for much input from the students who prepared discussion.
I'm sure she's a great English professor, but she should stick with what she knows and not try to branch out into critical feminist literature. The original book list for this course had us taking a feminist perspective at various novels, but she changed that the week before classes started. She was out of her element the entire semester and did not appear to have a clear idea of what exactly she wanted to do with this course. I do NOT recommend this course for anyone vaguely interested in feminist theory.
Professor rated by: Sociology Student on May 1, 2011
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ENG 459
Victorian Studies
5*****
Prof Aslami was amazing!



I'm not sure where people are coming from when they say she wasn't receptive to their opinions; in fact, I don't recall one instance where she claimed any students opinion was unfounded at all.

She was very organized, wonderfully articulate, and established a very comfortable class atmosphere. Oh and she has some pretty sweet hair.

About her grading, she is pretty tough, I admit, but not unrealistically. And if you are struggling at all or just want to talk about something, she makes it very easy for you to meet with her and work out any problems you may have.



Anyway just to put some future readers in perspective. I'm a senior and as this was my last english class for my english major, I've had my fair share of experience with the English department. I'm probably not getting a 4.0 in the class. But I enjoyed my experience with prof. Aslami very much, and wouldn't want any of these reviewers to scare someone away from experiencing one of the better professors at MSU.



If you have the opportunity, take her class. You won't regret it!



Professor rated by: Student on May 3, 2009
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IAH 207
Lit, Cultures, Identities (I)
3***
Pros: Knowledgeable and enthusiastic about subject area
Cons: If you aren't interested in this subject, this class is a drag
I took this class because it is a requirement. Aslami is a very nice lady who is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable on the subject matter. There are two papers, and two exams which are very straight forward. I wouldn't recommend this class if you are not interested in literature and victorian era culture. I found this class to be a drag and I hated writing papers about the literature and the liberal individual, but this class should be easy to obtain at least a 3.0 in if you follow directions and prepare for the exams. I rarely read the assigned readings, I just went to lecture and listened to her interpretations of the readings, because that is what she tests you on and asks you to write about.
Professor rated by: Kinesiology Student on November 26, 2013
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ENG 210
Foundations Literary Study I
1*
Zarena Aslami lacks the ability to accept other viewpoints. She is rude, condescending and seems to enjoy embarrassing students. I am not saying this because I did poorly in her class (because I didn't). And it's not even as though I was dreading taking her class, I'm an English major, I LOVE ENGLISH. But Aslami nearly ruined it for me. She is the kind of woman that her interpretation of literature is purely "fact" based on the evidence she gathers. Don't dare disagree with her.



I'm sure if you agree with everything she says and pay attention to her writing guidelines you'll do fine. Just know that you're likely going to hate the class.





Oh and she says "beganning" instead of "beginning," and things like "I say it with a French accent because I have a doctorate."
Professor rated by: Student on April 26, 2012
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ENG 328
Readings in Novel & Narrative
5*****
Do not listen to anyone who is rating her negatively on this board - Professor Aslami is one of the best professors I have had here at MSU. I have never had an issues with her nor any of the work she assigned. The exams were just blue books and relatively easy if you just read the book. I wish I could take her again but I do not think it is possible. By the way, I was one of 2 guys with 30+ other girls in ENG 355. I did not know what I was signing up for, but ended up being one of my better and more interesting classes. Definitely take her if you have the opportunity. She is absolutely brilliant, very understanding, and very passionate.
Professor rated by: English Student on April 9, 2013
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ENG 210
Foundations Literary Study I
5*****
She was a pretty great instructor from my perspective. The class structure was a little monotonous (class discussions about the readings every day) but she is great a forming new ideas and new ways of thinking about the text. She is a little tough when it comes to grading, however, if you do not make the same mistakes on your 2nd paper as you did on your first it is really easy to improve. And she gives you a lot of feedback within a respectable amount of time. She basically tells you exactly what to put for your next paper so it's a lot easier to get a better grade the next time around!
Professor rated by: Student on December 7, 2007
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ENG 459
Victorian Studies
4****
Prof Aslami is a very interesting person. She's young, but she has an incredible speaking voice that makes her easy to listen to, and she definitely knows her stuff. The topic of the course itself was a little boring, but the material had its interesting days. She grades fairly depending on writing skills, however, some of the paper topics are difficult depending on how in-depth you read the material, which once again, is boring. Overall she's worth taking though, I'm taking her again for another class and am looking forward to it.
Professor rated by: Student on December 10, 2005
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ENG 310C
Lit English 1789-1900
3***
The course title should have been, "How does Literature relate to Uncle Tom's Cabin?" And as much fun as talking about what constitutes as racism in an all white class is, the class was incredibly boring and was more or less a book of the month club but with worse books. Aslami was knowledgeable but loved to put things in her own terms, so if you like the idea of a "main claim" instead of a thesis and you love the concept of sympathy in everything then I would recommend that you take this class. Otherwise, find something else.
Professor rated by: Student on December 14, 2006
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IAH 221C
Great Ages Modern World (I)
5*****
I have mixed feelings. The class is not too bad to keep up with and is moderately interesting. I hated the discussion sections...lots of group work presenting things to the class about books which no one had time to read because this class is their last priority. She was a hard grader on papers but I think that if you go to her office once to talk about your topic you will do fine. Overall, it's not bad...it's hard to hate Aslami...she speaks so eloquently ALL the time and seems to care about how her students are doing.
Professor rated by: Student on May 13, 2009
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ENG 210
Foundations Literary Study I
3***
You better agree with everything that she does. If you dont see eye to eye with her in the class discussions then you are screwed. She also is not open to creativity or differences in writing skills when it comes to papers you have to write. I didnt try at all on my first paper and then tried really hard on the 2nd paper and got like 1 point better and she says she grades on improvement!!! Discussions werent to bad and the exam was so so, just see it her way. wouldnt take her again. no room for being yourself.
Professor rated by: Student on April 15, 2008
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ENG 210
Foundations Literary Study I
2**
Not a fan at ALL. Her classes were boring, monotonous, and class discussions were pointless yet required. She only responded passive aggressively to viewpoints she did not share, the only thing that was safe to say was to mimic her own opinion. Grading on papers was horrendous. It is impossible to give her exactly what she's asking for because her grading is so rediculously subjective. If you enjoy the idea of a "Main Claim" Instead of a thesis, take this class.
Professor rated by: Student on December 10, 2007
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IAH 207
Lit, Cultures, Identities (I)
4****
Pros: Professor Aslami is extremely intelligent and you can tell she really cares and has a deep interest for what she teaches. She explains everything in depth a lot, and she cares about your success in the class.
Cons: There are two papers that you have to write and they can be difficult if you don't pay attention in class.
As long as you keep up with the reading and attend class, the midterm and final should be fairly easy.
Professor rated by: Criminal Justice Student on December 2, 2013
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ENG 460
British Lit Age of Empire
5*****
Zarena is a good professor. She's young and a new teacher, so she's still learning. Look to her in a few years to be excellent. She has a sharp acuity and is good at sharpening yours, too. I took her for an empire writing class and enjoyed it a lot. You will have to read boring theory, though, so if you can't handle that... well you probably shouldnt be an English major anyway.
Professor rated by: Student on April 29, 2006
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IAH 207
Lit, Cultures, Identities (I)
4****
Pros: She loves to teach- she covers everything that will be on the exams and the weekly quizzes in lecture. If you go to lecture you will be fine
Cons: Have rec. every Friday can only skip once. Quiz every rec.
The papers are super easy if you read or spark notes the books. She tries to pick cheap books so you don't have to spend a ton. Pay attention do your work you'll be fine.
Professor rated by: Zoology Student on January 5, 2014
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ENG 310C
Lit English 1789-1900
3***
Wow- this class was a drag- if you dont agree 100% with her ideas you should just be quiet- even though part of your grade is participation. The debates were lame- group work in English usually is... but they were horrible. We spent the majority of the term on 1 book although we had to read many others. I would find another class/instructor.
Professor rated by: Student on December 21, 2006
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IAH 207
Lit, Cultures, Identities (I)
3***
She's a very intelligent professor, and is good at what she does. Having said that, the class is extremely boring, unless you're and arts and humanities major. Unless you enjoy dry literature, specifically from the 18th and 19th century, I would stay away from this class.
Professor rated by: Business Student on November 22, 2013
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ENG 211H
Foundation in Literary Studies
5*****
I actually loved this class. I disagree with the other comments.



Prof Aslami was a fair grader; she was open to student opinions, and I feel she helped me develop as a better writer. I also loved class discussions. I liked going to class and only missed one.
Professor rated by: Student on January 10, 2009
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IAH 207
Lit, Cultures, Identities (I)
5*****
Pros: Dr. Aslami offers a well-researched, intelligent, eye-opening perspective on the selections for the class. I have a terrible schoolboy crush on Dr. Zarena Aslami.
Cons: One must read at least the majority of the selections.
Professor rated by: Student on December 4, 2013
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ENG 210
Foundations Literary Study I
5*****
I think she's a great discussion leader and really lets the students express their opinions. Also, she is a really easy grader. And, she is interesting, engaging, and knows her stuff. I liked her class a lot!
Professor rated by: Student on September 3, 2009
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