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I had Prof. Wilford for 140, 133, and 156. Obviously, he was good enough to take 3 times, but I can't say the two reviews below me are inaccurate either.
Very approachable and understanding, knowledgeable, posts his very organized slides online, and fair grading (when he grades- not always so much when it's a reader).
He invariably gets behind in the material and you don't get to learn as much as you could have; he is definitely much more of a theory-buff; you MUST be prepared to talk about the most minute details on exams and to defend them with specific readings, sometimes of his choice. His exams are VERY hard and have only gotten harder each class I've taken from him. Although I earned an A in every class I've taken with him, I often had to sacrifice any kind of a social life for that A.
My advice: if you take him (as I hope to in Fall 2011), don't walk in thinking it's going to be easy. Although his lectures are well-organized and easy to follow, I recommend recording and listening later. If you take notes on paper, suck it up and just use a computer for this class. Often he'll talk for 20 minutes about something NOT on any slide, and THAT will be on the exam. I believe this is fair, so this didn't surprise me when he did it. If you don't like to read, don't lie to yourself- take another class. If you care about your GPA, you must be prepared to work, but he is fair, the grading is fair, and I've always liked the paper topics (a lot of free reign).
I didn't really know what to expect going into this class having never taken a human/cultural geography class before. I ended up finding the material very dry and not nearly as interesting as other Geography classes. I appreciate that Prof. Wilford uses PowerPoints, visuals, & videos in lecture but I didn't walk away from this class having learned anything terribly valuable or life-changing...it was rather boring, based too much on theory and not enough on tangible, real-life information. Prof. Wilford is very nice and approachable and is fair at grading. The class has a midterm, final, 4 short/easy reading responses, and a paper in which you write about a place in which you spend a lot of time--it was interesting to apply class concepts to my own life. Overall, it's an alright class but don't expect to have your mind blown.