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Where do I even start? Professor Shorter...is one of the best professors I have ever met. He's so energetic and passionate about his work. He really does care about the students and really wants them to get something out of his classes. He is incredbily funny which makes the class even more enjoyable. Take it!
Like someone said below, he puts on a very scary front in the beginning but as the quarter progresses, he's not that bad. He definitely has some quirks in teaching style and likes to stick to them (I doubt he'd change his ways unless there was a full-scale student riot about it) but as long as you do the assignments, the readings (he gives pop quizzes which can make or break your grade), and pay attention to the formatting guidelines, it's not that hard to do well in the class. He really just wants everyone to learn and be as engaged as possible. Sure, he's intimidating and he'd probably benefit from loosening up a bit but he's also sarcastically funny and entertaining to listen to. Pay attention to the things he says but don't psyche yourself out by stressing too much on the little things. His straight point-based grading system sucks a little but at the very least he's fair and as long as you do decent work, you should be fine.
I took WAC 33: Tribal Worldviews (Winter 2010) and really liked it. The lectures are entertaining and he really engages the students to have a dialogue about the material we are discussing. He is funny, VERY sarcastic, and witty and I believe those are some attributes that make him such a positive role model and a phenomenal professor. He is stern in his requirements and only want the best from his students. I, however, didn't do too well and could have done better but there is always room for improvement and the grade I got was the one I deserved and I believe that is fair. I definitely recommend taking any of David Shorters' classes; making sure it's the right class you want to take, if you want to gain more insight about the world, be entertained, and befriend a great professor that might one day write a phenomenal recommendation letter for you. Also, keep in mind everyone's experiences are different and you have to take everything with a grain of salt so don't be frightened by others comments about Prof. Shorter. Good Luck!!!
Incredibly arrogant and hateful of students; This professor uses fear tactics to call on students; I don't know why he is a faculty member considering how much he hates students; On the first day of class, he gave a whole speech of how he doesn't care if students don't come prepared to class or do the reading and yet he'll scold the students who try to leave (I thought he didn't care); He is a a very unusual WAC professor because most WAC professors are nice and enjoys interacting with students, he does not.