eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

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Instructor: Robert Perkinson

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AMST150, Fall 2011
AMST500, Fall 2011
AMST669, Spring 2011
AMST435, Spring 2010
AMST638, SOC638, Spring 2010
AMST150, Fall 2009
AMST640, Fall 2009

Robert Perkinson: AMST150, Fall 2011

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 150 - America and the World Crn (Section): 70029 (001)     73927 (002)     75398 (003)     75399 (004)     75400 (005)     75401 (006)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 3 (100%) 3 (38%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 8 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 3 (33%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (25%) 2 (33%) 0 (0%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (17%) 4 (50%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 2 (33%) 2 (50%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (25%) 5 (63%)
9. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 5 (56%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%) 3 (38%) 1 (13%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (38%) 2 (100%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (17%) 2 (100%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (50%) 2 (50%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He was a great teacher who knew A LOT about American Studies and I really liked that. I felt like he was highly qualified for a professor.
Very involved in the subject matter, makes it interesting and relevant. Very good teacher.
interesting teaching
Very good teacher. You can tell he is passionate about his work. I wish him the best in his career as a professor, author, etc.
I thought lecture was really interesting and informative.
I did not like how he taught off of his IPad and never uploaded his notes to Laulima. I am a visual learner so just hearing vast amounts of information does not teach me much of anything. I always dreaded going to his class because it was not intriguing and I did not learn much that I did not already know. Also, the readings for this class were way to excessive for a 100 level course.
knows what the guy is talking about. great teacher
Perkinson was a great professor and I learned a great deal from him. His style of teaching encouraged me to think "out of the box," and I enjoyed that.
Very good professor. Very interactive with students during lecture classes.
Awesome teacher
My overall evaluation of Professor Perkinson is that he is an outstanding professor. He clearly knows what he is teaching us and lets it be known that he does take care into preparing each days lecture and making sure that he makes numerous points in class. I'm glad that he utilizes time adequately, although sometimes I can fall behind because he does talk really fast but that just motivates you to pay attention because what he has to say is really interesting and he also includes things that can help you out through life.
he was a good teacher with a lot of knowledge about our class
Pretty cool
very knowledgeable,enthusiastic, critical and a humorist :)
He was a good professor that assigned readings that was stimulating
Talk little bit fast than I thought, I wish there is visual aid for us
lectures presented very eloquently and he is very knowledgeable.
He is insightful teacher with a plethra of knowledge, but his style in which he introduces the material caters to the students that are completely new to the material.
Very good professor. Knowledge of the material is outstanding.
He's a good professor, but he sometimes ends class later than the official end time, making it hard for students to make their other class that starts ten minutes after this class.
He was a good instructor, but sometimes I feel he should encourage the class to speak up more.
Professor Perkinson is very knowledgable on the topics and material of the course! The weakness is in the way he lectures. It is difficult to take notes and follow along with what he is saying. A suggestion would be for the lectures to be more organized into a learnable format, which would allow non American Studies and political studies majors to grasp the material and lectures. The format of the exams is good! Also, having discussion sessions with the TA is very helpful.
great professor, shows a definite interest in the topic and is extremely thorough in his lectures. also is a fair listener:when kids raise their hands to speak he listens and agrees or sometimes gives an alternative response disagreeing in a nice way.very honest, straightforward
Professor Perkinson is very good at conveying the material to students and tries to keep the class interesting.
He is a knowledgeable professor in history and is happy about teaching the subject. Despite the large class size, he encourages discussion and shows his open-mindedness by wanting to hear student's opinions about certain issues and topics.
Very approachable and knowledgable about the material he presents. Sometimes he goes a little too quickly because there is so much information.
a very good and knowledgeable professor. He created a positive learning atmosphere. He managed to cover a lot of material in an adequate manner. I am convinced, that what ever courses he will teach in the future, he will do just fine and the students will certainly benefit for having him as their professor.
Professor Perkinson knew a lot about American History. He always came to class prepared and ready to start the day. My only concern though, is when he does his lectures, i sometimes feel like he moves on from one topic to another quickly. He needs to slow down a bit, for everyone to completely understand.
15. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 5 (71%) 0 (0%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked the Friday groups where it was easier to bounce off ideas with peers in the same class and I think that I got a deeper understanding through that time.
I enjoyed the Friday sections where we could debate and talk about what we read best.
the youtube tidbits
I actually enjoyed watching the movies on Wednesday nights. These were films I would not have known of or watched if it wasn't for this class. The movies were intriguing and interesting. I learned a lot about a variety of different history events and gained a lot more knowledge as well.
The content was interesting and relevant.
WWII and Vietnam
different views of what people thought of the world
The course revealed some hidden truths about American history and it brought up some controversial issues about America's true character.
The quizzes and the discussions about the articles, books and current events.
I enjoyed the speedy feedback from TA's (Stacy Nojima) and I enjoyed learning about interesting things and relating them to things happening in the world today.
i liked how we got to learn about the past and present of our world
Holocaust
I like the lecture, Friday session and movie night.
Small discussion groups
the ID's showed us exactly what we needed to know, and if I know them before the reading, while reading, it allows me to read for a purpose and i comprehend the key concepts better and faster
HISTORY IS GREAT!
Discussion in small groups.
The aspects of the course I liked the best are the extra credit opportunities and the Passage Analysis assignment.
The aspects I liked best were the classes on Fridays because those days allowed us to participate in conversions in smaller groups.
The most helpful was the discussion sessions with the TA
All of the books which we were required to buy and read where well worth it. It is very rare when every book a professor picks out for the class is not only interesting but meaningful. A+
The novels were easy to read and interesting.
I liked the lab sessions because it was a break from the lectures. You got to be more engaged in conversations whether you like it or not and sometimes it's just hard to want to speak up in a large class size. We can also focus on things that we can't always go over in class. The sessions have a general work plan, but the GAs are willing to go more depth into one topic and skip over others when necessary so in a way it is tailored for the students. I also liked reading the entire Maus story and as a comic book it is a great way for students to be entertained and get something out of it at the same time.
I liked the Section discussions. I think that it helped dissect the material so we can better understand it
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Lectures were engaging but I wish they were more in-depth.
long articles of reading and the set times to watch the movie (time conflicts...)
I honestly did not like having the lab sections on Fridays. The Graduate Assistants were very good helpers however I felt like they didn't really help much. Many times a lot of students didn't show up therefore class discussion wasn't in abundance.
The enormous amount of reading required for this course was nothing short of offensive. I found that the length of the books and papers was so daunting some weeks that neither I nor the rest of the students in my recitation even attempted to complete our reading. This made discussions awkward.
Everything else.
lots and lots of reading took place, but that's college
Sometimes the readings assigned were a little challenging to read, in the sense that they were not very interesting. Most of the time the readings were captivating though.
I felt that sometimes the readings could be lengthy and if multiple readings were assigned, they were overwhelming. But, it's college.
i dislike the amount of reading,
All the readings
sometimes we have so much reading for one section.
Too much readings
there was a lot of reading
NOTHINGH
At points the lectures were dry.
The aspect of the course I liked the least was the amount of writing we have to do on the exams.
The aspects I liked least were the readings because sometimes there is a lot to read.
Understanding the lectures was the most difficult and there were alot of readings.
I didnt like having to go and watch movies late at night. it was an extra trip extra gas money and kind of a hassle to do so. Although the movies were also good.
There was a lot of reading everyday that it seemed almost overwhelming and there was no set topic that I could take notes on because the lecture went all over the place.
N/A
The fact that we couldn't get the ID terms squared away quickly enough
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
This class was very informative and it opened my mind to a lot of new things and I enjoyed it very much.
It's a good course in general, but it's a hard course to teach to a large group, since discussion is critical in my opinion. I wish the course description had made clearer that it would have a historical focus, as I expected a more current-events focus. Still, it was an interesting class.
interesting
Excellent course to take. Opens up a lot of different perspectives of this world as we see it today. I would recommend people to take this course. Great teacher and great information.
good
It is awesome and it addresses issues that everyone should think about if they don't already. The amount of reading is crippling and should be curtailed (imagine if every class assigned so much reading - full-time students would read 12 hours a day).
Prof. is knowledgable but not a very good teacher.
good course, highly recommended professor
I enjoyed this class thouroughly and I am glad I decided to put it on my schedule for my first semester of college. The class was challenging, but managable if you put in the time and effort.
Interesting course.
My overall evaluation of this course is a positive one. Although I didn't always agree with some of the readings assigned, when I look back at it now, I know that they were all necessary and supplemental which engaged discussion questions and helped further understand the key concepts of what was being taught.
this course is great, i learned a lot and i left with knowledge that i didnt have
Good
I become to have in-depth knowledge about America's history and politics. the class is very persuasive and encouraged me to participate in every discussion.
It is too broad and the exams weren't explained very well
it's a good class, but be prepared for work
AMAZING
Informative interesting class that helps you connect current events to historical events.
It's a good course.
My overall evaluation of this course is that it was challenging since it makes us have to think about certain topics and how it relates to current topics. It was also a bit difficult.
Good. Opened my perspective in certain areas in politics which I greatly appreciate.
VERY GOOD COURSE OVERALL. I will and have been recommending others to take it as it provides an in depth history of not only American History but rather world history and it shows how the world has been shaped to its current state.
It is a fun course where you can learn a lot of new things about America and its relationship with the world, but it would be better if you had prior understanding of the topics mentioned in the course.
A good review of American and world history for those who didn't take a history class in several semesters. If the other history based classes for gen ed are not for you then they can try out for this class.
Very good
This was an awesome course and that it should be taught by Mr. Perkinson in the future as well!
19. Other comments:
I wish this class could have been smaller and more in-depth, but I realise it is a 150 FG class. I wish focus glocal requirements could include higher level classes also.
good class, great TA's
Despite the lengthy reads at times, I definitely recommend this class to be taken by anyone. It should be a requirement for everyone!
none
I'd like to convey my gratitude to Prof Perkinson for having me in his class. I enjoy every minute of it.
None
seemed like it should be an upper division class.
I wish I'd done better.
GOOD JOB PROF

Robert Perkinson: AMST500, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 500 - Master's Plan B/C Studies Crn (Section): 70035 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
Freq(%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
9. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He is awesome
15. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
Freq(%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Reading the books
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
trying to narrow my reading to focus on what could possibly be asked
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
it was great and I learned a lot
19. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Robert Perkinson: AMST669, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 669 - Adv Topics:America & the World Crn (Section): 87676 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.09 11 0.3 Freq(%) 10 (91%) 1 (9%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
9. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 8 (73%)
10. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
13. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Very inspiring, with critical questions asked throughout the semester. Kept me thinking about the texts in different points of view.
Dr. Perkinson is widely read and knows a great deal about a variety of subjects. He is a legitimate resource for students, yet he encourages us to form our own ideas based to current and cannonical research. Dr. Perkinson is an approachable professor who is willing to share his time and his thoughts with students. best of all, he seems open to learning from his students as well. While he is clearly the "expert" in the room, he seems to recognize the collective intelligence of the group. This type of respect for students lends itself well to open discussion where students can feel free to share their ideas and openly discuss difficult and controversial subjects. I would love to take more classes from him and will try my best to do so in the future.
He is very passionate about this subject. He thoughtfully considers what readings and assignments are most beneficial to graduate students who are moving through the program, heading for comps or the MA thesis.
He's an excellent professor. Very witty and has innate ability to make learning fun and relevant in light of contemporary political and social events going on now. If I could I would take every class he offers because he's got a teaching style that encourages you to think provocatively and outside the box.
A wonderful professor- I would take any class that he offers!
Dr. Perkinson's a treasure trove of both wisdom and wit, and he's always open to new ideas and possibilities. As a result, his seminars are always enlightening and at least somewhat enjoyable, particularly when considering the list of texts and topics were tasked with reading and exploring.
Prof. Perkinson is very enthusiastic for the topics and well-versed in each of the issues and ideas discussed. He is able to create a comfortable space for discussion and is willing to work with student's needs and be flexible on reworking assignments. Always a much appreciated thing for a grad student.
Awesome Professor!
14. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
15. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The bibliography was particularly helpful. Many of us did not receive our bachelor's degrees in AMST or History. The bibs helped to shape my learning and enhance my experience in the class. In many instances I actually looked up some of the books found on other student's bibs to augment my classroom experience.
For me, the best aspect of the course was the creation of the collective class reading list on America and the World. As a student who will be doing a field in this area, working on this list was greatly beneficial in helping to prepare me for the comprehensive examination in the general American Studies field. It gave me a better understanding of what was expected on the syllabus and provided me the opportunity to work with colleagues on researching the literature within this field. This assignment was very useful for graduate students preparing for comps.
The Collective Syllabus was the best because I can see myself using the information for my qualifying exams.
I really enjoyed the class discussion and knowing that each week was going to be a great environment.
I particularly enjoyed working on the collective syllabus, as it was interesting to see how each student worked her/his way through the process of selecting, presenting, and finalizing a particular topic area.
Liked the short essay assignments as opposed to one long paper at the end and the partner projects for compiling a list of books was a very practical and effective assignment that will definitely help in the future as a resource. The books I enjoyed and appreciated reading the most were Inhuman Bondage, Herland, War Without Mercy, Empire's Workshop and Imperial Life in the Emerald City.
The class discussions were always so stimulating!
16. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
My only concern was the amount of class time dedicated to reviewing the bibs. Still, I am not sure how to do it differently and I am afraid the shortening the sharing would diminish the value of the exercise. This is something that Dr. Perkinson will have to grapple with.
It was disappointing at times that even with such a large class, it was often hard to stimulate discussion.
Sorry it had to end. This class was my funnest class and I looked forward to attending every week.
N/A
The reading responses...
17. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Great course by a wonderful teacher who is a stand up guy. Classy all the way. I learned a great deal.
This course is one that the department should continue to offer. Many students are choosing American and the World as one of their fields and areas of interest and thus it is crucial to such an offering. Plus, the collective class syllabus assignment is an incredible valuable assignment (for the reasons stated above).
AWESOME! It should be a required course--if not, offered every semester. This class is so relevant to American Studies because it applies to current events domestically and abroad.
I would take it again if I had to- I liked all the texts.
Dr. Perkinson has yet to disappoint, as his selection of texts is above reproach, he's always exploring new ways to engage the class with the readings, the authors, and also with each other.
Looking at America in the context of global issues and frameworks is something that is necessary for graduate students to grapple with. Especially since this class looked heavily at political issues and government policies it was helpful to get a grasp on how these things connect to our contemporary moment.
18. Other comments:
Looking forward to more classes by Dr. Perkinson in the future.
I'm so glad I took this class. Please offer it again. Other students will learn and enjoy from it as well.
I look forward to continuing my studies with Dr. Perkinson in the future.

Robert Perkinson: AMST435, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 435 - History of Crime & Punishment Crn (Section): 89153 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
4. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
5. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
7. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
8. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
9. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
10. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%)
11. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
knowledgeable and made class interesting and fun
Prof. Perkinson is clearly very knowledgeable in his field and eager to spread that knowledge to his students. I was really impressed by the course that he put together, and I truly feel that it enriched my learning.
I think Professor Perkinson is a great teacher and extremely knowledgeable.
very insightful and knowledgable
best teacher i have had in a long time. every class was enjoyable and it felt like he was passionate and knowledgeable about all material. always promoted class discussions and was very easy to talk to on an everyday basis, which always make for an awesome class
Perkinson is a great teacher. Class is so much more fun when it is in a relaxed environment. Sometimes too relaxed but always fun.
He is a great instructor, adds humor to class but also knows how to reel in the serious ethical issues involved in criminal justice. Very easy to feel confortable around this professor, most likely due to his age.
Great instructor, knowledgeable, and encouraged discussion about interesting materials.
I think Robert Perkinson is very intellectual and he really knows what he is talking about in class. I liked all the things he said in class I found him very interesting and he really got the class to think about certain issues.
Robert Perkinson is a very intelligible professor who cares a lot about the subject he teaches. He also gets the class to participate and communicate ideas openly. All ideas is analyzed no matter how absurd it may seem.
RP is thorough in his explanations and very aware of both the historical and contemporary issues that surround the U.S. penal system.
Good professor, and very effective at what he does.
Very enthusiastic about the material and was very knowledgeable.
Robert is hilarious. He has a great sense of humor that makes it easier to discuss about some very serious issues that we approach in the class. He is knowledgeable in a wide range of social issues related to the course. He is creative and thought provoking.
12. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (44%) 8 (50%)
13. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
class discussions
Class discussion
I like the class discussions in this course the best.
the engaging films we watched.
response papers and discussions
I liked how flexible everything was. Perkinson was very understanding and helpful.
I liked the round table discussion and the reading responses to the books selected.
Readings were very well selected, and thoughtfully organized. Discussions surrounding the readings were also interesting and well lead.
I liked reading the books in class because it gives you a wide perspectives of what's going on in our prison systems today and from history. It also explains why our prison systems are overcrowded and why the United States has the highest rate of imprisonment. This class really opened my eyes to a lot of things I didn't know nothing about our prison systems. I also liked the films we watched in class.
I loved the atmosphere. Everyone was friendly.
Assigned Reading Materials
The diverse selection of books
Some of the readings were good.
I enjoyed the format of the course in which we would come to class having read the assigned text then openly discuss issues related to the themes of the book. It was very interactive and very stimulating. I looked forward to each class. The ethical issues that we faced encouraged me to be introspective.
14. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
way too much reading
None.
some of the journal readings.
the terror dream book.
NONE
It was not really a course seminar on history of crime and punishment. It dealt mostly with current author's and novels and I was looking forward more to a historical approach to establishing ciminal justice policies like from 1300-1700 and the effects it had in developing into different political and governmental associated systems. Books were okay but some historical coverage of European persecution through the church, African American justice issues dealing with discrimination and crime and punishment and other books that were written from one period of time then moving to current time frame would have been awesome.
op ed assignment was a little bit rushed and ambiguous.
I thought the class was very interesting but sometimes its hard to engage into class discussion especially if you feel uncomfortable talking in front of other people.
The reading. There was a lot of reading that was expected of you. This class had the most books I read in one semester.
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Content of some of those books was undesirable
I think we could of spent more time on talking about the readings that were suppose to be given for that day instead of going ahead sometimes and relating it to why we're reading it.
I wished that there was more participation from more of the class. The same people usually did the talking, even when Robert tried to encourage the quiet ones to participate, but that is not something that can be easily controlled.
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15. My overall evaluation of this course is...
good class
Extremely well put-together and executed very well.
The course is very informative and interesting.
interesting and a course i would reccomend to anyone interested in crime laws and the prison system in the US.
awesome class, great teacher, would recommend both to anyone.
GREAT class, maybe instead of books that look at crime generally, divide the class into sections and have a book that talks about that section more specific.
Good, I would repeat this course if it has alpha topics that rotated, but not again for the same material covered.
Very interesting course. Problems presented here are extremely important, and applicable to society at large.
I really enjoyed this class and I would recommend other people to take it.
Good.
An 8/10 - Perkinson led the class well
Overall, it was an interesting class, although I wished to have learn more hard facts relating to a specific topic area rather than all over the place, sometimes.
This was one of my favorite classes that I have ever taken. The material is important to American society in the past, present and future. The writing assignments were personally challenging, yet not difficult to complete, and always self reflective.
16. Other comments:
I think the teacher and the course are excellent.
Awesome
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This course was very beneficial. I had no previous exposure to this incredible institution in my course of study.
I would definitely recommend this class to people who like to engage in thought provoking discussion with their peers.
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Robert Perkinson: AMST638, SOC638, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 638 - American Punishment Crn (Section): 86221 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 638 - American Punishment Crn (Section): 86250 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 5 (63%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
9. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%)
10. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
11. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
14. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
15. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
16. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
I liked your teaching style with small group activities and tasks we don't often do in other courses.
A great professor who is always enthusiastic and creates a comfortable yet challenging atmosphere for discussion.
Professor Perkinson is extremely knowledgeable about this topic and has a knack for engaging his students, both as critical readers and writers and also as participants in class discussions.
Dr. Perkinson is the bomb diggity! I only took this class because it seemed like the most interesting one in comparison to others offered, but Dr. Perkinson made me realize that this subject is so relevant to America and we really need to address the crisis of mass incarceration in our society. I found his methods of teaching (large group, small group, words of the day, food prizes, etc)to be not only refreshing, but they also helped us to focus on salient points of the readings we were assigned. His witty sense of humor made the class entertaining, especially when we're learning heavy concepts from Foucault, Simon, etc. Dr. Perkinson is an awesome teacher. I'm glad I took this class. I mos def will be taking another class from him again.
He's very knowledgeable of the class.
Great Professor!!! With publishing a book and having a "young" life outside of work, Professor Perkinson was able to still bring together thought-provoking books and combine it with engaging discussions about the American penal system. Perkinson should be awarded citations for Teaching and Research! His newly released, Texas Tough, is a book that challenges the American prison state and is one that should be required reading. To think...we have this amazing gem at our University!!!
Great instructor who lead stimulating class discussions
17. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
18. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
19. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked the content of the course.
Enjoyed the blog assignments because we were applying real everyday issues to the theories that were brought up in our readings and class. I also enjoyed having to find our own books on gender and justice. The most enjoyable and useful readings that really develop the concepts of the class were "Discipline and Punish," "Total Confinement," "Honor Killing," "Punishing the Poor," and "Texas Tough."
The reading material was well selected, the book review/response papers helped me to develop my critical reading and writing skills, and class discussions were lively and informative. I also enjoyed the class blog and how much it contributed to course, so I hope to encourage this method of student interaction in future classes with this department.
He made sure everyone had a chance to talk and since we had students from different disciplines, it made the class more lively and thought-provoking. I appreciated the guest speaker, Dr. Gupta, and I especially loved that we had to do required Facebook blogs. How rad is that? Our prof is hip, up with the current times, and totally engages us to think critically.
The use of Facebook was interesting and applicable for this class.
Little group discussions.
I appreciated the books that we read; they really set the stage for stimulating discussions in class!
the class disscussions
20. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I did not like the diviseness of some of the students. I also felt there was some favoritism for students who seemingly did well over those who were struggling more.
I think it would be helpful to replace or reconsider a couple of books, primarily "The Terror Dream" and "Maternal Justice" (maybe just use sections of that book for a shorter reading assignment).
Not applicable.
n/a
The assigned books were sometimes too thick for preparing them in a week.
21. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Good.
Very interesting and thought provoking class that gives a solid foundation on understanding the prison industrial complex in the United States.
I truly enjoyed this course and the methods Dr. Perkinson utilized (e.g., book review/response papers, course blog, etc.).
It should be cross-listed with Political Science and/or the law school because the subject matter is so relevant. This class is awesome! I would take it again if we could, haha!
Positive. I would recommend this class to others.
Great course!
great
22. Other comments:
I recommend this course to any student interested in criminal justice and concerned with the rise of the prison industrial complex.
Dr. Perkinson rocks!

Robert Perkinson: AMST150, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 150 - America and the World Crn (Section): 70038 (001)     74504 (002)     76385 (003)     76386 (004)     76387 (005)     76388 (006)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.77 13 1.09 Freq(%) 8 (62%) 1 (13%) 3 (20%) 3 (38%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
3. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (38%)
4. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (7%) 1 (13%) 4 (31%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.77 13 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (50%) 4 (36%) 7 (47%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (31%) 4 (36%) 1 (13%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%)
8. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 11 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (13%) 4 (36%) 3 (38%)
9. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 10 (67%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 6 (46%) 10 (67%)
11. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (29%) 4 (67%)
12. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He wasn't as much a part of the class as his TA's were.
Very enthusiastic about material and a great presenter.
Used very big words, have so much knowledge that is sometimes hard to follow. But very good, cares about its students.
very good teacher full of information who realluy knows how to pack the lectures
He is very knowledgeable and quite humorous.
Lectures were hard to pay attention to. Very boring.
Very knowledgeable.
okay because he knew the subject very well and was very enthusiastic.
Perkinson is a really amazing professor! He always stimulates the class by asking questions and many times he asks our opinions. He has even asked how an issue effects us and that shows that he is really interested not just in the teaching the course but also about his students.
passionate about the subject thus showing in his lectures.
Knows his stuff.
Very Professional
Professor Perkinsons is a very knowledgeable teacher in his field and has communicated well through some aspiring students. But from my point of view it was very hard to understand lecture sometimes. It's either i didn't understand or partially understood. This professor didn't have a set agenda and i didn't know what he would be discussing at most times. Power Point does help me in a visual case and i believe that it could help him communicate more effectively to students like me in the future.
very smart guy, but not very creative in class discussion.
Professor Perkinson is a really good professor. I didn't think that someone could talk straight for like almost an hour, but he does it easily.
i dont like politics and i still dont..
Keeps you entertained
He is a great teacher that is passionate about his profession! :)
Great job
very knowledgeable and insightful, I have learned a lot about the subject and really enjoyed the class
He knows what he is talking about and is very passionate.
It's very clear that Prof. Perkinson is very knowledgeable and passionate about American Studies.. it's contagious!
he is a knowledgeable teacher i just couldnt undrstand/follow the lectures sometimes.
Professor Robert Perkinson is extremely knowledgeable about his course. However, he teaches at such a high level that it is sometimes difficult to understand his lectures.
One of the best i've ever had.
Knows material, really encourages student input in class discussions. Emphasized a new view on American history, but at times the course material seemed bias. Not to say it wasn't accurate, just obviously leaning toward one side.
very knowledgeable
I really enjoyed this professor.
He knows what he's teaching and he's very enthusiastic about the course as well.
He talks a lot, and seems to know his stuff. His personality makes the class interesting, and he is thorough when he answers questions.
the instructor had a great attitude,was funny and very intresting. The instructor made students want to learn.
great class. Very informative but there is a lot of reading.
Professor Perkinson was as knowledgeable about the topic as he was passionate for it. He made it really easy to connect with the conversation and encouraged the class to engage as well. I hope all my lecture classes are this engaging.
seems like he knows the material very well. it may be tough just because its such a large amount of information
Professor Perkinson was one of my favorite classes to go to this semester. The issues that he brought up in class really got me thinking about my surrounds and how I view America and World. I Learned so much this semester that my mind is blown by the overall content.
The professor was very knowledgeable and shed a lot of light on historical and current issues, making the material very interesting. He was a good instructor, yet his style of teaching was reading off his own notes, and it would become confusing what notes were most important to write down or pay attention to. Also, he used language or terminology that at times I wouldn't be able to understand or was above the basic knowledge that most people hvae in the class about politics and economics.
that he was very knowledgeable about the course content and a great speaker.
good
okay.
a great instructor who opens the world in different views and enlightens his students
I think he was very well educated on the topics in his course but he gave out way too much reading for one class!
that he is very knowledgeable and takes history and teaching seriously, which is why I enjoyed this class.
He is a smart man who knows a lot about the topic. Overall good teacher.
Good. There are a lot of readings (a bit too many) and lectures are kind of hard to comprehend. He goes over everything pretty quickly and does not discuss the readings which I find that he should. I think he should also define the IDs a little more in depth than just briefly mentioning it. In return, the students will be more understanding of what he expects us to know on the test. The TA was good and engaged discussion. Her examples and videos were helpful as well as her reviews.
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.83 6 1.6 Freq(%) 2 (33%) 1 (10%) 2 (33%) 1 (17%) 3 (23%)
14. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked the one on one labs because of the ability to converse with classmates in a smaller setting. I also liked watching the more modern movies during lecture because a lot of movies that are presented in other classes are normally out of date, so up to date movies are important.
the discussions, movies
Lectures were fun as input from others was fun and he was full of facts
The talking of the economic crashes.
Section classes on Fridays with TA.
The movies.
I liked some of the books and articles that were assigned because it was different from the books and articles i read from high school. The class discussions were also good.
I like how the professor showed the other side to US history. Growing up in high school it was always "America is great" and we were taught more positive then negative and this class really shows the other side of really important issues that shaped our reputation around the world today. I understand now why some countries hate our guts.
Class discussions.
Class discussion
I enjoyed film screenings
learned a lot and learned both sides of what we learned which was a nice perspective
Professor Perkinson's way of teaching, lecturing instead of powerpoint slides really worked well in this specific course. In order to grasp like both sides of history and the present, using powerpoint presentations might have been excessive. His lectures gives out a ton of information and lecturing all of his information makes writing them down easier for the students. The movies in return of a class lecture were awesome, especially Winter Soldier. It changed my views on the way America works.
hopefully the fact that i passed
All the movies and visual pictures we had to see.
Financial Crisis
the aspect of slavery
the readings
The smaller class sizes on fridays helped individual discussion. Some of the readings were interesting but long.
Most of the readings were very eye-opening
I liked the Maus reading.
disscussion
The course material is intellectually engaging. It is a very interesting way to look at America's role in global politics.
Everything we studied.
I liked the discussion about present issues in today's world, the opportunity to debate these issues, and the extent of information we covered of all aspects of American History
Class discussions. A couple of the readings, texts, were great.
analysis of concepts from the readings
The lectures were very interesting, I loved the enthusiasm from the professor.
The Friday seminar sections.
Movie nights!
I loved the readings that were assigned and the discussions on the assigned readings.
Sitting through most of the lectures.
I liked the discussions because they caused me to think outside the box. I liked the fact that I could draw connections between the distant past and the present.
My favorite part of this course was the fact that we addressed all sides of any debate. If someone had a argument it could be heard.
The types of information and discussion presented, which were about topics throughout history and helped to explain how America is the way it is today.
I liked the class lectures.
lab
one word: everything
I liked his lectures because I learned a lot from them.
I liked when we learned about the overthrow of all the little countries. It really opened my eyes and that book, the Overthrow, I thought, was very interesting.
It cuts out of the bull shit we learned in highschool and brings forward fresh and new ideas.
Some of the readings that made you think about what really happened for example the "American Holocaust."
15. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
It was difficult to follow the lectures. They were slightly dispersed and all over the place. It may have been a little easier if you had put up an outline and stuck with it. or followed a powerpoint. Because he knew so much about the topic, and wants to share it all with us, it's difficult to follow what he is talking about. Also, when you sit in the back of the class, the board is difficult to read and the comments that people say are impossible to hear. Reiteration of the comments would be helpful.
I did not like the random short writing assignments that we would be assigned because there would be little to no warning about having to do them.
the reading and how the reading were not very used in the lecture so we couldn't draw connections
the readings
The slavery trade.
LECTURES WERE BORING AND NEVER ITNERESTED ME. A LOT OF READING!!!!!!!!!
The readings
There were too much readings and it didn't seem like a duable amount for a student to complete or could try to complete as much as they can. There should be more books like Maus.
There was a lot of reading and with 6 courses it was extremely hard to keep up with everything.
sometimes am overwhelmed with the amount of reading given even compared to some of my other courses. i like the lecture aspect of the course because it shows various view points but being required to speak about a topic i am not strong in makes it hard to earn those points if i dont have much to say.
Too much reading and a lot of ID's.
Undecided.
I didn't like having many readings. I know that it's college but I also have other courses that have readings and throughout the semester it proved difficult to read all material.
LOTS of reading. Reading is a good informational source, but not a good point to teach from without talking about it with us also. Teaching is done by the teacher, not just by the book. I dont find it helpful to hear "Go read this book and ill quiz you on it." Thats not an effective way of learning. We can read books without paying thousands of dollars to go to UH, we pay to be taught.
Probably the end of his lectures when he opens questions up for discussion. For me, sometimes I feel that the questions that he asks are too lengthy and I get lost within the question. Silence fills the room as he looks around the class for someone to raise their hand. It scared me.
all the hippies
All the books I had to buy.
So much readings!
The inheritance of loss
Reading intensive.
2 papers
The long articles, and The Loss of Inheritance
lecture
The book, "the inheritance of loss"
Sometimes I had a hard time typing together the course material (books) and the main themes we were talking about in class lectures. Maybe a detailed instruction about the main themes and how they incorporate in the material would ahve been helpful
The amount of reading. Too much to fast. Hard to focus and analyze course topics because of the hectic reading schedule.
written submissions from in class
I did not love the 900 word essays.
The amount of reading we had to do.
The lectures.
NOTHING
Too much reading. The Inheritance of Loss.
What I liked least about the class has more to do with the class/students rather than the material and the professor. I believe that there was a lot of side conversations and text messaging going on that distracted me from getting the full dept of the topic.
the majority of it. other than attendance there was no reason to attend lectures. what he talked about was almost irrelevent to the tests. way to much reading. it is humanly impossible to complete all of it. this isnt our only class
My least favorite part of this course was the amount of reading and speed of the lectures. There was so much reading for each week that it was hard to stay on topic all the time. Then when i would go to take notes by the time I wrote down what the professor said I missed 5 points on his lecture already.
The amount of reading was far above what should be required for a 100 level core class that most people just need to graduate, not necessarily be a preparation for a major. I am an A student, yet it was impossible to keep up with the amount of reading he assigned.
There wasn't really anything that I disliked. The midterm was a little difficult to complete because there was so much writing and content to cover in such a short time.
the amount of readings
homework assignments, the reading, i would rather have more writing tied into the reading.
nothing
The papers we had to write were very hard for me and I felt like not a lot of information was given out on how to write them.
The only thing I didn't enjoy were the online readings. Sometimes it was hard for me to get on to the internet to do the reading assignments.
The lectures were a little hard to follow.
There were too many readings that at some points I wondered what was the point in reading some. All those readings made me feel that the discussion was all over the place and fitting the information together seemed overwhelming. T
16. My overall evaluation of this course is...
The content was very enlightening. Thank you for bringing up some of the "hidden" history of the US.
The course is good. There is a lot of relevant and interesting information about a wide variety of American culture/history/aspects.
good course, maybe a little bit too intense for 100 level course
EXCELLENT
The course can give people a broad understanding of the world.
Don't take it.
To much reading.
I really liked this course because it made me see the other perspective of American history rather than what i normally knew from high school. I think the instructor had high expectations of the students but it motivated me to try harder and write my essays better.
Interesting subject, though it should come with a disclaimer: The views presented in AMST 150 are those of the professor and do not necessarily represent the views of Americans, The State of Hawaii, or The University of Hawaii.
This is a really cool course! I would definitely recommend this class!
not my favorite class but can be interesting to think about.
I liked it because I got a lot out of it.
Very informative.
Informative course, but new course lecture layout is needed.
I learned a lot but some of the information isn't retained. There was too much information to retain for me, anyways. But overall, this course was really interesting and involved a lot of critical thinking and getting history facts straight. I thought that I was a big history geek in high school, but my knowledge doesn't even come up to par with the rest of the American Studies students. I liked this course because you really have to think about what is happening with the world and what happened then.
i liked its new perspective on history..
Great course.
Great course!
it was a good course
great course
Liked it from the beginning to end.
Glad i took it!
okay
This course has inspired me to major in American Studies. I really like the material we are learning!
One of the best courses i've ever taken. It should be a core requirement.
very good course with good information, and good instructor
7.5/10
very informative, and enjoyable lectures
Very good.
It was a fun and interactive learning experience.
Good course. Lots of information, but not accurately described in the course description. Was not what I expected.
AMAZING!!!!!!
A-
Overall, I really enjoyed this class. I followed the topics easily and clearly saw the cause and effect of certain events. Professor Perkinson was articulate and knew how to relay the material effectively.
i didnt really like it because of the lectures and the reading but the material was fairly interesting.
It was a very good course I would and have recommended it to my friends interested in the way America does "business".
Good. Too much reading, could have been more focused assignments to help us realize the main points of the course instead of trying to find those main points within hundreds of pages of reading.
that I greatly enjoyed taking this course. It was very interesting and enlightening.
it could be more challenging
one of my favorite courses, i look forward to every lecture class
Very interesting course. Opened my eyes to history in a whole different perspective than what I've learned in the past.
that is was a very good and interesting course.
It is one of the most interesting history classes i ever had.
Good. The information it presented was powerful and I'm glad I was exposed to such readings and situations in the world. The lectures were ok, explanation could be more pronounced on what is the main purpose of giving all examples and the readings. Labs were good for clarification. Papers and tests are ok. The main problem was trying to figure out what direction the test would be geared toward. Everything relates to each other which is good, however, the vagueness of it makes one uneasy about studying.

Robert Perkinson: AMST640, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 640 - Writing for Publication Crn (Section): 77508 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
3. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
4. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
8. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
9. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
11. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
12. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He has the knowledge and insights that would help the students for accomplishing their goals. He is enthusiastic about each student's research. Therefore, he is easy to talk to, and he always gives us good and critical opinions about what we are doing.
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
14. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I could learn to do a research through a systematic way, which I could not learn from any other courses before.
15. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I needed a more concrete topic for the class paper to start this course. It might have been better to have a time before the beginning of the class where you can talk to the instructor about the topic of one's interest, so that we can know it is workable in the class or not.
16. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I generally enjoyed the course. If I can take this course again, I would do so. It is a unique course that provides graduate students to deeply think about their academic interests.