eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Jairus Grove

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POLS315, Spring 2013
POLS702, Spring 2013
POLS305, Fall 2012
POLS730, Fall 2012
POLS201, Spring 2012
POLS635B, Spring 2012
POLS630, Fall 2011

Jairus Grove: POLS315, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 315 - Global Politics/Intl Relations Crn (Section): 85972 (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  
3.38 38 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 19 (50%) 14 (37%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.47 38 0.51 Freq(%) 20 (53%) 18 (47%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 38 0.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 37 (97%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 38 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (13%) 32 (84%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 38 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (16%) 32 (84%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 38 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (16%) 32 (84%)
7. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 38 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 33 (87%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 38 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 6 (16%) 29 (76%)
9. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 38 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (13%) 32 (84%)
10. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 38 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (16%) 31 (82%)
11. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 38 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (18%) 30 (79%)
12. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He is one of the few professors ANYWHERE! that can relate to students of the generation y cohort. He communicates very effectively !
Very acknowledgeable and knows a lot about the topic, very good and teaching this subject.
Reliable feedback
Mr. Grove is a graduate student of UHM and he understand what students go through to graduate. I think he undewrstands global politics really well and should teach as a career. He is well knowledgeable about the subject that I think he should become a full time teacher, instead. I think I saw him once on television.
Jairus was available for students to ask questions or needed help understanding the material.
He was very insightful, knowledgeable and engaging. In addition, he was patient, took the time to answer all questions ( relevant or not )and was never judgmental of the questions asked or the people who asked them. All those qualities and his ability to relate any conversation to the topic of the day were a constant challenge intellectually to keep up with the class being taught. Finally, the choice of books though challenging and a little dense ( manner of writing for a couple of them )were a great choice for the class and today's political climate and debates. All in all, a great class on an intellectual level. Thank you.
Very humorous, easy to talk to, had many interesting viewpoints, experiences, thoughts, opinions, etc on subject matter throughout the course. Professor Groves classes engaged me into following the discussion and put me into thought every class. This makes learning and wanting to listen and learn much easier.
Prof. Grove is able relate different current affairs in international relations for us students to be able to learn about a new concept. He seems to know a little about everything, so arguing with him is difficult. He is also able to bring the class back from crazy banter to a conversation that is a little more rational.
Very knowledgable, and understanding.
He has been one of the most amazing and valued teachers at all the years I've been at UH, and really can't imagine how much less I would've enjoyed the past few semesters without him ;(
Jairus has an extraordinary knowledge of virtually every subject. It is sometimes scary haha. Any question a student has he can address to the fullest.
Knows a lot about everything, good resource and offers great insights.
Very intelligent and witty.
He provoked questions that made me think about things in new ways.
I enjoyed his teaching style. He's very laid back and conversational, which puts me at ease in his class.
He really explained the concepts very well and did very well attempting to facilitate and encourage class discussion.
Amazing professor!
Jairus is such a bro.
He knows so much and has a vast understanding of what he was teaching. He showed us a different approach to the way we think about things and helped us create our own ideas on the subject matter.
He is very enthusiastic about the subjects taught within the course.
He is extremely friendly and communicates well with everyone. He challenges students to think deeply about global politics.
This was a great class, one of the classes i look forward to attending every Tuesday and Thursday. Prof. Grove was very knowledgeable about his field of study and had creatively created a way to explain the material.
I find his knowledge about basically ALL topics to be amazing, He inspires me in so many ways, and has led me to read additional chapters other than what is required. He piques my interest in foreign relations, domestic issues and all things in between. I take all the courses he offers. I truly think he inspires many students to think beyond ourselves and look at the whole issue at hand.
He is one of the most intelligent professors I've had at UH. He really challenges his students to think about important concepts. He pretty knows the answer to every question you could possibly have...about anything!
expansion of ideas presented in readings and also encouraging students to challenge them
He seemed to know the material well and seemed like he was willing to help.
Incredibly smart and helpful. Did an excellent job engaging class and making difficult concepts interesting and easy to understand. Awesome in class discussions.
He knows the content better than any living human being I've encountered before. I've taken his class 3 semesters now and it's been my favorite class for all of them.
He is very well versed in the subject and encourages you to think outside of the box regardless of if your ideas differ from his own.
I really appreciated the way he posed very challenging questions and wasn't afraid to address very controversial material.
13. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
NOTHING !
Sometimes boring topics but overall nothing least valuable.
I liked his powerpoint presentations but he moved to the board and jotting notes for the class seemed less desirable so I mostly listened in class.
Class discussions would sometimes, well quite often, go off tangent.
Nothing.
None
Sometimes, Prof. Grove's concepts are over the students head, and he doesn't realize it. Also, I feel the midterm was handed out late in the semester.
N/A
He's amazing. I repeat it again. How is there anything least valuable or helpful? D:<
Nothing he is the best teacher I have ever had
Wish more people in the class spoke more and offered ideas.
Class format and lack of assignments seemed to make things a bit boring. Very little motivation to attend class.
I tend to not be able to follow his train of thought as he goes on, so I get kind of lost, so I fall asleep often.
Nothing
The class was dominated by lecture and then a small majority of the class answering questions or imposing their comments. Some of those people were in my opinion loud and ignorant. Although you were always there to correct or refocus their opinions giving a broader light it would have been cool to maybe break down into smaller groups or do alternative activities so that I could hear other people's takes on the subjects and readings. Also having different viewpoints than most of the loud kids in class I think it would have been easier for me to bring a different voice in a small group setting rather than in front of a whole room where kids felt it was okay to yell immature ignorant comments rather than form an educated mature argument.
None
nada
none
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Nothing comes to mind.
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.82 38 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (13%) 32 (84%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.68 38 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 8 (21%) 28 (74%)
16. Other comments:
Grove is the best college professor I have ever had! This man deserves a medal !
There should be more class acitivities so students can work together in order for the next lv. courses when we would have to do group projects.
None
Jairus is an extremely valuable asset to the poli sci department and the campus. I was very privileged to have been a student of his and I would recommend him to any student regardless of their interests. He explains things in a very understandable way and will do whatever he can to make sure his students are grasping the material. Jairus is the best.
Great Class!
Definitely taking another class from him!
Everyone should take this class from Professor Grove
It was a really interesting course and the books brought a new light to old schools of thought. I learned a lot, but because of the unconventional readings and Jairus' knowledge it also made me think a lot about forming my own opinions. If the course was taught in a smaller class I think it could be even better.
He is a valuable asset to UH Manoa.
This was one of my favorite classes of all time. I really can't convey the importance of the information provided in this course. If I could recommend one class that everyone should take it would be this one.
Fantastic professor, best I have had at UH.
Probably the best teacher I've ever had the opportunity of learning under.
Keep this class available for future students.

Jairus Grove: POLS702, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 702 - Seminar: Research Methods Crn (Section): 88831 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.3 12 0.48 Freq(%) 7 (58%) 3 (25%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
7. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
9. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
10. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
11. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
12. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Dr. Grove presents intellectually challenging reading material and is able to generate exceedingly useful class discussions by asking engaging questions.
Professor Grove has a knowledge and skill to help students to think. This is his greatest value. I say this because many others want to think for the student. Many students become educated without being able to think for themselves. Professor Grove is of vital importance to the UH for this very fact.
Prof. Grove is a truly remarkable educator. The level of care and detail with which he constructs his courses in unparalleled in my experience as a graduate student. I cannot imagine a more capable and competent professor, and he's just starting out, which is to say that he's only going to get better! As for the 702 course specifically, I would say that this has been a truly watershed intellectual experience for me both personally and professionally. The seminar has done much to challenge me to think about the implications of my work beyond mere words on the page, and I will look back on this course as being one of the truly unforgettable educational experiences of my life.
Jairus is an inspirational teacher. Going to class is always exhilarating and his depth and breadth of knowledge is very impressive. He clearly cares about students and our learning.
YES HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING. EVEN THE COURSE IS CHALLENGING AND DIFFICULT, HE IS EXPLAINED AND STIMULATE DISCUSSION WONDERFULLY.
Great knowledge of the field of study we were exploring. At the same time great capacity to learn and discuss concepts and ideas and even push them and challenge them. He is very creative and attentive. He was able to have different discussions with us on different subjects and engage us and our different backgrounds and always bring it back to our field of study. That enriched my class experience and helped me think of new ways of approaching new materialism, our class subject.
Everything. Brilliant, cares about students, makes himself available, just an A+
This was my favorite class this semester. I love the way Jairus taught this course. I find NM absolutely fascinating. The reading selections were awesome, and led to some very awesome discussion (s), but his knowledge is far encompassing and his thoughts on the varied writers and subject were incredibly helpful. Love his style! Wish I can be like him when I grow up!
Jairus is an excellent teacher and is extremely good at helping direct students toward research they will find useful. He very well may be the best teacher in our department, especially of for graduate students.
it's the second course i have taken with Jairus and has not failed to disappoint in terms of the rich material students and the prof. engage with effective in inspiring me to expand beyond my narrow outlook for conceptualizing political science and other disciplines beyond mainstream academic discussions up to date with the contemporary needs and challenges that the discipline of political science if faced with (ability to reference knowledge from a wide spectrum of sources/fields)
It is really helpful when Professor Grove states a complex idea and then rewords it in another term to help clarify that point. In addition, I find it helpful as well when he begins class with questions and topics he would like to address throughout the class.
I found the class discussions to be particularly useful. We spent a lot of time thinking about the methods used by various writers and how they compare and contrast with each other, which was particularly useful to me because it's not something that I automatically notice when reading on my own.
13. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Nothing. This has been an excellent seminar course that will benefit me tremendously as I write my dissertation.
I found nothing that had a least value. It was all of great value.
Nothing, he's great.
NONE- ONLY A COMMENT, SOMETIMES HE SPEAKS TO FAST THAT NON ENGLISH SPEAKERS LAG IN UNDERSTANDING HIM..BUT HE IS GOOD
There is nothing that I can think of that wasn't valuable in all my interactions with Grove, inside class and outside.
His office is a bit cramped and I think the department should spring for nicer chairs to sit in during long conversations.
Don't like this question. There is nothing least valuable or least helpful about this or any other professor.
Some of the concepts are difficult and Jairus sometimes forgets his students are not familiar with them, but he will always explain them in detail if asked.
n/a
Perhaps reading guides before each reading assignment could be incorporated into the class. At times i am reading an assignment, but did not catch the same ideas that were discussed in class.
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
16. Other comments:
I feel very fortunate to have been able to take this unique course from Dr. Grove. His teaching style is engaging and his theoretical perspectives are groundbreaking. This course has opened up new worlds in my research orientation and the University should be grateful to have such a formidable scholar as Dr. Grove.
This is the best course on research methods that the Department of Political Science has offered. I have taken other courses that do not cover the subject well.
I'm excited to read his book, but my Fall semester is ruined because he won't be teaching!!!
This professor was so awesome that I would take another class that he was teaching.
waiting for the book to come out in the near future
There was an incident with a professor from another department interrupting our class and causing quite a disturbance. Dr. Grove handled the situation really well at the time, and afterwards not allowing it to disrupt the semester.

Jairus Grove: POLS305, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 305 - Global Politics/Comparative Crn (Section): 75078 (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  
3.22 27 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 11 (41%) 10 (37%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.52 27 0.51 Freq(%) 12 (44%) 13 (48%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 27 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 25 (93%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 27 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (11%) 21 (78%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 27 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 22 (81%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 27 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 21 (78%)
7. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 27 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 22 (81%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 27 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 5 (19%) 20 (74%)
9. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 27 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 22 (81%)
10. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 27 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 21 (78%)
11. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 27 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 23 (85%)
12. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I find his vast knowledge about pretty much anything and everything to be amazing. He is so intelligent but at the same time easy to communicate with, he is my favorite professor!
Professor Grove was helpful by allowing open discussion in the class. It was good to have that because I was able to get to know different thoughts on the issue or passage on the book.
He understands everything he is teaching and a whole lot more. Incredibly smart, definitely someone you want teaching an upper division course
He can answer any question we have even if its off topic and backs all answers with concrete evidence. He made me want to switch my major to poly sci
Definitely the cool zombie books and movies that we used this semester =D I thought that they were very helpful for illustrating various things that we learned about while being captivating at the same time.
Along with having an excellent knowledge of the subject matter, Jarius is funny and passionate, which makes the class a joy to attend. The books and readings were interesting and challenging. World War Z was my personal favorite.
Professor Grove is an outstanding teacher and mentor. He went out of his way to help the students in the class and spent extra time with them for help in the class or for mentoring purposes. He answered all my questions about graduate school on his own time. He was quick to respond to emails and during class he gave each question a thoughtful answer. He clearly knows the subject matter and has a passion for it.
He was obviously knowledgeable in the topics discussed. He was willing to listen to other students and wanted encouraged everyone else to get involved as well. The readings were interesting and helpful.
He seemed to be very knowledgeable about the subject matter. It was easy to have confidence in his instruction. I enjoyed the exam formats (simulations).
His teaching was different from every other professor I've had, which makes it so interesting to sit and listen. He is also understandign as well.
The way he talks. He could break something difficult down and help you understand it.
he made it interesting and exciting
He always tries to answer all the questions and be attentive to students' opinions
His knowledge of the subject is apparent and he always shows up to class enthusiastic and ready to teach. He is always prepared for lecture and assigns reading, videos, and movies that are consistently relevant to the course and lecture. He responds quickly to emails and questions and always offers his office hours.
Everything about this class is amazing and I would love to take any of his classes again
Jarius Grove presents the material in a very well thought out manner that helps us, as students, to explore the material and start to, at least privately, ask critical questions about politics, government, policy, current events/descicions, terminology etc. His communication style is very engaging and inciteful.
His world knowledge and his knowledge of war and technology.
Professor Grove has been an outstanding instructor throughout the Global Politics class. He is extremely knowledgeable and is able to back up knowledge with factual evidence. Jaruis taught in a professional manner while making learning fun by often times throwing in his own personal experiences. I hope to take another class with Jarius in the near future. We need more instructors like him and do away with "old" instructors that have been teaching the same lecturers for how ever long they've been teaching. Just my two-cents. All and all, it's been a great class.
I really appreciated the way that Professor Grove allowed us to have free reign on our opinions and political views. He gave us the opportunity to express our vies and build them by innovated ideas.
13. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
nada
None
When he switched from power point to board.
I can't think of anything, although I was sad that a few of the classes were canceled because I look forward to his lectures.
I know it looks suspicious when there are all excellent markings and strongly agree marks, but I cannot find anything bad about Professor Grove or the course. (And I have thought hard about it.)
The topics discussed were a little difficult to approach, just because a lot of the information were new to me. The books were a little hard to relate to some subjects and use it in order to apply them to our midterms and final. But in class he goes into detail of why it is important and why we are reading this book. After that, my problems are all gone away.
I can't think of much at all to say here.
nothing.
Nothing
n/a
Contents of the course are not well organized
About the exam, it would be nice to see more examples of memos?
N/A
Wish I could find something, but I can't.
I wish he had been assigned a better classroom.
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.93 27 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 25 (93%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.74 27 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (26%) 20 (74%)
16. Other comments:
An intellectual. Brilliant!!
Give him more classes to teach! I will take them all
Didnt include zombies to a great extent
After being in his class last semester, I was very glad to once again take his class. Not only do I learn a lot in his classes, but they are fun and interesting. I have recommended him to a lot of my friends and even convinced one to take this class with me.
I am very introverted, so it was difficult for me to participate in class discussions. One suggestion I have would be to have occasional small group excercises/activities that eventually assemble into the larger class.
It would be a mistake not to renew Grove's contract.
great course, please consider offering it again to future students.
Great course I think its a real learning experience!!
great course
Really interesting course and professor, definitely learned more that I thought I would. Relating zombies to bioweapons and outbreak was really effective.
N/A
Thank you

Jairus Grove: POLS730, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 730 - Sem: International Relations Crn (Section): 76105 (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  
4.64 11 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (91%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.3 11 0.48 Freq(%) 7 (64%) 3 (27%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
7. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
9. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
10. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
11. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
12. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
His ability to keep the class engaged and raising the bar on discourse. He challenges students assumptions and makes us critically defend our ideas. Lots of intellectual vigor.
I feel that Professor Grove is very smart person. It seems like he carries a very large body of knowledge around with him. His course is very challenging. The readings are very difficult to understand, but class discussion generally helps.
Learning and disassembling classic texts...then leading to assembling a coherent progression of contemporary concepts which stimulated our graduate level discourse, nevertheless the knowledge was accessible and unpretentious.
This is the most challenging course I have taken to date. Although a crowd theory/philosophy focus was not what I was expecting from an International Relations seminar, Jairus stunned me every class with his insights, and I could literally feel my mind being stretched. I would not be surprised if some of these were his own concepts. Although it was challenging to contribute to the group discussion, Jairus always took kindly to every comment and expanded upon it, making every student feel valued and more confident. He could effortlessly lead a 2 1/2 hour seminar without awkward pause, which is pretty exceptional. UH is very lucky to have him!
The vast amount of knowledge that he has, and the ways in which he can connect the different things we have read.
Every class discussion was priceless! I never cease to learn and think in the class.
I find the class discussions to be the most valuable part of Jairus's classes, and this semester was no exception. He is very good at explaining concepts from the readings and putting them into a broader context in class. He also did a good job this semester of bringing current events into the course material as well.
Challenging course material yet the professor explained material well and ensured that students worked through ideas and yet class objectives were met.
In each class, Professor Grove would break down texts or theories that I did not fully grasp and made me think of these concepts in ways that I would not have thought of otherwise. Also, his depth of knowledge of the subjects in class and his ability to effectively communicate that knowledge was extremly valuable and helpful for me. Finally, on all occasions Professor Grove has been enthusiastic to help out with any questions I had in relation to the readings outside of class.
His discussion. Also, asks challenging questions. In a mixed class with PhD and MA it can be difficult to maneuver the conversation so that everyone is both challenged and able to follow along. I believe Dr. Grove is quite adept at reaching everyone. The last half of the readings were great.
Jairus is exceedingly well at facilitating class discussion and generating sophisticated theoretical insights from the readings.
13. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
N/A
Nothing...
Some of the reading selections this semester felt a little bit random almost. He made the case for their inclusion fairly well during class discussions, but some of the earlier readings took up a lot of time without really laying much foundation. So it felt like it took a number of weeks to actually get into the class.
Material of course was not necessarily the type of politics I am interested in but Professor Grove made it interesting and interactive.
the course was great and I look forward to taking more with him!
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
16. Other comments:
This was the best of four classes I took this term. Taking his class next semester regardless of the subject.
This course is not for the faint of heart.
Glad to have Jairus join the faculty in the department of polisci.
Felt like an ivy-league course!
While I had some issues with how the course was constructed, I have no complaints about how the class room portions went. Also, I definitely still gained a lot of useful information and tools. Overall, this was a great class.
This is my second year at UH and this was my favorite course so far.
Looking forward to taking more classes form this professor!

Jairus Grove: POLS201, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 201 - Problems of War and Peace Crn (Section): 88489 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 30 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 30 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 30 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 27 (90%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 30 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (20%) 23 (77%)
4. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 30 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 7 (23%) 20 (67%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Lectures, assigned readings
I definitely learned alot, and especially aspects of military and conflict history I may not have come to know otherwise. I also found the openness of discussion and questions.
That we covered a large range of history and facts in an engaging manner
The midterm
Professor Grove was definitely knowledgable in what he was teaching and his lectures were interesting and made the material easy enough to understand.
For me it was learning about waging non-violent struggle because that topic is really interesting to me.
I enjoyed every single reading, daily discussions (even if I was just listening), and I love that Professor Grove really knows what he's talking about.
Professor's knowledge was impeccable...he had every answer to any question we asked... extremely knowedgable and always willing to share it.
He included us directly in his lectures, made us interact
The mid-term and final. It was nice to have us think for ourselves and not just regurgitate information on a test.
Discussions were heated and made me rethink things through
I found the mid-term to be a good way to exercise the knowledge we learned, as well as being able to express our own opinions and a good way to filter through what we learned and apply it logically in real life.
Very informational, and he is very knowledgeable
He teaches you about stuff that is kinda obscure, aspects of society that you would not discuss in a mainstream class.
i really felt that our instructor was very knowledgeable about the subject and that i was challenged every day i went to class, often i felt leaving that i hadnt really fully grasped the material until we had the discussion.
The topics
Having to think critically about what "war" or "peace" really mean or entail. How different countries see global institutions and a general distrust between and among countries, especially [former]colonial powers versus the rest of the world. And generally having to think critically and thoughtfully on what has occurred in the past and what may occur in the the future.
Coming to class and being able to talk about different aspects of the subject matter. The readings were okay, but I think the real value of this course is being able to hear what Prof. Grove has to say about things since he brings up a lot of considerations I normally would not come up with on my own.
The discussion and personal involvement
I learned a lot about specific concepts while being able to apply them to a broad range of conflicts. I also took a PACE course roght after this class and found they complemented each other very well which was cool.
Everything was good. I learned a lot.
a lot of information presented through engaging lectures
The class participation and informative slldes.
His knowledge and comedy
His strong passion and knowledge about the matters discussed made me want to learn more.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I found that it was difficult to understand the questions Professor Grove would prompt the class with. Clearer and more precise questions posed would be great. In addition, repeating the question, even if the words are different, would be great right after asking the first time, which reinforces what is being asked and lessons the need for a student to ask for clarification.
Too much reading, I couldn't keep up and therefore my interaction with class discussion and following what was being taught was very difficult.
No homework
NOT AVAILABLE
I can't think of anything..
not many
N/A
The walk up the stairs of the building
It was difficult at first when there weren't any slides, but after there was power point it helped me know what to write down and what was most important.
Class was boring at times, felt like he would ramble now and then.......
I don't know.
i felt like this was a class that people took because it sounded cool and not because it fulfilled requirements
There isn't anything in particular I would say here; only that the class time restraint felt hindering.
I don't think anything was not valuable in this course.
The Internet readings
I think pop quiz on the reading materials might motivate the students to read the reading material more? It feels like the reading materials were not taken much seriously.
Sometimes the questions asked was a little confusing.
not posting slides onto laulima
Nothing, i fully enjoyed this course.
7. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 30 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (20%) 24 (80%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 30 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (23%) 22 (73%)
9. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 30 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 6 (20%) 23 (77%)
10. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 30 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 7 (23%) 21 (70%)
11. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 29 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 24 (83%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.83 30 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 25 (83%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.63 30 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (30%) 20 (67%)
14. Other comments:
One of the most interesting classes I've taken. Looked forward to attending class, never was bored while in lecture. Grove is an excellent professor, seemed to know everything about everything, always had funny stories about his life and college days in Texas. Really really enjoyed the class and can't wait to take other courses from same professor.
It's far too rare to have an instructor who has a good sense of humor, and Professor Grove certainly has it. There was never really a moment when he seemed too serious which undoubtedly brought a sense of ease to the students in the class.
I love war theory but the problem is this course did not challenge me intellectually. If I wanted to learn everything professor grove said in this class I would go watch war movies. I feel that even though he was knowledgable he doesnt really know how to teach. Give us homework!! I did not gain anything from this class.
good class and enthusiastic professor! A+
He is the best professor I have had so far at UH. He challenged me in every way, and I feel like I can take all that I learned from this class and apply it to real-world scenarios. Thank you so much!
Favorite class and teacher this semester.
I loved this class! Jairus is the BEST!!! :)
Great class, glad I took it
Really enjoyable course, it was very interesting and fun to go to and I felt like I learned a lot.
kind of a strange number for the class, dosent fulfill any additional requirements that the pols 100 class already gives you
As I stated above the time flew by too quickly [because of how involved and engaging the class was] and I was left wanting to know more by the end of the class period and found myself looking forward to the next class.
An engaging professor. Definitely makes me think.
Prof. Grove makes class very interesting. I'm not normally very interested in politics, but the way Prof. Grove explains things and presents the material was very interesting and it made me more interested in the dynamics of war and world affairs. His teaching style is also very unique and although he can pose some intimidating questions, it really makes you think. Overall a challenging course and an awesome instructor!
I have ADD and can easily be bored but Jairus' sense of humor and ability to engage students was excellent. I really enjoyed the course!!
I really liked this course and would recommend it to others.
I would highly recommend this professor to other students. He does not treat you like a simpleton, instead he guides us along.
One of the best classes ive taken in a long time
My favorite professor hands down. He is very engaging and well prepared. His humor and wit made learning about war interesting. The time and preparation spent in making the slides was impressive. Honestly, the best teacher i ever had and this is my second BA, so i have had many professors.

Jairus Grove: POLS635B, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 635B - International Relations & War Crn (Section): 88484 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
4. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
By far and away Jairus' prodding of class discussion made the content invaluable. Also, having the syllabus online was immensely helpful. As someone who has consciously avoided IR as a result of terrible undergraduate experiences, this course has made me rethink my position and has certainly challenged my thinking.
Teaches students to "really" think. Students need to learn how to think.
The required reading for the course was well rounded and directly supported the general theme/topics of the course on of war and Biopolitics. Professor Grove pushed the theoretical concepts Biopolitics to stimulate and make you think of new concepts and ideas well beyond the generally accepted normalized political and philosophical theories. The class was very challenging and engaging and the reading excellent.
The broad range of thinkers with which Dr. Grove made us engage, adn his ability to expound on their thought.
The professor's interventions and the list of reading was great
Jairus is incredibly knowledgeable about the field. He brings a lot to the table...
Class reading material was extremely challenging and class discussions were very thought provoking. The instructor came in prepared to cover topic yet allowed room for class discussion. Too often at grad level instructors take too much of a backseat and don't push to cover material effectively. This class made me re-evaluate my assumptions and perspectives.
The class discussions were the most valuable part of the course. Jairus is very good at delving into the readings, demonstrating connections, and getting at least some people to participate. I also found the variety in the readings to be challenging in a good way.
Jairus's ability to explain some of the more difficult texts! Class discussion was usually always stimulating!
Dr. Grove has an extensive knowledge of a variety of topics and is adept at communicating thoughtfully and clearly on a number of challenging subjects. He was nothing short of masterful in managing and facilitating class discussions.
This is the second class I've had with Dr. Grove and again, I found this course to be very valuable for my future interests. Dr. Grove does a great job of breaking down very complex concepts in a fun way. The lectures are the most important aspect of the class in that sense. The readings for the course have been some of the most challenging that I've ever read, yet the lectures along with Dr. Grove's willingness to discuss the readings during office hours will clarify any confusion.
Excellent reading choices.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Student comments on the course blog were somewhat annoying. The course would have been improved if Jairus had imposed some limits on how long the student presentations should take as several were ridiculously long and shortened the valuable discussion time.
I did not find anything regarding this course that I would deem, "least valuable."
nothing
students' interventions were half/half
Stimulating more in class discussion, maybe opening a way to go around the room and have everyone give at least one comment... Also an online discussion center (other than the blog which noone really used) - maybe a list serv? I had so many out of class ideas and no way to share them regularly.
At times the length of the readings was problematic because it was clear that a lot of the class did not do enough of the reading to feel comfortable participating. I'm not sure how that can be fixed though, students often don't live up to their end of the bargain in a seminar.
It was all great!
None
I think that it was evident from students' presentations that the material we were covering was difficult. Personally, I did not gain any further understanding of the material by way of other students' presentations. I can empathize because my own presentation was a real challenge. Perhaps having students start off the class with some key points and problems identified in the text followed by an instructor response would go further toward our understanding of the material. I think that students starting off the class with problems would give the instructor a better grasp for the students' level of comprehension of the subject matter.
7. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
9. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
10. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
11. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
14. Other comments:
Jairus is one of the best professors I have ever taken a course from. His intelligence and understanding of the material is astounding. Also, his willingness to provide useful comments on my writing, even unrelated to the course, have made me a better writer. He's great!
We need more courses like this one.
Great class! Professor Grove will be an excellent addition to this department, in both his teaching and counseling abilities. He is engaging, articulate, highly knowledgeable and really appears to enjoy teaching. He is always respectful when interacting with students, and is encouraging and thoughtful in his responses, even when disagreeing.
Really enjoyed this course, wish I had it two years ago.
great class. important addition to the department curriculum
Thanks for a very thought provoking seminar!
Great job! Thanks for offering this class!
One of the best professors in this department!!
I cannot imagine a more dynamic and rewarding learning experience than the one Dr. Grove crafted and delivered this semester!
If there is any criticism of Professor Grove, I think that he may have fallen victim to his own success. This is the largest class that I have attended in the program. My experiences with Professor Grove at the one-to-one level have been really informative. I think that the combination of challenging material along with the large number of students made it difficult to clarify key points- many of which were brand new concepts for some students. The times that I was able to meet with Professor Grove during office hours (unfortunately few) showed how adept he is a clarifying difficult concepts. Most classes that I've attended are with 8-10 students. I think that this would have been a much more appropriate number of students for this class.

Jairus Grove: POLS630, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 630 - International Relations Crn (Section): 76028 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.11 9 0.33 Freq(%) 8 (89%) 1 (11%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I found that with each reading and class I better understood a subject that was completly new to me. Jairus also has a great and interactive way of helping the class better understand abstract concepts, the lectures are perhaps the most valuable aspect to the class since he breaks down hard concepts and readings in an understanable and fun way. Finally, regarding the readings, I found that many overlapped with other things I'm studying and in that sense they were very valuable as well.
Grove's ability to cover and intertwine theorists from many disciplines is incredible. His readings were set up elegantly as each had a particular purpose in expanding all points of interest in each seminar session. His style engages students and requires them to grasp the concepts on a much deeper level missing in some other theory classes. In short, he injects an academic professionalism that should push the upcoming students to excel.
good survey of IR theory, without being too restricted to "canons" of IR. Very good summaries and vulgarization from the prof, which help put discussions on track and made concepts and theories clearer. Very good job.
Jairus displayed depth of knowledge that is uncanny, and is great at disseminating ideas and uncovering the meanings of text. Therefore class discussion was very valuable. The readings were also very valuable, however lengthy at times...
Prof.Grove's analysis and inter[retation of IRS leading me into the critical thinking.
EVERYTHING in this course was valuable. Although some of the readings were a challenge, the structure of the way they were assigned really met the objective of the class, which was to give grad students a strong foundation of the various International Relations school of thought. What was invaluable were the class discussions and Professor Grove's keen insights on all the readings. He clearly had a strong grasp of the subject matter and was always willing to guide students to understand the readings in the context of the bigger picture. Professor Grove's was always encouraging of new ideas even if it may seem like it is from the left field. He was always able to help a student think further and deeper.
The readings were valuable in that they layed out the foundations of IR and the various schools. The critical reading assignment was equally valuable, perhaps having more than one session would have been good.
Professor Grove is smart but sometimes I cannot follow him.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None
As before said, some of the readings were a bit much. While they were great pieces, I almost feel like it may have detracted from the overall learning process as we would have been able to discuss the readings in greater detail if everyone was able to do a detailed examination of the readings.
In the latter half of the course, Professor Grove began to outline on the chalkboard some of the concepts we were discussing. This was VERY helpful, and I would actually suggest whenever possible to add visuals to explanations and even encourage the grad students to use visuals if it would help them participate in a different form other than just talking.
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
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%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
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%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
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%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
16. Other comments:
I took this class with little intention of taking another IR course. Now, however, I'm defintely going to take his course next semster and very interested in this subfield within political science. Jairus's great teaching methods, willingness to help, and easy going personality makes him a great prof and I would highly reccommend him to incoming students.
Really appreciate Grove's ability to use blogs and other sites for class information, including the fact that the graduate student is saved from buying tons of books, and instead can access fresh, lucid, and pertinent readings in the context of current times and theories.
Again, Jairus did an amazing job!
Dr. Grove needs to do less lecturing and more with trying to engage students to speak on topics at hand. Otherwise Dr. Grove is a very smart guy and a valuable addition to the faculty. I very much enjoyed this course and would recommend it to others.
It's a very challenging and meaningful classes, I really appreciate Prof.Grove's effort
An awesome course and thank you Professor Grove for sharing a treasure trove of invaluable knowledge!