[guest post by JVW]
As a follow-up to last Friday’s Weekend Open Thread, Kevin M. updates us with news that the adjunct professor who demonstrated that she was incapable of calm, dispassioned debate regarding the police has been dismissed from the faculty, triggering outrage among United Faculty of Cypress College.
I note with amusement that Christie Diep, professor of English and the Cypress College faculty union president who is the one quoted as lamenting the adjunct’s firing, is widely considered to be an easy (and perhaps lazy) professor on RateMyProfessor.com. Her reviews include the following gems [note: quotes are verbatim (verscribim?) including the lack of apostrophes in the contractions]:
“Ive taken Diep before, and to me she seems like a very easy English professor. Shes nothing special tbh, but I know when I take her, Ill get an A.”
“The professor is so lazy she doesnt even grade the HW and gives you an A+.”
“She does not lecture or provide any original thoughts of her own – she assigns readings in the textbook, and has you answer the questions at the end of the stories. If you do what she tells you to do on the syllabus, you will get an A.”
“There’s a reason for why 40% of students dropped. The WORST online experience.”
“She would cancel class very often even if there were assignments due that class. She lectured on subjects that she didn’t know that well like other people’s cultures.”
Let me reiterate here for clarity’s sake that Prof. Diep is not the adjunct professor who was let go for her boorish behavior in class, she’s the professor who heads up the faculty union. Granted, there are those students who report a positive experience in her class, but more often than not it’s because they acknowledge the course is an “easy A.” And while it is indeed true that RateMyProfessor tends to draw comments largely from people who either love or hate the professor which leads to extremes in the reviews, I note that both Prof. Diep’s admirers and her detractors mostly agree that her classes aren’t particularly taxing. Isn’t it so appropriate that this is the type of person who rises to the head of a public employee union and finds herself vigorously defending the intellectual banality of a colleague?