Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Several students responded on Thursday night to the investigative report on Dr. Masood Zangeneh’s Drugs and Behaviour course, offering varied opinions on the professor and his teaching methods at the University of Guelph-Humber.
Several students came forward with testimonials and 14 disclosed their grades as part of the investigation into the core third year psychology course by The Avro Post and the Academic Reform Group.
By Thursday night, several students came forward and gave varied reports on their experiences with Dr. Zangeneh.
“Masood definitely is not the best at communication, but to say he is a poor professor who does not care for his students is mind-boggling,” said fourth year psychology Shaila Anjum, who took the professor’s PSYC 3150 course last year.
Ms. Anjum told the Post in a written statement that previously students “have scored just fine as far as I know”, saying that Mr. Zangeneh has been “supportive and lenient” in the past to students who needed it.
While he “marks incredibly easy” in other areas, Anjum said “I must admit the papers sometimes seem to be marked on completion versus content but some of these allegations are out of pure hatred and unfair. Others have some validity.”
Another fourth year student speaking on background, who took PYSC 3150 last year and who is in Mr. Zangeneh’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution course currently, said that the professor “routinely late to class” and shows favouritism.
“I have reason to believe he shows certain students favouritism as well, especially his thesis students, which makes speaking out about him very intimidating,” the soon-to-be graduate said.
“Grading is a nightmare, and it’s hard to gauge based on his feedback if he’s actually read your paper,” she added.
The Academic Reform Group put out a statement on the investigation thanking students for their participation and said offered to meet with Dr. Zangeneh over “the concerns that students from his course have brought forward to us.”
“This is part of our mandate – to not only bring to light concerns that students may have, but also to work towards the overall improvement of the University of Guelph-Humber”
ARG was formed as an IGNITE club in January with the aim of championing academic policy reform at multiple levels on behalf of students at the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College.
More details to follow. Image of the University of Guelph-Humber from Eli Ridder/The Avro Post.