Professor Shay is an amazing teacher. She makes class really interesting, and obviously cares about student learning. She is approachable and a fairly easy grader. My only negative comment is that she sometimes seems less knowledgable about her material than other professors, but that will only improve with time. I highly recommend taking one of her classes if you get the chance. (Also I only took 129 with her but for some reason that was not an option to select)
Dr. Shay is one of the best and top 3 I have taken at UCLA!!! She is available to discuss issues with you; her lectures are phenomenal; and her methodology of teaching is absolutely lovely! Very easy with her grading, and very reasonable with her tests. I took her for the graphic novel course and she was always giving us new concepts and ideas. MUST take a course with her if you need it. You will not regret it! She's a great asset to the faculty. ENGLISH 129 actually, but not listed below.
I took Shay for a post-colonial class and I was swayed by all the positive reviews below me that she would be an amazing professor. However, she lacks in many areas. In our class, she gave us our first paper back a week before our final papers. So, we turned in our first paper (5th week) and never got our papers back until the end of 9th week. Classmates were upset because she suddenly informed students prior to returning our papers that an "outsider reader" was helping her grade the papers. After receiving our essays back, many protested about their grades. She "seemed" to be very understanding at first, but then got defensive, and wouldn't let students talk to the outside grader about their grades. Honestly, she may come off very sweet, but the bite is in her grading. She's never around to help students, and her office hours are by appointment only, because since students are left without guidance on her end, they pile up outside her office waiting to get answers. I ended up having to wait two hours just to see her on one occasion. During break, students would formulate a line around the classroom just to get some questions answered about our upcoming final projects. What does this say about her? Not to mention, her e-mail responses are over a week late, with no real answers included to your much needed questions. It's ridiculous. By 10th week, I was glad Shay's unorganized class was over. You'll fall for the fake charm and sweetness first week, but realize she's a flake and doesn't pull through on her own words.
Professor Shay is probably my favorite professor and mentor from all of UCLA staff. Not only does she want top notch education for her students, she also does so in a manner that is respectful and fluid so that she can mold her teaching methods to that of her students. She's not one of those professors that strictly teach to how they're used to teaching and in which their way of thinking is the only way to follow for at least the duration of the class. She comes off as friendly, empathetic and approachable which is great in any professor. Furthermore, past that friendly personality is a professor that delves deep into the material, motivating any student to start thinking about bigger issues other than themselves. As a bonus, these thoughts stick with you and you find yourself thinking about them outside of class and your studies. Great professor! She takes the dry part of an English class out and actually allows learning to happen naturally and enjoyably. I took her By the way, I took her seminar course, Englis 181 in Fall 2014.
I took English 184 with Professor Shay (which was not an option for some reason), and she was absolutely wonderful! She is one of the most enlightening and inspiring professors I have ever had. She is without a doubt the best professors in the department! It is a shame that I did not know about her earlier, or I would have enjoyed my English experience so much more! She genuinely cares for her students, and she is extremely agreeable and accommodating. I am so glad that I took my last English class with her; it left a very sweet taste in my mouth after finishing the major. It also atoned for the outweighing negative experiences I have had with other professors. English is sometimes quite a drag, but she is very uplifting. She is inspiring as both a professor and a person, and I am thankful for the class I took wit her.