Giving credit where it's due

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More often than not, the Letters to the Editor section of this or any other newspaper is used as a forum to complain.

Marked with negativity, letters to the editor commonly point out what the author feels is wrong with a certain person, service, or organization.

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More often than not, the Letters to the Editor section of this or any other newspaper is used as a forum to complain.

Marked with negativity, letters to the editor commonly point out what the author feels is wrong with a certain person, service, or organization.

This letter, however, is not about complaining. Quite the opposite, I write this letter to express my utmost satisfaction with a professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland - Dr. Amanda Bittner. As a recent graduate from the political science program at Memorial University, I can say without hesitation that Dr. Bittner's role as a professor was instrumental in me not only finishing my degree, but also attaining considerable success while doing so.

Some professors have very lazy teaching methods - they often have shortened lectures that display little amount of preparation, and offer little interaction with students.

This is not the case for Professor Bittner.

I would venture to say that when it comes to class preparation, she does as much homework as the very students she teaches. Dr. Bittner not only offers a very interesting array of difficult, though interesting readings, but also makes sure that she knows these articles to the point where she can remember what page a particular quote came from.

To complement her excellent teaching, Dr. Bittner takes the extra step and strives to ensure that her students are performing to the best of their abilities. Despite frequently being busy with research and correcting, Professor Bittner makes sure that she is readily available should students have any concerns; her office door is always open.

There are so many students who would certainly agree with what I have said in this letter. Even if they're not political science majors or minors, students who take a course with Dr. Bittner come away feeling enthusiastic about the subject nonetheless.

Dr. Bittner is a remarkable professor, and I feel it very fitting to use the intellectual platform of a letter to the editor to commend her for the excellent work that she does.

Johnathan McDonald

St. John's

Organizations: Memorial University of Newfoundland

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • AC
    December 02, 2010 - 18:31

    Fries? Law degree? Seriously? What about public service worker, bureaucrat, politician, interest group worker, teacher, professor, social worker...? Get a life.

  • Eugene
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    Maybe I can paraphrase for J from All Over: Getting rich people and corporations to pay their fair share is so 1970's, get with the program, become a conservative where you're either viciously greedy enough to 'succeed' or too stupid to realize that rich conservatives are actually not your friends, but need your support to maintain their excesses.

  • J
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    People take political science at University to learn how to be a Liberal. It takes years and decades to realize though that Conservatism benefits everyone. I believe that a entrance requirement into a political science faculty should be 2-3 years working in the real world, paying taxes, paying rent, bills, etc, and not living at home with mommy and daddy where one has no responsibilities and therefore which causes them to come out of university thinking that business and taxpayers are bad and you should give your money to us because we know how to spend it better than you do. That said. I've had some outstanding prof's at MUN as well.

  • Van
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Sounds like J all over would be agood candidate to wash the feet of Glen Beck and kiss Sarah Palin's toes.All it takes to be a good consevative is to be barin washed by the Big Boys who have all the power and money.They are paying less than under Reagan and much less than under Republican presidents before Regan..... The cooperations are not paying their fair share so we have to pay more.Wise up J.

  • RED
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Political Science? Would you like fries with that?

  • Blue
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Yeah, fries or a law degree, mutt.