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Wallace, J (JAPAN 7B, Spring 2015)
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Comment: Overall, a pretty good professor. Wallace is passionate and very understanding of his students. He's often willing to make time for students who have questions about the material, issues to sort out, or simply are just interested in knowing more. A couple of times, I submitted assignments late or left out a couple of slight details here and there, and he let me go. He makes it a point that his job is only to ding students only when absolutely necessary, and feeling I got from him is that he tries to give you the best grade possible, and that I shouldn't have to worry about my grade at all if I'm a student who does the work. His in-class exercises are very engaging. His mastery over the material and his experience in teaching are both clearly demonstrated in his teaching: he can tailor a great variety of exercises, which can be unusual at times (such as "you are a professional literary critic. Give a two-sentence blurb for a book"). They do, however, bring the most interesting out of the books. Speaking of his books, some of them are lovely, while others are at times, needlessly philosophical, don't-know-the-hell-what-they-mean and unbelievably boring. On top of that, he has a very nerdy, strange sense of humor that can be intimidating at first. Halfway through the semester though, you'll start treating his quirks as an integral part of the course. His quirkiness isn't completely a good thing though. He wants his students to check his bcourse page a couple times a day because sometimes he only releases material quizzed or assignments due the following day. That as a whole is OK, but sometimes he does that at 10PM, barely 12 hours from his 11AM class the next day. I think that is very inconsiderate for people like me, who to sleep around that time because I have schedules packed from 8AM to 11AM. I have absolutely no time to do his assignments if they're issued that close to the deadline. A couple of times he said there was stuff we needed to read/do/watch, but he released that stuff so late that I thought he had forgotten about it, so I slept...just to get dinged in class with a surprise question or assignment that I couldn't prepare for. Another main caveat is his organization. Wallace has a lot of rules and regulations about everything, to a borderline annoying point. Once or twice during the semester, reading the assignment's instructions took as long as the assignment itself. For papers, he had required his own version of MLA with add-ons here and there...such as 14-point font, distorted spacing, bibliography annotated in his own form, and in-page citations that were linked to footnotes telling exactly how (as in which page, which paragraph, which sentence) you used your source when quoting. And that's just one example. Of course, he has his reasons for everything, but I've also seen teachers who have way less rules teach just as well, and the numerous little things here always make me wonder if their presence is necessary. Still, if you are OK with everything I wrote, he's a professor for whom the work is worth it.

Submitted May 21st, 2015

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Wallace, J (JAPAN 7A, Fall 2012)
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Submitted Jan. 22nd, 2013

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Wallace, J (JAPAN 7A, Fall 2012)
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Comment: Pretty hard to get an A. Prof is good though. But before taking it you have to make sure you like pre-modern stuff....

Submitted Oct. 25th, 2012

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Wallace, J (JAPAN 7A, Fall 2011)
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Comment: Professor Wallace is THE cool guy. He's super enthusiastic about the subject matter, very knowledgeable, and altogether fun to listen to. I would highly recommend his classes to anyone with even the slightest interest in Japanese literature and culture. The only problem with his class is that sometimes his assignments and exams feel as though they're graded based purely on his whims. All in all, very fair, fun class. Very good professor.

Submitted Sept. 27th, 2012

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Wallace, J (JAPAN 7B, Spring 2012)
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Comment: I love Wallace! He isn't always the most organized of teachers, but he knows what he's talking about and gets very involved. He'll get offended if he doesn't think his students are getting engaged in the books we're supposed to be reading, but he's very understanding if you don't like the books. He doesn't like half of them either. I must say there were books I loved and some I found very dull, but Wallace is very understanding of that and he still managed to make class interesting even if the novel we were reading was not. He uses a lot of media in his lectures which helps keep your attention and interest. He'll stray off topic sometimes and we'll just end up watching Japanese news or talking about Japan in general, but that isn't a bad thing. He's very good at globalizing what we're reading and applying it to current issues, especially at the end of the course when the literature is closer to the 1950's and 60's. It isn't a history course so he deliberately strays away from teaching about WWII or asking if the bombings in Japan were "justified", but we do read several novels dealing with the a-bombs and so sometimes he'll make comments, but for the most part he tries to avoid explaining what happened. You can sort of tell that modern literature isn't his favorite (I hear 7A with him is amazing because he loves pre-modern) but he is definitely still passionate and isn't afraid to explain why he doesn't like modern or certain novels if you ask. He gives a lot of opportunities for extra credit, too, which is awesome. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. His grading system is very weird (everything is graded from 0-12 - 12=A, 11=A-, 10=B+, etc). At the end he rounds your total score. Normally he round up at the .5, but if you have a decent amount of extra credit he'll round up from .4 or even a .3 (example: if you had a 10.3 you could still get an A-). His midterms weren't very difficult (half was writing facts about a novel or two that you chose - author, title, year, historical context, main characters, intellectual context, etc) and the second half was writing an essay using that novel in reply to a prompt. Both midterms were this layout, only with different prompts. The final was to design a course schedule for two semesters of one class. You had to choose what the "theme" of your class was and what you wanted the students to learn and then choose novels for the class to read and for how long. You then explained why you chose the novels you did, why you read them in that order, and why they were the best choice. You also wrote a couple essay prompts that had to do with your theme. It took maybe an hour and a half to two hours for most people. not too difficult, just a bit time consuming because you really had to think out what you wanted as a theme and what books would show off your theme the best. Overall, it was a fun class and I'm now VERY stoked to take 7A with Wallace in the fall! It's a very interesting class and I'd take it again in a heartbeat.

Submitted June 6th, 2012

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Wallace, J (JAPAN 7B, Spring 2012)
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Submitted May 10th, 2012

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Wallace, J (JAPAN 7B, Spring 2012)
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Submitted May 8th, 2012

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Wallace, J (JAPAN 7B, Spring 2012)
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Submitted May 3rd, 2012

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Wallace, J (JAPAN 7B, Spring 2012)
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Submitted April 26th, 2012

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Wallace, J (JAPAN 7B, Spring 2009)
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Submitted March 4th, 2012