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Todd Bricker
(Criminal Justice)


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Subject: Take Him!  (Mar 15 2009, 04:22PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Policing a Democracy (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Bricker is a great professor. His class is easy, attendance isn't mandatory, and he goes over the test the class before. His tests aren't difficult if you study your notes and read the book, plus he doesn't give a lot of notes. TAKE HIM!
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Subject: Real life Situations!  (Jan 15 2009, 10:58PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Policing Democracy (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Bricker is awesome!!! He made policing interesting with his stories that he had on the job. He tells policing how it is. He uses the book so you want to buy it. He usually gives you a study guide on what you need to know for exams. He also skips class every so often as well. Good prof and recommend!!!
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Subject: Learning & Fun- Is a Plus!  (Jan 08 2009, 08:41PM)
Student: Anonymous (CJ)
Class:Forensic, Policing, Criminal I (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Bricker is a Great Professor. He definitely knows his material. His classes are never boring. We watch movies, clips from Cold Cases and more. His material is straight out of the book & you can get an A/B even if you don't have one. You will learn a lot in his classes. Take my word for it!
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Subject: King of The CJ Department  (Nov 08 2008, 09:59PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Intro to Forensic Science (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bricker is the best professor in the Criminal Justice Department. Yes, that's right, step aside Dr. Jirard. Dr. Bricker has the most interesting lectures and is the coolest guy on earth. Take him for every class he teaches. Take him for Policing A Democracy, Criminal Investigation, Intro to Forensic Science, and Forensic Analysis. He is by far the best professor the CJ department has had for quite some time. For his classes, make sure you read the assigned chapters 1-2 days before each exam, and make sure to ALWAYS remind him to do a REVIEW before each exam the class before. He will answer all questions, and go slow for all his students to be able to write down all the material from his power points and chalkboard. If you do not take him, you surely are not up to date with things.
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Subject: Awsome Prof  (Oct 29 2008, 05:52PM)
Student: Anonymous (CJ)
Class:Intro and Policing a Dem. (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bricker is by far the easiest CJ prof available... if you decide to show up to class he actually does a great job teaching. However he is starting to become famous for canceling class he has done it at least once a week when I had him for policing a dem. Class is fun because he usually tells stories of his time on the force and also shows films several times.
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Subject: Great teacher  (Apr 25 2008, 05:38PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Policing a Democracy (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bricker was an excellent teacher. His experience as a police officer is certainly beneficial in that he provides a synopsis of police work, free of fabrication. Go to class and you'll do well.
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Subject: Very Important  (Apr 01 2008, 11:05PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Policing A Democracy (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bricker is the best professor at this university. I say this because he is the first professor I completely have paid attention to the entire class time from beginning to end. Now for the grade info. As long as you remind him to make a study guide before each test to give to you, you will get an A. Now, if you do not get a study guide before each test, you will get between a high C and high B, as long as you read the chapters that are on the test. Just remember to remind him about the study guide and you will be fine. He lists exactly what is on the test. Good luck!
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Subject: Awesome Prof.  (Jan 12 2008, 10:39PM)
Student: Anonymous (CRJ)
Class:Policing A Democracy (C+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He kicks ass, he was sure to include all students in the lectures and assignments and he allowed time for our exams along with in depth study guides of which was solely based from the exam. He's a great prof and I recommend him.
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Subject: Great Teacher  (Oct 26 2007, 06:53PM)
Student: Hikari Shadow (Criminal Justice)
Class:Intro to Forensics  (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He only is able to teach Intro to Forensics every couple of semesters but it is totally worth it if you can get in. As always Bricker is an excellent teacher and there is no exception to this class. The work is on par and it will help you a lot when he offers Forensic Science Evidence Analysis, Basically forensics two which has a lot of fun interesting labs. One of the best teachers I have ever had in my life if not the best. A must take.
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Subject: Good Prof Good Class  (Jan 12 2007, 03:34PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Policing Democracy (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 If you have to take a CJ class try to take it with Dr. Bricker. He has real world policing experience, and his stories are interesting. His tests are almost straight from his lecture and partially from the book. Study your notes and you'll do fine.
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Subject: Great Prof  (Dec 13 2006, 09:58AM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Policing Democracy (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bricker is something else. He is awesome. He really is able to apply the material because he tells of his real life experiences as a cop and then as a Narcotic Detective. Its great. When you have to take this class, you need to pay attention and read the book, but other than that, you'll have fun.
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Subject: Great Teacher  (Apr 02 2006, 01:01PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Selected Topics (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This guy knows what he is talking about. He makes the class interesting by not lecturing all the time. The videos and other stuff that he does in class is great. Other people could learn some things about teaching from him.
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Subject: Good, but getting cocky  (Jan 17 2006, 01:33AM)
Student: Anonymous (CJ)
Class:Select Topics in CRJ (C)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He is the best CJ professor there is, no doubt, but he also knows it by now. He seems to just be slacking off in classes, but he still does teach. Watching videos helps, sure, but watching a video EVERY class gets real old. A great guy, but classes get monotonous. Still, take him, he sure as hell beats Lemon or Dingleski
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Subject: Great Professor  (Jan 10 2006, 10:12AM)
Student: Andy Gladfelter (Criminal Justice)
Class:Intro Crim Justice 070-100 (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bricker is a great prof to take for this course. The course material is long and convoluted but Bricker simplifies it through repetition and adding his own examples and anecdotes as a former police officer. He breaks up the lectures with powerpoints and video clips to enhance the subject matter. It also helped that the 5 or 6 tests taken from the book were open book, since there is so much subject matter to cover in a semester. Definitely worthwhile if you're taking any crim course.
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Subject: Great prof  (Dec 08 2004, 12:12AM)
Student: Zack (Crim Justice)
Class:THEORIES CRIME CNTRL (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Bricker is awesome! the theorys are kinda hard to memorize, making tests kinda hard.. but the in class assignments bring your grade up.. and the presentation you do with a partner was a snap... def take this class......
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Subject: Bricker is awsome  (Nov 10 2004, 10:16PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Policing (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Bricker is the best teacher at shippensburg. I would take him for any class he teaches. He used to be a cop so he knows what he is talking about and has some great stories to tell. He knows how to make class interesting. His tests can be a little hard, you just have to study for them. If you get the chance take him.
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Subject: Excellent Teacher  (Oct 24 2004, 08:53PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Forensic Science (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bricker is one of the better teachers I have had at Shipp. The forensic course can be difficult at times because of the material. There's a lot of reading and he covers a lot of stuff that isn't in the book. The exams are usually mc and short essay. They can be difficult if you don't study and know everything. I definitely recommend taking him. He obviously cares about what he teaches and he knows his stuff.
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Subject: THE BEST OF THE BEST  (Oct 17 2004, 05:01PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Theories (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This teacher was by far, hands down one of the best professors at ship. He is a no bullshit type of guy. He will teach what is useful and will be clear cut. He's funny too because he really just doesn't give a shit. He's been out in there in the real world with this job and brings a great deal to the class room. Take him for as many classes as you can!!!
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Subject: Great guy!  (Jan 21 2004, 03:26PM)
Student: Ian Thornton (Crim. Justice)
Class:Policing and Theories (both) (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Hands down the best teacher ive ever had. Brings real world experience into the room, teaches very effecitvely, and is a great guy. TODD BRICKER ROCKS! Take him, you wont be disappointed.
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Subject: One of the Best Teachers  (Jan 16 2004, 05:39PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Theory (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Awesome! He is very fair and easygoing in class. He is definitely the best in the CJ Department and possibly the best on campus. You do have to work, but the work is not busy work. You actually learn something. Take him for any course if you can.
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Subject: THE BEST AT SU  (Nov 20 2003, 06:09PM)
Student: Anonymous (CJ)
Class:Crim Theory (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I'm currently taking CJ theory with Dr. Bricker. After taking alot of classes with other faculty in the CJ dept. and on campus, he is absolutely the best professor I ever had!! I took a couple classes with him. You do have to work, but you'll learn something. He mixes it up alot so you don't get bored. He is always willing to help...take his classes if you can get into them. I can't wait for the forensics class...totally awesome!!
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Subject: Hands down, the best prof at Ship  (Nov 14 2003, 09:45PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:N/A (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bricker is absolutely the most effective professor that I have ever had. He speaks to the students rather than at them as some professors do. He makes you do the work for your grade, but he is also very understanding and is willing to stay after and help you out when it is needed. He actually cares about his students and wants them to succeed by earning your grade. Dr. Bricker is one of the only professors in the Criminal Justice department that deserve to be there.
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Subject: Totally Awesome!!!!!  (Aug 27 2003, 11:33AM)
Student: Anonymous (CJ)
Class:Policing (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 If you want to learn something about policing, take him. There was alot of reading for this class, but the exams were OK if you studied. He makes the class interesting...funny stories that actually relate to the real world. They don't call him Dr. Awesome for nothing.
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Subject: Ship's Best Prof  (Jan 25 2003, 10:35PM)
Student: Melissa (Criminal Justice)
Class:Intro and Policing (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 A lot of profs a Ship should take lessons from Dr. Bricker. He is the best prof I have ever had. He makes class interesting by using different teaching methods. He also brings a lot of first hand experience. Some of his stories from when he was a cop are really funny. Assignments and projects are not just busy work, you actually get something out of the work you do. Tests are not hard at all.
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Subject: Simply the best  (Dec 08 2002, 03:11PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice Generalist)
Class:Policing a Democracy (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Bricker is by far one of the best profs at Ship. He not only give you the info you need to know but he has tons of real life stories to inhance his lesson plans. Take Dr. Bricker if you can you won't regret it.
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Subject: Excellent Professor  (Nov 21 2002, 06:37PM)
Student: Trajik Majik (CRM Justice)
Class:Policing a Democracy (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 The title says it all. This man is quite possibly the best prof. I've ever had. He wasn't some arrogant windbag with a PhD. He actually taught you something he and established a dialogue with his students that made you feel as though you were not just a student, but a co-worker as well. The class is fairly easy, mostly common sense stuff. 3 M/C & essay exams, a group project that was definately worth the effort, and journal exercises that you could apply to real life situations.
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Subject: Cool pro..  (Nov 04 2002, 05:00PM)
Student: Anonymous (CJ major)
Class:Policing a Democracy (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I recommend anyone to take this guy, he is an awesome pro. He has the experience that all pro's should have, and has a good way of getting info across to students. Had an oral final which was easy and the tests were easy to. He is always willing to lend a hand. Shows some pretty cool video's in class. He is "Dr. Awesome."
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Subject: Great Prof get him if you can  (Aug 26 2002, 02:36PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal justice)
Class:Policing Democracy (C+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Bricker brings experience since he was a cop for 9 years he's a really nice guy willing to help if you need it and hes funny as hell. Can't think of a better prof.
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Subject: Wonderful Prof!!  (Aug 11 2002, 08:11PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Into to Criminal Justice (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Absolutly an amazing teacher. He is very interesting to listen,and that fact he is an x-cop, he gives you the inside scoops on everything. I highly recomemd this prof.
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Subject: Completely Awesome  (Aug 06 2002, 11:55PM)
Student: Mella (Criminal Justice)
Class:Policing Democracy (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I love Bricker! He's the best prof I've had and probably the best I'll ever have. He makes things fun even when you're tackling something new. He tells it like it is and that's so great. He's one of the nicests and most down to earth guys out there and his class is great. He does give the occasional assignment, and the tests can seem to have more than one answer, but the final was an oral exam and it was the best class I've ever taken. I just can't wait till he's taking advisees! Bricker is the best!
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Subject: Best Prof in the CJ Dept  (Oct 27 2004, 01:03PM)
Student: Matt ()
Class:Intro to Forensic Science (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I've had him for two or three classes prior to this one and they are all pretty much the same in terms of difficulty. Theories was a killer, but the others were all the same....not too difficult. The guy was a cop before becoming a teacher so I really respect him for that and like the fact that he has the ability to teach us a practical side of things. He never takes attendance in any of his classes and the tests are M/C, T/F, and short answers. He does have essays on some of his tests, but not in this class. (Theories always had essays on the exams). No papers, group projects, or any other stuff like that. The syllabus for the class was one page, front and back, and listed all of the pertinent info. Compared to other classes, one of which has an 18-page syllabus, this was was a nice relief. This is a new class, so take this with a grain of salt....I'm sure things will change, but for now, all you do is read what the book says and spit that back out for the M/C, T/F, short answer exam. I have been to almost every class and take good notes, but for this class, I only have nine pages of notes all semester. We watch a lot of videos, which is OK, but it's almost always "Forensic Files", which I can watch at home if I want to. It's on TV all the time. The rest of the class is lecture, but for some reason it's just not the type of stuff that you take a lot of notes on. 90% of the test material comes from the textbook, and the rest is from his lecture notes. He basically gives you stuff to supplement what the book says and also goes over parts that the text just briefly glosses over, like the stuff about drugs. If it were not for the videos, the entire course could be taught online. You would just read the book, and show up for the tests. It's my only Tue / Thur class, so there's really no point in going to class, since most of the info comes from the book anyway. This might change, but for now, if you can read the book and remember it for the test, you will be fine. Each test covers two chapters (usually) and the chapters are pretty long, but you can read each chapter the night before the test and go in there and get a C with no problem. IF I put JUST a little more effort into it than that, B's are certainly obtainable. Its not all that hard, but it is a lot of material to memorize. The final is NOT cumulative either, so you need to remember this stuff for a couple hours, then after the test, you can forget it forever. For a 300 - level course, this certainly feels like a 100 level. I would suggest you take it if you need an easy schedule-filler.
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