Eller, Dan  

Journalism

3.95/4.00

40 evaluations


ES 219


Senior
B
General Ed
Nov 2016
Taking this instructor is like being in a Twilight Zone episode. You just can

KINE 250


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2009
Dan is awesome. If you need to take KINE250, take him. He takes all your online quizzes (which are open book/open whatever) and makes that your midterm/final. He doesen't teach anything in class, but its not necesary. You never really have to learn anything, just take the quizzes online and look up the answers and make sure you print out your final results. From there just memorize the answers and go in and take the midterms. Instant A. Oh, you should show up to class though because after each guest lecturer speaks he usually has some sort of 10 point thing where you answer questions based on what the lecturer talked about. Easy 10 points but annoying having to sit through the boring lecturers. Most of the time you get out in 45 minutes to 1 hour though. Do yourself a favor and take Dan!


Junior
A
General Ed
Apr 2010
Dr. Eller knows that you have other classes, and he knows that much of the material in this class is neither hard to understand nor new (for most people). He doesn\'t try to make things any harder. Everything is very straight forward. He said \"it might seem like I\'m spoon feeding you the information, and that\'s because I am.\" You will get an A in the class if you go to class and do the online quizzes, and take advantage of his study guide. The guest lecturers that he has are actually very interesting usually and they share valuable information. I am glad I took this class. I\'ve actually used stuff that I learned, this class is easy and immediately beneficial. The best guest lecturer was the police officer, he was funny, approachable, and had SO much useful information. This class was great. Take it.

JOUR 312


Junior
N/A
Elective
May 2010
Professor Eller is honestly the best teacher I have had at Cal Poly thus far. I was really interested in learning about public relations so I took this class as an elective, he presents the material very clearly and tells you exactly what he expects from you. The classes usually do not go to the full two hours, because he is incredibly understanding that as Poly students we have full plates. His midterms are directly from lectures which he posts online, the book is not necessary to purchase I just did to learn more about the field. You make a group the first few days of class and actually create and implement a public relations campaign which is a great resume booster! He believes in learn by doing but also is flexible with deadlines, you can tell he enjoys what he does. Honestly everyone should take this class, I am only into week 6 of the quarter but I think it is the best class I have participated in so far. Easy A because he wants you to succeed!


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
May 2010
Dr. Eller is not just a great teacher, but an overall great person. If he could stay all day to help you understand something, he would. He doesn\'t care about cramming a ton of information in your head, but by giving you useful knowledge through the Learn By Doing philosophy Cal Poly says it upholds, but let\'s face it, it rarely does. I wish all my teachers were like Dr. Eller just because I would feel like I learned something I can use in my future. Such a nice guy. You won\'t be disappointed.


Sophomore
N/A
Elective
May 2010
Dr. Eller is very enthusiastic about the Public Relations field. He is very straightforward, and understanding if you happen to be late turning in homework/late to class/etc. He is very accessible via email, and even gives his cell phone number on the syllabus. He is very willing to be a reference for you if you are applying for internships/jobs. Honestly, though, the experience of the class seemed very independent-- how much you learn and how well the class goes for you is very much up to you. To my memory, there was not a lot of \"book learning\" or time spent being entertained by the teacher--the class consists mostly of the experience of working with your peers. The class is not hard, but if you make the effort, you can get real experience making a PR campaign proposal for a real client through the group project. We had some designated project work days, where instead of meeting for normal class, we had time to meet with our group to work on the project. Again, Dr. Eller is very accessible and always willing to help.


Junior
A
Elective
Jun 2010
Dan Eller is an excellent professor. He brings life experience to the class room, and it really adds to student comprehension of the subject matter. In JOURN 312 you do a PR project for an actual client. It was awesome to have guidance from a professor in addressing the concerns of a client. In addition to the project there is also a multiple choice midterm and a final. I felt that I learned the most from the project and that what I learned will help me when I am working with clients in the future. I took Journ 312 over a year ago, but just recently contacted Dr. Eller to ask for his advice on PR tactics for a current project. He met with me to discuss my project, and legitimately cares about the success of his students.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2011
Straightforward class and I feel like I learned a lot to prepare me for future PR courses. Eller is a very understanding guy and he teaches with a student centered approach so that you do as well as possible. Take him if yo have the chance.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2011
I like Eller cause in his classes you get to actually do PR right from the start. He is very understanding and if you ever need a source or contact, chances are he knows someone you can talk to.


Senior
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2011
He's exceptionally good at Public Relations himself. He makes the class fun and applicable to what you want to learn. You will get out of the course what you put into the course. He's always available to help and explains everything thoroughly. It's difficult to work in groups, but Eller's grading mercifully reflects that. So, do your best and hope you get a good team, but know you're not screwed if you get a bad team. I'd advise Dr. Eller as a teacher, and a mentor. TAKE HIM! You will not regret it. Plus, he's close with Sturm, so you know it's good (if you know Sturm).


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2011
Eller is a really chill teacher. You have a quiz about once every two weeks, but you get credit for just writing your name. The midterms and final are also really easy - he gives you a study guide outlining everything you need to know. A group project is a HUGE percent of your grade, so if you don't like working with groups, skip this class. Overall, it was super easy and he's a pretty cool guy.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2012
Eller is the best. Plain and simple. I have also taken his JOUR 342 & 413 and there is not a cooler, more fun teacher at Poly.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Oct 2012
Eller is the man. His lectures are boring and he gives you a quiz after each. However, he tells you word for word whats going to be on the quiz and let's you study. There's three exams (25 multiple choice questions) and a final (all not cumulative) and he cancels class at least three times during the quarter to let you work on your campaigns. Don't have to worry too much about the class, would definitely take him!


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2012
Take Eller. Easy class and he loves what he does.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2012
Dr. Eller is the cutest old man ever! His class isn't very interesting, but he makes the material easy to learn and is very clear about what he expects from you. The class is based on a group project, 4 exams and multiple quizzes. He provides templates for the project and study guides for the exams, so if you follow those you will do well.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2013
I had Dr. Eller for almost all of my public relations classes. He is definitely a good teacher and makes sure students do well. His classes are really what you make out of them though. Sure, you could slide by with a good grade, but you if you put in the effort, you have the opportunity to really learn a lot and build a nice PR portfolio. My advice is to pick a good group to work with, smaller groups can actually be better sometimes. Also, pick a client who you are actually interested in. I personally recommend on campus clients, and there are plenty.


Senior
A
Elective
Mar 2013
So chill. Easy courseload and actually learned a few things. Client-based project included - but depending on client depends on how much time out of lecuture you spend.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2013
There is no other teacher like Dr. Eller. I will be a super senior this coming fall and have not had any teacher like him. He is all about his students and would do anything for them, especially giving his students the best learning experience and knowledge possible. I am not exaggerating about how much he loves his job and giving all he has to offer to his students. I have learned so much from him and wish I could take another class with him. Any chance you get, take any class you can with him. You will learn so much and actually be excited to attend class. I highly recommend Dr. Eller as a professor and as a person. If you have any questions about PR or Journalism, I highly recommend going and talking to him, even if you are not in his class/major. Most dedicated Professor! Thanks Dr. Eller


Senior
A
Elective
Dec 2013
Dr. Eller was a brilliant lecturer, his slides were very clear, he was incredibly approachable during office hours, and he had plenty of examples and guest speakers. In all honesty, he could not have made the material any more easy to understand if he wanted to. I would not mind having another class with him.


Sophomore
B
Elective
Feb 2015
Aww Dan Eller is the best. His lectures aren't intellectually stimulating but they're interesting enough and he is just the sweetest man ever. The guest speakers he brings in are great, the tests are easy, and he gives tons of extra credit. I probably should have studied more but I had a lot going on outside of school.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2015
He gave a study guide for the tests, but some of his questions were totally out of left field. Overall he's a really nice guy and understanding. His class is boring and it's hard to get up for in the morning, but when you do go he gives extra credit almost every single class after the midterm...definitely not a bad class to have at 8 am!


Sophomore
A
Elective
Apr 2015
I went into this class for an easy A or the sorts: basically a grade buffer to raise my GPA. But I came out with a completely new perspective. Public Relations is going to be one of the most fundamental and beneficial courses at Cal Poly you will take. Professor Eller covers marketing, he covers advertising, he covers basic communication skills, he really tells you what the hell is up with public relations; he covers just about every damn thing under the sun except rocket science. He has great guest speakers come to talk to you, his videos are very informative (first one is a little outdated, but hilarious because of that fact), and he is a very intelligent individual. You have four exams, non-cumulative including the final (or last exam); he gives you study guides, first one coincides well with the first exam, be weary of the next three they stray a bit. Plenty of opportunities for extra credit by attendance/participation. There is a final assignment the PR Proposal, do it. It's a very basic and straight-forward assignment, he gives you the option to not do it, but then you get a 0 (some people don't need it because of the extra credit), but do it-- chances are you are going to have to do some kind of proposal in your lifetime and so might as well know what the hell you're doing beforehand. TAKE THIS CLASS.


Sophomore
A
Elective
Mar 2016
Awesome professor and a great easy A class but you actually still learn a lot. There are 4 midterms and a project, but he offers 50 EC points just for going to class. great guy who really cares about his students and their success


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Sep 2017
Dr. Eller is amazing! He was my teacher for JOUR 312 and for my senior project, he was always so helpful and understanding. Not only he loves what he does but he is truly an amazing person! 10/10 would recommend!

JOUR 342


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2011
ELLER IS THE BEST TEACHER AT CAL POLY!!!!!!


Senior
A
Elective
Feb 2013
Dr. Eller is one of my favorite professors at Cal Poly. He is genuine, fair, understanding, funny, and passionate about what he does. I have had him as a professor for both JOUR 312 and 342, and loved both of his classes. He delivers the information that is important and really wants his students to understand the main topics and points. He doesn't bother with information that isn't important or boring and he has lots of experience in the PR field. Eller's tests are straight-forward and verbatim of his study guides... in hopes that you will grasp the main concepts important to PR. He REALLY wants his students to succeed and will extend the deadlines of the group projects if you just ask and explain yourself. He rather students produce quality then just rush to get things done. Also, he cuts class short on beautiful days and lets you work at your own discretion. TAKE DR. ELLER... you will not regret it. Great guy, great classes. Makes you love PR and learn alot!

JOUR 413


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2009
Most amazing teacher I have ever had! Very clear on expectations. Always willing to help and extremely bright. He incorporates his real-life experiences from the industry into his lessons and is always friendly and willing to help! Highly recommended!

JOUR 415


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2011
Dr. Eller is by far one of the best professors I have had the privilege of I meeting throughout my 4 years at Cal Poly. I had him for a few different courses, during all of which I learned more than I could have ever hoped. He is constantly going above and beyond to help any student who comes to him, regardless of whether or not they are currently enrolled in his classes. He is extremely knowledgeable in not only the field of Public Relations, but in many other fields as well. His classes are all very balanced between lecture and the "learn by doing" that Cal Poly is famous for. He brings real life experience and excitement to the classroom. He has been a blessing to work with!


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2014
This class was truly a stepping-stone for entering the real world. CCPR provides a unique opportunity in that you, the students, are running the firm and working directly with clients all on your own. Dr. Eller is absolutely wonderful and is always happy to help if you need advice or direction, however, this class requires you to be a true pr practitioner. This course shows you how to use the skills you have learned, not only from past pr classes, but other journalism courses as well. Whether your client needs a press release, website, promotional video, or social media, you will be prepared to meet their needs. In being a graduating senior who is currently applying for jobs, this class has proven to be extremely impressive to talk about during interviews. People I have spoken with have been tremendously impressed by the experience gained and knowledge acquired from working at CCPR.

JOUR 460


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
I had Dr. Eller throughout my Public Relations courses, and also as my senior project advisor. Dr. Eller was an excellent professor, he was so helpful and approachable. Dr. Eller has become a mentor for me, and my very favorite professor at Cal Poly. Take one of his classes if you get the chance, you won't be disappointed.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2013
Dr. Eller is awesome and passionate about his job as a PR professional and a professor! I had him for all of my beginning PR courses and knew I wanted to work on my senior project with him as my advisor. He was extremely approachable and helpful in guiding me through the entire JOUR 460 process, explaining every element of every chapter in this seemingly overwhelming project. The weekly meetings he suggested we set up helped me feel less stressed and kept my project on track at a very reasonable and manageable pace. I was absolutely satisfied with the process as well as the end result of my project, and I have Dr. Eller to thank for it!


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2014
Upon deciding who I wished to assist in my efforts at a successful senior project for the journalism department, my past course experience with Dr. Eller made it clear to me that he would not only assist, but go out of his way to guide my efforts. Along with his guidance, Dr. Eller made himself easily available for my questions, concerns and any complications I faced during the process. He made sure that I understood clearly what was expected of me and my work. He was honest and took on a mentor-like role when advising my work and the steps I must take to guarantee my success. I would highly recommend Dr. Eller for any course in this department simply because he is passionate about the industry and each and every one of his students!


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Jun 2014
Dr. Eller is the kindest, most helpful and inspiring professor I have ever had. As my professor for all of my public relations classes, and my senior project, he guided me in the right direction, giving me knowledge about the public relations field that will be applicable, make me a better practitioner, and help set me apart from the thousands of students applying for jobs in the PR field. As a senior project advisor, he made my research paper (which ended up being 80 pages) seem effortless. He guided me each week, telling me what chapter to turn in, giving me outlines on writing each chapter, and helped me decide who I should interview and ideas on how to conduct my research. What seemed to be daunting in the beginning became manageable with his help, and I am happy to say that I produced a product i will be happy to showcase to future employers, graduate schools, or simply allow to be an example to other students submitting their senior projects. Dr. Eller overall is an inspiring professor, who has made my passion to become a public relations practitioner that much greater, and has guided me to find ways to make that profession a reality.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2015
Dr. Eller is one of the absolute best professors I've had throughout my four years at Cal Poly. He's a wonderful journalism professor who has great knowledge about the public relations field and is happy to share his experience and what he's learned with students. His classes are all straightforward, insightful and fun. 413 and 415 are two great classes he teaches that give you real experience in public relations because you get to work with a client and Dr. Eller makes sure to guide you in the right direction. Dr. Eller is also a wonderful adviser who is incredibly helpful and always makes sure that you're doing your best, whether it's in class, for your senior project, or in your extracurriculars. He is passionate about public relations and his students. You can't really ask any more from a professor. I highly recommend taking his classes and stepping into his office hours to talk with him. You won't regret it.


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2015
Dr. Eller, has been my favorite professor over my four years here at Cal Poly. While I was always on the edge about switching out of journalism, the knowledge, and real experience I received in his PR classes made me stay in major because he was truly passionate and so knowledgeable about the trade. I have used so many things Dr. Eller has taught us in interviews with various internships over the years, and it would be safe to say could not have landed them without the experience gained in his classes. His commitment to his students is the highest of any of the professors. Always making himself available essentially 24-7, I have appreciated his constant advice and direction, especially in completing my senior project. Regardless what major I think taking any of the PR classes is wise for any student at Cal Poly to learn the basic building blocks of building a relationship, which is applicable and necessary in any field.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2015
Dr. Eller is an amazing professor and mentor. Taking the senior project class was one of the best decisions I have made for my future career. I felt the class well-prepared me for real-world work and taught me how to work under pressure to meet deadlines. Eller is approachable, understanding, and great to work with. He does a great job of challenging students while also creating a comfortable work environment. Thanks to him, I found my love for PR!


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2015
Completing my senior project research paper under the guidance of Dr. Eller was definitely the highlight of my studies at Cal Poly. I was considering doing the practical (and shorter) project but ended up completing the research paper in hopes of learning an academic process which might be more valuable in graduate school. Dr. Eller is easy-going, flexible to meet with and full of knowledge. He walked me through what I initially thought was going to be a fairly daunting project with total clarity. We met many times and the research iteration of the project was easy to complete when taken step by step. I'm really glad that I choose to complete the research paper with Dr. Eller instead of choosing easier or shorter paths. My academic knowledge has greatly benefitted from this course and I would strongly recommend it.


5th Year Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2016
I procrastinated far too long completing my senior project because it seemed too daunting a task. But Dr. Eller helped me break it down into manageable piece parts and showed me examples of similar projects I could use a model. Through his help and guidance, I created a reasonable project plan that kept me motivated throughout the project. Not only did I finally finish, but I learned valuable knowledge about the subject matter, which will certainly help me in my future career pursuits.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2016
This summer I completed my senior project with Dr. Eller, and it was hands down one of the best educational experiences I have had at Cal Poly. I thought doing it over the summer would be a challenge, but it ended up being awesome because I didn't have any other classes to distract from it. We had one on one meetings where he helped break down my project so I was never stressed or overwhelmed. We really took the project one step at a time which made completing it doable and very straightforward. I also loved being able to chat with Dr. Eller about life things like GRADUATING and he gave me some really great advice. If I ever need a letter of rec, I know he would do it in a heartbeat. Highly recommend doing this project over the summer if you can :)


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
Dr. Eller makes this class EXTREMELY stress-free which is something that is super important for a research thesis project. It may seem overwhelming, but Dr. Eller makes sure that it's separated in a way that makes it a step by step process so that by the end, you're kind of just like "whoa, it's over?". No cramming, no stress, just writing about a topic that you're passionate about. Dr. Eller is an incredible professor and a really great guy in general, he wants you to succeed so he will do whatever it takes to get you there. I would HIGHLY recommend this class over JOUR 462, much less stress so I've heard!