Todd Rowland

This professor has taught: AMSC460, CMSC460, MATH135, MATH136, MATH141, MATH141H, MATH401, MATH402, MATH406, MATH464
Information Review
Todd Rowland
MATH401

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
06/18/2022
One of the best professors in UMD.
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting a B
Anonymous
05/21/2022
Like everyone else says, Dr. Rowland is very nice and cares a lot for his students. He held review sessions on zoom the night before every exam which were nice, but like his lectures, were sometimes a bit all over the place. It felt like the way he lectured just simply did not work for the majority, if not all, of the class. He goes far too quickly through new material and brushes over largely important topics that leave you scratching your head at the WebAssigns wondering how some of the most important stuff was never covered. If you end up with Todd you will be okay for sure if you put in enough work, but it probably does require more outside studying than other professors. Similar to another review below, it feels like teaching calc 2 might not be his strong suit.
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting a B
Anonymous
05/19/2022
Todd is a nice guy, and he is also pretty funny. However, the way he teaches did not help. It felt like he was reading off the slides. His lectures are confusing and boring. He teaches using Wolfram Alpha/Coding and doesn't really demonstrate the problems well. Overall, if you are good at teaching yourself the material, Todd is a must. (Also ESJ is a nice place to study)
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting a C-
Anonymous
05/19/2022
Todd Rowland is a nice guy and is accommodating and knows his math and stuff. Only problem is he is not really good at communicating his knowledge and actually teaching. Most of the time his lectures are all over the place, and it is really hard to understand what is going on most of the time. If you rely on a lecture teaching style, don’t take Rowland because you’ll end up needing to teach yourself the entire course. That being said, because he’s nice and accommodating it’s a little easier. Another thing, his tests are really hard at least as of spring 2022 I don’t know if it’s because the end of COVID or something but yea his tests were really really hard.
Todd Rowland
MATH402

Expecting a B
Anonymous
05/17/2022
Probably the nicest proffessor I've met. Uploaded all his lecture notes. Held review sessions on zoom before every exam including the final. All his exams were fair; the questions were pretty easy as long as you were familiar with the material. There were 3 midterms, the lowest of which was weighted as half the points as the rest. Geniunly cares for his students and tries to learn everyone's names. As for the negatives, there are two. The homeworks were kind of hard. It invloved reading from an online textbook and answering the texbook question. Personally I found the textbook confusing, but that seems to be more an issue with the material. Secondly, lectures felt unprepaired at times. He always had something planned for lecture and would try to go over the previous homework, but sometimes he would work an example until he realized he answer was wrong about 5 minutes in. Overall, I would really recommed this proffessor to anyone considering him. His classses are more than fair.
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Anonymous
05/17/2022
Todd is a funny and friendly professor. As many of the reviews below me state, it's pretty hard to learn from him. He tries to connect with students by learning names and stuff, but kindness does not give out knowledge. I went to every lecture and could not grasp the concepts in his lectures alone. Rather I had to find other outside resources to know what I was doing in class. For the good things, he has very nice curves and offers extra credit for your final grade (an extra 2% which seems not like a lot but is great for borderline grades). He halves an exam, drops 3 homework, 3 worksheets, and 3 "classwork" like weekly quizzes. He also does not do pluses or minuses and does only normal letter grades. Great for low percentages, bad for high. I would not recommend Todd to be your #1 choice, but if you happen to land in his class, be prepared to learn on your own and have to rely on curves for your grade. Good luck!
Todd Rowland
MATH401

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/11/2022
Dr. Rowland is super friendly and caring. He made an effort to learn every student's name and even studied their ELMs picture to try and remember who people were. I believe over time his organization and content will improve and therefore his overall teaching ability. However, for the time being, those skills were lacking enough that I won't be taking another course taught by him.
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting a B
Anonymous
05/09/2022
Todd is a nice guy, and he does care about his students, but he should not teach calculus 2. His lectures are confusing and boring. He skips and adds material to the course randomly. He is unprepared for classes and spends about 15% of lecture time trying to remember what to teach us. Tests are quite difficult (not too difficult) and are very long. I cant in good faith give him one star, because he is kind and he does care. Based on other reviews of him, my guess is that calc 2 is just not his strong suit, which is fine, I would just stick to another professor for math141 if you can. If you do end up taking calc 2 with him, find resources outside of class to help you learn the material.
Todd Rowland
MATH401

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/15/2022
Dr. Rowland is one of the nicest professors I have had; he prioritizes you learning the content and the class emphasizes consistent, project-based work. I felt like whenever I went to class, I went to learn about real-life applications of linear algebra instead of trying to pass a class for credits. With that being said, the only thing keeping him from 5 stars is that he can be disorganized or do incorrect arithmetic at times and that makes some concepts difficult to understand at first.
Todd Rowland
MATH464

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/23/2021
He hosted office hours 4/5 days of the week and provides practice exams for each midterm and the final. The grading on tests is very fair, and the lowest homework and half of lowest midterm were dropped. The only criticism I would give is that the lecture was not very engaging and there was too much emphasis on computer demonstrations in Mathematica.
Todd Rowland
MATH135

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/19/2021
Professor Rowland is the epitome of great guy, but not so great teacher. You really have to pay attention in class to understand some of the harder problems because he can make it very hard to follow and his work tends to be all over the place. I recommend going to office hours if you have a legitimate question so he can explain it to you one on one. That being said, it is possible to get an A in this class, and he makes an effort to get to know everyone and their names which is a lot more than I can say for most professors at UMD.
Todd Rowland
MATH401

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
07/19/2021
great professor
Todd Rowland
MATH401

Expecting an A
Anonymous
07/13/2021
Excellent. Mostly project based course, which you could receive adequate help on if needed. Projects were programming, and you could complete in Mathematica, MATLAB, or Python. Could tell he genuinely cared about students and lecture. Highly recommend this prof.
Todd Rowland
MATH401

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
07/08/2021
A great and caring guy. Had him for Math401 online and he was genuinely caring to all his students. He made sure to have one-on-one meeting with all the students and asked how we were doing in the class and what we wanted to do in the future. The class was mainly projects, mini quizzes, and groupwork. For the quizzes we were given two tries which was very nice since he'll go over the quiz in class after the first try. Very responsive to emails and his office hours are great as he'll help you step by step with the project. He will extend office hour to help us. The projects were also very interesting too. He doesn't do plus minus grades. Definitely recommend and take him if you have the choice.
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting an A
Anonymous
06/22/2021
I definitely recommend taking calc 2 with Rowland, he is a great person and teacher.
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/12/2021
If you have the chance to take him for calc 2 do it. He really cares about his students and is one of the nicest profs at UMD. 141 is typically looked at as one of the hardest classes at UMD but he made it very doable
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/12/2021
Todd Rowland is a super nice guy. Honestly, if you go to lecture and discussion you will succeed in this class. Just like anything, if you put the effort in, you will learn. Plus, Rowland is literally the nicest teacher you will ever have in your entire life.
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/07/2021
Todd was a nice guy who in my opinion had decent lectures even though at times I seemed to have no idea what was going on. The course in my opinion got significantly harder towards the end be he does really want to see his students succeed. With some work outside of class and staying on top of the homework the exams will be pretty easy. I would recommend him if you are able to do a bit of self learning.
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting an A
Anonymous
04/26/2021
Had him for online, lectures are eh. He codes in wolfram the whole time, hard to understand. However, if you read the book and actually do the HW you will be more than fine. Todd is a very funny and great guy. He also drops midterms and homeworks from your final grade. Exams are easy and almost the same as the practice ones he releases. Makes 141 a breeze. Wonderful experience.
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting an A
Anonymous
04/26/2021
Dr. Rowland is one of the nicest professors I've had at UMD. Very genuine guy and he wants you to do well. I had him during a covid semester and his online lectures were not very good because he always used wolfram alpha. Exams were always very easy and were very similar to the study guide. Definitely one of the better professors for 141.
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
04/08/2021
I haven't gone to any lectures but I have gotten a 98 or 100 on every exam because he makes them so easy. If you do the practice exam and review a tiny bit on Khan Academy you're good
Todd Rowland
MATH135

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/10/2020
Amazing professor who stays after in office hours to make sure students understand.
Todd Rowland
MATH135

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/09/2020
Cool guy but did not teach well and was mostly a self taught class. The TAs carried the class this year and they were actually super helpful. Doing the practice exams were the best form of studying for me and the workload was decent but the worksheets were a little confusing although TAs explained most of it pretty well during discussions. Sorry Todd.
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Expecting a B
Anonymous
12/03/2020
Like the other reviews said, he is a nice guy but I stopped going to his lectures very early on. He teaches using Wolfram Alpha/Coding and doesn't really demonstrate the problems well. He is disorganized and confuses himself during teaching. The TA's did way better at helping us understand concepts. He drops a lot of things at the end of the semester though, there is no curve on anything due to this. He even ends up dropping one of the four midterms you have to do.
Todd Rowland
MATH135

Anonymous
10/27/2020
Dr Rowland is a super nice guy and it pains me to say this, but he’s not a very good teacher. His entire class this semester seems very confused about topics that seem relatively simple. He presents the material using some weird program that has a lot of unnecessary code around the text. His notes are sloppy, disorganized and very hard to interpret. For the most part, the TAs were better at explaining the concepts in a lot clearer manner. However, he is willing to go out of his way to try to help you if you ask, and the grading is very lax. It’s probably difficult to do poorly in this class even if you don’t understand what is going on
Todd Rowland
MATH141

Anonymous
09/16/2020
One of the nicest people I've ever met, but I think some of the students in the class could explain calculus better then him... He does not understand some of the things he teaches, and is often corrected by students. I've been teaching myself thus far as the instruction/lecture is less than helpful.