Winter 2019 - I can't believe Suzy got so many bad reviews. I took 120A with her and it was a great experience. I would take her class again! She was very helpful on the final paper. Her handouts were so detailed and straight forward to a point you don't even need to pay too much attention in class but still do fine. She is also the most down to earth professor I have ever met. She would not only offer help on class related topics but also answer any question you might have about linguistics, even about future careers. I can't say enough good things about her. About guest lecturer part, I 've never had any guest lecturer coming to me 120A class, maybe that's just a 119A thing. I know that guest lectures are part of the course for 102, but again I took 103 and didn't have any. If you chose the easier alternative, maybe you should expect something being a little different. I can see how 119A was not the best class for some, but keep in mind people who take the time to write comments have strong negative or positive (like me) opinions. I think Suzy is a helpful and caring professor. I definitely recommend Suzy's class.
Spring 2018 - She did not have an explicit and consistent late policy. She penalized students for breaking some random formatting rules even when submitting the rough draft. She changed the presentation schedule one day before the presentation and marked students down for not knowing it. Although her lectures were okay (they were clear enough but very boring), she showed deep mistrust toward students and was too arrogant and paranoid to be a professor.
The previous review is pretty spot on. I didn't find the course easy, but Phonology is NOT my subject. I went in completely intimidated and ended up with an A at the end of the course. I had to put in a lot of work (especially for the homework), but he is indeed lenient with the quiz grading. Save yourself pain, and GO TO OFFICE HOURS! For the final project, anyway. Ask a million questions. Take notes. That saved my group's grade, no doubt.
Winter 2021 - Honestly, I liked the class in the beginning but as time passed on, it became a bit difficult and taxing. This was his first time teaching during COVID and it's understandable that he wouldn't have a good grasp on how to pace his lectures online, but he expected us to write a term paper while giving out weekly homework AND a final exam. The pace of the class wasn't terrible, but it was an overload of work, and if you go to Office Hours to ask for help, his help is very vague and I understand it's because he doesn't want to give out an answer but it confused me more than anything. The nice thing about the final is that it was a take-home exam, so I had time to complete it but even then, it was draining. I really enjoyed the professor and think the professor was nice company and you can tell he's passionate about linguistics and teaching, additionally, the class was lenient with extensions which were super nice of them. Overall, I enjoyed the class but it took a lot out of me.
Great guy - Terrible instructor. When the class mean on the final is a failing grade the you have a problem. A serious problem. You can work really hard in this class, attend sections, go to office hours, do well on the homework and quizzes and then take his final and fail it. DO not take this class with Schuh if you are really interesting in understanding Phonology.