Kerry Tripp

This professor has taught: FMSC186, FMSC215, FMSC286, FMSC382, FMSC487, FMSC498M, FMSC647, FMSC760, SPHL399
Information Review
Kerry Tripp
FMSC215

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
07/25/2022
This class was alright. It was not that interesting but Dr. Tripp is a GOAT and is such a nice person and really wants her students to do well. The assignments are very easy and there are not too many of them. I recommend taking this class for the easy A.
Kerry Tripp
FMSC487

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
05/05/2022
I honestly really enjoyed this class!! I felt like I learned a ton, and all of the assignments were very interesting and manageable. I am honestly sad that this class is over. Dr. Tripp is really cool, but really disorganized. Luckily, if you email for clarification she's pretty responsive.
Kerry Tripp
FMSC382

Anonymous
04/28/2021
Professor Tripp is extremely disorganized. Every single week it was a struggle to figure out what we were supposed to be doing and if we were missing any assignments. The syllabus and ELMS calendar are always wrong, she sends out a "to do list" but then the assignments are either locked or don't exist, and it is impossible to tell where any of the materials are. The class is super easy and I did enjoy what I learned, but keeping up with things took a lot of effort.
Kerry Tripp
FMSC487

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
06/22/2015
I absolutely enjoyed taking this class with Dr. Tripp. Even though I took it over the summer, which is online and only 3 weeks, making it really intense, I really enjoyed it. All the work and grading is fair, and the topics covered are really interesting. She also never imposes her views on you. She wants to hear your opinion, but since this is a law class, you have to back it up with cases or principles. Overall, I feel this is not a difficult class, as long as you do all the work, including the readings, and take notes. If you are considering taking it, I highly suggest it!
Kerry Tripp
FMSC487

Expecting an A+
samhallen
05/20/2013
Dr. Tripp is the only one who teaches the course for the department (as of Spring 2013), so you won't really have a choice but to take it with her. But no worries! Yeah, it takes some time to get used to her teaching style and method of lecturing, but the information is interesting, the exams are fair, and the term paper is doable. Also, Dr. Tripp is funny/entertaining to say the least, not to mention intelligent and very respectable. I really like her.
Kerry Tripp
FMSC487

Expecting an A
proudterp
03/25/2013
i am actually really surprised at the negative reviews for this professor. Tripp has her views but she would never impose them on anyone else and does not grade anything subjectively. This is a family law course and yes, she ask for your opinion. However, its a LAW course, meaning you need to back up your opinion with legal cases, or principles (she always shows two extreme cases on the same topic and explains why/how they came to opposite conclusions). When it comes to her syllabus, yea she may be off sometimes, but her GA revises the syallbus each semester. If there are any issues, she is willing to move exam dates, etc if it is beneficial for everyone. She was always very friendly with students and everyone I knew loved her course. One downfall: she tends to go through slides fairly quickly and doesn't post them online. But she tells you exactly what you need, so its not the biggest deal on earth unless you are the students that jots each pointless word/phrase down. I really appreciated her as a professor and has been my favorite in all my time here (i'm a senior). She is very open and honest and helps you in any way possible (if you ask).
Kerry Tripp
FMSC487

Expecting an A
knico06
11/29/2012
I'm honestly surprised to see such horrible reviews on this professor. I am currently a senior at UMD and of my four years at this school believe that Dr. Tripp has been one of my favorite professors. She keeps the class extremely interesting, and allows for lots of discussion. She never imposes her own views when presenting the course material; instead she presents both sides of an argument and then lets the class discuss the topic. I really appreciate this because I feel like so many professors try to persuade students towards their own views/opinions. So if you are considering taking this class, I would highly recommend it. As long as you actually show up to class and take notes, it's a pretty easy course. Dr. Tripp tells you exactly which cases/information will be on the exams so you don't have to worry about memorizing tons of irrelevant material. Other than the tests there is one paper (about 5 pages) that is on a book.
Kerry Tripp
FMSC487

Tyllk
08/23/2012
She is rude, condescending and bigot. I dropped her class.
Kerry Tripp
FMSC487

jtobar91
08/10/2012
She is rude and stuck up. Just like the previous post says, she claims to be open to opinions but she is in fact completely narrow minded and because of this comes off as being ignorant. She thinks her syllabus is like the constitution and has the answers to all the questions a student could ask- FALSE. I couldn't find a video posting and she rudely replied the answer was on the syllabus, which by the way it was not, and then had to end up emailing the entire class to let everyone know where they could find it. Although the cases and readings were extremely interesting, she sabotaged the class with her dictator like lecturing. She always asked for our opinion and then marked us wrong when the opinions did not match historically made decisions, aka her opinions. I remember when I asked her to reconsider my grade for a posting I believed to be extremely well and she replied that "in law classes, we are really looking for the law--that is the correct answer"...... Well that is fine but do not ask for my opinion and then tell me you were looking for a previously made decision. That day she also insulted some social science/ literature majors claiming that they probably are more tolerant of wrong opinions, but not her law class. (Even though she is teaching a FAMILY law class. The irony in her stuffyness) Dr. Tripp, and she made it clear from the beginning she was a "Dr", reminds me of a judge who would be inconsiderate of changing a bad law because it has always been tradition. Oh and she talks down to you as if you are not worthy of her time and will respond to emails in the poorest dictation to prove how much she doesn't care about your inquiry. Anyways, I think you have a good idea of what she is like now. She is extremely bigot and I dropped her class before she could ruin my gpa.
Kerry Tripp
FMSC487

Anonymous
06/20/2012
The professor claims to be professional and open to various opinions, but she has tolerance for any opinion that's different than hers. After working really hard throughout the semester, she still refused to give me the grade I deserved because she didn't agree with my opinions. I had a 4.00 GPA, and now because of her all my efforts went down the drain :(