Dustin D. Stewart

Jan 2021

Really great guy, fair grader, highly recommend.

Dec 2020

Professor Stewart is simply great. He is understanding, sensitive, and smart. He adjusted well to the all-online format and reassured us that he was well aware of the extraneous things going on in the world. At the same time, Professor Stewart led in-class discussions masterfully. I was constantly impressed by his teaching instincts. For example, when we were discussing the Bible, he repeatedly acknowledged the advantages and disadvantages of reading a religious text from a literary perspective. This, I imagine, can be a touchy subject for any teacher, given the obvious wide range of experience and opinions of students with the text. Somehow, he bridged the gap, providing thoughtful critiques of biblical characters himself while facilitating debate over perhaps unfair or excessive criticism of the text. This was topped off by a beautifully written email after a particularly lively class explaining his ongoing personal relationship with the religious text. During conversation, he strikes the perfect balance between listening and contributing, interjecting and leaving space when appropriate. He has a way of rephrasing and responding to students' comments so that even the most incoherent ones sound intelligent. This, I think, is a testament to his knowledge and familiarity with the subject matter. His essay feedback is detailed and fair. He never calls people out in class and participation is purely voluntary, which makes class significantly less stressful. He didn't do reading checks but he did very occasionally take an in-class poll on a reading comprehension question. Ultimately, Professor Stewart is a reasonable and decent man. He wants to see his students succeed, and his energy and passion for the literature is infectious. If Professor Stewart is any indication of the quality of the English/Literature department, he has set the bar awfully high.

Apr 2017

PROS: Really smart guy, and a really engaging class that you'll get a lot of. If you're looking for a Lit Hum experience where you'll actually discuss meaningful things in the literature and have thought-provoking discussions, this is a pretty good section to be in. Stewart led class discussions well, knew how to talk about delicate subjects, and was actually pretty funny once in a while. CONS: While Stewart is great and you'll learn a lot in the class, the workload might not be for everyone. Stewart gives reading checks (quote IDs) about once a week in class, along with other activities to make sure you actually read the books. He also had our class make Lit Hum Twitter accounts to post reading responses on. This class is not for slackers! If you know you're someone who's just going to read the Sparknotes to coast through the year, get out of this section! Btw, he can be a tough grader with essays.