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Professor John Herrick
Michigan State University
Overall B+
65 ratings,  [AVG: 129 min, 47 sec]
Workload: Reasonable Responsible Grading: F

Enjoys Teaching B+ Arrogance: Normal
Speaks & Writes Clearly B Respect for Students: High
Sensible Lectures B+ Appreciates Creativity: Yes
Organized course B+ Student Feedback is: Sought After
Instructor Effort B+
Coursework:
Mostly "concepts"
Grading System:
Well Defined in advance
Course Requirements:
Well Defined
Assignment Instructions
Very Well Described
 
Exam Design:
Well Written
Exam Coverage:
Informed beforehand
Grades Reflect:
Understanding and Mastery
Final Grade Verification:
Insures grades match student mastery
Gets class involved B+
Competent with material B
Friendly/Sociable B+
Adds to content B+
This instructor is:
Liked
 

 

 

 
   
 
Courses:
470 
SW 
SW 830 
 
Comments
Overall: F
The Michigan State University School of Social Work is a social work program with a bad reputation.  John Herrick is the Associate Director of a program in which administrators have a self-serving agenda which they promote at all costs.  Similar to a big city restaurant that operates illegal activities in the back, the School of Social Work has an agenda far different from their stated goals, objectives, and purpose.  They present an image of being for social work values and for social justice.  The reality is they have an agenda of rollbacks in which professors use university money to take expensive and unnecessary vacations.  The Director of the School of Social Work used to be a figurehead named Marilyn Flynn, but was replaced by another figurehead named Gary Anderson.  This is a guise because John Herrick is the ring leader of this corrupt bunch.  John Herrick navigates this pack of grifters through a whole series of unscrupulous and unethical acts, the likes of which are beyond comparison in higher education.  John Herrick is out of control and there is no limit on his indulgence.  Confronting him, in fact, only elicits arrogant snobbery as he nefariously crinkles his nose and thrusts it upward and away with a leering cockiness.  He trumpets and parades his base reputation with such a smug air of confidence that he caricatures himself.  John Herrick will falsify documents, backdate letters, and engage in slander to maximize his outcomes.  Hurting students is by far the most egregious of John Herrick’s acts.  John Herrick will blacklist students who raises a voice against his corrupt practices and then torpedo their chances of success.  Minority students are the most likely to fall victim to his dishonesty.  John Herrick’s vacations are probably the most visible example of his wrongdoing.  These vacations are arrangements in which MSU money is bankrolled into a members-only slush fund used for John Herrick and his cronies to take lavish and exorbitant vacations to other countries.  The overhead costs are outrageous and stand in opposition to the values and mission of social work.  John Herrick will act upright and polite in the first weeks of the semester, when students are still considering their enrollment, but this innocuous facade manifests itself into something dirty and ugly as the semester progresses.  One eventually sees professors and administrators choosing favorites and treating many students like dirt.  Some students experience dirty looks and utterances of contempt.  Others experience unfair academic advising and some are completely rubbed out of the program.  John Herrick heads a program full of unprofessionalism, misappropriation, and flagrancy which should be avoided at all costs. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Strongly Disliked
 
Overall: F
 
Should do to do well...
A horrible person in academics.  Unfair to students. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Strongly Disliked
 
Overall: F
 
Should do to do well...
A truly terrible man who should be avoided. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B-
Liked Instructor?: Strongly Disliked
 
Overall: A
Most effective and supportive professor and administrator at MSU; Dr.  Herrick provided valuable direction for my studies and career. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Respected professor and administrator who was a true gentleman. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Great model for how a professor and administrator should operate. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
The best. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
I remember the long “review” at the beginning of this form is the exact same appraisal, almost word for word, that this “student” left on most of the other Social Work Professors' rating forms.  I see that they managed to have them removed or else the above “student” is not updating negative reviews to theirs as he is to this document. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
He was a gifted professor and an exceptional university dean. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Exceptionally fine professor who was always available for students and enthusiastic about his work. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
I have the highest respect for Dean Herrick.  His expertise and willingness to problem-solve are well known. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP ME. 
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
A student who probably was kicked out of the university posted false information on this site about him.  It should have been removed years ago! 
 
Should do to do well...
Dr.  Herrick is an administrator and does not teach but has a history of advocacy for students.  He is a favorite advisor for doctoral students. 
 
Should know...
This format is not relevant to review how helpful he has been for hundreds of students because as a dean and a director he has not taught students directly for decades. 
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: A
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
He was well loved by the students but all of these negative comments by some expelled student are bogus because Dr.  Herrick was NOT teaching at all but has been an administrator, a Director of the School of Social Work and then the Associate Dean of the College of Social Science for many years.  Several of us who are minority grad students chose him as our doctoral advisor, so the other reviewer sure tells nasty lies.  The blatant untruths about dishonesty are truly vicious.  I cannot believe there is not a libel suit by Dr.  Herrick, the department or the university when I came across this crap on Google.  Unbelievable! 
 
Should do to do well...
He was well loved by the students but all of the negative comments posted by some expelled student are bogus because Dr.  Herrick was NOT teaching at all but has been an administrator, a Director of the School of Social Work and then the Associate Dean of the College of Social Science for many years.  Several of us who are minority grad students chose him as our doctoral advisor, so the other reviewer sure tells nasty lies.  The blatant untruths about dishonesty are truly vicious.  I cannot believe there is not a libel suit by Dr.  Herrick, the department or the university when I came across this crap on Google.  Unbelievable! 
 
Should know...
He was well loved by the students but all of these negative comments posted by some expelled student are bogus because Dr.  Herrick was NOT teaching at all but has been an administrator, a Director of the School of Social Work and then the Associate Dean of the College of Social Science for many years.  Several of us who are minority grad students chose him as our doctoral advisor, so the other reviewer sure tells nasty lies.  The blatant untruths about dishonesty are truly vicious.  I cannot believe there is not a libel suit by Dr.  Herrick, the department or the university when I came across this crap on Google.  Unbelievable! 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Dr.  Herrick has great respect for students, is a good listener and has been effective in resolving university/faculty/student conflicts.  He is well respected by students and faculty alike. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
The comments about this professor,the School of Social Work and MSU are all false.  When he says 'others' are “rubbed out of the program"..is this why he trashes a good man in retaliation for getting kicked out?  Hmmmmmm.  It's all too obvious.

That's the trouble with this anonymous posting format.  It can be used out of anger and it does not help those that want accurate information. 

Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Always available for student concerns; Kept consistent office hours; advocated for students and faculty issues at university administrative level. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: A
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
ONE OF THE MSU'S BEST PROFESSORS AND A HIGHLY COMPETENT ADMINISTRATOR. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: F
 
Should do to do well...
It's common opinion that John Herrick treats students in extremely unfair ways.  Avoid him in class and in his role as an administrator.  You grade, your academic future, and your future as a professional is dependent on not letting him hurt you the way he has hurt so many others. 
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Strongly Disliked
 
Overall: F
 
Should do to do well...
John Herrick is a disgrace to Michigan State University and to the social work profession. 
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: F
 
Should do to do well...
I took John Herrick and the negative comments are true based on my experience.  John Herrick may be the one writing all these protest against students first amendment right to voice their concerns about a bad professor. 
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Strongly Disliked
 
Overall: A
 
Should do to do well...
An administrator and professor who should not be allowed to teach.  John Herrick grades unfairly and goes against the Social Work Code of Ethics.  His favoritism is boundless and his disposition one of shameless revenge.  He unfairly uses his position in ways that hurts others in ways that ripples through-out the community and ultimately hurts clients.  He should not have been a social worker. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Strongly Disliked
 
Overall: A
I did a Google search to find an article published by Dr.  John Herrick, my professor more than 30 years ago, and to my horror I found as his first entry from an obvious phony imposter who was counseled out or (as someone else figured out) by what he/ she let slip…“rubbed out” of the graduate program in the School of Social Work.  Dr.  Herrick could not have “taught” this student at all because, as the student states, Gary Anderson was the Director at the time and this would mean that Dr.  Herrick was in the Dean’s office and had to make a final decision about the student’s removal from the university.  Obviously faculty had concerns about the mental stability of this individual to work with clients or the grades were not at a level expected of a grad student.  Given the level to which this student lied about Dr.  Herrick, the school and the university—I think it must be the former.

When I was a student, John Herrick had speakers who reflected diversity and he was always open to differing points of view.  He was brilliant and classes were never boring.  I can say I learned more from him than any other professor I’ve ever had.  His lectures were thorough and he was always well prepared.  He has a great sense of humor and well liked by his students.  Many of his former students are now professors, legislators, a US senator, and many community leaders both in this country and around the world.

It is very disgusting that someone can post a lengthy diatribe anonymously and no one can combat this gossip once it’s spread.  It seems like there’s no cure for this kind of infection!  I’d sign my name, but the person who wrote this pollution is vindictive and I’d hate to be the NEXT target!

Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Dr.  Herrick has retired as a dean at MSU and hasn't “taught” for years so the “grading” comment below is fake.  Too bad this service does not have a telephone number so you can call to report fraudulent reporting. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
 
Should do to do well...
Like one of the others, I saw the rant by the student who felt everyone at MSU was out to get him or her then this student mostly took it out on Dean Herrick, who probably had to make the ultimate decision that enraged him or her. 

I can understand the distress this student was in as these statements were written as I was in a similar situation, but in a different department from this student.  (There are 14 within the College of Social Science.) My experience with Dean Herrick was just the oppposite.  It was fair and both sides were heard. 

Since this site does not really adequately answer questions dealing with university administrators, all of the answers are irrelevant as they relate primarily to grades and lectures.  Administrators are not involved in these activities. 

Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: B-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Dependable and thorough.  Great administrator! 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
He was a very competent administrator, now retired, who worked hard to serve the students.  I felt he really cared. 
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: A
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Awesome Administrator.  Very involved in helping students. 
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: A
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: F
Bad, boring
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: F
Liked Instructor?: Strongly Disliked
 
Overall: A
HELPFUL and INFORMED! 
 
Should do to do well...
The Best Ever! 
 
Should know...
HE WAS A DEAN FOR MANY YEARS, NOT IN THE TEACHING FIELD. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: F
 
Should do to do well...
A bad instructor who is unfair to students. 
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: F
Liked Instructor?: Strongly Disliked
 
Overall: A
Very helpful administrator! 
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: A
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
A very caring administrator. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: A
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Good man. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: A
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
The student who posted the long fake/false rants also trashed all other profs and administrators in the SW program he had at the time.  I saw the same accusations on their surveys.  He's one dude hell bent on retaliation!  Dr.  Herrick was awesome. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Dr.  Herrick was a dean who helped get through the university red tape.  He was most helpful. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
He was a dean who was effective, competent, accessible and humane. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Dean Herrick was willing to help when others weren't. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Dean Herrick ROCKS! 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: F
 
Should do to do well...
There's controversy here.  I'm afraid to post, but I can vouch for John Herrick having a bad reputation.  Yes, minorities fare the worst and I don't believe that someone is vindictive.  They are nobly trying to warn others about someone who can hurt students with wanton disregard. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Strongly Disliked
 
Overall: A
Really recommend this professor if he is still teaching—because he was incredible.

Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
At the top of this form is a rambling narrative by the vindictive person who wrote similar negative statements about several other professors in the same department.  This malcontent was obviously fired or thrown out of the program.  It would have been good to at least differentiate the professors' atrocities rather than paint them as clones of each other.  There were numerous fine professors in the social work department, but none of them deserve tales like the one told here. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Liked
 
Overall: A
Brilliant!  Dean Herrick was outstanding. 
Student Competency: Unusually High
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
 
Should do to do well...
I heard that it is a faculty member who was fired that has a vendetta against Dean Herrick.  Dr.  Herrick retired long ago so this faculty member obviously is still having trouble getting hired by other universities or colleges. 
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: F
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
John Herrick is unfair in grading and administrative duties. 
 
A truly terrible man who should be avoided. 
 
He wasn't helpful and didn't keep office hours. 
 
A horrible instructor to be avoided at all costs. 
 
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