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Dear Alumni

Which professors have ‘stayed with you’ since graduation? What do you remember about them?

73 Answers

  1. Dr. Richard Folsom and Dr. Lynne Werner from SPHSC!

  2. James Mish’alani: one magical summer I learned to love philosophy, critical thinking, and the classics all rolled into one class. That started me on a course that ended in a PhD and a totally different world.

  3. [Giovanni] Costigan! Enthralling storyteller

  4. Mary Snow. Art history. Adored her for many reasons.

  5. I have to second Giovanni Costigan.

  6. Dr. Jose Rios in the Education graduate program. He is always willing to answer questions and even willing to come to schools and offer some of his science expertise. He’s phenomenal!

  7. Dr Donald Grayson and Dr Greg Wilson. I can always hear them in the back of my head when I critically read a paper. I will always remember Dr Manuwal’s lecture on the evils of domestic cats to conservation as one of my favorite lectures too.

  8. Terry Swanson in Geo. John Vidale in ESS.

  9. Pepper Schwartz and Robert Crutchfield.

  10. Robin Stacey, medieval history. Amazing teacher and a great mentor. Still keep in touch. Prof. Bridgeman and Ran Hennes, may he rest in peace. Jim Ellis, also amazing!

  11. Taso Lagos!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Professor Epiotis for Organic Chem. Funny as hell with his Greek accent.

  13. Charlotte Cote, Luana Ross, and Dian Million are all wonderful professors. They set amazing examples for me and were always open to mentor me in school and life.

  14. Stan Chernicoff GEOL101 (I remember more from this class than any other at UW, and I work in marketing not with rocks)

  15. Sociology Professor Jonathan Wender. He was ALWAYS enthusiastic about what he was teaching & made it incredibly interesting!

  16. Professor Kazimierz Poznanski of the Jackson School. I had one world view before his class, and a completely different world view afterwards. He’s a game changer.

  17. Wolotira, [Giovanni] Costigan and Jon Bridgman.

  18. [Giovanni] Costigan, Spector, Ferrill, Edmonson. I was at UW 64-69, so they are long gone, probably.

  19. Don Grayson, Julie Stein. Amazing teachers and mentors. Loved my time as an undergrad!

  20. Kathy Gill, Communications -awesome!

  21. Willis, and [Jon] Bridgman

  22. Dr. Rick Bonus. He was engaged in not just the classroom, but in everyday student life. He is the reason I am getting my PhD. Because I want to be the type of professor he is, making the type of change and impact in students’ lives as he did in mine and countless others!

  23. Dr. Isabella Yen, Nancy Wang and Alice Tien. They taught me Mandarin back in the 1970s. They made it fun and they made it look possible. I think of them every day!

  24. John Webster, who made our quarter in England so much fun.

  25. Florangela Davila in the COM Dept. She’s amazing and prepared me most for my career.

  26. Stephan Hansen. Smartest person I ever met. And a great lecturer. Dan Lev, kind, smart, and totally common sense.

  27. [Giovanni] Costigan and [Jon] Bridgman. Both brilliant.

  28. Copass!

  29. WIllis Konick, Comparative Literature – changed my major and my life!

  30. Willis Konick! Best Russian Lit teacher. Made it so fun!

  31. Prof. Jill Purdy. She was so intimidating the first day, I almost dropped Negotiation and Conflict Management. She said if you are debating dropping this class, you probably need to be here (paraphrasing what she actually said). That class was one of my favorites, and I am not even a Business or Management student.

  32. Professor John Webster. Awesome professor (this man can teach writing to even the most resistant of students); awesome friend. Cheers, John!

  33. Pepper Schwartz and Robert Crutchfield.

  34. Robin Stacey, medieval history. Amazing teacher and a great mentor. Still keep in touch. Prof. Bridgeman and Ran Hennes, may he rest in peace. Jim Ellis, also amazing!

  35. Taso Lagos!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Professor Epiotis for Organic Chem. Funny as hell with his Greek accent

  37. Charlotte Cote, Luana Ross, and Dian Million are all wonderful professors. They set amazing examples for me and were always open to mentor me in school and life.

  38. Stan Chernicoff GEOL101 (I remember more from this class than any other at UW, and I work in marketing not with rocks)

  39. Sociology Professor Jonathan Wender. He was ALWAYS enthusiastic about what he was teaching & made it incredibly interesting!

  40. Professor Kazimierz Poznanski of the Jackson School. I had one world view before his class, and a completely different world view afterwards. He’s a game changer.

  41. Wolotira Costigan and Jon Bridgman.

  42. Costigan, Spector, Ferrill, Edmonson. I was at UW 64-69, so they are long gone, probably.

  43. Don Grayson, Julie Stein. Amazing teachers and mentors. Loved my time as an undergrad!

  44. Kathy Gill, Communications -awesome!

  45. Willis, and Bridgeman

  46. Dr. Rick Bonus. He was engaged in not just the classroom, but in everyday student life. He is the reason I am getting my PhD. Because I want to be the type of professor he is, making the type of change and impact in students’ lives as he did in mine and countless others!

  47. Dr. Isabella Yen, Nancy Wang and Alice Tien. They taught me Mandarin back in the 1970s. They made it fun and they made it look possible. I think of them every day!

  48. John Webster, who made our quarter in England so much fun.

  49. Florangela Davila in the COM Dept. She’s amazing and prepared me most for my career.

  50. Stephan Hansen. Smartest person I ever met. And a great lecturer. Dan Lev, kind, smart, and totally common sense.

  51. Costigan and Bridgeman. Both brilliant.

  52. Copass!

  53. WIllis Konick, Comparative Literature – changed my major and my life!

  54. Willis Konick! Best Russian Lit teacher. Made it so fun!

  55. Prof. Jill Purdy. She was so intimidating the first day, I almost dropped Negotiation and Conflict Management. She said if you are debating dropping this class, you probably need to be here (paraphrasing what she actually said). That class was one of my favorites, and I am not even a Business or Management student.

  56. Professor John Webster. Awesome professor (this man can teach writing to even the most resistant of students); awesome friend. Cheers, John!

  57. Willis Konick. Hands down, he changed how i saw myself and the world. He inspired me. Opened my mind with his wisdom, wit, and outrageousness!

  58. Doug Fleming, Geography, who connected the academics with a vocation (other than teaching)

  59. Going back some years…. Prof Herman Pundt (architecture); Dr. Margaret Fenn and Dr. Thad Sprattlen (business school).

  60. Professor Behlmer! I took every class I could from him.

  61. Dr Richard Dunn – English Literature. Passionate about his subject, wise with his words and a real gentleman.

  62. Michael Honey. He taught me what I SHOULD have been taught in HS!

  63. Professor Dell Skeels. Excellent teaching methods, lots of humor, memorable lectures and a genuine interest in his students. I still think of him often!

  64. Oh Prof Leroy Searle – so many awesome moments, but one in particular: when he explained to a freshman English class why English majors can do anything – even science! (a big deal for a CS major fearfully following her heart and switching to English – and yes, that was a fearful younger me, and yes I do use both my CS and English in the work I do now, everyday). Also, he recommended that we all watch more TV and I couldn’t agree more.

  65. No question…no doubt….Dr. James Carlsen School of Music. Started me down the path of the scientific method and exploring everything from a feminist perspective of research to the Critical Theorists & neo-Marxist scholarship….

  66. Professors Norman Lundin, Jacob Lawrence and Boyer Gonzales for making art hard work and a joy. Jon Bridgman and Herbert Ellison for engaging lectures and continuing my love of history. All influence me to this day.

  67. Wilis Konick, Vadim Pahn (Pani Pan), and Gribanovski. Oh, God–and Nora Gerbertovna Holdsworth, of course!