This rating is just for my advisor.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Iowa City, IA – November 14, 2013
My first adviser at the University of Iowa was terrible! Not only was she incompetent, she was very hostile and condescending toward students. In addition, I taught a class that she was paid to teach. At evaluation time she had an informal evaluation, and she told the students that any negative comments were to be written on these evaluations. One student noticed my name was on the back of the evaluation. She also said that any positive comments would go on the official evaluation. One student said that I had taught the class, while she sat back and criticized me. The student went on to say that I was a much better teacher than my adviser. I kept begging to get another adviser, but I was told that the university wanted us to succeed together (we are both Latinos). There was a point when she returned a draft of my dissertation to me with the suggestion to "fix it." When I asked her to be more specific, she wouldn't give me any ideas. I submitted it a week later without any changes, and she said I did a "much better job." When my prospectus meeting bombed, I was given the adviser I wanted all along. If I had been stuck with my first adviser, I would not have finished. I know that this paradigm of incompetency and condescension is "teaching" at a university in the Southwest.
I had to work with the most incompetent person I know.