eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Nicholas Gibson

Available Survey Results

SOC401, Spring 2013
SOC218, Fall 2012
SOC336, Fall 2012
SOC431, Fall 2012
SOC313, Summer II 2012
SOC478, Summer II 2012
SOC336, Summer I 2012
SOC218, Spring 2012
SOC336, Spring 2012
SOC401, Spring 2012
SOC214, Fall 2011
SOC336, Fall 2011
SOC478, Fall 2011
SOC333, Spring 2011

Nicholas Gibson: SOC401, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 401 - Analysis in Urban Sociology Crn (Section): 82522 (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  
3.69 17 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%) 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  
1.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%)
3. 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%) 16 (94%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.88 17 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
7. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 15 (88%)
8. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
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%)
9. I developed a set of overall values in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
10. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
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%)
11. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
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%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The final paper/ project
The discussions and presentations for the class.
I loved the discussions part, Mr. Gibson has changed the class atmosphere and made it less formal which encourages students to participate more actively without any pressure.
The conversations/discussions on the material
group presentations
the fact that urban sociology play a huge role in our society and the world we live in. we as human being have the right to our space but it does not mean that we should abuse this right. People should and could share this urban space with love and passion for each and everyone of us.
The presentations and group projects were fun.
I really enjoyed class discussions. I also enjoyed the group presentations. they are fun
In class discussion about the readings. I learned a new way of thinking that others provided. I also enjoyed learning how to conduct an ethnography, which I will use in my career as an architect/urban planner.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
A lot of writing for a non WI course
I loved also the documentary movies played during the class, which has provided me with additional knowledge about the real world.
reading notes/summary papers
n/a
I tried my hardest to find a part that I dislike but could not find any.
Having to read a very hard to read book. Too much information and articles at a too fast rate.
n/a
14. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
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%)
15. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
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%)
16. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and 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%)
17. The instructor treated students fairly.
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%)
18. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
19. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
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%)
20. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
21. In general, the course was well organized.
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%)
22. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
23. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Lighten up on the weekly assignment workload, or spread it out more.
I think maybe it will be better if he can reduced the readings...
Get rid of the group work and make it an individual project with less expected because its not a group project (not much but less).
I believe this could have been a writing intensive course. There was a significant amount of reading each week that made it somewhat difficult to keep up with for the designated class meetings each week.
The only improve that Professor Gibson needs is to have more students from ever major to take his class to see urban sociology play a huge part of our live.
Keeping up with the readings and doing summaries for them each week was a little hard to do. Maybe you should lessen them.
Give less readings for a weeks time
n/a
24. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
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%)
25. Assignments are returned promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 17 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
26. The exams gave students an opportunity to demonstrate what they had learned.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
27. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
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%)
28. Other comments:
My concern is that the University of Hawaii students that don't take his class will miss a great deal of lives journey to the human aspect of the study of people communication and the motivation of pride to live in the beautiful world of ours.
Thank you for being a great instructor. It was a pleasure being in your class.

Nicholas Gibson: SOC218, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 218 - Intro to Social Problems Crn (Section): 73714 (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  
2.29 14 0.73 Freq(%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%) 0 (0%) 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  
1.25 14 0.45 Freq(%) 9 (64%) 3 (21%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
9. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 14 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 5 (36%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning about the various social problems that America faces. I had no idea such problems occurred on the home front.
Being able to see differing views of the same issue.
I think when we focused on Politics and Media was the most valuable because this year was an election year and for some of us it was the first presidential that we were finally eligible to participate in. So being able to understand the what was going on around us was useful. Being able to see how greatly politics is influenced by media.
The reading we did for homework.
The information and access to Nick, who was very intelligent and capable. He had plenty of useful suggestions and resources to which he linked me. The course was sincere, serious and realistic and the understanding i accrued has enlarged my understanding of the human legacy.
I would consider everything learned from the course valuable, as it was all interesting and very relevant to today's society and my own life.
I liked how there were weekly discussions and that it would sometimes be group work, it really made going to class fun
I was able to grasp many things that I didn't understand before and better enhance my knowledge of social problems in the real world. It has greatly increased my awareness in the world.
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 8 (57%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
14. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 14 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 5 (36%) 4 (29%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
16. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
no suggestions. good as is.
Better feedback for the writing.
I thought he did an excellent job. I am not usually a fan of group work but maybe it is better for this class. It becomes less intimidating when we share opinions in smaller groups.
Try to involve his students more. Majority of students are shy, so group work and discussions help us get moe comfortable with the course material.
Less groupwork- we pay to have the educated, specialized professor/grad student teach us novel information and perspectives- i for one think that other students often have little of worth to offer and would prefer lectures by a competent teacher (like nick) to discussing concepts pupils have a shallow , mis-understanding of.
I thought he did everything well.
It was excellent. Wouldn't change a thing.
17. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
18. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 3 (21%) 7 (50%)
19. My overall evaluation of this course is...
course is good. makes students look at things in a different way. exposed students to the different challenges that America faces. introduced us to how policies work. showed us how claims are made and maintain popularity.
... A positive one. I really enjoyed this course and would love take another course offered by Nick.
Great course that makes you think at your own level, and gives the students the option to comment on various social problems through essays and share own opinions.
out of 10 i would give this course and 8... in academic terms that translates to a B, which is not what i intend. I'm extremely critical and in my criteria of judgment, 8/10 is more like an A... a 9 would be an A+ and and 10 is for all practical purposes unattainable. i have yet to meet a teacher who astounds and mystifies me so much as to warrant a "10". so good job nick, you are very capable.
It was a fun and interesting course.
I really liked this course, I thought that he did a great job in leading discussions and really making us think about the different types of social problems.
Superb. I took this class because I heard a lot of good things about Gibson. I don't even need this credit but was interested in learning something new.
20. Other comments:
nothing else to add. thanks for a great semester. :)
I enjoyed the discussions!
N/A.

Nicholas Gibson: SOC336, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 336 - Deviant Behav & Social Control Crn (Section): 75002 (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  
3.1 52 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 10 (19%) 27 (52%) 15 (29%) 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  
1.55 52 0.5 Freq(%) 23 (44%) 28 (54%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 52 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 12 (23%) 39 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 52 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 14 (27%) 36 (69%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 52 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 15 (29%) 34 (65%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 52 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 4 (8%) 12 (23%) 34 (65%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 52 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 12 (23%) 32 (62%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 52 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (6%) 6 (12%) 12 (23%) 31 (60%)
9. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 52 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (17%) 18 (35%) 25 (48%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The lectured
learning about the gender differences in deviances. i am a psychology major so a lot of the stuff was relatable.
I enjoyed having all our assignments submitted online. It helped me stay organized.
The lectures the videos and the power points. But I must say the lectures and just the interaction with him and the students was by far the best thing in that class.
many of the class lectures and movie provided more than enough insight on the lessons being taught and gave a depper understanding of the course.
eveything
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The class was super interesting overall. Gibson knows his stuff and really engages the class with interesting topics. He is young and fresh and knows how to relate. I really liked him and I learned a lot.
Learning things that are helpful outside of school.
The theories of how people approach different situations.
The films were great.
The way he talked about his experiences and the course was very interesting. His knowledge of the course made it very valuable.
point point slides were helpful to understanding the content of the book
Discussions and Quizzes.
I really liked how he discussed a lot of very different and sometimes controversial topics. He wasn't afraid to talk about things that people often times try to ignore because they are controversial. They are necessary to understand different peoples' points of view.
I think the slide presentations were well thought out and beneficial to help aid the lecture at hand.
I really enjoyed his connections to gay rights and his attitude coming into class. He stimulated conversations very well and made it seem like a coffee shop conversation.
The slide shows with the facts and figures as well as the required reading
how he engaged us as a class, it wasnt just us getting talked at for the entire time
made it fun
The documentaries that we were shown.
Everything. He is a great instructor.
Learning about different theories
The most valuable aspect of this course was thinking about deviance in a new way. There are many misconceptions about deviants and deviant behavior, so this course uncovers a different perspective to look at it more objectively.
Th fact that this class was interesting and fun made the class better then it was, it was good to switch the schedule around so its not the same stuff everyday
The lessons about social deviance taught me a lot.
Getting a deeper understanding about what Sociology is all about, and how it is applied on a day- to-day basis
I found that the supplementary material was very valuable in retaining the information/concepts learned in lectures. I learned alot from the videos and readings we were provided with. It helped with understanding what we were learning in class sessions for that particular week.
I think the way Professor Gibson structured the class where is was a discussion, was a great way to do so. I liked to hear what students had to say and I think it's great that we reached a lot of ideas ourselves, with the help of Gibson. He was a great teacher, knowledgeable and passionate about the things discussed. Also in the students.
All aspects taught were valuable.
I think the way the class was set up, with a porous boundary between formal and casual makes it easier to ask questions and express my opinions in class.
The films that Professor Gibson used in class were very informative and helped to connect what was in the readings to other real life occurrences.
the quizzes were the most valuable out of all
the in class activities
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 52 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 14 (27%) 37 (71%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 52 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 13 (25%) 36 (69%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 52 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 11 (21%) 39 (75%)
14. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 52 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 14 (27%) 11 (21%) 24 (46%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 52 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (6%) 16 (31%) 32 (62%)
16. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
He's great!
nothing he got me into really liking sociology and taking another class drugs in society next semester.
n/a
Nothing he is great
he did good
most in class ativities
Giving assignments back in a reasonable time. He wasn't bad about it necessary, but its nice to know the grades within a couple weeks.
More student based not just lectures.
Make it more thought provoking and keep students engaged better. There was never really room for thinking of new ideas and expanding my knowledge outside of the reading and films.
Make the final different next time.
He should help his students engage in conversation during class. No one participates in class because the topics we talk about aren't that interesting and we cannot relate to some of them.
Great the way he is
Maybe a smaller class size because he is a very good teacher and I feel like the whole class wasn't able to contribute due to the number of students. Professor Gibson was a very good teacher and he could help more kids by focusing on those who want to contribute to his class.
Since many of the lectures seemed to have an almost "discussion-like" manner, maybe a smaller lecture to promote student involvement in the discussions would be nice. Or to regulate the noise level for the students sitting in the back.
I liked his teaching style so, I wouldn't know how to make improvements.
Ten sources for a two page paper is a lot. I could have written a book for my midterm and felt like I couldn't produce as good of quality because it would take up too much room. I think limiting the source list to 5-7 would produce higher quality papers with more flow and better explanations.
i think he is one of the best teachers i have had in college, keep doing what hes doing
everything was good i thought
Better organization, more challenging work.
He already does a great job so I am not sure what else he could do.
recommend quizzes
I believe the instructor can improve his teaching is through his Powerpoint presentations. He tends to go through the slides quickly so it is difficult to get all the information down while trying to engage in a class discussion. Something I would suggest is for the instructor to either post his Powerpoint online so that students can refer back to what they missed, or to spread out his lectures so that the students can follow along at a more comfortable pace. Another way the instructor can improve his teaching is through modifying his essay requirements. The length of the paper is approachable, but I feel the minimum amount of required resources should be reduced slightly, perhaps to seven sources instead of ten. I understand it is difficult to write a good paper unless you have information from multiple credible resources, but I feel that for the length of the paper, ten sources are too much. Thank you.
N/A
Sending out powerpoints over email.
Although this is not necessarily something that Nick has direct control over, I found the students in the back of the classroom very distracting at times.
Professor Gibson is an excellent instructor and I loved the way he ran his course, especially with the tests/quizzes being available to us online. It's so much more convenient and less stressful when I'm able to take a test online versus being a nervous wreck in class with the rest of the students around me. With online tests and quizzes, I was able to work at my own pace and not worry about when other students were finishing. Personally, I get easily intimidated in test situations. I wouldn't change anything about the way Professor Gibson teaches the course.
No comment
I like that he tries to implement in-class discussion; however, since it is such a huge class it is not very effective. This class would be much better if it was a smaller class in a seminar setting. Students are disrespectful during class, having their own side conversations which distracts the other students who actually want to learn. Please reconsider class size and keep the students in check.
I think the current set up worked well for me.
As far as the midterm goes, it would help to have a hard copy with written feedback returned to us just to see what we did right or did wrong.
i felt he did a great job in teaching the course and there is no need for improvement
more projects involving groups , make everyone get to know each other
17. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.49 52 0.81 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 4 (8%) 14 (27%) 32 (62%)
18. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 52 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (13%) 14 (27%) 30 (58%)
19. My overall evaluation of this course is...
great!! i would definitely recommend or retake if i could
Great!
He's a great professor and a great guy, he makes class interesting and makes me want to come everyday.
A
really fun teacher
Really good:)
Learned a lot.
It was just another sociology course, I felt the information was good, but the same as what we had to read.
I enjoyed the class and would recommend Nicholas Gibson to other students.
I liked this course but I didn't like how the midterm and final were papers we had to write. I don't like writing papers.
Really enjoyed the class
It was an fun class for deviant behavior where people in society do things that are considered deviant.
Solid course, interesting, not super difficult but not a walk in the park either. Very happy with the teacher and the knowledge I walked away with.
Very interesting course, makes us think about the things we usually ignore in society or take for granted.
I liked the class! It was fun and going to class was almost like going to hang out with a friend. He's very genuine in his discussion making him very easy to listen to. There were times where he let out a swear or two, but I feel like that makes discussion more easy if both parties can just talk freely without filtering too much.
He's a very good lecturer and did a great job.
the class was awesome, i learned a lot and had fun doing it
fun class i would definitely recommend to others
Great foundation and the makings of a great class/great instructor. I just feel as though he needs to develop as a teacher more.
Excellent. I would recommend any course taught by Nick Gibson to anyone. He is a great instructor.
Great
This course was very interesting, and I would be willing to take a course like this again. It challenged common misconceptions and encouraged students to see deviance in a more objective perspective.
Great course! very fun!
I recommend this course to other students.
GREAT class. Very interesting and applicable to daily life. Additionally, Nick is a terrific instructor that is very down-to-earth.
Awesome! I gained alot of knowledge regarding the course's topics... Alot of which I had no idea about prior to taking the class. There were great, controversial topics and I found it to be very interesting. I would definitely recommend this course to other fellow peers who share in the same major as myself.
I like the course, I thought it was very interesting. I like the discussion aspect.
This was an awesome course. This course is worth taking. Nick engaged all of his students and made us think outside of the box.
A great class. Good content, great professor, but too many students who don't care too learn.
I give this course an A because it makes us practice our critical thinking skills, which is something necessary for living in the real world. It also gives students an place to share their opinions without feeling like they're going to be attacked for it.
I think the course material is very interesting and Professor Gibson made sure to convey that. His lectures were always easy to understand and connect with.
Good class for soc majors
i liked it alot and learned alot from the course
great teacher , good class , easy to understand
20. Other comments:
hopefully you find out the people who are stealing from the department sad Professor Gibson works so hard and is such a awesome guy for something bad like this to get his work stolen that was on school computers.
nope
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Fair grading.
I didn't like how you were so strong in your personal opinions. You talked about different classes and races with disrespect and it came off as arrogant the way you talked about some things especially when it comes to politics. Your views seemed obstructed by the ability to not see the other point of view which was hard to listen to. Although your passionate you should sometimes watch what you say because although you're a teacher it doesn't mean your way is the right way and that's it.
I highly recommend taking this class for anyone taking criminology.
Keep up the good work. Hopefully, you won't get robbed too soon. Perhaps you should do some research on the whole incident.
I said that he did not treat students fairly because of his policy regarding talking during instruction. He doesn't stop side conversations because it is "his job to keep your attention and if you are having a conversation he isn't doing his job." No, it is his job to teach, not entertain or keep attention. Because people decide to have conversations in class, I am not able to hear everything and therefore I am not being treated fairly as a paying customer of the school.
This is the second course that I took from him and just like the first one, he did an excellent job.
Nick is awesome!
would highly recommended this class

Nicholas Gibson: SOC431, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 431 - Criminology/Juvenile Delinqncy Crn (Section): 77794 (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  
3.67 21 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (33%) 14 (67%) 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  
1.65 21 0.49 Freq(%) 7 (33%) 13 (62%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 21 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 18 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (14%) 17 (81%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 21 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (90%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 21 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 3 (14%) 16 (76%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 21 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (19%) 16 (76%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 21 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (38%) 13 (62%)
9. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 21 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 11 (52%) 9 (43%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I enjoyed the presentations given by the other students and felt as though it was extremely helpful when discussing the topic to go into a circle and openly discuss with the entire class after each presentation. We were also able to share personal stories to related to the books which I thought was also a valuable part of this course because the class became a community in a way.
The discussions in class were very interesting and insightful.
The presentations and discussions.
The conversations about reading material.
discussions and papers help with critical thinking skills
Class Discussions
The best aspect of the course was that after each lesson we would circle up and discuss our opinions together. This was very good because everyone got to express their point of view on each topic.
The discussions were a great
I thought that the aspects that were the most valuable were when we discovered many aspects of juvenile delinquency that affect people with different SES, races, sexes, or other aspects of their life that institutionalizes.
Class discussions
I enjoy having discussions after the powerpoint presentations.
I quite enjoyed the discussions. They were very interesting.
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 21 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (29%) 15 (71%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 21 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 18 (86%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 21 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (90%)
14. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 21 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 4 (19%) 15 (71%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 21 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (29%) 15 (71%)
16. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think that he did a very good job teaching this course. I have taken a class from him before and he has improved greatly since then. If there was a little more structure to the analytial essays we did, it would have been easier to write them instead of having the subjects be so broad.
No improvements needed.
Perhaps decrease the number of student allowed for this type of course. I felt that many of the students were not interested in the readings, manly because of the lack of incentive. Perhaps implement quizzes in addition to discussions.
he cant
can't think of any areas of improvement
Overall he is a very good teacher and I enjoyed taking this course. The only improvement I can think of is when I emailed him he would take a long time to respond. However other than that he is a very excellent teacher.
I didn't like the student ran power points. The students just seemed to read from the power points. I enjoy it more when Nick is more involved. In one of his other courses he had discussion during his power points, which I find to be more enjoyable and interesting.
He was awesome! I just think that I'd rather hear lectures from him, than a student discussing their chapter of the text that they were assigned.
Better explanations in the syllabus for assignments/papers
None
Maybe a little less focus on presentations. When there are presentations like this, students tend to only read the chapter they're assigned - which is perhaps better than not reading any chapter at all - however the presentations took up an incredibly large chunk of the semester, more than the presentations for the O course that I took. For most of the semester, I felt like I WAS taking an O course instead of a WI. I'd forgotten about it. And then suddenly a 15 page paper is slapped into the end just because, "oh yeah! This is supposed to be a WI course." I'm not so sure about the requirements for WI courses, but maybe instead of (or along with) a presentation, the students could write a bunch of little response papers on the chapters and the final paper in the end doesn't have to be quite so long, and quite so much of a surprise. Regardless, I also think there should be explanation and discussion about the final research paper much, MUCH earlier in the semester. Deciding topics for a 15 page paper the week before school is over (and every other class has a million assignments already due as well) is cutting it really close. As the teacher, you have to FORCE students to do it - have students figure out their topics maybe the class after the second paper is due. I think you have a very good understanding of the way students think - while students still won't likely start on the actual paper until the week before, if you make them pick a topic earlier you've at least had them do something with it, and starting something is always the hardest part.
17. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (24%) 16 (76%)
18. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 21 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (29%) 3 (14%) 11 (52%)
19. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Great course! I will definitely be taking another from Mr.Gibson if I get the chance. The content was extremely interesting and I think that I learned a great amount.
A great course, very interesting.
a very good class.
BEAUTIFULLY TAUGHT COURSE!
I really enjoyed this course with Professor Gibson! He was always willing to answer my questions and always made time for his students. He also created a comfortable and positive atmosphere that was easy to have class discussions.I was able to voice my opinions and personal stories in class discussions, which almost never happens in other classes.
good class
Really enjoyed this course
This is a very interesting course and I have learned a lot. It is very good class because there are daily discussions amongst the entire class which helps to better understand each topic.
A-. He did a great job of explaining and connecting the material to the real world and to sociology. I particularly enjoyed the discussions.
GREAT! : )
I liked it, I would take it again
I really enjoy taking his class because he makes students to think critically about the class materials. I thought it was a good idea to have powerpoint presentations from each student instead of having professor's lecture. Students can deeply be involved in the class and can assist questions each other.
Good! I would take it again.
20. Other comments:
Free food should be distributed during class lectures...
There should be more professors like Mr. Gibson! I wish I could have taken more classes with him.
n/a
Awesome teacher, you guys should raise his pay :)

Nicholas Gibson: SOC313, Summer II 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 313 - Survey of Sociology of Work Crn (Section): 92080 (701)    
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  
4.14 7 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
9. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
11. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The relatable discussion to our real life. The videos were decent. I liked most of the activities
Just the subject itself is very valuable. The textbook and Powerpoints were very helpful.
Class discussions
gender roles in the work place and the different types and meanings of work
The incorporation of videos and online quizzes accommodated students' busy schedules, especially during the condensed summer school sessions. These assignments also required students to engage the material and reflect upon what was discussed. Presentations were straightforward and covered the information succinctly without missing any key concepts or theories.
The course evolves around work - something that all of us have, or will experience.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Powerpoint and book were not my favorite.
n/a
Everything was valuable.
14. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
15. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
17. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%)
18. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Maybe just follow through with deadlines more. Some assignments were assigned and then we didnt do anything with it
n/a
Continue to keep lesson plans fluid so to match the dynamic of each class full of students.
No improvements needed.
20. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
21. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
22. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Id recommend this course. It was informative and great for anyone who has worked before.
It was great! Fair amount of work, very interesting and Nick was very helpful and used great examples.
A+ Great class and teacher
Nicholas Gibson is enthusiastic about the material being taught and always has a positive presence upon entering the classroom which makes his class enjoyable. The knowledge that he has about the topic which he teaches also makes the class worth taking. The course overall was enjoyable and I learned a lot
Good. Professor was able to cover material without boring the class and also include interesting visuals like TedTalk and news videos, a strategy that informs the class and still keeps students engaged.
Outstanding.
23. Other comments:
Nicholas Gibson is a superb lecturer.

Nicholas Gibson: SOC478, Summer II 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 478 - Analy in Field Rsch Methods Crn (Section): 92438 (701)    
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  
4.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%) 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  
2.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
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%) 2 (50%)
9. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I loved the book. The two papers were manageable, I liked the dynamic and hands on approach. Also the independence was nice as well.
Honestly, all of them. He is an excellent prof. and all the material is relevant and necessary.
Nick allowing us to work on our own time but guiding us was very helpful, especially this course. I liked that he had us read the book and apply it and not spend too much time in class reviewing what was already read. Research methods takes a lot of time and I appreciate him giving us class time.
Mr. Gibson respect and trust student's critical thinkings and ideas.
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
14. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 4 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
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%) 2 (50%)
16. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
More feedback on the paper
I don't believe he can. He has it down to a science....a social one! (bad joke but you get my point) He is extremely thorough, knowledgeable, helpful, and makes himself available and open for students.
n/a
None
17. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
18. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
19. My overall evaluation of this course is...
By far one of my favorite classes this session. Wouldn't change much.
Prof. Nick Gibson is a top quality educator. I had a very difficult session due to outside factors yet he continued to keep me interested and engaged in the material. His workload is fair and relevant to the course. I feel I've learned alot and will leave his course feeling much more confident and secure in my future pursuits. He is passionate about the material, Very knowledgeable, and undestanding as well. He displays compassion and understanding for his students. I was fortunate to have had him for three of my six classes this summer and would recommend him to anyone. He is a true asset to the University of Hawaii Manoa. I would feel lucky if I were able to learn under his tutelage again someday.
Really good approach to teaching research methods. It is a lot of work, but that is as expected with this course. I liked the way Nick went about conducting class.
20. Other comments:
Sadly I can't leave feedback for his 321 class but please assume that would contain the same remarks. A+ instructor. Excellent!

Nicholas Gibson: SOC336, Summer I 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 336 - Deviant Behav & Social Control Crn (Section): 92068 (601)    
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  
3.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%) 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  
1.25 8 0.46 Freq(%) 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 6 (75%)
6. Other comments:
first online class and enjoyed it
Very interesting course! Learned a lot in such a short amount of time!
My only critique is that it was frustrating that quizzes were not consistently posted at the same day and time every week. The text was very interesting and I would even choose to read it in my own time. A very good choice! The articles were interesting and enjoyable to read. The quizzes were challenging but it was nice that there was not a set time limit. Having the weekend to complete quizzes made me spend more time on them and really think about the questions and my answers, especially the essays! I was disappointed that grades were not posted in a more timely manor so I could see if I was completing the quizzes to fulfill the professor's expectations. Over all it was a great class!
I was worried about taking an online course, this was my first, and I didn't know if I would be able to keep up with it. The structure and goals of this course were well defined and helped me get through the course successfully.
There were times where I was lost on what was required for the week's assignments, but he would always email us after to tell us if he had a problem with laulima or uploading something and was very accommodating.

Nicholas Gibson: SOC218, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 218 - Intro to Social Problems Crn (Section): 89618 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 8 (53%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 6 (40%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.73 15 1.39 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 5 (33%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 15 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 9 (60%)
5. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 15 1.32 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 6 (40%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.73 15 1.16 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 6 (40%) 4 (27%)
7. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 6 (40%)
8. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Nich was easy to talk to
Going in to class to meet with the prof each week
There wasn't much. Maybe the video's he showed in class?
Online discussions and the use of laulima to email my assignments. Also, Nick was a nice guy. He was flexible and ready as willing to work with everyone.
He did a great job of relating everything to current issues
I appreciate Mr. gibson's realistic and balanced viewpoints of human nature and society as a whole His ability to admit his areas of personal bias based on experience/ environment and his demonstration of recognition and attempts to reevaluate those biases in order to be fair were a terrific example for students.
I find the videos in class really interesting. I'm a visual learner so I gain more knowledge from the relevant videos we watch in class. Reading response after each chapter is also helpful because I was able to provide my insights on my readings.
Learning about the social issues that exist in the world today.
9. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
Nothihng
Nothing
Gibson took forever to email back, he was never in his office during office hours, the material was boring and lacked a lot of relation to sociology.
Nothing.
I find the discussions on board not helpful because I feel like they're the same as my reading response
none.
10. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 5 (33%) 6 (40%)
11. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 1.18 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 10 (67%)
12. The instructor encourages constructive criticism.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
13. The instructor tailors this course to help many kinds of students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 15 1.47 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 7 (47%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.93 15 1.49 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 8 (53%)
15. The online course format allowed me to contribute to the discussion more readily than in a face-to-face format.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.93 15 1.49 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 8 (53%) 1 (7%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Everyone was always involved
The discussions
We only had to meet once a week.
Class Meetings once a week. It allowed me to enroll in other courses.
This course helped me to think outside the box. The readings we read each week exposed me to a lot of realities/events that are happening or had happened around the world. Information I retained each week were very interesting. It keeps me intrigue all the time.
In class discussion about the issues.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
nothing
The papers being due the next day after the discussions.
The professor and course work.
Organization of this course, discussion board
Nothing.
Class discussion were a little awkward at times. There were times I wasn't real sure what the questions being posed were. Maybe that's was my fault as I was trying to figure out where he was going and he was trying to not limit the direction of the discussion.
If possible I would just like to watch the videos. Discussions after watching the videos were unhelpful. It just gives an awkward atmosphere when no one speaks in class. Maybe it's better to just call on people so they'd speak up.
none
18. Other comments:
good job
Very poor class.
I would recommend Nick to other students. I thought he did a great job.
He was very intelligent and showed how there can be two sides to every argument. He was a great professor and I feel like I learned a lot from him
At the beginning of the semester, Gibson himself said that he has a feminist point of view. I have no problem with this, but he was very blatant in his favoritism among the female students, and did not treat people equally during class discussions. Perhaps he was trying to be ironic and teach the male students about sexism by reversing the sexism? If this was the case, he did not make it clear and often alienated the males out of discussions.

Nicholas Gibson: SOC336, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 336 - Deviant Behav & Social Control Crn (Section): 86601 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 45 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (16%) 38 (84%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 45 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (24%) 34 (76%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 45 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 9 (20%) 34 (76%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 43 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 7 (16%) 35 (81%)
5. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 45 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 12 (27%) 32 (71%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The extra videos, online links that were provided.
Nick made people comfortable and communicated what was expected clearly and articulately. I really like participating in the conversations/discussions and group activities.
I was able to see from different perspectives such as the LA gangs
thinking about different aspects of society and how deviance is perceived through race, gender, demographic, political, and education by applying different theories.
The class discussions were informative and interesting.
I really enjoyed the array of topics we covered in the course. I also enjoyed the class discussions, and the videos we watched that related to material.
Great understanding of Social Control was achieved
class discussions were most engaging and thoughtful.
Class discussions and the quizzes. The book was also great.
The class lectures extremely helpful with in-depth thinking.
I really enjoyed the discussions that were held during class
When we all spoke as a group
I enjoyed how we had class discussions on deviant topics and I also enjoyed how we would watch videos online in order to understand concepts better.
the discussions that were held in class on topics of deviance and social control were most interesting and insightful.
The class discussions when it felt organic and not forced.
learning the social deviance of society
At the beginning of this semester I decided to try taking sociology classes to see if I wanted to choose it as my major. After taking this class I have learned a lot and I now realize that I want to major in sociology. The most valuable aspect of this class is the class discussions we have. The professor allows the students to voice their opinions which make the class more interesting.
The power points and videos. Discussion was also helpful and interesting.
Discussions and examples of many types of behavior. The papers we had to do.
the ablitiy to deeply think through what goes on with human behavior
Great job bringing real world examples into the lectures.
Supplemental movies and clips, readings.
What was most valuable in the course are the detailed powerpoint slides.
Active discussions allowing us to actively explore, analyze, and conclude upon instances of social deviance.
I think the course was a little too easy. I wish we went over the material in depth. I'm hoping to take his Juvenile Delinquency course next semester. Hopefully we'll cover more material.
Class discussions of the reading material. It was very important to discuss multiple examples of the theories we were covering.
The course covered a wide range of topic. The book for the class was easy to read and the work load wasn't very difficult. I think the best part of the class was his interaction with students during the lecture. It made it more casual and easier to pay attention to.
The subject of deviant behavior is very interesting. The course allowed for critical thinking and entertaining discussions.
The discussion of the topics we were going over in the book and in the lecture.
Videos and discussions in class
The in class discussions along with his powerpoint lectures created a very unique learning experience. Hearing the statistics and theories from his lectures coupled with the various thoughts, ideas, and emotions from my fellow classmates was a perfect combination.
Personally, the most valuable aspects were about the different sociological theories because it helped me in my other sociology classes.
Thought provoking videos and discussions
The class discussions were the most valuable because it helped me to engage in learning and to really process and understand the topics that were being taught. Also, the text book with the articles really helped me to put the lessons into real world understanding rather than just regurgitating information.
I enjoyed the fact that he put everything on laulima. Not only does it save the department money but also the students as well. Knowing today's economy, it can get very pricy with buying computer paper and cartridges. Using laulima is very good way to communicate with the students and he uses the system well.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
n/a
n/a
Sometimes throughout our discussions, some were getting to into the topic, a little too personal. I don't think it's a wrong thing to speak your mind but sometimes it felt like it was a therapy session.
none.
The book, while interesting and needed for the quizzes, did not seem all that important for midterm/final.
N/A
the quizzes. we should have went over the answers after on tuesday. in class to make sure everyone was aware of what the correct answers were.
N/A
The quizzes
The one thing that I found to hinder the class and myself is that you didnt take attendance, too often. I enjoyed the layout of how you did the online quizes and essays. However, because they were all online and basicaally from the book, there was no need to come to class necessarily, because we could do the online quizes and essay from getting the information from the book and not always class and still beable to get good grades.
nothing
The quizzes.
I can not think of a unvaluable aspect of this class.
Probably all the note taking.
none
There was nothing that was the least valuable of this course.
None.
His lecturing style is wonderful. I really like how he discusses topics with the class.
I found all aspects valuable, but the least valuable would perhaps be the class activities and the papers (midterm and final).
I feel like the lectures contained a little too much statistical information. A lot of the sociable aspects of the topics seemed to be washed out.
none
None.
I was very interested in the course that I did not find anything to be of lesser value than another.
N/A
I felt like nothing was least valuable.
Sometimes the class discussions can get somewhat boring. I suggest more interaction in the class or use methods where it makes the class atmosphere fun for learning. Sometimes lecture classes can get boring.
8. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Many of the social theories I learned in class helped me to better explain and understand the social problems outside class frequently seen in society.
Nick Gibson's explanation of the concepts and theories.
I was able to see from different perspectives and analytically. I liked reading the case studies in the textbook.
researching for tests was a good way for me to learn on my own and apply the lessons and theories learned in class. the professor was also very helpful and open to our opinions.
Professor Gibson was very helpful and his lectures were most valuable.
The involvement with the students. Made people active and involved in a good way.
The in class movies helped provide a more in depth look at the theories we were examining.
Class discussions
Professor Gibson was always available; always willing to answer questions and provide help for students who needed it.
Lecture
lecture discussions
That Nick let the discussion go wherever it naturally went. It made us question our current beliefs.
I found the topics of this class to be the most helpful because they were interesting which kept my attention.
Power points, videos, and the readings.
The required text was really a good choice. The quizzes were also helpful in making us actually read the book.
Encouraging students to think about topics.
What I found most helpful about the course are the in-class discussions.
Isn't this the same question as number six?
The readings were very enlightening!
Class discussion.
teacher is friendly and enthusiastic about subject
This is the same question as #6....Look at my answer above.
He created an environment for one to feel comfortable speaking their mind and allowed a lot of conversation and discussion in the class that was very thought provoking.
It helped me understand a lot about criminal behavior and government
The way Nick's class is structured everything fits together to solidify the learning of the materials. His lectures provide the basis of learning, the class discussions help to process the information and the readings help apply it to the real world and help solidify understanding.
His lectures are very helpful when it came to taking the online quizzes as well as writing papers.
9. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
n/a
n/a
it wasn't helpful when the teacher said he'd post up a quiz online but didn't do so at times.
... the book? I already pretty much covered this.
N/A
Although it was nice to not take an actual test for the midterm, i felt that writing a paper in place of one was not sufficient in conveying the material that we went over in class. It almost made going to class irrelevant and unimportant.
N/A
nothing
The movies
readings and the online quizzes
N/A
N/A.
none
I found nothing that was least valuable and helpful.
There was no food!
Papers.
none
This is the same question as #7....Look at my answer above.
N/A
Everything helped the learning process and without one, everything else would be pointless.
The only thing I found least valuable and helpful about the course was that it got boring sometimes.
10. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 45 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (22%) 35 (78%)
11. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 43 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 6 (14%) 36 (84%)
12. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 45 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (11%) 40 (89%)
13. The instructor was willing to help.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 45 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (13%) 39 (87%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.78 45 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (22%) 35 (78%)
15. The exams concentrated on reasoning and applying concepts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 45 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 13 (29%) 30 (67%)
16. Other comments:
Great instructor, knowledgeable, down-to-earth and was open to criticism.
there were no exams, only quizzes and papers
professor gibson is probably the coolest teacher i've ever had in college. i love taking his class and learning from him. i enjoyed the fact that he is very open to opinions and cares about his students in terms of learning the material and learning the essential, basic elements of deviance in society.
This class was interesting and fairly straightforward. Prof. Gibson did an admirable job.
great teacher with an extremely open mind and great way of communicating to the class. great guy.
I really enjoyed his SOC336 class. I plan to take another class with him next semester!
Very knowlegable.
Great job! You're one of the best SOC professors I've had so far here at UH-Manoa. Don't ever leave! You give a lot of good life examples which help us better understand the powerpoints.
Beautiful class... Great lecture!
I would definitely recommend this course and instructor to other students, both sociology and non-sociology majors. I would take this class again if I had the time.
Professor Gibson is an excellent teacher. Your critical thinking will be active and your thoughts, emotions, feelings, and/or ideas will be opened for contemplation and change.
What a great professor! One of my favorites through my 4 years at UH. I hope he continues to teach here for a long time.

Nicholas Gibson: SOC401, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 401 - Analysis in Urban Sociology Crn (Section): 82730 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
5. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
6. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
7. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Gibson demonstrates the objectives of the course in a way that is relatable and easily understood to any way of thinking. this course is very informative and very enjoyable. :)
I liked that he created a group environment in the second half of the class. It gave me experience in doing power point presentations.
he is amazing.
Lab time to work on presentations
8. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
the only thing i didn't really like about the course was the group work.. ): but the plus side to lack of group participation, Gibson is very understanding and accommodates to your needs and works with you to what benefits you and what you may lack. :)
Overall I found the course very pleasing.
everything he says is something worthy of remembering.
None
9. The instructor is permissive and flexible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
10. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
12. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
13. Other comments:
all in all, i enjoyed this class and would recommend Gibson to whoever that may take this class in the future or just recommend him as a professor in general. :)
None

Nicholas Gibson: SOC214, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 214 - Intro to Race & Ethnic Relatns Crn (Section): 79497 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 9 1.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
5. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
6. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
7. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
9. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
10. I participated actively in the small group sessions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 9 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%)
11. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 9 1.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%)
12. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 9 1.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%)
13. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The book was the source of most of the information on the subject.
The online quizes for the homework to complement the material covered
the most vulnerable aspect in this course was that by expressing my opinion, I might offend someone else in class. I got over that real quick. I learned that I have the right to express my opinion, and others should respect my opinion because I will respect theirs.
Learning about the different races and how it affects people and other around them. The subconscious mind doesn't think of what they do, and sometimes people just act. I have always been looked down upon for being not like everyone else, and have been threw a lot. this class has helped me see a different side, and help people end racism.
the multiples perspectives
I believe the most important aspect of this course was how it made me more aware of racism in our society today even on the media and how it can have such drastic effects on the society and between different ethnic groups.
14. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Powerpoints that covered only the information in the book. did not expand on the subject
none.
This class was very hands on, but i feel like the class was too small for us to be able to really get to TALK.
wasted time
Nothing was "least valuable"
15. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 9 1.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%)
16. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
17. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
18. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
19. The instructor encourages constructive criticism.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%)
20. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 1.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
21. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.56 9 1.42 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%)
22. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 9 1.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%)
23. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
He needs to improve his teaching skills by preparing the lecture materials
Set a syllabus and sticj to it. Instructors lead by example, if the instructor is disorganized and misses posting assignments, students will not take him seriously.
Quiz per chapter
I liked when we would have an assingment and we had to support evidence to why we thought it was some type of racist remark. Also having more debates on subject in class. I thought there was more of an opportunity to agrue that was not taken avantage of.
There is really nothing that he can do to improve this course as this is already a very interesting course. The videos that he showed were very good, and class was always interesting. Nick also does a good job in pulling everyone in the class and making sure that everyone can communicate how they feel about the issue of racism.
change up his power points, but he is a busy guy though, something to think about in the future after his PhD is done
More in-class activities
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.89 9 1.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%)
25. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 5 (56%) 3 (33%)
26. Other comments:
This class got cancelled so many times during this semester. I thought it was very unfair since we are paying the tuition to learn it... not just wasting our time.
Excellent class!
Nick is a wonderful teacher, and he does a very good job at what he does. Keep up the good work! Happy holidays.

Nicholas Gibson: SOC336, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 336 - Deviant Behav & Social Control Crn (Section): 75498 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 55 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (18%) 45 (82%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 54 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (6%) 14 (26%) 37 (69%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 55 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 2 (4%) 10 (18%) 42 (76%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 55 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (5%) 11 (20%) 41 (75%)
5. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 55 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 4 (7%) 15 (27%) 35 (64%)
6. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 54 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (6%) 12 (22%) 39 (72%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 55 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 13 (24%) 40 (73%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 55 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 5 (9%) 11 (20%) 37 (67%)
9. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 55 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 2 (4%) 16 (29%) 36 (65%)
10. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
I really enjoyed the way he made us think and discuss controversial subjects that forced you to consider where you stand on the topic.
The meaning of deviane
Learning about the different types of deviance that people commit. The theories that could explain people behaviors gave insight.
I liked the online quizes. They made sure you read and understood the chapters
I enjoyed reading, watching videos, and discussing about different concepts/ events/ news that demonstrated and applied all the theories learned in class.
you can be deviant with knowing it
I really liked watching videos relating to the topic at hand. It helped to exemplify the topic and gave me a more in depth understanding about the material.
I really enjoyed the text book that he chose. It gave insights into several different topics without becoming overwhelming.
I leared many interesting concepts that apply to everyday life and I feel I now have a greater understanding of the world.
Nic really knew what he was talking about so he was able to provide examples that the class could relate to. This encouraged the class to actively participate in class discussions.
The questioning and reassessing of why something is deviant.
That he gave everyone equal time
Online quizzes.
The professor's discussions.
I felt Dr. Gibson's lectures were helpful.
How media truly portrays drugs in society.
Discussion about current events.
This was such a great class. I loved that the professor would play music in the beginning so give the class a more relaxed feeling. I learned a lot from this course. The text book had a lot of good readings that helped me to understand our world today. The quizzes helped me to stay on top of the readings and think critically about our readings. The midterm was a good way for me to cognitively use the material learned and add it to my own life experiences and write about it.
Found out the different areas in which deviance can be found, felt that the course did a very good job of incorporating the sociological theories and the different types of deviance to try and explain them, group work allowed me to make new friends
instructor seems enthusiastic/interested about the course material and also teaching it to the students.
I think I found most valuable about the course was the paper we had to write for the midterm because it allows students to think critically about the course material and analysis other scholars works on what they have to say about the topic and to reflect on how things should be changed and what should be done differently in society. I think the lectures that he gives in class allows us to think differently about certain topics that we would not think about them that way before and we can have discussions about it with our friends and other classmates
This course helped me to better understand societal behaviors of deviance and was a very interesting course.
Nick was a very good professor and I enjoyed his class very much.
No particular view was stressed as the correct one. Students were encouraged to view topics from as many points of view as possible.
I really like how he was always willing to listen to different perspectives. He made it fun and interactive.
how the professor relates the class material to real world applications.
The most valuable and helpful part of the course was doing the quizzes online because it made students read the text. The text was interesting and straight to the point. It was easy to understand the concept and material.
I like how the videos linked well with each section we were covering.
Personal issues pertaining to social stigmas were clarified and reflected through material in the course.
Discussions where we explored the world and its 'deviance' from family violence to white collar crime to sexuality to gangs and police to internet deviance to all else.
The textbook
By making the assignments etc. online I felt as though I gained a better understanding not only because I had to read the book but also had to apply those concepts gone over in class etc.
There was a lot of time to do assignments and readings were well incorporated.
He gives us various ways to learn the material. We got good power points. Life related videos. True stories and he taught it very well.
the book was easy to comprehend and the readings were interesting
He IS AMAZING!
Reader
I thought to think for myself rather than what I have just heard might be right or wrong.
I think the videos were valuable. Even if this is so, i would have hoped that we could link what we watched with social deviance theory with what we have watched because it would have helped me understand theories better and help with the midterm.
Nick was very understanding and he helped me.
11. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
n/a
N/A
nothing
I'm not sure.
I did not find anything to be least valuable or helpful about the course.
Nothing
Just confusing, because I'm not to strong on the topic
Online power point slides
The course really should've been held with just 10-20 students. Class discussions ended up being confined to two or three students in the first 5 rows and even though I tried to contribute I was not allowed to most of the time.
I thought that the text for this course could have been more focused rather than discussing many different case examples of differing types of social deviance.
none of it.
its really hard to contact this educator. haha.
I found it all to be valuable to no comment.
Felt that the theories needed to be referenced more throughout the semester to help associate the different forms of deviance with the different theories more carefully. Felt that the group work was a little ridiculous since there were so many students. Felt that the overall goal to reach in the class was reached by the first week therefore I think their should be a bigger point then just deviance is everywhere and there are lots of levels of it
I did not find anything least valuable about this course
I felt like the discussions in class were frequently too simplistic... not intellectually stimulating.
Nothing. I felt that everything done in the class was helpful and valuable to me as a student.
I wish that he would have explained that we didnt need to write down what was on the powerpoints. I was trying too hard to write everything down I missed out on his important comments.
Online discussions are less valuable.
The powerpoint slides when by pretty fast. I quickly gave up on writing notes and decided to just listen to the lectures.
The least valuable and helpful part of the class was watching too many videos that it took away some discussion about materials. Also maybe try having some in-class quizzes to encourage more people to come to class or at least make students do a journal entry in class.
At times I wasn't able to copy all the lecture slides.
Good combination of resources for the course. i.e. films, documentaries, research, internet clips, visual aids.
Geez if I had to pick I'd say... nope, I can't. Even the TA's sessions were good.
There was too much discussion and students shared too many personal stories that weren't as relevant to the topic. I don't want to learn about other people's problems, unless it fits really well with the material. Too many personal testimonies seem redundant.
I think the way he taught our lessons made it helpful. He asked for our input and we had several class discussions.
nothing.. liked it all
:)
Na
Class discussions. They were engaging but I would have hoped for more clarification on how it linked to what we were learning. I learn things step by step and I felt quite lost.
12. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 55 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (7%) 14 (25%) 37 (67%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 55 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 7 (13%) 47 (85%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 55 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 11 (20%) 43 (78%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 54 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 15 (28%) 37 (69%)
16. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 55 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (7%) 10 (18%) 41 (75%)
17. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 55 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (5%) 11 (20%) 41 (75%)
18. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 54 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 2 (4%) 10 (19%) 41 (76%)
19. The instructor encourages constructive criticism.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 55 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (7%) 12 (22%) 39 (71%)
20. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 55 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 14 (25%) 39 (71%)
21. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 55 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 11 (20%) 42 (76%)
22. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 55 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (11%) 14 (25%) 35 (64%)
23. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 54 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (13%) 12 (22%) 35 (65%)
24. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 54 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 14 (26%) 38 (70%)
25. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 54 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 6 (11%) 14 (26%) 33 (61%)
26. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
The day we did the in class exercise was great because it got everyone involved. It might be beneficial to have another exercise like that in the course. Overall I can't say it needs any improvement as I feel like I have learned a great deal from this course.
The Powerpoints were helpful and informing I suppose, could talk or discuss more about the points in topics.
N/a
A little less lecturing and power points and more group interactions and activities. I really enjoyed the day journal assignment and getting together in groups to discuss our deviance of that day and why it was deviant.
I feel that he did a good job in conveying the subject matter, I especially enjoyed watching the films because they were very informational. The only thing I would suggest is more discussion but I think it is kindof hard to engage in discussion when you are in a lecture course with so many students.
Keep it the same.
Just continue to be him
Nick has to make sure that he doesn't just key in on a couple different people and that's it. Also Nick is a very opinionated person which is good, he tends to stray towards the liberal/feminist side of most sociological arguments and I think every once in a while he needs to check himself and at least present a second side to an argument, the way he challenges many people who are unused to thinking from a feminist perspective he should challenge himself sometimes to see/teach the conservative side too.
Dr. Gibson could improve the teaching of this course by instructing the course from a differing textbook. I enjoyed out focus on the Enron scandal.
More of the reading.
I really enjoyed it and can't really think of anything that could change.
Talk abuot the related theories more often, make a bigger point to the class
I think that some of the instructions for the quizes can be clearer because sometimes I did not understand the instructions myself even though I read it more than once and I think we should have more small group discussions because some people in the group might be shy to speak up or talk in a bigger group setting
The way discussions were approached in class was perhaps too broad. Consequently, the discussions tended to deal with rather simple or obvious concepts (e.g. is this deviant? what do you guys think?). I don't feel these questions are irrelevant, however, they tend to provoke a somewhat stagnant conversation incapable of delving deeply into more provocative concepts. Perhaps the discussions could improve if instead of asking whether or not something was deviant, rather the behavior, motivations, theoretical implications, etc. were the focus.
To improve the teaching of this course maybe he should limit the amount of videos and maybe do more group activities/discussions like the "upperclass/lowerclass" activity.
Maybe if we disscussed the readings more in class and went over those topics.
The daily sign in sheet isn't very efficient as it delays the start of class.
I think mr. Gibson is in a difficult position since the level of his students is varying, but I personally would have preferred something more challenging. Maybe this stems from the fact that I thought would be a lot more theoretical revolving, given the name of this course, around, for example, foucaultian concepts of governmentalism.
Watch less videos and do more lectures that require people to take notes. I felt like it was more of an online class because everything was done online. Some in-class assignment would be great.
Develop more interaction group activities in class.
Post quizes according to syllabus
I'm thinking.. it would be cool if he was a little more provocative (verbally) or controversial in getting students to speak out. But that's just me, Nick is an excellent teacher and I've been lucky to learn from him. And some people (myself included) are just the quiet type.
more in class activities
Speak more, don't let students take up too much time with their own stories.
I think the course was fine how it was.
i suggest doing the exercise we did the first few days of class again in the last few days of class (writing our most deviant act on a piece of paper)
:)
Na
I thought the teaching was flawless.
I felt like I was lost in your class. I would have hoped for more clarification on social deviant theories. That is the foundation and I felt that I lacked it.
Nothing he is doing a very good job.
27. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
^^^
More group activities. Or other activities similar to that of the "Day Log." I enjoyed applying concepts in my everyday life.
See question 26.
Perhaps have more films demonstrating problems and deviance in society as I found the ones that we watched to be very informational and they made me pay close attention as well as aware of problems I was not so knowledgable about before.
None needed.
Dr. Gibson and I share similar political views which seem to be liberal. However for individuals in the course with conservative views, Dr. Gibson seemed inclined to try to tell them an inverse perspective toward their views. That is not to say that he did not treat them fairly or respectfully but I feel that the course was skewed more toward a liberal perspective on issues we discussed and could have had a more balanced perspective on the views on these issues.
more discussion.
No suggestions. I enjoyed the class
Do not let your TA explain things, because they do not always do it better than you would
I think that we should have more small group discussions and activities in class because some people might not like speaking up in a bigger classroom setting to engage in discussions because their shy
find a better lecture hall- Crawford lecture hall too noisy
Consistency in getting quizzes posted when stated.
I think mr. Gibson at times made life a little too easy for himself by showing admittedly illustrative videos and other media presentations rather than performing his teaching. Secondly, I think he may have overestimated his own ability to grade quizzes and papers, cause the due dates and grades are hopelessly late. For example, the last students didn't get their midterm grades until the penultimate week of class. Skipping some of the quizzes may be a way around it.
Slow down when it comes to powerpoint notes.
As i mentioned, more in-class assignment or make it an online class. Nothing wrong with his style of teaching, it was more of the inappropriate style for in a in-class type of class. Online class would make this class perfect, but at least he did have a sign-in sheet.
N/A
Maybe more group activities would be beneficial
No suggestions.
No suggestions the class was great!!
:)
Na
I learn step by step and because I felt that I didn't understand the foundation enough, I was lost. what could help is maybe clarifying/linking the theories to the topic more often throughout the course.
28. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.66 53 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 14 (26%) 37 (70%)
29. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 52 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (8%) 14 (27%) 34 (65%)
30. Other comments:
Great class for major and non majors alike. Very glad I took this course and I would defiantly recommend this class and Professor Gibson to others.
I enjoyed this class: Nick is an expectional instructor who is passionate, interactive and very knowledgable of the course topics.
I really enjoyed the reader/book, and the discussions we had in class. This is a sociology class, therefore discussions is essential. I really liked his flexibility with changing tests, quizzes and other things to make it better for the students. Maybe it was the fact that he was a student as well as an instructor or have had past experiences, but the atmosphere in his class was very comfortable - especially since we talked about hard issues like drugs, abuses issues. He had his opinions and biases, but never shoved others opinions down their throats - he was understanding, open-minded and did his best to be fair. I recommend this instructor to other students.
N/A
N/A
Overall good course I learned alot, Nick had a lot of interesting points to get across and I feel that I am definatly more aware about what is going on in society and about the problems in society.
I absolutely loved Nic Gibson as a professor. His teaching methods and understanding of the material really helped me decide on sociology as a major.
Very good class and instructor.
Dr. Gibson is a great instructor and his passion for sociology and teaching is apparent.
Overall he was a great professor and I look forward to taking more classes from him in the future. :)
He was a great professor.
Interesting subject matter and obviously passionate and caring teacher.
This class was awesome! I loved the first in class discussion about what we think deviance is and what the most deviant thing we have done was. It was interesting to see what people have done in the class.
Great course. Great instructor with passion and knowledge.
Glad you're a sociology teacher! A dull one would've made things much harder.
Good idea to take attendance each class
Great teacher
fun class
Pie.
I know that there are many people to grade, but I would have hoped for feedback on my midterm. Its difficult to link social deviance theory with a topic.

Nicholas Gibson: SOC478, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 478 - Analy in Field Rsch Methods Crn (Section): 73331 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 13 (68%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
5. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 19 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 5 (26%) 10 (53%)
6. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
7. I developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 6 (32%) 11 (58%)
8. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (37%) 11 (58%)
9. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (42%) 11 (58%)
10. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
The mini quizes that helped us in writing our paper. He made it a lot easier to understand. The examples that he did in class. Took our papers and we talked about it, as to how to make it better.
The most valuable part of this course was learning to be open minded. This will help me not only in my career but in my life as well.
I liked that we did the project in sections, making it easier to complete.
Working on a research project the whole semester was great. It was taught at a pace where we could fully understand the methods of qualitative research.
The book
The most valuable and helpful aspects of the course were clear descriptions of what was expected per assignment and being able to be helped along the entire process of a research paper.
The small group activities because we were able to work as a team and share ideas.
Being able to actually go out and do fieldwork. I found it very enjoyable to not only construct a research project, but also to go through the process of collecting and analyzing our own data.
The actual going out on the field and conducting research.
11. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
Can't think of anything right now.
It's difficult to have an entire course based on one project without making some of the material redundant.
Everything was a great aspect to this course. Everything we did in class was relevant and there was no nonsense like some other classes tend to have.
Na
Nothing
Lack of class discussion.
Learning the actual methods researchers use in their work.
12. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (47%) 10 (53%)
13. The instructor gave useful writing assignments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (32%) 12 (63%)
14. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
15. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
16. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
17. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 13 (68%)
18. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
19. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 15 (79%)
20. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 12 (63%)
21. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 15 (79%)
22. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 13 (68%)
23. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (37%) 12 (63%)
24. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (47%) 10 (53%)
25. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
He did an excellent job. I think anything he adds will be beneficial for future classes.
I don't think the textbook was necessary.
I can't think of any. This was one of the few classes that I really enjoyed attending.
Na
I thought it was taught well.
More class activities to get people moving and talking to one another.
I guess you can't force student to participate in discussion, but try to encourage everyone to participate and have open discussions. Perhaps calling on people? It is a 400-level course, so there needs to be participation.
Guide the students better. I am currently behind about a month in the course. I need guidance yet I don't have any. Help write the report instead of only giving a vague idea on what to do.
26. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
I really enjoyed it. The powerpoints, lecture, and class discussion were all interesting.
I don't have any. I liked this course.
Na
Require some type of attendance for increased class participation and better peer review for students who attend class and do the work.
I did like the fact that I didn't need to physically hand in my quizzes/homework, however I didn't really like that everything needed to be single spaced. Just a personal preference, I think it's a little difficult to read. Going through a mock IRB application process would be pretty interesting and useful. Even just going through the motion, having someone show you how to do it, what to expect would be nice. I liked that Nick showed us examples of what we were learning through his own research. Using a transcript of an interview he conducted was nice.
stricter deadlines. more smaller assignments instead of one big project. our grade is based on one assignment, that if we don't do well, we don't have a chance to improve because we turn in our only assignment at the end of the semester.
27. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
28. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
29. Other comments:
Great teacher. He really wanted the best for his students. Bends over backwards to make sure everyone is doing good on their paper. He make its less stressful and makes things easier to understand. Def. take his class again!
Thanks for an awesome semester and for all your help. I truly appreciate it.
Chill guy.
I enjoyed having clear instructions and help throughout the entire process of the paper. Very helpful.

Nicholas Gibson: SOC333, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 333 - Survey of Criminology Crn (Section): 85685 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 25 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 6 (24%) 18 (72%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 25 1.04 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 7 (28%) 15 (60%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 25 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 0 (0%) 6 (24%) 17 (68%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 24 1.23 Freq(%) 2 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 3 (13%) 16 (67%)
5. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 25 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 9 (36%) 6 (24%) 9 (36%)
6. I participated actively in the small group sessions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 24 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 3 (13%) 6 (25%) 13 (54%)
7. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 24 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 0 (0%) 9 (38%) 13 (54%)
8. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 25 0.99 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 12 (48%) 10 (40%)
9. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 25 1.12 Freq(%) 2 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (20%) 18 (72%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 25 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 7 (28%) 14 (56%)
11. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 25 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 8 (32%) 13 (52%)
12. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 24 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 7 (29%) 14 (58%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
the different perspectives the professor offers us in his lectures. very free with his opinions and flexible to accomodate everyone's views.
I can't put into words the specifics of what I found most valuable from this course. On the other hand, I will admit that there were times where I found myself using different concepts and theories learned in the classroom and applied them to my everyday life be it through analyzing others and giving them reasons for doing the actions that they do or trying to make sense of those that hurt others.
I enjoyed learning about the criminal justice system because I knew very little about it. I also thought that our research for the group debates was helpful in teaching us that there are multiple sides to each story.
this class was fun and engaging.
I think the most valuable thing is having us write midterms instead of just taking a multiple choice test because I feel you do not learn anything from taking multiple choice tests. After you remember information for it the next day it is all gone and you really did not learn anything but writing midterms allows you to actually think critically and apply the knowledge that we been learning in class in our papers.
I found Nick's lectures to be very well thought and his insight was very helpful
The most valuable and helpful thing about the course is that he was very active in engaging the students to participate with controversial topics and was never one-sided. He looked at both views and analyze them in a constructive way.
This class was extremely helpful in not only understanding but progressing my thoughts on what exactly a criminal is. The class found a great environment for discussion that was safe for every student.
The in group discussions really was really helpful and enjoyable.
All the course information was valuable. The writing assignments were helpful because it reinforced me to read more in depth about interesting topics.
criminology
we got to discuss topics in class as a group which helped pull out individual input and it made the students feel like our opinions were valued.
To think and look outside of the box and pay attention to what's going on around us.
Criminology have brought up great ways of looking at the legal justice system to make some change. We can no long just locking the criminal and think our jobs is done. I feel we need most of restorative justice to cut down on crime or the crime will do the same thing when they get out. If we can make them see what they have done to the victims and what makes them t this kind of crime and they can apology to the victim and they also can heal from being victimized they may start a new life again.
nothing. He is a really bad teacher. I know this is his first semester teaching, but it really shows. I felt this class was a waste of my time. Half the kids in the class never went to class and I don't blame them. It was a waste of time. You learn nothing. I was so looking forward to this class, I was even looking into going into criminalistics. But I learned nothing in this class and it was a huge disappointment.
Instructor Gibson is very understanding, and his class room became a safe space for discussion & debate as a result. Even veteran professors have difficulty sparking the level & quality of debate that Nick fostered in this class. He allows people to voice opinions and ideas that he may not agree with. This is really meaningful, in part because it's illustrative of free speech and what makes it so important. He offered counterpoint & correction in non-alienating ways, but, at the same time, without compromising his own beliefs. In my experience, many professors aren't able to handle ideological opposition with such equanimity. Instructor Gibson gained assurance and an authoritative (not authoritarian) voice as the semester progressed. He embodies collaborative classroom ethics, like those advocated by Paulo Freire--and is a wonderful addition to the Sociology department all around. Nick clearly cares about the material he teaches, and I really appreciated that he brought up women's issues, and would often talk about the material with a feminist voice (an awareness of feminist theory, the oppression of women now & historically, etc.).
The discussions lead to a lot of insightful topics.
Nick is a down to earth guy that's easy to talk to.
That I had to put in time and effort in my exams/papers that forced me to learn new things. Also that some topics covered in class in videos, discussion, or lecture made me question my own views and reasoning on things.
He demonstrated good statistics of criminal acts. It was a great class that helped me realize my future as a Police officer.
14. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
n/a
I am not sure how to answer this.
I thought that everything we learned was helpful in one way or another.
i think there way more class discussion than lecture and learning i still found the course good
I do not think that anything really was least valuable.
Our discussions as a class were lacking
The least valuable was that he did not emphasis the importance on class attendance. Sometimes i was not motivated to come to his class, especially when i had a 4 hour break. I think he should either give points for attendance or make it require.
I did not enjoy working in groups because other group members did not participate.
the course was great!
None oh that Friday song lol
many article and cases to exam them in a criminology way it would make class more exciting.
He regularly cancelled class on friday because he was lazy and he thought he was doing us a favor. He was not, I would rather learn then have no class friday. He also cancelled a paper, because he would have been too lazy to grade it. The material we covered in class, we never covered again, not in any paper or test. He should make learning fun and interesting but he did not. I have no doubt that the majority of the student in class got at least an A-. This is always either a good thing or a bad thing. The teacher is really good and taught the students well, or the teacher is awful, and made it too easy for them. He is the second kind, there was no challenge.
It was all valuable, it was all helpful.
Mostly everything.
too unstructured.
Sometimes hard to remember things on slides if we didn't put in effort to read the text as well
Everything was well planned
15. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 24 1.02 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 10 (42%) 11 (46%)
16. The instructor gave useful writing assignments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 24 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 6 (25%) 15 (63%)
17. The instructor helped me understand how writing is used in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.04 25 1.17 Freq(%) 2 (8%) 0 (0%) 4 (16%) 8 (32%) 11 (44%)
18. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 25 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 0 (0%) 11 (44%) 12 (48%)
19. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 25 0.87 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (36%) 15 (60%)
20. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 25 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 7 (28%) 16 (64%)
21. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.12 25 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 4 (16%) 7 (28%) 12 (48%)
22. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 25 1.16 Freq(%) 2 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 7 (28%) 14 (56%)
23. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 25 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 8 (32%) 14 (56%)
24. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 25 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 4 (16%) 8 (32%) 11 (44%)
25. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 25 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 3 (12%) 8 (32%) 12 (48%)
26. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
keep up the good work
I enjoyed small group discussions especially when we had to come up with PSAs for different theories. Things like that always catches my interest in the classroom compared to just listening to lectures.
Maybe more hands on projects, or experience driven assignments. Even thought our extra credit is experience driven, it would have been interesting to have a few other opportunities for such things earlier in the course.
use a little more lecture and a little less opinion from the class
I think he could improve teaching the course by engaging the class more to participate and make it comfortable for me people to talk in class.
Probably a more stable syllabus, less changes
He should make attendance required and
For a first time teacher Nick was absolutely amazing. He obviously has a great drive in his field that is not seen in professors in any field anymore. He has been one of the most driven teachers I have had at this campus.
Try to make students more responsible for attending class.
smaller class, or get a mic
nick is a great teacher and i can't wait to take another class with him next semester. He did his best to fill the time with important things that helped us learn and i think he did a great job.
Make it fun and engaging to learn. Don't cancel class or papers. If you want us to read the book, thats fine, thats understandable, this is a class, but at least make us use that information in the future, otherwise no one will read it.
Maybe small quizzes or assignments on each chapter to help motivate me to keep up with the reading material. I'm wary of saying that, because as i said above, I really think Nick is a great teacher, in part because he avoids the banking-style of education, and I wouldn't want him lose any of that.
Stick to the syllabus, lecturing styles and standards from the beginning, do more teaching than just discussion with certain individuals in class. Discuss basics of criminology since it is an introduction class, instead of giving a lot of stuff that needs prior knowledge to fully comprehend.
a little bit more structure
Sometimes it was hard to remember all the information on slides if we didn't put in effort to read the text as well, (which is the students responsibility of course) but sometimes there was just so much info thrown out at once that i wish i remembered because its interesting stuff
He could improve by thinking of a hand to hand method.
27. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
flexible and honest attitude
The thing that I found most valuable with Prof Gibson is how he made our large class more intimate. On most days, he provided a though out class discussion which most of us participated in. I will admit that usually I was not one of those individuals, but I can not say that those discussions did not make me think on the subject even more.
He explained everything well, and also he did not talk to us like we were not as smart as him. He gave us opportunities to express how we felt about almost every topic discussed.
he was friendly and very willing to help
I think he is always there after class or during class to answer any questions if u did not understand things that he talked about in class. He is very knowledgable and uses effective techniques to get you to really think about crime in a different way.
He was very interesting, and when he talked to the class it wasn't monotoned and talking down to us. I found this helpful because I was more interested. I also liked the videos
He was very clear in explaining concepts and theory.
Nick creates a classroom that is fair to every student. It is safe to talk in and includes every student even in the biggest of classes.
Easy to speak to.
His love of sociology and being open with his students.
That he gave out his number and easier to contact him.
He get me great input on criminology point in legal matters of law.
He was a very nice guy, I will give him that. Just an awful teacher. A waste of time, and a waste of money.
His approachability & ability to identify with us as fellow students.
He allowed lectures to develop into discussions that allowed me to understand a lot of concepts in ways that I wouldve never thought of.
approachable
That he made us think about concepts in a more in depth manner. Also made me question my own views and reasoning to things. Also that he was so willing to really help us in any way he could even things not specifically tied to course material
HE taught i such an interesting way. I was eager to walk into the class. I know i was not the only interested person
28. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
n/a
Again, I don't know how to answer this.
I thought he was very helpful.
I do not find anything that was least valuable about him hes very engaging in class lectures and really wants to know what other students are thinking about.
The debate i felt was lacking. Considering that was a big grade.
Sometimes he rants about off subjects, but it was still interesting.
The only thing I can find Nick at fault was that the class wasn't very large at times, but that is the fault of the slack ass students that UH draws.
Nothing.
None
none
He was an awful teacher. He taught me nothing. I take school seriously and this class was a joke. This is the first bad review I think I have ever written.
n/a
Lecutres.
he often went on tangents that, although usually really interesting, wasted class time.
nothing.
29. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (24%) 19 (76%)
30. Other comments:
Nick is a great teacher! I can't wait to take his class again in the future!
Maybe watching more documents would be interesting and also bringing in special guest speakers in the criminology field would be fun.
Keep this teacher he is one of the few teachers that still cares about his student and how they are doing. Letting him go would be a great mistake.
Great class. I would recommend to others.
Nick is a great teacher and more people should teach like he does. Please give him more classes to teach so we can take them! more students need to experience his teaching style. Ive learned so much about criminology because of him
Thank u for teaching this class I'm glad I took it. I changed my major to sociology because of this class and I will recommend you to other students as well.
Nice guy. Teaching skills need a lot of work. I can't believe he is teaching a summer course.
We were encouraged to use a variety of media & research resources, many of them accessible via the internet. That was another awesome thing about the course. Two immensely valuable resources, the internet and a real-life discussion-based classroom, were combined to form a relevant & effective learning environment.
I hope he can continue teaching, he needs improvement but he's a young guy so I'd say give him a few years to learn the ropes.