Teaching

University of South Florida

  • Health Communication (Spring 2017)
  • Media and Illness (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)
  • Women and Communication (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)


EVALUATIONS

Health Communication, Spring 2017

  • Professor Friedman gets us engaged in class, which makes class more interesting. She explains things when there is any confusion…She gives us ample time to do work and ask for help. She genuinely cares for us as students.
  • Health Communication with Laurel Friedman has been such an interesting course! Her teaching style is wonderful and her class activities have made me a stronger student.
  • She did a very good job teaching this class, and I really enjoyed how she engaged the class. I really liked how she had open discussions and debates regularly to get the class talking. I have already recommended this class with this particular teacher to a few friends. Great class, taught by a great teacher.
  • I really enjoyed this course thanks to Laurel Friedman. The objectives were clear, the midterm was not misleading, the textbook was understandable, etc…I learned some memorable things and have even got into discussion with my friends on the subjects we discussed in this course.
  • Professor Friedman was one of the best professors I have had the pleasure of having at USF…she set her expectations high and was very flexible with her availability and willingness to meet with us outside of class. She was very thorough in explaining assignments and the material in each chapter...My favorite thing about professor Friedman is how obvious it was that she put the effort into teaching and truly cared.
  • Very helpful and willing to answer questions, as well as sparking interest in students about the subject.
  • This was my favorite class this semester…Professor Friedman was always helpful when we needed her. She was clear and concise when explaining things and she was always looking for ways to enhance our learning capabilities.

 

University of California, San Diego

Living and Dying: Communication, Media, and the Politics of Medicine
This advanced studies course served as a foundation for better understanding how illness and disability are constructed and experienced within and beyond the clinic, hospital or laboratory. In this course, students analyzed the frames commonly used to engage with concepts such as health, life, death, and our bodies. With a strong emphasis placed on the processes of construction and representation that happen vis-à-vis media, this course also considered the politics of such constructions and the impact they have on how we understand ourselves and our world.

Introduction to Communication and Culture
This course examined the ways in which culture functions as a system of representation, meaning, practices and power relations, including the ways such functions are actively made and remade in daily life through a broad spectrum of communication media. In particular, this course considered how categories such as race, gender, class, and nationality are themselves culturally constructed –– even as they also produce, sustain and transform culture.

 

EVALUATIONS

Living and Dying: Communication, Media, and the Politics of Medicine

  • Instructor explains the course material well: 100% agree or strongly agree.
  • Lectures hold your attention: 100% agree or strongly agree.
  • Instructor shows concern for students' learning: 100% agree or strongly agree.
  • Instructor promotes appropriate questions/discussion: 100% agree or strongly agree. 
  • Instructor is effective in promoting academic integrity: 100% agree or strongly agree.
  • The course material is intellectually stimulating: 100% agree or strongly agree.
  • I learned a great deal from this course: 100% agree or strongly agree.

 

Introduction to Communication and Culture

This was easily one of the best Communications classes I have taken. Laurel was very engaging and encouraging. She chose very interesting content and helped us to understand the true meaning of it. I felt challenged but also capable of completing the required tasks.
Laurel was a very enthusiastic and organized teacher. The subject matter was complex, but she broke it down well and was good at making sure individuals understood and didn’t get left behind. She made herself very available to talk to and I enjoyed the class very much.
I think Laurel has done a fantastic job a the instructor for this course...She uses current examples to help understand the topics we are learning so that makes it easier to understand and also get a first-hand experience to see how the concepts and ideas proposed in the readings apply to our world today, making an impact on us. Laurel encourages group participation and discussion from anyone and everyone in the class, so it a very comfortable learning environment. I believe this is the first class at UCSD where I have spoken frequently during lectures. Usually, I am intimidated to talk, but Laurel is very open to thoughts and ideas from everyone that it makes me relaxed to speak out loud.
  • Instructor explains the course material well: 100% agree or strongly agree.
  • Lectures hold your attention: 95% agree or strongly agree.
  • Instructor shows concern for students' learning: 100% agree or strongly agree.
  • Instructor promotes appropriate questions/discussion: 100% agree or strongly agree. 
  • The course material is intellectually stimulating: 100% agree or strongly agree.
  • Exams are representative of the course material: 100% agree or strongly agree.
  • Number of students who recommend this course and this instructor: 100%.
Professor Friedman has been one of my favorite professors I’ve had in college. She is very clear of what she expects from us, and the lectures and readings are really interesting.
She is an amazing professor. I really enjoyed her class. She always had current connections to the theories that we are learning.
Friedman is great and extremely helpful. She knows her material and I’m thankful I got to take her class.