Harryette Mullen

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ENGL M104A
Early Afro-American Literature See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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Course Assignments: 5-6, 5 page Journal Entries due throughout the 10 week course. 1 Poetry presentation. No Midterm. No Final Exam. No additional papers to be completed.

Professor Mullen tends to lean more toward a discussion based class versus lecture based. The course texts were incredibly interesting and very relevant to African American social justice, identity, and civil rights issues today. The books were to be read throughout the 10 weeks and then students would come to class, listen to the professor lecture for about half an hour, and then the rest of class would be a discussion on whichever questions students may have regarding the texts or the professor would throw some questions out.

The class is somewhat writing intensive in that it requires you to submit journal entries and the professor sometimes asks the class to write and reflect in class. However, it is an absolutely wonderful and very easy class. I definitely recommend!

(June 18, 2015)
AFRO-AM M104C
Afro-American Literature since 1960s See Full Profile

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AF AMER M104C
African American Literature of 1960s and 1970s See Full Profile

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ENGL 110
Studies in Individual Authors See Full Profile

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If you like being taught by your peers and not the professor, I recommend Professor Mullen. However, if you like to actually be taught by the person who is paid to do so, this is not the class for you.

The journal entries she assigned made me feel like I was back in elementary school.

I DO prefer discussions, in which all can express their ideas and options, but when a teacher does not add any of her knowledge to class time, I feel like I might as well stay at home.

I do not doubt that Professor Mullen is a talented writer, as she has won many awards, I just do not believe she is a talented teacher. She does not seem to care about student learning, and does not guide students through a text. The class I took with Professor Mullen was on Rita Dove, an author I knew nothing about before the class, making my need for guidance elevated. This need was never met.

She is not the WORST teacher out there, but I think that there are many better.

(March 4, 2011)
ENGL 133
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ENGL 133
Creative Writing: Poetry See Full Profile

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ENGL 136
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ENGL 136
Creative Writing: Poetry See Full Profile

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ENGL 173A
American Fiction to 1900 See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.5

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I could not agree more with the post below. While I am currently taking Professor Mullen for a different course (American Poetry 1945-Present), I could not be more disappointed. Professor Mullen does not teach, she merely requires that students sign up to present 3 times over the course of the quarter, thus exempting her from lecturing. Her classes are unstimulating and "taught" based off of peer interpretation of texts that are irrelevant to the course.

I signed up for this course eager to study the transition in poetry from the '40s and '50s (beat poetry! Frank O'Hara!) only to be THOROUGHLY disappointed in our reading selections. If I wanted to take a contemporary poetry class, I would have signed up for it. Unfortunately Professor Mullen (a contemporary poet herself) doesn't take the catalog description to mind when assigning poetry selections that are dominated by current poets and required readings from the early 2000s on. The only 2 exceptions to this were Gary Snyder's "Turtle Island" (1975)and Mary Oliver's "American Primitive" (1983) - 30+ YEARS after 1945, the listed starting point for the course! I'm so tired of professors teaching according to their own interests instead of catalog course guidelines.

DO NOT TAKE MULLEN unless you enjoy disorganization and LAZY "teaching" or absence of.

(Nov. 4, 2011)
ENGL 173C
Contemporary American Poetry See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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Do NOT take this class. Prof. Mullen does NOT teach. She sits at the front of the classroom while students do presentations. Each student is supposed to sign up for 3 presentations a quarter, so everytime class meets we just sit there and listen to classmates talk out of their asses about some poems for two hours while she adds NOTHING or is RUDE about adding information or correcting anything the student might have gotten wrong.

There is ONE paper for the class, the whole quarter, due finals week. There is a midterm proposal due week 6 for which you get NO instruction other than the brief explanation on the midterm.

She also expects you to write a journal for every poem collection we do but gives you zero instruction on those and then grades you on them.

I can't believe I'm paying to be at this school and being taught by other students. It's RIDICULOUS. Do NOT take Mullen if you actually want to learn something worth your time.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
ENGL 174A
American Poetry to 1900 See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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I had Professor Mullen for both 174C and the poetry workshop 133. Her teaching style is more free than other professors. She really wants students to think critically for themselves and develop their own opinions and understanding. I think that her poetry classes, both the workshop and the class, are very good for beginners to poetry because she really tries to help you break down the material in an understandable way. She's very open and friendly in her office hours. For 174C, and in part for 133, she grades on your effort and whether or not you have really learned something from the class. If you should that you are invested in the material, come to her office hours with questions, and go to lecture (attendance is a part of the grade in 174C), then you will be fine. I think that class participation is key. She's not a dictator and will not micromanage the class, instead she tries to give students space to be free to figure out their own ideas. I highly suggest Prof. Mullen, especially to students who are new to poetry because she really creates a friendly, encouraging learning environment.

(June 29, 2009)
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