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Michael Bibby
(English)


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Subject: Take Him  (Jan 09 2010, 02:53PM)
Student: Anonymous (business marketing)
Class:intro to lit (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Bibby was intimidating at first but after a few classes he was not...he picks interesting topics to talk about each class and makes it fun to go to class. Bibby is one of my favorite teachers I have had at Ship..you can sparknote most of the books you read in class so dont waste your money on the books..
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Subject: You will be prepared!  (May 15 2009, 09:31PM)
Student: Anonymous (English (secondary ed.))
Class:Intro to Lit Studies I (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bibby is not an easy teacher. He is tough. He scares you in the beginning, and lets be honest, throughout the course too, but he is a great professor. He puts study guides on blackboard before each and every test. The study guides have everything that is on the test. If you read them, and put a good amount of time into studying, you should do well on the tests. The papers are rough. He offers a conference the class before the paper is due. Take advantage of that. He will help!! I suppose overall he is just an intimidating guy. I wouldn't take that approach to the class, but you definitely warm up to him by the end of the class. I had some days where I would offer analysis and he would just simply state "ummm... no. anyone else?" However, most days I walked out of the class thinking that I really am content with being an English major. I feel confident in saying he prepared me for future classes. Take him... but only if you want a bit of a challenge with a gigantic pay off in the end. He is pretty brilliant.
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Subject: Good prof. if you like LEARNING  (May 08 2009, 08:53AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:20th Century U.S. (Eng. 383) (C+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 He lectures for the entire class. He's intimidating at first. He seems arrogant because he knows everything (seriously, historical facts constantly spew forth from his mouth). He's admittedly a bastard of a grader. All of those things you've probably heard before are true. However, he's passionate and incredibly knowledgeable about the subject, and makes sure you are learning the material. His midterm was really hard and fairly heavily weighted, but he gives a ton of opportunities for extra credit. You do some writing assignments and a historical research paper that aren't very long, and that he grades tough, but he gives rubrics and examples that if you follow closely you'll get a good grade (probably a C, which is like a B in his class). There's a group project, and he has you maintain a poetry journal on Bb throughout the semester which is a really easy 10% of the grade if you keep up with it. Basically: yea, he's a really tough grader, but he weights everything fairly and gives you ton of extra credit opportunities. He's actually a really cool guy if you get to know him.
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Subject: Hard but worth it   (Jan 16 2008, 01:30PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Intro to Lit Studies I (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bibby is a hard teacher and you have to work to get a good grade in his class, especially in ILS. In my class, he often canceled but he did not want to get behind in the work and did not review very much. The poetry unit was the hardest for me personally. For every important paper he offers a conference instead of class the class before the paper is due. I would really recommend taking advantage of that. He tells you the problems with your paper and helps with parts you where you are having trouble. He is a hard-ass about MLA style but in the end, you know pretty much everything about it and it's very helpful later. He can be abrasive sometimes, but you learn to deal with it. Overall, you will probably dislike it when you are in the class, but when you are done, you appreciate the experience.
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Subject: Very Informative Prof  (Mar 08 2007, 01:36PM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:Intro to Cult. Divers Lit (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He is a great professor, very informative, I learned a lot, and he was pretty easy to get along with, he's fairly humorous, and despite first impressions kind of laid back!!
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Subject: Odd  (Jan 16 2007, 10:53AM)
Student: Anonymous (Undeclared)
Class:Advanced Writing (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 After the first day of class, I was terrified. He makes sure everyone understands his superiority, so it can be alarming at first. He got better as the class went on, and believe me, the class was not easy. I improved many papers and received the same exact grade throughout the course. He canceled class a great deal, and his mini quizzes were always easy, so overall it wasn't too bad. His class was based on the theory that racism is a literary invention...which I didn't like because it's based on only a theory, but it ended up being okay. Huckleberry Finn was required, however...
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Subject: Tough Though Helpful  (Dec 04 2006, 09:28AM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:AP College Writing (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 He's a tough writing professor, I have no doubt. He wants your papers to be practically perfect and he wants you to follow his personal preferences for style. The course theme was race and racism, so I found the books, most of them, boring (I'm middle class, male, white). He's very serious and knowledgeable about his field and a pretty nice guy. Don't let his harsh demeanor on the first day fool you, he's a very helpful teacher, wants to see success, and cancels class a lot :) Overall, I enjoyed his writing class and feel that I am now a more effective college writer.
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Subject: great  (Nov 19 2006, 11:08PM)
Student: Anonymous (history)
Class:cult div lit (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Very VERY easy! You just have to read books, take short quizes, a midterm and final. All multiple choice or short answer and he goes over all of the books in class.
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Subject: One of the Best  (Oct 29 2006, 07:27PM)
Student: Utada Shadow (Criminal Justice)
Class:Intro to Lit. (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 This class was easy. I didnt read one book in his class and recieved a B just for listening to the lectures. He tells you everything he wants on his tests and you basically have to be in some sort of coma to not pass...even then he'd probably let you withdraw late.
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Subject: Hes badass.  (Jun 18 2006, 09:09AM)
Student: Anonymous (psych)
Class:Intro to Lit (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 The man is awesome. So smart and funny. If you pay any attention at all in class, you can get an A without reading anything. I didn't touch any of the books and did very well. He's easy if you're not retarded.
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Subject: With Bibby...you can't go wrong!  (Jan 18 2006, 10:10PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Intro to Lit. (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Ok, so Dr. Bibby does come off like a total jerk the first day of class, but after he warms up through the semester he is so fun and an awesome professor. His class was on black history, but its so informational and I learned a lot about lynchings and we read Huckleberry Finn. He gives you a lot of information through each class, so you have to take a lot of notes but he puts some notes on his website. He also has casebooks online that you have to read and questions will pop up on them. You have to read 3 novels & 1 play and you have pop-up quizzes every so often. If you pay attention in class and read you will pass with flying colors. There are only 2 big tests, which are the midterm and the final which is comprehensive. Very easy, with muptiple choice, true and false, fill in the blank type questions, and essays. He also goes over possible essay questions in class. I highly recommend taking this class, it was fun and very informational. I learned a lot from him, and still remember it all!!!!
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Subject: Very intelligent, great lectures  (Jan 15 2006, 06:34PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:American Writers II (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Bibby is a very intelligent man who puts a wealth of knowledge into his lectures. If you're looking for a simple class, this isn't it, because Bibby loves to lecture. But if you're interested in the topic, he's great. Even beyond Literature, Bibby talks about history and popular culture in his lectures. I learned alot in his classes. He doesn't assign a whole lot of assignments and he isn't that harsh a grader. You will have to read alot for him, but he tries to at least go over in class what you've had to read. Basically, if you can deal with a lecture class, he's good. If you pay attention, you'll do fine. If you hate lectures, I wouldn't recommend him.
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Subject: OK Class  (Dec 23 2005, 02:18PM)
Student: Admiral Fancy Pants ()
Class:Advanced Placement Writing (B-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 This class wasn't bad. It required a lot of reading in a short period of time, and tended to be a bit boring since everything related back to one particular theme (race), which really got old. I would've done better if I would've had more time to actually read the novels, I only read one of them and the paper I wrote for it was the only one I got an A on. There are 3 short papers and a more demanding final paper, but overall, it is pretty easy to squeak by with a decent grade. Actually going to class, however, was awfully boring. He just lectured about what was going historically in the time period during which each novel was written. I guess it was supposed to be interesting to learn about the background of these novels, but it just put me to sleep. More commentary on the novels themselves would've been helpful. I would probably recommend him though, it's not that hard and he is pretty nice.
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Subject: Best prof at ship  (Dec 13 2005, 12:21PM)
Student: sgi (hist ed)
Class:lit 250 (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Prof Bibby is the best. His class is easy - No papers, a midterm, and final and a few pop quizes. Books are interesting - and I hate required reading. He has a discussion for each book to help you understand - Really nice guy - totally recommend him. Plus you can get help off of sparknotes for his reading -- Take him!!!
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Subject: Great Prof!  (Jan 07 2005, 09:04AM)
Student: Amber (Political Science)
Class:Advanced Placement Writing (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bibby was one of my favorite professors last semester. I was scared to go to class when I heard some people talking about him, but he's the nicest, most helpful English Prof I've had. He was always willing to help with papers and to answer any questions I had. He required 4 papers, but he basically went over them and told you what you have to do to improve your grade before you hand them in. He's a great prof, and I'm definitely going to take him again!
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Subject: first impression  (Dec 14 2004, 10:17AM)
Student: Anonymous (education)
Class:literary criticism (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 If you can get past your first meeting with the man, you will be fine. He WILL come across as an arrogant bastard but i think it's just to let you know who's boss. He can actually back it up too, the man is a genius. He is a lot softer than he comes across too, he will not grade papers as hard as he says he will. Another english teacher who likes his lit classes as an open forum, he also has you present one class per semester. (at least in night classes he does) All you have to do is prepare yourself for class and he is as easy as any other professor in the department.
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Subject: great prof!  (Oct 22 2004, 09:32PM)
Student: Lynn (Government)
Class:College Writing (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bibby is awesome! The first day of class, he sort of scares you with his hardass syllabus, but he is the sweetest man. He's always willing to help and really works with you. If you want an amazing prof, take Dr. Bibby!
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Subject: Favorite Professor  (Oct 20 2004, 10:34AM)
Student: Josh (English/Secondary Ed.)
Class:Intro to Lit Studies (A-)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Perhaps because I am an English major I am biased, but Dr. Bibby has been my favorite professor here at Ship. In this class, we went over all the basics, drama, poetry, and fiction. The way he usually breaks up a class for a semester is 4 short assignments, a paper/project, a midterm, a final, and a grade on class participation. I can see why people would be so easily intimidated, but I think he teaches a very interesting class, and he genuinely wants his students to do well, and yes, even get As. He is always available, and will even go through an entire rough draft of a paper and give you great feedback on it. If you are an English major, definitely go for Bibby.
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Subject: Don't be intimidated  (Jun 01 2004, 04:00PM)
Student: Angela (English/Writing)
Class:Theory (Postmodernism) (A)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bibby is definitely one of, or possibly THE most intelligent professors I have had. The class was a seminar in Postmodernism, something that I had no idea what was until I got to class. I never thought I'd pass the class, much less get an A, but Dr. Bibby is a great professor. There was a LOT of reading, and two big papers (midterm and final), but the hard work was worth the education I recieved. Don't let him intimidate you, he's really a smart prof and great person.
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Subject: Difficult  (Apr 25 2004, 06:29PM)
Student: Anonymous (English Education)
Class:Intro to Literature Studies (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Bibby comes off as a dictator when you're in his class, but he is always helpful and cares about whether or not his students understand and get good grades. Attendence is pretty much manditory, and there is a lot of work. Three papers and a couple pop quizes. He's difficult, but I never learned so much about English. I recommend him if you want to learn, but he is hard.
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Subject: Not as Bad as Everyone Says  (Jan 14 2004, 10:40AM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:College Writing (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Bibby isn't as bad as everyone says he is and i don't think that he grades that tough either. We got extra credit at the end of our semester right before our final paper was due. And i think that the fact that the whole class was about 9/11 made it easier because you don't have to write about tons of different crap you just have to write about the same thing... its less work. Are his classes cake? NO. but you don't have to avoid him at all costs.
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Subject: DR BIBBY IS THE MAN!  (Dec 03 2003, 06:55PM)
Student: Anonymous (undeclared)
Class:Intro to Literature (B-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Oh some of you ppl need to leave him alone! Dr. Bibby is a great teacher. At first he is a little intimidating- yes- but he gives lots of extra credit and his quizes com straight from the notes! Hes great and I wish I could take him again!
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Subject: Not an Easy Guy  (Mar 10 2003, 08:44PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:20c Amer Lit & Intro to Lit (A-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I had Bibby for two classes in one semester. Though he is hard and actually can be a bit of an elitist, he does know what he is talking about. He's very hardline on certain things, such as MLA format, but he is realistically trying to prepare you for using MLA citations. He expects you to know basic grammar and be able to shape and support your ideas. If you want an easy class don't take him. And I wouldn't take him just to take him. He is definitely not one of those profs. But he knows what he is doing and you will learn a lot in his class.
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Subject: Pompous and Pretentious   (Mar 02 2014, 11:01PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Intro to Literary Studies (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 In his eyes, he will always be right and you never will be. He preaches that literature is defined by the reader's interpretation, but in reality, it's only his opinion that matters. Your answer could be perfectly acceptable, but if it's not an exact match to his, he will flat out tell you that you're wrong. From there, he will insist that it can only be viewed in such and such a way (in other words, his own). If you value your GPA and your sanity, steer clear of him. That's all I can say.
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Subject: NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN!  (Mar 18 2010, 02:13AM)
Student: Anonymous (Psych)
Class:WIFYS (D)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bibby was not a good prof at all. He was very rude and the first day of class basically scared the sh*t out of everyone because he has a verrrrrryyy strong personality. He grades papers hard too, if you don't do it EXACTLY the way he wants it he just fails you. And his course is usually one topic throughout the whole thing. I wrote papers on the same subject the entire class and you run out of things to say about one topic after 5 papers. I strongly recommend not taking his class at all.
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Subject: stereotypical pompous individual  (May 05 2008, 08:45PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Lit (C+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Wow the ego!!! He'll give you three definitions of the same thing each time making it more inflated. A friend waited for me outside my class one day and said they felt sorry for me after listening to him ramble. Very intimidating and comes off rude and unapproachable.
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Subject: Not as Easy aas he sounds  (Jan 16 2008, 06:41PM)
Student: Anonymous (Marketing)
Class:Intro to Lit (D)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Don't believe the positive comments, Bibby is, by his own admission a son of a bi*ch.. His tests are 70% MC/TF and 30% essay but unless you give him every detail he is looking for he will give you almost zero credit. Also he pulls the questions for his quizzes straight from his ass. There are far better professors than him. PS Don't let my grade fool you the class average was a 70.
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Subject: Bibby is a joke  (Jan 10 2008, 12:14PM)
Student: Bibby's Nemesis (English)
Class:English 107 (F)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Hated his class. When you are in Dr. Bibby's class you constantly watch the clock in hopes that another minute has gone by and it is one fewer to listen to the man talk; he sucks. His tests may as well be in Arabic and if you do take his class I personally guarantee nothing higher than a B, you will regret it!
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Subject: the almighty Bibby  (Nov 07 2007, 06:40PM)
Student: Darth Nader (English)
Class:Intro to Literary Study (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Bibby's hobbies include worshiping the New Critics, pointing out elements of racism in any literary piece, and over-analyzing anything to the point that meaning is non-existent. Usually something along the lines of "ok, now see how there are a lot of "o"s in this poem? This shows that the speaker feels really rounded." That's an exaggeration, but you get the idea. He's a brilliant man though, and believe me, he lets you know. He likes to go off on a tangent of some unknown sophisticated literary topic for 10 minutes, and then come back down to our level with "but we're not there yet" or "but you guys wouldn't know anything about that." Speaking of common bibby phrases, "mmkay?" is a big one. He's very picky on papers and tests... anything that you write in your own words is probably wrong. He does cancel class often, and gives extra credit for attending local readings, which you should definitely take advantage of. He is utterly obsessed with poetry. I personally didn't have a problem with this because I actually like poetry, but if you don't, it'll drive you insane. If your class isn't filled up with him bitching about how the new microsoft word doesn't work well with MLA format, or how you can find the meaning of life in poetic meter, you can always just sit and bask in the amazing glory of that which is Michael Bibby. I don't recommend this class. Grading is harsh, class time is boring, and bibby's ego is way too big for Shippen Hall.
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Subject: Okay Prof.   (Nov 05 2007, 02:47PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Writing Intensive (C+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Prof. Bibby is altogether a really nice guy, however if I had the choice I would not have taken his course. You read 3 books, and have about 2 weeks to complete them and write a 3 to 5 page paper. Not to mention, EVERY book is about slavery and racism. He doesn't give homework, so if you bomb the papers then you're screwed. He grades the papers pretty harshly, especially if you don't meet the length requirement. He's an overall nice guy, and you only have to show up for class during Peer Review days and the day papers are due, but I'd try and find someone else if you can.
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Subject: Ugh..  (Mar 23 2007, 09:30AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Intro to Cult Diverse Lit (C+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Bibby comes off as nice, but he really makes the entire class difficult. His quizzes are pretty easy if you read the books, but he's never available. Forget missing a class (even with a doctor's note), because he will never give you a "make up" quiz or test. I read every book, missed two classes, and still got a C on the midterm. I still don't know what I got on my final, because he never answered my e-mails on the topic. Besides being an overall pain in the you-know-what, I couldn't stand his lectures. He's one of those people that I think hates being white, and seems to blame any white kid in the class personally for the plight of the characters in his chosen books. My friends are scheduling now and I told them: "Avoid Bibby at all costs."
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Subject: AVOID AT ALL COSTS  (Jan 15 2007, 11:18PM)
Student: Anonymous (CJ)
Class:Intro to cult diver lit (C+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 He is the biggest A** if you ever go to ask for help. You can't make up tests for any reason. AND I MEAN it!!! You could have a death in the family and it wouldn't matter. He makes you read 8 of the worst books ever made and expects you to have like 200 pages done for every class. He is late almost every day and doesn't care if you have a problem. I could have gotten an A and still felt the same about him. All who take him BEWARE... youre in for a sh*tty semester
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Subject: wow.  (Dec 04 2006, 07:49PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Poetry Seminar (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 This guy is incredible. And certainly not in a good way. I have never encountered a more arrogant, superior, condescending elitist in all the years I've been here at Ship. Sure, he's intelligent, but he knows it. Get ready to settle in and listen to this man prattle on and on, basking in the glory of his own radiance and never leaving any time for the rest of the class to discuss. Sure, he assigns a lot of reading, but he talks consistently throughout the class so why bother reading it? It's just as well, because as soon as you open your mouth, either in a paper or (on those rare occasions) in class, you will be subject to endless nitpickiness and belittlement. Stay away from this guy, because all he does is give English professors a bad name.
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Subject: STAY AWAY AT ALL COST!!!  (Mar 16 2005, 03:49PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:advanced placement writing (C+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 The absolute most horrible professor ever! Not to brag or anything but I have received A's on every paper or essay thus far and I am an honors student; however, this professor taught me nothing. He ripped my papers apart even when I attended the so-called meetings where he is supposed to help and advise students to write decent papers. He is so arbitrary when it comes to the description of what he is looking for in an A paper, and he makes it perfectly clear that he only hands out a couple A's for each class (by the way, those A's went out to the people that commented positively on this professor.) If you're looking to keep your grades high stay away from Bibby at all cost!
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Subject: So HARD!!  (Nov 03 2004, 04:43PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:College Writing (C+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I usually love english but this teacher is insane! No matter how hard you tried to do well on a paper there was always something wrong with it. He was always available for teacher conferences, but even if you went to get help...which I did for every paper, you think he helps you and then you still end up getting a C on the paper. This guy is impossible. I know a Highschool English teacher that took him, and he loves english. He said this was the hardest proffessor he ever had. He might help you to write better papers, if you feel like working your butt off and getting every little thing marked wrong.
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Subject: Heartless Bastard  (Jan 09 2004, 11:42PM)
Student: Anonymous (Business)
Class:College Writing (F)
 22 of 47 students found this review helpful.

 For lack of better words... he sucks, flat out. He is absurd. I am a bright student that earns good grades... in every other course. He has an unhealthy obsession with sentence structure and is impossible with it. I'm sure every college student knows how to write a good sentence... according to him, we don't know a damn thing. I don't recall anyone in my class passing his little quizes on sentences. And not that this should be an excuse to pass... but I suffered from two tragic losses... and he still fails me.
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Subject: Why is he a Professor?  (Oct 23 2003, 09:47PM)
Student: Anonymous (Accounting)
Class:College Writing (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I hated this man's class. It was about 9/11. I couldn't stand how he taught this. He does some h/w and discussing groups, but his papers for his class have to be deep and interesting. I wouldn't recommend taken him unless your interested in college writing.
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Subject: Avoid Bibby  (Apr 02 2003, 11:49AM)
Student: Lakins (Undeclared)
Class:Introduction to Poetry (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 This guy is hard core poetry. He has a doctrine in poetry. He gets excited about it. He thinks everything he is teaching is easy stuff. His midterm was six pages. He thought that was light, and easy, but "i just don't understand why everyone did so poorly" he said. He expects a lot, so if you want anything higher than a C, take another professor for this course or be prepared to do some work. Its just not worth the effort.
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Subject: This damn class.....  (Apr 01 2003, 01:18PM)
Student: Anonymous (Geoenvironmenatal)
Class:College Writing (C)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I have just one word that describes this class. VIETNAM. This man is obsessed with Vietnam and the Vietnam War. Everything we did in this class was about the damn war. Every book, every paper, every in class discussion without fail. Rarely did he spend any time talking about grammar and such. When he did, he somehow managed to associate it with Vietnam.
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Subject: HE IS MEAN  (Nov 19 2002, 11:29AM)
Student: Anonymous (el ed)
Class:college writing (C+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 He is so caught up in the books you have to read for the class that he really does not have time to help correct your papers. You get in groups to help eache other, but in nobody knows anything about grammer what good is that. You go to ask him for help, you may get a response like "this paper is not even worth my time to finish" and he throws it back to you.
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Subject: Too Difficult  (Nov 05 2002, 04:03PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Intro to Literary Studies (C+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I took Bibby for Intro to Literary Studies and it was supposed to be my easiest English course. However, he graded so tough on all of his assignments I could barely get a C. On his homework he gave no partial credit, so if you misplaced a comma on a works cited entry you got 0 points for that entry. Overall, I would not recommend taking this professor.
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Subject: Take him for a day, see for yourself  (Oct 30 2002, 02:02AM)
Student: Anonymous (Computer Science)
Class:College Writing (-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I'll be honest when I say I had him for one day. I sat in on his class, he came in and gave his speech, and I transferred because I'm not a moron. So, while I was with Dr. Kalmey getting an A, the people who stayed with Bibby suffered the consequences. I've heard nothing but bad things, but like I said, sit in with him for the first day and judge for yourself. If him saying "I can count the number of A's I've given in my 7 years of teaching on one hand" isn't enough, then I don't know what is. But for you go-getting challange lovers, he should be right up your alley.
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Subject: DON'T TAKE HIM AS A FRESHMEN  (May 24 2009, 12:11PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:N/A (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bibby should not be your first professor on your fist day of college. He comes off too intimidating if you are straight out of high school. Find humor in the fact that this guy, who looks like all he needs is a beret and he'd be the biggest cliche, always opens up his first class with a lecture on how being an English major does not mean reading On the Road in Starbucks. He comes off as thinking he owns English and only if you're good enough you might be able to own a portion of it. But, effective and makes you work hard for the grade. Oh and his wife is also an English prof at Ship but goes by a diff last name so be careful who you complain to....
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Subject: Different  (Apr 02 2008, 09:24PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Intro to Lit (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bibby was always available and willing to help, but it was kind of a strange class. His tests are extremely hard (especially the poetry test), and he is a hard grader on his papers. Despite the fact that I never did more than average on his tests and papers, he gave so much extra credit that I ended up with an A. I would only recommend him to someone with REALLY good writing skills and an excellent knowledge of poetry before hand. If you have him for this class, make use of the time he offers to go over your papers with him!
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Subject: OK...but....  (Dec 07 2005, 02:47PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Am. Writers II (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

  Dr. Bibby is an ok teacher. He knows his stuff but is never condescending to someone who speaks up in class, regardless of how wrong they may be. He IS arrogant, which is why this is a neutral review. I don't think he realizes that this is only Shippensburg, we are not, or were not the last time I checked, an Ivy league establishment. My only major problem with his teaching is his love of poetry. When working with poetry, it is great to have a teacher who loves it, but I felt that we spent far too much time on it and couldn't seem to get away.
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Subject: Effective but Hard  (Jan 17 2005, 03:09PM)
Student: Anonymous (Business)
Class:College Writing (C+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bibby is one of the hardest professors I've ever had. However, he is the professor to take if you actually want to improve your writing skills. I feel that I learned a lot about how to write from Dr. Bibby and that he is a very effective professor. He does have a tendency to find fault with anything you turn in and don't expect to get a good grade in his course but if you actually want to improve your writing skills, take Bibby.
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Subject: Difficult: are you up for a challenge?  (Jan 06 2005, 02:08PM)
Student: MK (El. Ed)
Class:Adv. Placement College Writing (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I had to work very hard to get an A in Dr. Bibby's class. He is a very hard grader and doesn't hand out high grades easily. But, although I felt overwhelmed at times by this class, after the semester was over I felt a sense of satisfaction for all the hard work I had done. After each rough draft, Dr. Bibby gives the opportunity to meet with him and ask questions before handing in the final copy that will be graded. Go to these optional meetings with good, self-critical questions, and then apply these changes to the paper. Prove that you are willing to work hard and that you really care about becoming a good writer, and you will get the most out of this class. I'm glad I was put in Dr. Bibby's class, otherwise I probably would have shied away from taking him due to all the talk about the difficulty of his classes.
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Subject: Intelligent Man--When It Comes To Theory  (Mar 17 2004, 12:39AM)
Student: Jackie Cole (English/ conc. in Writing)
Class:Seminar in Poetry (A-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 First, if Dr. Bibby has said to a college writing class that most college kids don't know how to write, I would agree. Second, it's not a "doctrine," it's a doctorate. Now the important comments you've all been waiting for. Advice: if you can't write, don't take him. It is true that he will rip apart your papers. He expects hard work, and even when you fulfill that requirement, sometimes you get a bad grade that you feel is undeserved. However, he tries to make his classes interesting. There is always a topic to his class, and Seminar in Poetry was revolutionary poetry last semester. I did learn a good bit about foreign revolutions and related political topics. He talks to students like he is your equal, but when he's not doing that he can seriously irritate you. All that aside, he knows what he's talking about when it comes to literary theory, but poetry or creative endeavors are not his strong area. He also tells you what to think about a theorist or poet, so if you find yourself having trouble completing all of the reading assignments, don't always feel that you need to. He likes to show off the fact that he has published commentary on Vietnam, hence all the Vietnam-related classes. Overall though, I got an A-, even after him giving me Bs on most assignments. Work hard, participate, and please (this will work) go to him with questions or just to show him a rough draft. Nice man, and if you listen closely to him speaking, sometimes you can catch him in circular logic--it's the funniest thing.
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Subject: not as bad as you think...  (Nov 11 2003, 04:17PM)
Student: Anonymous (undeclared)
Class:college writing (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Bibby isnt all that bad as some may say. true, the whole class this semester was on 9/11, and true he grades tough. he rips my papers apart and i usually still do better than most in class. really though, all u hafta do is read the material and you`ll be ok. i wouldnt reccommend him if u want an easy class though, but if u think u are a good writer and dont mind reading, then u wont mind this course...
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Subject: not that bad  (Jan 26 2003, 02:26PM)
Student: Anonymous (english)
Class:intro to lit studies (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 i had him for intro to lit and yes he was hard. but not any harder than some other proffs. i actually think his difficulty for this class was a good thing becuase if you wanted to do well later in english classes a harder prof is not so bad. i may not have liked the man but i actually took him a second time for another class and no im not crazy.
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Subject: Not so bad  (Oct 23 2002, 06:32PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Education)
Class:College Writing (B+)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 A lot of people thought Bibby was terrible, but in my opinion he is just difficult. He is a very hard grader, and sometimes he comes off as a d*ck. But on the whole he is not a bad prof. He is willing to help, you just have to make the time to go to him.
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