eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Jan Brunson

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ANTH463, Spring 2013
ANTH465, WS465, Fall 2012
ANTH481, Spring 2012
ANTH425, Fall 2011

Jan Brunson: ANTH463, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 463 - Anth of Global Health & Devel Crn (Section): 89196 (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  
3.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 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  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
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  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
6. 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 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
8. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
9. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The class discussions were extremely helpful. Professor Brunson was great at letting the class have an opportunity to discuss and answer questions while still jumping in at certain points to keep the discussion on topic.
The achieved participation of all students.
The most valuable components of the course I feel were the class discussions on the reading material. I've never had a almost entirely seminar course, that actually had valuable and informative discussions each and every lecture like this one did - with time never being wasted. I think it really made students engage in the readings. I also really liked the oral presentations, and if somehow I wish their was even more.
The reading and critiquing Sachs book was an interesting and fun experiment (for us who almost only read anthropological course material, for others it might not be as useful). The presentations and discussion-leader assignment was fun and engaged us all! But the most valuable has been the interesting readings (especially Nichter).
The final presentation about the non-profit organizations were fun and I learned a lot. The day we lead class was also useful in understanding the information.
I retrained my brain a little so it certainly helped me to think critically in a different way.
Everything that was taught in this course is applicable to some of the biggest problems in the world today which makes the class that incredibly interesting. The variety of interaction in the class and resources that were used made the class a lot more enjoyable and interesting to learn.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Sometimes Dr. Brunson would be overly considerate of a student by allowing them to continue to babbling in a in comprehensive way, proving to be a waste of valuable class time. Otherwise I think Dr. Brunson is one of the best teachers I have ever had.
I can't think of a least valuable part to the course which is great. We had to buy three books for the course, we actually read all three, and discussed them in a way that was interesting and helpful to hear everyone else's opinions and theories on the authors stances. And again each class period I didn't feel as though I was ever wasting my time reading something the night before or prior because I knew for this class particularly the professor would make sure we had a clear understanding and covered the material throughout the lecture - which is something I wish MORE professors in the Anthropology department would start doing.
In discussions, some people would have needed to be corrected or challenged in their views and stated comments. The academical level of the discussion was too low for a 400 level course.
I don't think any parts of the course were invaluable
Nothing comes to mind.
There was definitely a lot of reading especially when other intense reading classes are being taken at the same time. I would have preferred to not have students lead an entire class discussion just because I felt I could have gotten a lot more from the readings had the professor led every discussion.
12. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
13. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
14. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
15. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 8 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
16. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
17. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
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%)
18. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
19. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
20. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
21. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think the course is setup really well actually - as a upper level seminar/discussion course. I did enjoy the projects, so maybe their could be more incorporated in some way. As far as the teaching it was spot on, and supplemented the students thoughts on the readings well, aslo never seeming to criticize or overshadow the students opinions which is a great way of teaching... really letting the class participate in a active discussion each lecture that never felt like a waste of time which is difficult to do. Possibly in the future look into classifying the course under OC Oral communications requirement since the course involves oral communication each class period, and each students needs this requirement to graduate.
Interfering in the discussions more and challenge students into thinking more critically.
More work sheets/ hand outs so we can follow along with the readings and the information discussed in class.
Very insightful and she clearly knows her stuff when it comes to medical anthropology because of her own personal experiences in out in the field.
I would have enjoyed writing a paper in this class. I feel that the research that would be necessary for a paper would have further developed my understanding of some of the themes learned this semester. I also felt that having students lead the class discussions takes away from the material sometimes simply because of the variation in presenting the material and differences in strengths and weaknesses when it comes to presenting/teaching.
22. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Encouraging, knowledgable, and helpful
Considerate Humble Extremely intelligent
Intelectual, Passionate, and Caring.
Experienced, Structured & Knowledgeable
Knowledgable, friendly, encouraging
Approachable, kind, and intelligent.
Knowledgable, nice, professional
23. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%) 0 (0%)
24. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%) 0 (0%)
25. The TA was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%) 0 (0%)
26. Other comments:
I felt that I learned a lot from this class. Some of the reading material was challenging but through class discussions Professor Brunson helped us to comprehend and identify the main points. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this class and feel like I've gained a good understanding of the topic.
I would highly recommend this course. This was also the best TA I have ever experienced in a class at UHM.
Honestly, a great course because of the interest and dedication of the professor for the students to gain a thorough understanding of the subject matter. I'm happy to say I have taken away much more from this course than I was expecting and I feel that has to do with the way in which the professor set-up the course in a way to utilize class discussions on the readings and her overall enthusiasm of the course content. I would recommend this course to any other major looking for an enriching and refreshing lecture experience.
This is a great class, and I highly recommend this course to any Anthropology, peace and conflict studies, and or sociology majors.

Jan Brunson: ANTH465, WS465, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 465 - Science, Sex, & Reproduction Crn (Section): 79415 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 465 - Science, Sex, & Reproduction Crn (Section): 79900 (002)    
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  
4.23 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 11 (85%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.38 13 0.51 Freq(%) 8 (62%) 2 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (85%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 13 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (85%)
8. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
9. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
10. 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  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
12. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (100%)
13. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
14. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
15. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The course outline and
The discussions on the different technologies and issues dealing with science sex and reproduction in different societies around the world. The medical technologies.
the way that Jan Brunson made us critically think about theories and themes across multiple materials
The presentation and papers.
group discussions were valuable for course content. It allowed students to discuss topics about the readings and deconstruct author's literature. Presentations were also good to cover and relate to topics discussed in class.
The ways in which we were guided to new tactics of constructing thought.
The discussions.
Everything, this course was valuable and relatable. I can apply everything that I learned in this class to real life situations.
Even though they sometimes took quite a bit of time, I thought the reading notes were extremely valuable. They really helped me to synthesize, compare, and connect the various articles, chapters, and ethnographies that we read. The reading notes also helped me to prepare for the intellectual responses, and made me feel organized and (fairly) confident going into the final exam essay. I also found breaking into small groups for discussion to be extremely valuable. The questions our small groups examined often helped me to see the readings for multiple, different perspectives, and challenged me to think about the readings in new ways.
In-class discussion was most valuable. Jan Brunson's academic guidance in the discipline of anthropology from was also extremely valuable.
I really enjoyed the readings. They were intellectually challenging and insightful on various topics.
The in depth discussions we had every class period. Coming into the class I was very intimidated and overwhelmed with the discussions. I began to understand and comprehend better as class went on because of the way each class was outlined with discussion. The readings that we had were awesome and really interesting and the notes we had to take really helped me understand and remember the readings more.
Presentations and discussions
I've never been in anthropology before and I learned a lot
being able to have open discusions.
16. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
the amount of reading was a little overwhelming
The overly zealous reading schedule.
NA
The grading system for notes did not motivate me to do them.
N/A
I can't think of anything we did in this class that didn't seem helpful or that didn't help me organize or express my thoughts in some way.
Some of the books.
not sure
nothing.
17. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
A lot of the issues discussed helps me to be aware of whats going around me and how it affects me if it does
a greater understanding of my own personal life in regards to reproductive technologies
The ability to think critically about sex, science, and reproduction as mechanisms driven by the biomedical paradigm to discipline, control, and maintain women's bodies in particular.
Learning about issues that span globally such as surrogacy,IVF, and everything else that constitutes reproductive health has expanded my knowledge. A lot of these issues I was aware of within the U.S., but to read about these issues in other countries and how the local views/understandings differs based upon gender, class, and society.
A deeper knowledge of the strengthening grasp that biomedicine imposes on society, locally and globally.
Familiarity with topical and contemporary ethnographic work, and learning how to compare, thematically, multiple qualitative studies.
Exactly what the course name is called...Science, sex, and reproduction. Mostly content that covered reproduction is most beneficial. All that I have learned I will be able to apply to my life and the decisions I make concerning birth, motherhood, etc.
A lot! As this class broadly covers a lot of the issues in which I'm interested, it served as a good intro to thinking more critically not only about sex and reproduction, but also about how to evaluate other anthropologists and their works. It also helped me to start thinking more specifically about where I want to focus my studies in the near future. Anthro career aside, the topics and issues we worked through in this class helped me to think critically about my own life and decisions that I will probably be making in the future in regards to whether or not I want to have children, and how I will achieve this.
The enrichment of experience of conceptualizing the human experience. I personally learned a knowledge and understanding of the interplay between culture and reproduction in my own life.
Almost every reading we read made me think about my own life and the people around me. My favorite readings consisted of the medicalization of pregnancy and birth. Reading some of the articles and discussing some of the routine procedures now days really fascinated me. I can honestly say that before this class I would have gone into my first pregnancy just like every other American but now I know I want a midwife and a more natural pregnancy & birth.
learn how to disect case studies
the ability to grasp difficult readings and understand them.
18. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
19. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (100%)
20. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 4 (80%)
21. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (100%)
22. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
23. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (85%)
24. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (85%)
25. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
26. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
27. The instructor encouraged out-of-class consultations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (60%)
28. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (100%)
29. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
the course is great as it is
Add in more group projects.
The use of videos at the beginning of class along with group discussions would be good.
NA
N/A
Hmm, this is difficult! This might not be possible, and maybe it's easier to suggest this because I won't have to comply, but more intellectual responses might be helpful. I think that writing one or two more intellectual responses might take some of the "pressure" off for each one, and would encourage students to continually connect themes and ideas throughout the course, as opposed to just two times, which sort of segments the semester.
Honestly I have no idea, I learned a lot and it was one of my favorite classes yet
She does very well.
she did well
this course is taught it a way that is relevant to the course and helped me to understand things clearly.
30. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Kind, understanding, organized
understanding and open minded to her students, AWESOME!
enthusiastic intellectual knowledgeable
Brilliant. Inspiring.
knowledgeable, proficient, and encouraging
Intelligent, encouraging, reflective
Passionate, intelligent, and funny
Engaging, knowledgeable, approachable, friendly
Caring, listener, teacher
Fair & Fun
knowledgeable, interested & educator
professional, passionate, attentive
Intelligent, Sweet, Accommodating.
punctual and passionate
prepared, knowledgeable, understanding.
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 5 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 12 (92%)
32. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (80%)
33. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
34. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
35. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 11 (85%)
36. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I like how it as discussion based. and we were able to hear the perspectives of our peers
Being able to hear other students thoughts and opinions based on the readings and questions professor brings up
the discussions
The constant discussions in class helped to reify the homework reading information.
Analyzing different approaches and theories used in ethnographic works of the authors.
The reading material
I like that it was a small class in a seminar setting
I really enjoyed the semi-structured discussion aspect of the class. It was a good way to gain/hear different perspectives and insights into the various readings. It also challenged me to think more critically about how I read the readings, and to find ways to express my opinions and contributions thoughtfully and clearly. I also enjoyed the presentations. It helped to expand my knowledge on the various subjects that we read about, and usually provided good "background" or practical information about the topics at hand.
In-class Discussion
The books we read - wayward women & biology unmoored
The discussions were amazing.
it was all too complicated for me hahah
The material and the instructor.
Group discussions and presentations.
37. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.25 5 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (23%) 2 (40%)
38. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I enjoy discussions however i believe that maybe some debates or movie discussions can be used to enhance the course.
Add in more group projects to unite the class, helping to foster more interaction between and amongst students.
Implementing videos, having the students blog
NA
N/A
As I said above, I think more intellectual responses could potentially benefit students. Other than that, I can't think of anything! I thought the course was pretty great as is.
Field interviews/observations and commentary may be beneficial.
Offer the course as a simultaneous option to take it as a non-writing intensive class for those who don't want or need another WI.
Readings got ideas across, but perhaps there are more interesting reads to be assigned.
Possibly arranging so that more difficult topics would be covered in depth.
not an anth person wouldn't know
This course was actually one of my favorite classes to take. The only thing was the readings were overwhelming. overall an interesting class.
39. Other comments:
I really enjoyed having Jan as an intructor. Thats why i decided to take her course twice 2 semesters in a row. I became knowledgeable on how sex and reproduction is being dealt with in our present world.
Overall I enjoyed the class, I would recommend this course as a supplemental course for any person who is interested in the medical field and anthropology.
NA
I really enjoyed this class! Not only did I learn a lot, but I had fun while doing so. Prof Brunson is a great instructor who not only obviously knows what she's talking about, but who is also friendly and willing to answer questions, help with papers, etc.
She was one of the best instructors I have ever had. By far one of my favorite classes. Very challenging.

Jan Brunson: ANTH481, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 481 - Applied Anthropology Crn (Section): 88404 (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  
4.2 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (90%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.2 10 0.42 Freq(%) 8 (80%) 2 (20%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
8. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
9. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
10. I increased my awareness of my own interests and talents.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
11. I improved my abilities to revise my rough drafts and to make my writing more effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
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  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
13. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
14. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
15. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
discussions
-The service-learning component of the course made course materials relevant to practical application. -The atmosphere encouraged open discussion about the uses of applied anthropology in real-life situations and the ethics involved in the field. -Finally, the class really challenged me to question my own biases and notions of the world and gave me new insights into the interactions I encounter every day.
Class discussions, the readings
The most valuable thing to me about this course is seeing how applied anthropology establishes a connection with every sub field within anthropology. Also how anthropology is relevant in dealing with reality in our society dealing with many different social issues. Also the most valuable thing was the service learning project.
Group discussions, variety of readings (of mainly complete ethnography) community service, and blog
The ethical discussions and considerations with applying Anthropology were the most stimulating, and useful.
the service learning aspect of the course was the most valuable.
EVERYTHING! I loved the different topics we had the opportunity to cover. Taking this service-learning course allowed me to explore and see a different side to issues such as homelessness, drug abuse, domestic violence, and alternative forms of birth. I liked how we were able to "save paper" and utilized the world wide web to publish our ideas/papers via wordpress.com. I was actually able to share my work more easily with my family and friends who were willing to read my blogs!
getting involved with our service learning projects has really been a valuable experience as this represents what I will be doing as an anthropologist in the future. Connecting with the local community and building a relationship from the ground up. Also found valuable that the topics covered although not ideally the same, throughout class discussions and assignments some underlying themes pervaded throughout and we could draw connections.
16. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I am still not sure how I feel about the service learning project.
everything was valuable.
The journals didn't really help, and I can see how some people might take advantage and BS them.
Actually, I didn't find any aspect not valuable.
I felt that this course was very valuable. I felt that we spent a lot of time covering the topic of birth. I feel that to gain a better understanding of the concept it would be helpful to also study the topic of death. If this was included in the course I believe it would be very beneficial to all in the class, and this would also open up other options for service learning projects.
17. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
the professor, very knowledgeable and engaging
This course has been one of the most meaningful courses to my future career. I intend to go into the community sector, where I will meet a variety of different people with different experiences; this course has allowed me to be more understanding of individual histories and of social interactions between people of different social standings.
What I learned about understanding drug use and different medical models.
my service learning project in relation to this course.
Birth Models That Work Blog Teaching style
My service-learning experience.
This course helped me find my voice as a writer, something I had been struggling with my entire college career. I will remember this course for the confidence that it gave me in my writing abilities.
Our conversations. In being able to digest the information, share ideas, or moreso listen (at least for me), I learned an incredible amount.
our discussion of birth models. I will remember most the birth model video and panel discussion that one of the students in the class did as a project for the class, university, and public community. I will also remember many of the videos/clips that we went over in class. the HBO addiction series, "what are anthropologist" etc.
18. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
19. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
20. The instructor gave useful writing assignments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
21. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
22. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
23. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
24. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
25. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
26. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
more topics
This course worked nearly perfectly. There was a good balance of group discussion, personal reflection, and presentation of material. I would not change the structure of this class. One personal critique is that I grew a bit bored of the birthing models topic because we dedicated so much class time to discussion. Perhaps one more topic could be incorporated to keep the material interesting.
I would have students do a research project rather than a service-learning project.
nothing. She was really understanding and flexible to her students and me as a person.
The book materials seemed to be gendered for the most part. Also, I would suggest using Violence in War and Peace, edited by Bourgois and Schepper-Hughes for this course. If possible, schedule it for Tuesdays and Thursdays to make discussions go longer.
Having more guest speakers would be nice.
To continue teaching this class for future students! And to advertise it, maybe! Although... I did like the small classroom feel.
see #16
27. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
very helpful easy to talk to, and knowledgeable
Dr. Brunson allows us to come to our own conclusions through guided class discussion. At the same time, she makes sure that we are grasping major concepts in the course material. She keeps class exciting by allowing us time to reflect on issues and time to discuss the material in relation to our own experiences.
Having her input available on writing workshop days was helpful.
She help's to challenge you in your understanding and thinking, putting your thoughts out on the table in dicussions to the major topics we talked about. Also she helped to expand my knowledge in how as an anthropologist, she pushes out to be active within the community dealing with different issues and programs rleveant to the class.
I enjoyed the different group learning activities/ discussion she provided throughout class. I felt her candidness was a blessing. I appreciated her encouragement to attend events related to class.
She was very kind and flexible in the course material.
The blog assignments in addition to the writing workshops.
Professor Brunson, already a well-verse and intelligent woman, brought to the table a number of different points and her own passions that, in turn, gave me a drive to be proactive in my community and conversations.
What I find valuable about Prof. Brunson is that she is an anthropologist that is on the fence about claiming herself a "applied anthropologist". this is helpful because we get the most critical and best analysis of what is applied anthropology.
28. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
approachable, knowledgeable, engaging
Personable, Engaging, Thoughtful
astute, sensible
Challenging in a good way, fun, understanding, motivating
Realistic, Honest, Knowledgeable, Clever
Kind, nice, smart.
Passionate about her job!
Inspiring, intelligent, thoughtful
Cultured, generous, knowledgeable
29. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
30. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
31. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
32. Other comments:
This class was very relevant to students who are questioning how an Anthropology degree equips us for work after college. It is a great space to explore the possibilities that are opened to us after graduation. It also trains us to step outside of our own reality in order to understand the perspectives of other people.
i really enjoyed Brunson's class. I enjoyed her as an instructor, teeacher and mentor. I am taking a class with her as my professor next semester. :)Looking foward to learning more from your knowledge and understanding in this next class.
Maybe go into detail on specific Applied methodologies that we can try in our service learning project, or anywhere in the community.
I am so sad that your class next semester conflicts with my Biology class. Thank you so much for being such a great instructor. I knew it would be a good idea to take your class. Perhaps researching the course prior to the semester was the best thing I had done for myself. I am walking away from this semester thirsting for more honesty, truth, awareness, etc. Thank you again and again.
I loved this course. I am so happy to recommend it to other students. there should be a way for students to be able to recommend courses! It is good to see other avenues for anthropologist, and how to apply anthropological knowledge

Jan Brunson: ANTH425, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 425 - Medical Anthropology Crn (Section): 74169 (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  
3.79 29 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (24%) 19 (66%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.34 29 0.48 Freq(%) 19 (66%) 10 (34%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 29 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (21%) 23 (79%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 29 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (24%) 22 (76%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 29 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (28%) 21 (72%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 29 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 6 (21%) 19 (66%)
7. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 29 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 10 (34%) 15 (52%)
8. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 29 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 6 (21%) 21 (72%)
9. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 29 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (21%) 22 (76%)
10. 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  
4.56 27 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 6 (22%) 18 (67%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 29 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (24%) 21 (72%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The videos we watched were very nice and allowed me to understand the concepts visually. The class discussions and group projects were also fun.
The discussion of topics were really helpful!
Debates on pertinent topics that are hot items right now
the discussion and the examples that tied everything back to current reality. also I loved the books.
I enjoyed the class discussions and incites from what other students thought about the readings that were assigned to us. It really helped me to grasp a better understanding, and it helped to analyze each article to really get the authors points across.
The reverse outline made me understand the text more and extract important data.
I enjoyed the seminar style of the course.
The group discussions were key in helping me formulate my own opinions on the subjects that were being taught. It also helped to gain different perspectives from the other students.
Studying social problems from a medical point of view was most intriguing to me and different from the rest of the courses I have taken.
I enjoyed the discussion aspect of this course because, for me, it was far from traditional discussion classes that I'm used to.
Class discussion and movies
The films that were shown in class that related with the material.
The videos were very helpful when trying to understand the course material.
The reverse outlines were a good idea because it helped me analyze complicated academic journals to gather the main ideas out of readings. I also found the group discussions (both big and small discussions) useful because we could bounce ideas off of each other and understand how to approach a theory or an idea from another person's perspective. I enjoyed the group project because we researched and learned about some interesting topics such as "Think Pink"(breast cancer) and "Bodies: the Exhibition". I liked how Dr. Brunson was also able to find some media examples to further our understanding about the topics (ex. TEM website-totally fascinating). The different books for the course were quite valuable too because as we progressed through the semester, the books gave us concrete examples and insights for the different discussion topics or issues. It was also interesting to analyze the roots of social and political issues from a medical anthropologist's perspective and then also read about a variety of theories and try to dissect them, understand them, and then translate them into layman terms.
Learning that medicine and health care is not always the best route and that there are always other options.
The class was very well structured. I feel that we were able to maximize time to cover a good amount of material.
The discussions and readings.
The readings and discussions
The most valuable to me this semester was learning how theory was employed in our readings, and discussions.
The group project, Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Body Silent
The books we read.
Excellent discussions, material was interesting and engaging.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
Somtimes I felt lost in the readings.
sometimes the readings felt excessive even when they were good.
Although, the class discussions were great, I felt like I was being pressured into talking in each class because of the grade. There should be more alternatives for participation.
Nothing, I thought each aspect of the course was valuable.
Everything we have discussed seems valuable to me and I gained a lot of knowledge through it.
I can't think of any.
Certain concepts that we focused on in class, but were not able to completely grasp in one or two class days seemed a little far reached
n/a
The amount of reading was a bit much and long. I think if she could select the most important and then try to cut down on the amount of pages, it will totally help trying to make it through all the words.
Working in group projects always presents problems.
I found that the all of the elements of the course from the structure of the class, its curriculum as well as the various modalities employed to teach a certain topic made for a strong class that is difficult to critique. However, as they say all things can be improved.
Didn't like how it was always discussion format
None.
14. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 28 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 14 (50%) 13 (46%)
15. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 29 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 11 (38%) 14 (48%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 29 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (45%) 16 (55%)
17. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 28 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 10 (36%) 16 (57%)
18. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 29 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (38%) 18 (62%)
19. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 29 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 11 (38%) 17 (59%)
20. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 29 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (31%) 20 (69%)
21. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 29 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (28%) 20 (69%)
22. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
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Ease up on the reading, to much to read before class. Big group discussion is ok but I suggest using smaller group discussions more frequently so that students can have more active in discussions. Maybe add a midterm then just a final at the end of the course, to not only see if the students are learning but also it eases up on what the students have to remember and makes the final not that much intimating.
Working with given questions before starting a reading was extremely helpful
Perhaps just a tad less reading, especially concerning books and related articles.
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I do like the class discussions that we have. I feel that having small group discussions and then a big class discussions would help everyone to participate more in the class.
I thought that the way she taught was great, though more various ways of class participation and discussion would be great.
Dr. Brunson did a great job teaching this course, and I don't have any comments about improving the teaching of this course.
The group presentations were graded by group with some peer reviews to decide if everyone contributed effectively. I think that these should try to be more individually graded or those who don't put in the work will end up getting an acceptable grade for not contributing anything.
By using a variety of teaching methods rather than relying so heavily on discussions and seminars.
I feel that no improvements are necessary on Professor Brunson's part. Her teaching methods and style is unique yet engaging and I wouldn't change it. I do appreciate her having us do an evaluation in the middle of semester. Something that, too, is unique, yet shows she really wants to meet the needs of her students.
Different class time and make sure certain students understand that everyone should participate.
n/a
Since the topics discussed are somewhat difficult to grasp, maybe simplify them more or spend more time in discussing the topics.
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not have it so early in the morning
This course was wonderful. I have no criticisms.
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Having guest speakers come in and share the concepts we are learning about in their field of work or from the experiences they have encountered.
Class not always run in discussion format
Nothing. Dr. Brunson did a wonderful job of changing methods to engage students and encourage participation in discussions.
Field Trips! To hospital or clinic. or some guest physicians.
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23. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Enthusiastic teaching
Knows a lot about Cultural Anthropology
Perceptive, adaptable, fun
Empowering and thought-provoking
Organized, intelligent and excited
Excellent, thoughtful, knowledgeable.
cheerful (especailly for 7:30 am), prompt, clear, decisive
knowledgable, sincere but challenging
Organized. Friendly. Understanding.
Two words that describe Dr. Brunson are knowledgeable and energetic.
Supportive, organized, friendly
Knowledgeable and driven
Intellectual/ Knowledgeable. Confident. Polite.
Passionate and enthusiastic
n/a
Well prepared, Good speaker, Extremely knowledgeable
engaging, sophisticated,phenomenological
friendly and knowledgable
Invested, Insightful, Positive
Knowledgeable and understanding
Caring, Intelligent, Articulate
One word works too:ineffable.
organized, creative, inspiring
Knowledgable. Kind. Creative.
Friendly, Patient
24. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.5 26 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 22 (85%)
25. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.5 25 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 21 (84%)
26. Reading assignments seem carefully chosen.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 27 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 10 (37%) 15 (56%)
27. Other comments:
Overall, the course was a great experience. It introduced me to the field of medical anthropology itself, as well as to the issues and societal problems that people around the world face today.
The department may want to consider making Anth 152 a pre-req for this course. A basic understanding of some terms and concepts from Cultural Anthropology would have been helpful for some students. If once student mentions liminality or communitas and another student asks what that is...., well, you know, they should know that.
I think that a third writing assignment might have been a nice addition and a slightly more lenient policy on being marked late and it's effects on your grades
Overall I enjoyed the class as a whole. I learned a lot in this class alone throughout the semester and hope to further my understanding and knowledge of medical anthropology and issues that pertain to medical anthro. throughout my future.
I enjoyed coming to this class. Professor Brunson made having discussions less of a chore since her lessons really made students use the materials assigned. I hope to take another class with her again. Just not at 7:30 in the morning.
At first I felt a little intimidated because didn't expect the class to be a seminar class and practically everyone was older than me. But, as class progressed I felt a little better. The professor seemed approachable, and gives great feedback. Sometimes it was kind of hard to jump into the conversations because somebody had already taken what you were going to say, you don't feel intelligent enough to make a great comeback or add any information, or you just couldn't get a word in because the same people would control the conversation. It would be great to have more of a variety of class activities during class time, like being creative with the discussions. The novels were great reads and I'm definitely going to hold onto some of them like "Body of Work".
This course has been one of my favorites of the semester. Dr. Brunson did an excellent job, especially being so new to the department! She effectively challenged her students, and I can say that I am coming out of the class as a more informed and enlightened student. The material was interesting and thought-provoking. I would suggest this course to anyone!
Very interesting class. It has made me want to pursue a different degree than I originally planned.
Patrick was a great presenter. Any more presenters?
Learned a lot and will take it with me in all of my life experiences!
Thank you, Dr. Brunson!