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Allen Dieterich-Ward
(History/ Philosophy)


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Subject: Must Take ADW  (Oct 29 2013, 10:14PM)
Student: MA Graduate 2012 (Applied History)
Class:History of Tourism (A)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Especially if you are a history major - you must take ADW. He is hard, quirky, enthusiastic, hard. But here is the thing; you can talk to him. He will answer your questions and provide guidance. I learned more about writing in the history profession from him than anyone else. What he demands is not arbitrary. He really is trying to prepare you for what is to come. Had I not had ADW in my first semester at SU, I would not have had such a high GPA. He literally "made" my experience at Ship.
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Subject: God awful  (Apr 09 2013, 10:14PM)
Student: Anonymous (Undeclared)
Class:Early History of the US (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 There is nothing good about Prof. Deitrich ward. He is extremely enthusiastic every single day. At first a great thing, but it gets so annoying so quickly. He teaches absolutely nothing in his class. Everything had to be read on your own time. He says he uses the class to piece together the readings, which means read on your own cause he wont teach anything. He wants people to participate but constantly shoots answers down. Just a bad professor with far too much work expected.
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Subject: Great class, great professor!  (Jan 02 2013, 09:24AM)
Student: Anonymous (History BSEd.)
Class:Early U.S. History (A-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 D.W. is a great teacher!I'm not a big fan of early U.S. history but he made it very enjoyable. I had to really work for the grade I got in his class but it was easy. The 2 papers you write are small in comparison to others and the public history exhibit at the end of the semester was good, once again, just a lot of outside work with your group. But I would recommend this class to anybody! Take it if you get the chance!
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Subject: D-Dubs  (Nov 01 2010, 09:14AM)
Student: Anonymous (History/Ed)
Class:Recent/Early US, U.S. Econ (A-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 D-Dubs' is the man. Hands down. He is entertaining, thoughtful, and although it seems like a lot of work, he grades fairly easy. Heck, his exams, if you can simply define the source (just title and date) you'll get an 80%. He gives you a week to resubmit any papers and is ALWAYS around to help if you need it. Take him if you can.
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Subject: TAKE HIM!!  (Apr 01 2010, 11:27AM)
Student: Anonymous (Info Tech for Bus Edu)
Class:World History II (--)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 I have to say, at the beginning of the class I sort of struggled because my World History I prof had a very different teaching style than him. However, after I got the hang of things his class was very enjoyable. He cracks silly jokes sometimes and you can tell that he really loves the subject and strives to get the material across to his students. Although there is a lot of reading for his class, he ties everything together really well and makes the material easy to understand. His tests are pretty straight forward as to what he is looking for. All you have to do is make note-cards directly from his study guides (fill in information from the Human Record) and study study study. The essays can be a little challenging but if you ask him to explain what he is looking for in a different way he is more than willing to help until you understand exactly what he is looking for. Even though it requires work it is well worth it. I have learned so much in his class. Also, the biography that is required may be difficult to understand but he clarifies everything really well in a way that is easy to understand. He understands if the class is getting frustrated and is pretty down to earth when it comes to compromising. If I had anymore history classes to take I would definitely take him.
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Subject: Awesome Environmentalist  (Sep 29 2009, 12:32PM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:Seminar in Comp History (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I have to say, Dr. Dieterich-Ward is one of the more rewarding professors the history department has ever hired. No joke--I was scared to death of taking this man. As long as you make that effort to learn--and he will push you if you are making that effort--the reward is greater than imagined. We read several monographs and examined every portion of the work through oral discussion or through Blackboard. Our seminar paper was split up into a historiography and a case study; the historiography was to create some book review, while the case study involved researching the topic and having the use of primary sources. Dieterich-Ward wanted to prepare us for the higher education ahead, and I have to admit he did succeed. Other negative or neutral reviews state he is a "whack job with ADD," when really, I can understand his method for instructing this course. I wish I could have had him for other courses, and prepared my reviewing for graduate school sooner. You got nothing to lose. If you have problems with writing or anything with the readings, visit him at office hours. He is an awesome guy-- two thumbs up--and is not afraid to admit his opinions. If you are fresh history blood, take him.
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Subject: "WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN?!?"  (May 10 2009, 10:42PM)
Student: E,P. Thompson (History)
Class:Seminar in Comparative History (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I was scared when I first knew I would have Dr. Dieterich-Ward for my capstone course. I thought it would be intensive writing and nonsensical reading of historical monographs. Over time, Dr. D-W allowed me to gain confidence with participating in group discussions. His feedback on assignments--as well as input on class/online discussions--allowed me to gain insight over what needed to be fixed or expanded upon. He increased my awareness over environmental history, but more importantly, he increased my consciousness over what I can do to be an active citizen within the environment. Though his articles and readings were roughly eighty to 125 pages per class, the readings were not difficult to comprehend. If a student was unable to understand the reading or concept, he told them to visit his office and discuss the reading in-depth. The other beneficial aspect of his course was to produce a rough draft of a historiography and a case study, pertaining to a time frame and a geographical region in environmental history. But here's the trick: the case study had to rely on primary source research; the historiography was a literature review that embodied secondary sources. What the student had to do was show a connection between the historiography and the case study. Students had multiple opportunities to revise papers to improve their grades. Altogether, Dr. Dieterich-Ward gave me a first look at what graduate school seminars are going to be like. I am grateful for all the academic strengthening he has given me, and I only hope he will be able to teach seminar for future reference. He has given history majors a reason to appreciate their future careers. Anyone who thinks differently should not be in college. What vexes me the most are students who are not willing to learn the course material and only want to get by with the "bare minimum." If you want to get away with that, try a different history professor; for those of you who want one hell of an academic experience, I would suggest you take Dr. Dieterich-Ward.
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Subject: Take this guy!  (Jun 02 2008, 09:02AM)
Student: Anonymous (Education)
Class:World History II (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. D-w's class was actually enjoyable and I found it to be easy. He gives you exam and quiz question study guides and will answer your e-mails quickly with any questions. He makes history interesting and is excited to teach us which is nice.
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Subject: Dr. Dieterich-Ward is a Great Professor  (May 07 2008, 01:04PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Education)
Class:World History I and II (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Dieterich-Ward is a great man and professor. I had him two semesters in a row for World History I and II. I liked him so much the first semester that I took him again this semester. He is a great teacher and he gives a lot of grades so that it is almost impossible to get lower than a B. If you take the time to go to class and do the work he asks for, then you'll get an A. I would recommend taking him if you get the chance to! He cares about his students very much and he wants everyone to receive a great grade and he is always available whenever anyone needs him. He makes classes fun too! He uses powerpoint but he makes everyone get involved and laugh. He makes class fun and enjoyable so overall TAKE HIM!
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Subject: Take Him  (Apr 25 2008, 02:12PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:World History II (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Allen is a great teacher that is always available to help students and although there is a lot of reading in the class, you don't have to do it all and he explains things in class well. You have two papers, 4 quizzes (only the best 3 count) a midterm and a final. Not bad.
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Subject: Second time around...  (Dec 30 2007, 09:56AM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:American Environmental History (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 This is the second time that I've had Dr. Dieterich-Ward for a class, and again his class was among my favorites last semester. Dr. D/W is a demanding professor...don't take him if you're looking for a last-minute fill-in class or if you don't plan on being in class and engaged during every single class; if you do take him and you don't show up for every class and participate, you fail. Don't bullsh*t; he knows who's lying to him and who's not, and as long as you're not, he'll go really far out of his way to help you out. For this course, he didn't require much in the way of graded assignments; we had to write two book reviews, a primary source-based research project, and a final paper. However, we had to do weekly online forum posts, and you had to do the reading before coming to class, because the articles and books he assigned weren't even close to being common-knowledge. The reading requirements for each class were usually fairly heavy; on average, we had about 250 pages per class session. Again, you have to come to class; for this course, if you missed more than one class session, you lost a letter grade in class participation. He's always in his office when he says he will be, and he's always willing to help (sometimes help quite a bit) with any problems you might be having. Don't let his class requirements scare you, though; honestly, this course (together with another that I had this past semester) completely changed the way that I view American history...it was like being hit upside the head with a cinder block every time you went to class. The bottom line is that if you're a good student and don't have a problem with class attendance requirements, Dr. D/W's class may one of the most challenging you'll ever take, but it'll probably be one of the best.
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Subject: Great!  (Nov 12 2007, 10:26AM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:World History II (A-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 This professor really cares about his students and is available to help all the time. We had two exams, one paper and a couple quizzes. Just make sure that you are in class and that you complete your online journals and the class is pretty easy.
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Subject: take him  (Oct 15 2007, 11:28PM)
Student: Ken (Comm/Journ)
Class:World History II (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 At first I thought Deiterich-ward was a real tough teacher but he's truly not bad at all. He's an easy going guy and as long as you put any kind of effort into his class, he will love you. He is very interested in what he teaches and comes off a little stronger for someone who couldn't care less about what happened in the past. His quizzes are sooo easy and his tests aren't bad either. I am horrible with history of any kind and still managed to get a B in his class with min. effort. I highly suggest him if you're a history major or just trying to fulfill your electives.
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Subject: In defense of scholarship...  (Oct 12 2007, 02:15PM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:Early U.S, Amer. Env. History (A)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Dieterich-Ward is a nice guy...all the time. Anyone who's ever had him (especially if you've had him for more than one course) and has put forth even a slight amount of effort can attest to his willingness to go out of his way (sometimes really far out of his way) to help you out with whatever you need. The reading assignments that he assigns for the Early U.S. history class are extremely reasonable; if you consider 30 pages to be a lengthy article then you're definitely in the wrong major. Upper-level history courses commonly require four times that for a single class session. Dr. D/W may tend toward the slightly unorganized, but that's generally only because he's so caught up in what he's teaching. The group project that he requires is a good learning experience, because if you can't get along and work with your colleagues (and make the best of sometimes difficult situations) in a 200-level history class, you've got some serious personality deficiencies. To characterize someone as having an undiagnosed case of ADD is seriously and shockingly rude. ADD is a very real and very serious disorder, and those of us who have it realize how difficult it is to work through it and past it in order to realize goals. What might help all of you who are lazy (insert your own insult here) who don't like moderately challenging professors is to drop out of Ship and go work at Wal-Mart...they don't require you to do stupid end-of-the-semester group projects there.
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Subject: Great Prof!  (Oct 02 2007, 01:12PM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:Early Hist of US (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. D-W is a great prof who is really passionate about teaching and is great at it. He makes class interesting even if it is a topic that you are not interested in. The exams were pretty easy and he gives study guides. Take him if you can, he's great!
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Subject: Fantastic Professor  (Oct 01 2007, 03:58PM)
Student: Amber (History/Political Science B.A.)
Class:Early U.S. History (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I can honestly say that Dr. Dieterich-Ward is one of the best professors I've had in my 4 years at Ship. Rarely do you meet someone so passionate about his subject, especially when you consider that the class that I had him for (Early U.S. History) can tend to be heinously boring if colonial through mid-19th century American history isn't your interest area. We wrote two book reviews and took a midterm and a final, both of which were short answer and essay and both of which he provided comprehensive study guides for. Outside of class, he's always willing to help you with absolutely anything you could ask. If you have a chance, TAKE THIS PROFESSOR. He really is brilliant.
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Subject: not bad  (Jan 16 2007, 06:29PM)
Student: Anonymous (history)
Class:early history of the us (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 He's a really nice guy and is very willing to work with all students. The lectures can be slightly boring but as long as you do some of the readings you will do great.
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Subject: Never, and I mean NEVER, take this professor.  (Feb 22 2015, 09:00PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:N/A (--)
 15 of 40 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Dieterich-Ward is arguably one of the worst teachers I have ever had in my entire life. He tells you on the first day of classes that you will not need to memorize anything for this class. That however, is completely incorrect. His midterms consist of 2 parts, the first being terms the second Primary Source Identification. If you don't basically memorize everything about those sources you will obtain no higher that a D on the exams. His final consists of a third part that requires you to use direct quotes, with citations. This class' workload is that of a 400 level course, and I only took a 100 level class. He's arrogant, mean, cruel hearted, and a pompous a-hole. If you dont know something in class he will basically call you stupid in front of the entire class. He doesn't lecture well at all, all he really says over and over again are things like, "well this is the main idea guys" or "this is what you need to focus on" but then makes it very unclear as to what it is "we need to focus on". He's not helpful whatsoever and I would highly suggest never taking any of his courses, and if you are taking them, don't take above 12 credits. You'll thank me later for that.
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Subject: Disgusted   (Jan 25 2015, 02:55AM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal justice)
Class:History 105 (D)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Very unprofessional. Aside from being on time to class, he has no good traits. The sexual discrimination and harassment was nothing like I've ever seen in a classroom let alone from the teacher. My 100 level course was harder than most 400 level courses with a final that requires you to provide CITATIONS for an essay question that you need to write IN CLASS. Don't even bother doing the homework, you will get a 0 without an explanation and don't take a fifth class if this one is in your schedule. It has the workload of 2-3 other classes. If there is any way you can drop this class, DO IT!
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Subject: Terrible  (Mar 04 2012, 09:19AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:N/A (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 If you like to take 200 level classes that are practically 400 level classes I suggest taking him. Other than that don't do it. He expects everyone in his class to be an expert on history when everyone in his class is not a history major. In one week we had to read about 250 pages of a book, study for a midterm, write a paper and an online journal. He doesn't follow his syllabus and doesn't really care at all.
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Subject: Needs Major Improvement  (Jan 17 2012, 03:59AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Early US History (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This guy is terrible, where to begin? Well on the first day of class he made a joke about a student's parents to the effect of "your parents must have been drinking the night you were conceived." I thought that "joke" was very uncalled for, especially on day 1. If you ask a question in his class, he insults your intelligence in some way instead of answering it. His knowledge on major topics such as the US Civil War is very limited. By limited, I mean he told a student who claimed to be a Civil War buff to teach the class because he admitted to his lack of knowledge. This man is arrogant, rude, inconsiderate, and highly unprofessional. Ive learned more about history on my own than taking this guy's excuse for a class.
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Subject: Nice, but not worth it.  (Oct 08 2010, 12:44AM)
Student: Anonymous (criminal justice)
Class:Early American History  (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Ok so first off I want to say he is a nice guy and really into his subject, so if you know a lot about history take him but if you dont then avoid because he speaks as if you know it already. And also, he speaks way too fast... you cant even comprehend what he is trying to say. The only way to keep up is do the readings he gives, and believe me you will get a lot. He does like for you to ask questions but in my opinion that is just a front, like if you ask a question he will look at you like you're dumb. One other good thing is that he is available and pretty easy, so that is good.
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Subject: nice guy, dirty work  (Apr 08 2008, 04:53PM)
Student: darth nader (english)
Class:World History II (B-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Dietrich-Ward is a nice guy. He's relatively friendly, doesn't mind cracking a joke on occasion, and can laugh sometimes... but the workload is back-breaking. I swear 1/3-1/2 of my work this semester was thanks to Allen here. There's a lot of reading, he has a tendency to barrel through topics (e.g., we did WWI in a day or two), after which he requires quite a bit of information on his tests/quizzes. I found it all a bit hard to retain, but that's just me. Maybe some other gifted souls actually grasped some of the lectures... I don't know. In short, the workload is not worth it. Take someone else if you get the chance, but if you're stuck with him... at least he's nice.
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Subject: Extremely Hard, for 200 level course!  (Dec 03 2013, 04:40AM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:HIST 202 (D)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I never had any idea that a 200 level course could be this extremely challenging. Have taken 300 and 400 level courses that did not begin to come close this this amount of difficulty. I would otherwise appreciate the steep challenge. My G.P.A. is starting out considerably lower thanks to the extreme challenge of this class that I have transferred to Shippensburg for this first semester here.
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Subject: Um...yea?  (Oct 11 2007, 01:32PM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:Early U.S. History (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 He is a nice guy....sometimes. If you forget to bring a reading or a book to class, he flips sh*t on you in front of everyone!!! He has way too many reading assignments that you have to print off, on average they are about 30 pages long, one of them was actually 55 pages long and you have to print them out!!!! I think that he might have the case of ADD and not know it, so be careful. He is all over the place and is sometimes very unorganized and doesn't manage the class time very well. Oh and he makes you do a really stupid group project at the end of the semester, and it has to be displayed in the library! What is this middle school? Yea so....to take him or not to take him? I'm in the middle, proceed with caution!
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Subject: Just getting Started   (Mar 16 2007, 10:30PM)
Student: Anonymous (History (BA))
Class:Early History of the US  (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Ward is new Prof. He's fresh out of grad school and I can honestly say that when he has more experience he will be a asset to the ShIppensburg University History Department. His class is a lot of reading. The readings are mostly online and in most cases have nothing to do with the course. There are two tests: a midterm and a final. He gives you study guides for both. Overall he is ok. He isn't the best prof but he isn't the worst either .
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