Teaching Comments


”I just wanted to send you an email to say thank you for being such a great teacher. I received one of the highest average lab report scores of all the students in my lab section, and a 100% on my research paper. Every source I used on the research paper I found in the online library resources you showed us for our long writing projects. Also, the first time I emailed you while taking your course, you sent me a link to an article about the proper way to email a professor. That article has proven to be very beneficial to me on multiple occasions. Once again, thank you so much for being an awesome professor.”
– undergraduate, two years after taking FYC course

“This course was extremely well organized. We were exposed to different theoretical approaches and design methodologies as we worked on our design projects. The blend of theory and design was very effective for learning both.”
– graduate student

“My favorite thing is the professor . . . one thing he said that stuck with me is that ‘I’d rather you be ambitious and fail than play it safe and succeed.’”
– undergrad

“Many class discussions and readings opend my eyes to some fascinating topics that I would not have explored without this course. This is one of the best compliments I can ever give about a course, as in my opinion, it’s one of the most important things a university can offer.”
– graduate student

“I enjoy how he creates an environment in which we explore the topics and decide how we want to learn it and apply it. We structure our own understanding of the material and it stays with us more because its personal. I really, really like that.”
– undergraduate

“The course really ‘came together,’ in its last meeting. It seems Dr. Walls is almost better than he knows, quite frankly. The final class meeting acted as a sort of a ‘prestige’ to a rather elaborate, semester-long magic show. Such a show is impressive.”
– graduate student