eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: David Stannard

Available Survey Results

AMST602, Spring 2013
AMST643, Spring 2012
AMST601, Fall 2011
AMST602, Spring 2011
AMST643, Fall 2010
AMST602, Spring 2010
AMST643, Fall 2009

David Stannard: AMST602, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 602 - Patterns of American Cultures Crn (Section): 80025 (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 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (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  
1.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
6. 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%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%)
9. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
10. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
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%)
13. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
I have a very high opinion of Professor Stannard. He has a unique and engaging way of teaching, and the two classes I have taken with him were immensely enjoyable.
Great course! I really like Professor Stannard's approach in allowing the students to choose the readings they wanted to read within a set period of history. Very effective in giving the rest of the class a wide range of topics to learn about during weekly discussions. The assignment of writing a dissertation prospectus should prove to be extremely valuable in the near future as well.
he is a great professor who is very knowledgeable about the material. He is available to meet with students and helpful when it comes to subject matter and graduate school in general.
I very much enjoyed David's presence and genuine approach to the class material as well with students--allowing us to feel as individuals rather than as "student." I also very much appreciated his scope of knowledge and above all, his wisdom.
a professor with far eyesight. His teaching philosophy, viewed in the long run, is really constructive. He helps students find their own research interest, and gives students freedom to pursue what they are interested in. He is also encouraging and accessible. He is a good professor.
He is incredibly knowledgable of the different subject matters discussed in class. He also provided great professional development advice and insight. In addition, he structured the class in a way that allowed students to focus on their areas of interest but made it relevant to the course as well as practical use of course assignments that assist students in progressing through their respective graduate programs.
14. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
15. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The class discussions, Dr. Stannard's knowledge and enthusiasm, and the variety in the course material.
See comments above
I liked choosing my own books each week to read, and class discussions were interesting. The dissertation proposal assignment was also helpful.
The dissertation proposal assignment genuinely kicked my butt--it forced me to hunker down and tackle the myriad of topics and issue swarming in my head. It was a hugely valuable exercise, particularly in demystifying the process and David's advice of not being afraid of jumping into it.
1. freedom to search for students'own interest and read books related to that interest. 2. starting to do dissertation proposal even most of the students are first- year graduate students. From this course I found what my interest is. I'm really excited about it. 3. weekly review-paper writing. painful but very helpful. Most of the book I have read have a strong impression in my mind
I really e enjoyed selecting our own readings for the course as it was beneficial in getting students to start thinking about reading lists in preparation for comps
16. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Some topics would get overshadowed/not addressed at all during class due to over-enthusiasm on other topics, lack of time, etc.
Nothing was terribly bad.
It was great to have students from many departments in the class, but at times it felt like the conversation was too broad and that the topics were all over the place. It could have been useful to cluster students in groups that were relevant to their fields. Also, there were classes when we didn't get to discuss everyone's papers. The course also moved very quickly over a lot of important moments in history.
The structure was a bit messy at times and did not allow us to get in depth.
sometimes class conversation goes randomly, and takes too long for one person's paper and no time for some others.
The deadline for reading responses was so late that I did not have a chance to read other students papers before class
17. My overall evaluation of this course is...
It was a wonderful, engaging, horizon-expanding course.
Valuable for the American Studies major or History major alike.
602 is a solid course. Its design has pros and cons. The course might benefit from a smaller class size so that everyone's paper is discussed each week. Also, a few more weeks of assigned reading could have helped the class slow down and connect more historical context to each 20-year period. It's great that students can explore their individual interests in this class, as well as make connections to other students' readings.
I like the freedom Professor Stannard gives us, like the way he requires us to do intensive writing (reading and paper writing). I feel I have gained a lot from this course.
It was great! It was very helpful and insightful, and did not feel like assignments were busy work. They were practical for students thinking about comps and dissertation or thesis proposals
18. Other comments:
I would highly recommend this instructor and this course.
Thanks for a great semester!

David Stannard: AMST643, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 643 - Critical Traditions in America Crn (Section): 89265 (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 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (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  
1.2 5 0.45 Freq(%) 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%) 5 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%) 5 (100%)
9. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
10. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 1.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
13. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
David is a great teacher with an enormous amount of knowledge! It was great learning from him!
What I love and appreciate about David's classes are the numerous ways that he is so supportive of his students. What sets him a part from many of the professors that I've had in my career as an academic is that he always wants you to do your best and makes it known. You, as a student, do not only just know that he's encouraging you, but that you actually feel it in his actions and his guidance. Great lecturer. Great and witty humor. Amazing man overall. Thumbs up.
He is an excellent scholar and graduate seminar facilitator. He allows the students to explore specific topics of interest to them and their research. He was incredibly open to hearing students thoughts, ideas and was a great resource, pointing in the right direction for additional material.
Very easy going and knowledgable.
14. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
15. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Being able to read whatever we wanted!
The interconnectedness of all the subjects and every single tidbit of information that David thought was and could be relatable, he bestowed onto the class.
I personally like the fact that we were able to explore our own sub-topics within the larger weekly topics. Since students often choose different topics, it provided for an interesting discussion and for the opportunity to learn from one another. Even if we explored the same topic as a classmate, we were able to see if from a different angle, which brought new insights. I also liked the documentaries that we started each class with. I am not very strong in American Civil Rights history and so the documentary put gave faces and voices to the many involved with the struggle. It also helped me to understand the material in another way, in additional to the written material. Finally, it introduced me to a completely new source to use in my own classroom.
The array of readings that were presented for discussion each week really opened up the topic and time period for a variety of critical readings, which was appreciated.
16. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Starting class late and ending late...
Nothing.
None.
The videos were interesting, but I would have preferred to watch them outside of class and spend more time in class discussing the material. Since we always ran out of time (or over time), it seemed like there always discussion that was lingering.
17. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Great course, I really enjoyed it! It was very intellectually stimulating!
Great and vital class. Learned so much about the Civil Rights era and the Viet Nam War, that I haven't had the chance to learn about previously.
This is a great course that everyone should have the opportunity to take.
Great course, learned a lot. I originally thought that it might have been nice to have one or two texts that we all read in common to establish some framework, but I wasn't disappointed with the way that it went either.
18. Other comments:
Thanks for offering this class!

David Stannard: AMST601, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 601 - Patterns of American Culture Crn (Section): 70037 (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  
5.14 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
9. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He is very knowledgeable and interesting. He encourages and facilitates class discussion.
Great professor!
Excellent.
He is a wonderful professor and a great adviser. He is very knowledgeable about the material we covered.
The best professor in the American Studies Department. I have had three of his courses, and am always inspired by his depth of knowledge, he is truely a leader in the field of AMST. I wish he taught more courses.
I think students should definitely have a background in prior to Early American History prior to taking this course. Watch videos, read general texts, etc. but your experience will be much more rewarding if you enter already knowing some of the basic aspects that have been written and/or discussed generally about the time periods covered in this course.
15. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
David allowed us to be a part of deciding what topics would be covered in class.
I liked how the class was held in a very "easy going" manner. This enabled everybody's opinions to be heard, and made for some very interesting topic discussions. Furthermore, I also liked how Dr. Stannard allowed for each student to pursue their individual interests by allowing us to pick our books independently. This allowed for many different perspectives and view points that related to one central topic.
The aspect of freedom within the course was one of the best aspects -- which led to interesting perspectives and sharing of information.
I like the open syllabus which allowed us to pick our own books.
Choosing my own books on assigned topics and having to read other students papers before each class allows us to enjoy our assignments and come to class ready to discuss everyone else' work.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Because the course had to cover so much ground, we focused on one topic per week. Some times, when the topic was really interesting, it would have been nice to have spent more time studying it.
A mid semester grade announcement would be nice, in order to know if any improvement is needed in the weekly papers.
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
An excellent course taught by an exceptional instructor.
Excellent.
Excellent! This course is what a true AMST course should be, a mixture of history and literature.
19. Other comments:
Please teach more courses, the grad students in the department admire your teaching style and knowledge. The "golden nuggets" of information concerning related material and books, academia as a profession, and the AMST field are worth the tuition. You are the best in the department in motivating and encouraging students to write, publish, and become true academic professionals.

David Stannard: AMST602, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 602 - Patterns of American Cultures Crn (Section): 80027 (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 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (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  
1.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
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  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
9. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
10. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%) 2 (25%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 8 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%) 1 (13%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
13. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He is a great professor who knows his materials. He gives great advice too, as to whether the project his students is doing is doable or not; he mentions some challenges that might come along the way and these are always anticipated.
He is a legend in academia. His books " Honor Killing" and " Before the horror:" are masterpieces. He knows everything and I consider him genius! Please have the American Studies Dept. have him teach more classes. In closing, the university should appreciate him more!!! Give him some distinguished faculty award? He is the modern day Kuykendall or Daws, I'm in awe to be in his class.
Dr. Stannard is quite brilliant and extremely learned.
Dr. Stannard is great and has a broad archive of knowledge that he taps in to. He is funny and never coercive in style.
He is a great professor- knows a wealth of information.
Dr. Stannard is very approachable, which makes the students easier to ask questions or to have meetings with. Also, every seminar is unpredictable which I think is quite stimulating.
Great professor, always something interesting and intelligent to say.
14. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
15. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Writing reviews on the books we had to read for that week and responding o other is the best part of this course!
His vast and unlimited knowledge of all things past and present that knows no boundaries and covers all academic fields. His political beliefs are well grounded and he cares for all. I enjoyed the first four assignments and learned alot from all of this intellectual mans lectures.
There was a breadth of vision and knowledge that was invigorating.
I liked Dr. Stannard. I enjoyed picking my own readings that were relevant to my area of interest. And I love the final assignment of a (pre) doctoral dissertation/MA thesis proposal.
I liked that the students critiqued all the work- it was constructive. I also liked reading about what my classmates were studying and and doing their proposals on.
I liked the idea that we could choose our own texts, and focus on our own interest field, but there's a downside to this as well.
Choosing my own reading assignments. Tailor made topics of interest.
16. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Dirty, dusty, germ-riddled table! For this I blame university maintenance. Is this the way the university showcases Stannard?
It would be nice to have more clarity in the assignments as students seem to be at different levels and have different needs. Also, more direction in the class discussions might be good. There was a lack of organization at times which detracted.
I did not enjoy the discussion. It is my opinion that admissions criteria is far too relaxed. Many students in the class certainly should not be in a graduate program-their language and ideas are unsophisticated and not critical. I did not learn anything from class discussion. Dr. Stannard was the only one that offered any insightful ideas.
I didn't appreciate how much Dr. Stannard would interupt students who were giving their opinion or feedback on a particular discussion. It discouraged students from speaking out. He also digresses so much to the point of becomming uninterested in the original topic.
As much as choosing our own text was interesting, I believe that a certain limit should be given with the freedom to choose the texts. Since this is a required course, I'm sure there are certain things that an American Studies student must know. Therefore, I think it would make this seminar much more interesting if certain keywords were given to students in order for the students to find and read books on the information that they need to acquire.
Choosing my own reading assignments. Classroom discussion was often awkward feeling, and I think the reason was our diverse areas of interest.
17. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I like it, would recommend it to others as a way to help them think about their thesis or any writing projects that deals with American culture/people/etc.
Great course by an academic genius and living legend! Perhaps it ( the course) should only have the first four assignments then the rest of the semester have Stannard speak his mind for the entirety of all remaining lectures. What he has to say is pure brilliance, he makes the light bulb go on in a lot of heads. He also has good politics. Get Stannard out to give talks at all community colleges infront of large masses so people can benefit while he is still active faculty. Have the university get his books out to all highschools, they are masterpieces!!!
This is quite a very good course which could be excellent with a few simple, targeted organizational tweaks.
If this is to be a required course perhaps students only in the same academic level should take it together.
I would take it again if I had to because of all the literature it forced me to read that i otherwise wouldnt have.
Had a blast throughout the semester.
I would not recommend this course, but that does not matter since it is required.
18. Other comments:
I don't feel the university appreciates, honors, showcases, and utilizes Stannard enough. The great Kuykendall is no longer around but this era's Stannard is. Let more people know that the university, right here in hawaii has someone of high esteem such as the great David Stannard. The State political machine could also improve if they listen to his politics and ideals.
It is great to allow more free choice and independent scholarship, yet it is has its own pitfalls. Perhaps pairing one student with another student for specific assignments, and then rotating those pairs, might be a more focused way to equal the playing field in the class.
I have never taken a course run such as this, while I was frustrated by it at times because the other students in truth are not very good, I see what the point is and I appreciate it. This could have been such a wonderful course in this way. In many ways it was still tremendously helpful I only wish the others could have helped push me along and inspire new ideas and perspectives.
None.
I think the one thing the class might benefit from is having maybe 3 texts that the class reads and analyzes together. To be effective, it might be best to have these 3 strewn throughout the course, but the goal of them is to provide some kind of community. The class enjoys a richness because of the varied interests that students bring and it seems we all learn a lot, but maybe having pauses where we all reset and get on the same proverbial page would be advantageous.

David Stannard: AMST643, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 643 - Critical Traditions in America Crn (Section): 77776 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
4. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
5. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
7. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
8. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
9. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
10. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
11. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Dr. Stannard is very knowledgeable and smart.
I think Dr. Stannard is one of the best assets to the university. I have learned so much in all of the classes that I have taken with him. I do feel that he is extremely fair to the class and makes concessions when things come up, sometimes out of anyone's control. I would say that sometimes his flexibility is taken advantage of by some of the students in class and, while this is not a reflection by any means on Dr. Stannard, I think it does say something about the caliber of students coming into the program from year to year.
Excellent. I enjoy observing David Stannard in action, as he has a way of addressing difficult topics in a respectful, yet forthright manner, and, although I may not always agree with him, he's clearly a master debater and a stickler for details!
Professor Stannard helped us to scrutinize and analyze the time period. He opened my mind to the world and really grounded my academic goals.
Excellent
12. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
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%) 5 (100%)
13. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
That we could pick our texts for the course but could also rely on Dr. Stannard to provide meaningful and relevant suggestions if we got stuck. My only gripe was emailing our papers to our classmates the night before class and the expectation of reading all 16 papers prior to class. As someone who is pursuing my degree nearly full time while also trying to balance a demanding career, it was sometimes frustrating to find the time to read all the papers and provide feedback. I wish there was some way of problem solving this out a little better.
I enjoyed the opportunity of selecting our own texts for the course and writing and sharing our respective responses with each other.
The documentary films added an element of reality to the class that we could have only gotten if we were there!
Freedom. Allowing the students to pick their own works to analyze each week brought more intrigue to the class.
14. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The room. The chairs are uncomfortable and the table was dusty for the first 10 weeks of the class.
N/A
Having to read everyone's papers, especially when the papers were not turned in on time.
15. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Excellent.
Excellent! I appreciated the challenge, the critique, and the opportunity to explore...
Awesome course. Please teach a course about the rise of the right and conservatism.
Excellent.
16. Other comments:
I enjoyed reading the books of my choice throughout the course. Choosing the books allowed me to be more interested in the course but also allowed me to learn how to research for the right books to read.
I would actually limit the enrollment. As a seminar and the way the course is structured, the workload might have been more manageable (see comment to question 13) if the class size was smaller. Additionally, with a small class, you might have a more lively discussion since everyone would have to talk. Restrict to PhD seekers only, perhaps?
Maybe next year you could bring in some Vietnam vets, Native Hawaiian protesters or Civil Rights protestors to share with us their stories and their experiences.

David Stannard: AMST602, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 602 - Patterns of American Cultures Crn (Section): 80033 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
4. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
5. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%)
7. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
8. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
9. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
10. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
11. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Prof. Stannard is an awesome teacher. He knows a lot of things. He is very enjoyable in class.
Professor Stannard is an exceptional professor who encourages students to read, think, and write critically, develop strong research proposals, work collaboratively as colleagues, and explore available literature on the topics under discussion.
Excellent professor that is able to create a relaxed atmosphere for discussion.
Professor Stannard is very knowledgeable in the subject area and a very very helpful Professor. He was always eager to help his students. He is full of ideas and helped stimulate interesting conversations in class. He is very approachable and very friendly. He created an enjoyable and comfortable atmosphere in the class and had great respect for his students.
Professor Stannard was outstanding as usual. Most impressive was his willingness to make time to meet with me. I was confused about an assignment and he set aside time to talk it through with me. His help made all the difference and demonstrated his commitment to both his craft and his students. He is an excellent instructor who is knowledgeable, respectful, and sensitive to the needs of those he teaches.
David encourages scholarship from different perspectives and "disciplines."
He is a fantastic professor who really takes into account the perspective of his students. He actually listens to them. He is awesome.
Dr. Stannard needs a raise. He is by far one of THE BEST profs I have ever had in my life. His ability to encourage discussion and participation by everyone in the class due to the class format was most helpful to me as a student. Not only did it allow me to learn about issues I would not have had any inclination in learning about, it also provided me an opportunity to learn more about my fellow classmates. These relationships are excellent opportunities in networking because you never know when you need assistance in a topic you're not interested in, but you know a colleague is well versed in the matter because of Dr. Stannard's class. I highly encourage anyone to take his classes. He's very intelligent, witty, and always has time to talk to you, even though he's super busy. Great class!
Professor Stannard is an amazing educator and mentor. His teaching style and course structure allowed EVERYONE in the class to gain so much knowledge about a plethora of topics. He truly is a gem in this University.
He is always encouraging and I think not only me but other students as well always tried to meet the goal. We were doing this not because we had to but more likely because we wanted to. And we wanted to hear what others think of our assignments and so on.
He has a strong opinion but he is willing to listen to students ideas. I appreciate his earnestness in listening to what students have to say.
This was the first time to take Dr. Stannard's class. I really liked his teaching methodology. Personally, I cannot do my best in a circumstance that I am forced to do something. It rather prevents myself to be more creative. In that sense, Dr. Stannard's class gave me time to be honest to myself and my interest. Thank you.
This course helped us as students to start to think of how to approach a dissertation and with the help of our classmates create a community of valued scholarship.
12. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
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%)
13. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Students were tasked with assisting in the topic and book selection process, which resulted in an eclectic mix of readings and reviews. This method further stimulated each week's discussion sessions and provided each member with the opportunity of delving into colleagues' topic interests while also adding to their respective resource bases. The final assignment involved developing dissertation (or thesis) proposals and presenting them to the class. This process allowed for professor and student feedback and the opportunity of implementing their contributions into a revised, and hopefully improved, version of our proposals.
I liked that we got to hear thorough discussions of everyone's research topics which made the class different and innovative every time.
I really enjoyed being able to select our own reading's each week. I was able to choose a book that interested in the particular topic of the week. I honestly felt that I learned better this way because I was always interested in what I read.
I loved the exchange of student material. I learned not only from professor Stannard, but also from the others in class. Our collective I.Q. is much higher than our individual I.Q.
The requirement to find our own materials for weekly discussion topics. This brought a variety of opinions and approaches.
Picking what to read
The class format, where everyone chooses a resource to review based on a pre- determined topic. The individual projects we selected after were also stimulating. I am glad that Dr. Stannard made us draft a grad proposal because it gets us thinking ahead of time.
I appreciated the fact that we could choose our own books and basically create our own curriculum.
Again, this class encouraged discussion among students, which is extremely stimulating.
I liked writing the dissertation proposal. Although I feel I was not able to research deep enough to make it as my official dissertation proposal, it surely made me start my own research and realize what resources I should look into.
The ability to choose and have a student-centered approach to learning. I appreciate that our professor sees us as equals.
14. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Not applicable.
Nothing...class was perfect.
Discussions occasionally became focused for too long on a particular topic, restricting time for other issues to be brought up. This was not done purposefully, as a matter of eliminating viewpoints, but it was just the way conversation flowed, and perhaps needed an occasional intervention.
Sometimes there wasnt enough time for everyone to speak
n/a
It did get, at times, very time consuming to read a book, write a three page paper and then read everyone's papers in class. But, this was also one of the best parts of the class because we were getting book reviews for 15 books a week!
There was often not enough time to cover everything we wanted to discuss.
15. My overall evaluation of this course is...
This course was a great deal more interesting and stimulating than any graduate course I've taken at this campus thus far. As such, I look forward to taking further courses with Dr. Stannard in the coming semesters.
Great core course for AMST.
My overall evaluation of this course is that it is a great course. Class time always seemed to short what with the stimulating conversations we had.
Excellent
It was very challenging, and enabled me to see where some views that I disagree with are coming from, and areas and I need to research in order to effectively counter those arguments.
it was excellent. I feel I really learned a lot in it.
A+++++ to infinity, haha!
Excellent!!! I will take more classes from Professor Stannard!
Wonderful
Excellent.
16. Other comments:
This course, for me, more appropriately embodied the notion of seminar, as students were tasked with selecting each week's subtopics and researching potential reading materials appropriate to the main focus of the course. This method is far different from any other courses, graduate or otherwise, that I've taken at UH thus far, so it was quite an interesting and stimulating experience. I look forward to more classes with this department, and particularly with this professor, in the future.
I'm glad I took the course, which is out of my department, as it helped me to gain direction in my eventual pursuit of a doctorate.
n/a
I would love to take the same class if I could.
I would like to have a different classroom with windows so we don't feel so enclosed.

David Stannard: AMST643, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 643 - Critical Traditions in America Crn (Section): 79201 (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 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
3. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
4. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
8. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
9. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
11. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
12. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Professor Stannard's expertise in American Studies is unquestionable. More impressive though was his management of the classroom experience. He encouraged discussion and if that failed (if we failed), he came up with new strategies to facilitate dialogue. I felt like my contributions were respected and given full consideration. He lead with a light hand and sense of humor yet demanded critical thinking and open discussion. Expectations for class participation and weekly assignments were high, but within reach. Professor Stannard did an excellent job!
I appreciate the student-centerdness of this course (i.e. the ability to chose our own texts). The content of this course was eye opening and engaging. Thank you for all the stories.
He is one of the best instructors who is not only knowledgeable but also communicative.
One of my favorite. I thought analysis was insightful and class material was interesting. I really enjoyed our discussions and Professor Stannard's knowledge on a wide variety of subjects is inspiring. Professor Stannard promoted a comfortable atmosphere to exchange ideas and class time was thoroughly enjoyable.
Give Dr. Stannard a raise, please. This has got to be one of -- if not, THE most thought-provoking, relevant-to-our-times class that I have ever taken at this University. The subject matter is very heavy, but the format in which Dr. Stannard teaches it promotes not only serious individual contemplation, but also demands class discussion on a level that few other courses can barely even come close to. While I may disagree with some of my fellow colleagues during our discussion, I leave class feeling that I truly learned not only about the subject matter, but also about other issues that I would never have voluntarily chosen to read about. I would definitely recommend this class to other students.
Fantastic professor. He knows his material well, is respectful of students ideas, and enthusiastic about the course in general. It has been a great pleasure to learn from him.
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
14. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
1. While every aspect of the class was "fulfilling" I valued the contributions of the other students most of all. This was a clear situation of the collective I.Q. far exceeding any one student's individual I.Q. 2. Weekly assignments were an elegant combination of structure and free choice. As a graduate student I realize that learning is my responsibility, but I appreciated the guidance offered by Professor Stannard. His knowledge base is both broad and deep. 3. Professor Stannard is/was an excellent professor. I am not sure another faculty member could have pulled off this course, but he did. Great job!
Each week, we are assigned to read a book of one's choice on a certain key topic, and produce an essay. The good part of the class is that we shared the essays with other classmates. It is beneficial because we get to know a diverse selection of books each week.
The weekly readings of my choice helped me find interest in the subjects we studied. This has been my most self driven class I have ever taken.
I liked the instructor, course subject matter, and my classmates. The class encouraged active participation and self guided study. This allowed me to take hold of my own learning experience and explore areas that piqued my interest.
The different weekly subject matter and the freedom to provide commentary on any type of format (print, film, pictorial, etc) related to the weekly subject matter. This proved to make for very interesting and stimulating discussion.
The course discussions were very fascinating, thanks to the professor's ability to stimulate discussion and the willingness of the rest of the students in the class to participate.
15. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
N/A
I would have liked the course to span more into the 70s, or have additional course that could allow for more on the study of all social movements.
As the class was on Vietnam War and also civil rights movement, it required a range of knowledge about the period. Lacking the knowledge, it was hard to follow the topic and finish the weekly essays.
I still don't know if I like the structure. At times I loved that I had the freedom to pursue my own interests, but sometimes that freedom led to some dead ends. I think that perhaps a balance could be struck. Maybe every other assignment could be assigned as to maintain more of a common ground for class discussions. Freedom was good, but sometimes it was not as productive as I had hoped. Also, in retrospect, I would have stuck to just one topic, either Civil Rights or Vietnam. One class could have a small segment on the other, but it was hard to go back and forth all the time.
n/a ... but the room got really cold sometimes.
Sometimes we would get stuck on one tangent for too long during group discussions. This, however, is a natural component of the kind of introspective discussions that took place and was by no means a detriment to the class.
16. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Excellent...see above.
Excellent.
I highly recommend taking his course. You not only learn from the instructor, but you learn by reading and writing by yourself every week. it is a class that builds skills necessary for a graduate student.
The teaching style of haaving students choose thier own reading assignments is exceptional. I will deffenently take more classes with this professor and hope to see more of this style of instruction from other professors.
Great class. I would take it again and I would recommend it any grad student.
it is EXCELLENT and I HIGHLY recommend it to my fellow classmates. Great Prof!
My favorite class that I have taken thus far in graduate school. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this subject. The professor certainly makes the class tick and I hope it will be taught again in the future.