eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Susan Hippensteele

Available Survey Results

AMST436, POLS436, WS436, Spring 2013
WS434, Fall 2012
AMST436, POLS436, WS436, Spring 2012
WS320, Fall 2011
WS392, Spring 2011
WS392, Summer I 2010
WS320, Spring 2010
WS437, Fall 2009
WS437, Fall 2007

Susan Hippensteele: AMST436, POLS436, WS436, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 436 - Gender, Justice and Law Crn (Section): 87783 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 436 - Gender, Justice and Law Crn (Section): 87124 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 436 - Gender, Justice and Law Crn (Section): 87194 (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  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 1 (100%) 1 (25%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (50%) 1 (100%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
8. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (25%) 1 (100%)
9. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
10. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 9 (90%)
12. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (90%)
13. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (90%)
14. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%)
15. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
16. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
17. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
18. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
19. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
20. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
her extensive background and knowledge
N/A
Everything! Don't let her stop teaching! Even if it's one course every other semester, students will benefit from Susan's knowledge and her perspective -- and the campus as a whole will be better for it.
I enjoyed how well Susan Hippensteele facilitated class discussions.
She is very knowledgeable. She is both passionate and compassionate. Susan has a strength of being that allows her to break down complex and emotionally challenging topics for her students in ways that make them feel that they are not being threatened or accused.
She is an excellent teacher. She is one of the best instructors I have had at UH. She's whip-smart, professional, organized, super informed. She was understanding when I had a medical situation that pulled me out of class for a week and very reachable via email.
Susan is very knowledgeable and shared very useful/ interesting information that i was unaware of before this class. She also was available to any students who needed extra help and always e-mailed us back very quickly.
What I found most valuable was her knowledge on the subject. She is a wonderful teacher and listener, as it seems she likes to learn from us as well.
Susan came from a law as well as WS background and was able to provide the students with many concrete examples and thorough analysis to material discussed in class.
She is so incredibly well-versed on such a wide range of topics. She really presents you with prompts and questions that make you think critically. Such an amazing person and educator.
Very knowledgable on the subject and provides great input on the difficult material.
Incredibly intelligent woman. She is also very helpful in providing feedback and guidance to her students.
21. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
she was too busy for much consultation, seemed unappraoachable as a result. contacting her by email was tough, but that is the most effective way for students to communicate precisely with professors, I find.
N/A
Nothing! Perhaps a tad too busy.
She could have directed class discussions a little more.
Nothing, she was awesome.
Susan was not always readily available due to her busy schedule.
N/A.
Her intelligence in the subject matter can make her seem rather intimidating at times.
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
23. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
impressive scholar but seemingly unapproachable and preoccupied as she was busy with career transitioning this semester. Not her fault, but it was a burden to me as a student.
N/A
Amazing. If you get a chance to take her class, it needs to be at the top of your list. It is a rewarding experience.
Hippensteele is an engaging teacher who causes her students to ask questions and think critically.
A great person and professor.
She's great. I hope she returns to teaching.
She is a very good teacher, well rounded, knowledgeable and gives respect to her students.
Susan was a great professor and provided the students with a base to continue further interest if desired.
Susan Hippensteele is the kind of person that I would hope to be my mentor; she is so approachable and likeable, intelligent and well spoken. Her real-life experience cement her academic brilliance.
GREAT professor! I wish this wasn't her last semester teaching. :(
24. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
25. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (50%)
26. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (10%) 3 (75%)
27. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Queer Injustice Book
N/A
Readings and class discussion.
I enjoyed the class discussions.
I liked the course material and discussion-based format of the course.
In class discussions are always interesting
The seminar style class contributed to better understanding of material. It also allow students to speak freely and learn how to communicate their ideas better over time.
Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter, Queer Injustice, & Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women, the class discussions/seminar format
The class discussions were very thought provoking. The things I've learned in this class will probably carry on with me in my future career.
28. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
none
N/A
None.
It was unclear what counted as participating in class.
The 20 page 1.5 spacing paper plus a presentation is excessive. 20 pages is... too much. should have had smaller multiple papers instead.
The paper was a bit of a hassle. It would have been better to have 5 pages of a paper due at a time rather than 1 rough draft and a final, especially because it is a research paper and worth 50% of the grade.
N/A
The 20 page paper isn't fun...
29. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (50%) 5 (50%)
30. My overall evaluation of this course is...
good
N/A
Top notch!
Deeply challenging course, well worth the time and effort.
Interesting.
This course was the best seminar I have ever taken. The professor was extremely knowledgable as well as open to other ideas.
Great. Very eye-opening. Accessible despite limited knowledge of the justice system.
Great class. It also helped that everyone was on their readings each week, which allowed for good discussions.
31. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
professor being more available to students
N/A
A longer semester, for more time in her class.
N/a
I did not have a problem with the course, just the essay at the end of the semester was very hard and exhausting.
The paper needs to be divided up and due throughout the semester so that a student will be able to provide a good paper and presentation.
N/A
The paper might be easier to get through if we had one or two days dedicated to peer editing or brainstorming in groups.
32. Other comments:
N/A
I am so, so thankful that I was able to take one of your courses before you stopped teaching. My final paper was far from adequate, but I suffered and grew more in your class than in any other I've taken. Rest assured that what I learned from you were things you maybe had no idea you were teaching, and I will carry them with me for the rest of my life.

Susan Hippensteele: WS434, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 434 - Women and Madness Crn (Section): 78981 (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  
3.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 10 (91%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 8 (73%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.82 11 1.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 4 (36%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 1.29 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 9 (82%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.73 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 6 (55%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 6 (55%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Excellent teacher, very hard class. I feel like sometimes the material goes over my head, but it is still very interesting.
Our awe-inspiring teacher and discussions.
-out of her mind
Class discussions about reading assignments were a really effective way to understand the reading and larger concepts and theories regarding women studies.
The kind of materials that we read and her approach to teaching. She really makes us think critically.
Professor was extremely enthusiastic, and channeled that enthusiasm into getting us engaged with the material. The resources she chose fully explored each aspect of Women and Madness, and I have left the course with the knowledge of how the psy professions have exploited women, how women have suffered because of this exploitation, and how we can and should address the ethicacy of these issues. Everything I want of college and more.
I appreciated the essay format of evaluation for our grades. I don't think a multiple-choice test or midterms would be as effective in grasping the course material. Though the essays were difficult and strictly graded, you have a sense of accomplishment when you receive a good grade on it. When you get a good grade, you know that it was passed through a difficult grading criteria, which is uncommon in many other essay-based classes.
Discussions as well as the reading material.
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.78 11 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 7 (64%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Perhaps a little more guidelines on writing the essays in terms of what she expects from us.
One short break, even five minutes, would be nice. Some visuals would be nice as well, such as including a couple documentaries.
More specific guidelines for presentation. Especially regarding topic choice - provide examples.
Teacher's communication and more frequent office hours.
Requirements for final presentation were woefully unclear. We did not know if was supposed to be a paper or a presentation from the syllabus, let alone how long it was supposed to be, etc. That definitely needs to be fixed!
The reading load was reasonable but very fast-paced for me. Most of the time I wasn't able to complete the book at the time that it was due. One book was smushed into just one week. However, the discussions were very helpful to analyze and soak-in the material. The books were assigned in a specific manner and the linear progression was obvious and necessary.
Have a few quizzes to have more material to pull a grade from.
15. Other comments:
The class was challenging (a lot of required reading), but very rewarding. It was nice to have numerous perspectives (students from different departments) especially when discussing controversial issues issues. Susan is passionate about her work as a professor. She really encourages her students to work to their the greatest potential.
Susan needs to teach more undergraduate courses. She is the only professor who challenges me, and pushes me to reach my potential. She inspires me to do good work; she is an excellent instructor.
I found myself talking about the course material to other students and friends. I could explain why I use the term "manic depression" instead of "bipolar" and what the difference is. I learned about the foundation and birth of my major and the flaws within the system. I was always skeptical about the DSM and found many problems with it. However, a book that was assigned gave me more concrete examples and research to propel my ideas. Overall, I have learned more in this class than I could have ever expected. Susan has been very resourceful and a great person to talk to, even in a non-academic manner. I hope to continue communicating with her as she has been very helpful and knowledgeable about my career and research opportunities. She also knows all the great places to eat! It has been a very valuable experience.

Susan Hippensteele: AMST436, POLS436, WS436, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 436 - Gender, Justice and Law Crn (Section): 89270 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 436 - Gender, Justice and Law Crn (Section): 88487 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 436 - Gender, Justice and Law Crn (Section): 88569 (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  
3.5 6 1.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
8. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Dr. Hippensteele is a fabulous teacher. She is incredibly demanding of her students, which forced them to meet her high expectations, which I believe is a wonderful thing. She expects full participation and full preparation for her courses.
The manner in which we learned information was unique. Instead of being spoon-fed principles about gender, justice, and law, Susan presented advanced reading to us and encouraged us to work through it so that we could learn how to learn as well as learn the material. We were given a critical analysis of the legal system's interaction with gender, and I feel like I have a very nuanced understanding of it.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Dr. Hippensteele can be rather blunt at times and can occasionally expect a little too much from her students, but all in all, she has been one of my favorite professors. Also, squeezing a 10 minute presentation out of an 18 page paper was rather difficult and seemed almost silly. I would have preferred that we have an informal discussion of our work instead of a formal "presentation" when time was so short.
This is one of the most valuable courses I've ever taken.
11. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
12. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
13. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
14. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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%)
15. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%)
16. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
17. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
18. 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%)
19. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
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%)
20. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%)
21. 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%)
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
23. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She's an excellent and fun professor who sets high standards for her students. She encourages critical thought about the material, and ensures that each student will have a thorough understanding of it. At the same time, she's open and is willing to share her experiences. She creates a safe environment to foster discussion.
Wonderful. I would highly recommend her to other students and peers. We have not yet received a grade for the course so I cannot comment on her grading as of yet.
She sets a high standard for students, and she helps them reach it. She's enthusiastic about her material, and she has lots of personal experiences to draw from regarding her subject matter. She is both intellectual and grounded, and cares about both theory and practice. Susan is an excellent instructor.
24. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
25. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
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%)
26. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%)
27. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The literature was challenging and thought-provoking. I enjoyed hearing other students' interpretations of what we were reading, as well as Dr. Hippensteele's.
Students truly engaged in intellectual discussion every class.
28. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Sometimes I felt the amount of reading was too much (meaning too many pages for that week), but this was only the case every now and then.
29. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.6 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
30. My overall evaluation of this course is...
that it is thought-provoking, grounded, well-taught, and extremely worth the high level of effort it requires.
31. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I believe I already have.
32. Other comments:
Instructor was well informed, class was interesting. Unfortunately, I had to dis-continue attending this class because: 1) It was too hard for me, I was not prepared/able to do an 18-page Critical Analysis paper. 2) My Dad was confirmed with Cancer (he has tumors in his throat, his lung, the side of his ribs, etc.) and I decided to spend time with him on Wednesday and one week-end day every week...
Thank you for providing this course!

Susan Hippensteele: WS320, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 320 - Women and Madness Crn (Section): 79016 (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  
3.33 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (53%) 6 (40%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 8 (53%)
6. I developed a set of overall values in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 11 (73%)
8. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 15 1.13 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 3 (20%) 6 (40%)
9. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
11. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 1.16 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 9 (60%)
12. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
13. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I think the literature was inspiring
Susan Hippensteele's style of teaching in a seminar class setting was the most valuable aspect of the course; she leads the class in discussion that allows us to critically analyze our reading material in such a way that we can better understand the course content, overall.
I really enjoyed the "round-table discussion" kind of atmosphere. We were all able to engage rather casually but we discussed complex ideas and even interacted with one another in healthy ways.
N/A
I really enjoyed the open discussion every class period. This made the time go by really fast and it was nice to hear everyone's opinion on whatever we were discussing. Susan is a very knowledgeable individual and offered a lot to this class. She is very passionate throughout her discussions and dug very deep into the subject matter which was really helpful when it came to the essays required for this course.
An aspect of the course I found most valuable was when class discussion would focus on women and the legal system; how the U.S. legal system is gendered and extremely sexist.
first-person accounts of insanity changed my perspective on mental illness as a whole.
Instructor was extremely passionate about the subject as well as knowledgeable and well versed. I enjoyed the class and learned a lot from this instructor. Amazing.
The book that you used in this course are both challenging and very interesting. This class really challenge my intellectual capacity.
14. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
(none)
There wasn't really anything I found invaluable about this course.
N/A
I honestly cannot think of any.
I wouldn't say it was an aspect of the course I found the least valuable, it was more unattractive in content on a personal level. I didn't like the first text we covered in the semester. I don't know what it was about it. It was very informative but I did not find the manner in which it was written...interesting.
n/a
Prompts that were given to us and not enough time to do it. She needs to realize that we have other classes to worry about other than hers :(
15. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
16. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.4 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 3 (20%) 9 (60%)
18. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 15 1.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 8 (53%)
19. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
20. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.62 13 1.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%)
21. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
THE TEACHER! And the reading, the books were highly thought-provoking.
I liked the organization of the course, the way it was taught, the content material that we read, and the assignments. Overall, it was just a really great class and there isn't much for me to critique.
Realizing the reasons why I don't like psychology and it makes me thankful that I was never interested in the field. It also makes me think that people who goes into psychology must be crazy themselves...patient as practitioner.
Open discussions, icebreakers to get to know each individual in the class. This allowed everyone to be comfortable with eachother.
The papers were difficult but very thought provoking.
the readings and class discussions
The readings were very interesting and helpful when we had papers to write.
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.23 13 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 7 (54%)
23. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
This course should be a Writing Intensive course because there is ample amount of writing consistent throughout the whole semester. At least 5 pages per every other week. Susan is a great and lively professor, but sometimes I feel that what she expects of her students is unclear in terms of the papers which represent most of out grade. Also, her standards of grading are much higher than that of the rest of the Women's Studies professors, which was a not necessarily a hindrance to my grade, but definitely a challenge. Perhaps Susan just needs to communicate more to her students about what exactly she wants.
The amount of writing and reading was overwhelming, it was beyond a 300 level class. It was much harder than my 400 level women studies class. The writing prompts could be clearer and more direct. Sometimes the prompts went on in circles, leaving me confused with the professor's expectations. And due to the intensity of the class topic, a more welcoming environment should be created so students can feel comfortable talking.
There are no ways to improve this course.
Maybe just give students two weeks for every essay and provide the prompts ahead of time (although I understand why she doesn't).
The literature we had to read in this class was at times really dense, and there was a lot of it. To get a better understanding of each book, maybe reading assignments could have been separated into smaller chunks for discussion so that more specific discussions could be had during seminars.
There needs to be a pre-requisite requirement for the course in some upper level psychology or abnormal psychology. She needs to translate the context of the material for people who are not in the field to understand better if it continues to have no pre-requisite. I did not agree with her style of teaching the course and thought it would have been better if she had a student presentation schedule of the readings so we could learn from each other and translate the material in various interpretations rather than listen to her throw various theories and use of jargon that all students may not understand. I don't think she took into account the diversity of majors in the class even though she knew the class was diverse, however, she did not simplify her lectures to accommodate the class in various levels of their education. Her prompts were often too wordy and complicating and seemed like it went round and round in circles. It was hard to write an "organized" paper answering those prompts.
Course is great as is.
NA
Perhaps it could be listed as a higher level course (400's)
This course took a lot of work and reading and writing, more then i would expect from a 300 level class.
I dont think there needs to be so many papers. It was sometimes overwhelming the amount of course work in this class.
24. Other comments:
Susan Hippensteele is the best teacher that I have ever had in my entire life; she has a brilliant mind and instructs students perfectly.
I think her grading should have been based more on content rather than technicalities especially if psychology is not the student's field of study. If she felt we did not answer the questions properly then it was mostly because her questions were not clear and her lectures were not meant for everyone to understand. I think the assignments confused me more and gave no clarity to her point. Not sure how she expects something specific ("framing of issues") if she's asking "what do you think" kinds of questions for the prompts.

Susan Hippensteele: WS392, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 392 - Sexualities Crn (Section): 88889 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
5. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%) 5 (42%)
6. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%) 5 (42%)
7. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 6 (50%)
8. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.58 12 1.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%)
9. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 7 (58%) 4 (33%)
10. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
11. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Reading the different books and the concepts
I would have to say the classes devoted to discussion of issues around transgender, transsexual, and intersex were the most valuable for me. Exploring the theoretical and historiographical concepts surrounding the ways in which we conceptualize both gender and sex were extremely interesting and informative.
The reading materials for the course demonstrated the broad issues that the LGBTI community deal with in modern society. I enjoyed the wide variety of the nature of the readings (from law, to biology, to personal narrative).
The content. I think everyone should learn what we have learned. It's our responsibility to be aware of what is going on in society.
I think the reading material gave a very in depth look into what trails and tribulations the LGBT groups face. It is very valuable to helping those that donʻt know about the topic understand more of what it is about.
12. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
nothing
I would have to say the unit covering issues of migration and sexuality. I think this could have been an interesting topic with a different group of people, but no one really seemed to engage with the topic and therefore we didn't get much out of it. A different book and/or a different topic would have been more beneficial for this group.
I wish there were a way to encourage more participation from everyone in the class, but that is always difficult.
The 7 page essays we were required to write did not help me comprehend or become more knowledgeable on the topics discussed. Since the essays we wrote were not critically evaluated or asked to be rewritten for more clarity, I did not gain anything out of them. If anything I feel that since this class asked for (3) 7 page papers it should have been made a writing intensive course as well. The writing portion of this class really has nothing to do with the oral communications credit that this class is classified as and should be omitted.
13. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
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%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
15. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
16. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 12 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 7 (58%)
17. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
She is a wonderful teacher. always willing to explain things again if you don't understand. She made class fun and interesting, and that is not an easy task when you are discussing such serious topics. I enjoyed having her as my professor!
the seminars of different peoples opinion about the readings
Prof. Hippensteele's vast and wide-ranging knowledge of topics relating to gender and sexuality is what I found most valuable. Her many years of experience in the field, as well as her multiple degrees and personal experiences make her highly, highly qualified to teach a class like this. She is extremely knowledgeable about a whole range of topics, and is able to explain them thoroughly and understandably to us in class, even when the concepts are very new, theoretical, or difficult. She is also very good at asking questions that develop into lively and productive discussion. I haven't ever had a professor who was as good as Susan is at leading in-class discussions without dominating them.
Her ability to mediate a discussion was extremely helpful in regards to keeping the discussion on track. When the conversation veered in an irrelevant direction, she was always able to quickly pull it back. Dr. Hippensteele's extensive experience in the "real world" and her connection to the LGBTI makes her an invaluable resource in a class with a topic such as this one.
Her knowledge of the subject and passion.
Her life experience sometimes served as a background to understanding the readings we discuss in class. It makes her more knowledgeable and credible.
18. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Probably how busy she is with her other administrative work, which often makes her unavailable outside of class. If I needed help or feedback about a paper I was writing, I felt like I couldn't ask her because I knew how busy she was, and I didn't want to bother her.
I'll think of something.
She expected our writing skills to be great, but was not available much for assistance with papers.
19. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 6 (50%)
20. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
21. Other comments:
With all the papers that were required for this course, the course should get a writing intensive credit also! The work was relevant to the subject material, but students should get both the oral credit as well as the writing intensive credit!
At first, the seminar is quite intimidating for those who are not used to holding out their opinions especially on a top of sexuality and gender. This topic is very broad.
This is a very good class. It covers a broad range of topics within the overarching topic of "Sexualities," but it never gets off-track, and accomplishes the aims of the course very well.
I am looking forward to taking more classes from Dr. Hippensteele.
I would like to make a suggestion that student held lectures are more relevant to the oral communications credit than writing papers is. I suggest more opportunities for speaking to meet the oral communications credit rather than having (3) 7 page papers a major portion of the assignments.

Susan Hippensteele: WS392, Summer I 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 392 - Sexualities Crn (Section): 92132 (601)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.4 5 0.55 Freq(%) 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 1.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.4 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 1 (20%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The "seminar" basis helped me express thoughts and I found it very easy to communicate. I found the topics very interesting and the class schedule and time was very convenient!
The fact that everyone presented a section.
I like oral communication and I like getting feedback from superiors. I like how she allowed her students to run discussion and jumped in to add contextual facts. She has a very wide grasp on common knowledge, a characteristic I think all professors should have but don't. I'm going to try take another course from her for sure.
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Guest speakers may be helpful and good examples of outside opinions. Classmates should be able to select which information they would like to bring to the class on the day of their seminar.
Maybe four four page papers instead of two eight page papers.

Susan Hippensteele: WS320, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 320 - Women and Madness Crn (Section): 89271 (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  
3.4 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (47%) 7 (47%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.14 14 0.36 Freq(%) 12 (86%) 2 (14%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 14 (88%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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 treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 14 (88%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.87 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 14 (93%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Discussions we had in class were great. It really helped developed my critical thinking. The ice breakers are fun also, good way to start the class. Material you picked to read was excellent.
I like that this class is a seminar style class. Though there were a lot of material to read, they were all very important and useful for the course.
Stimulating class discussion led by a smart and engaging professor.
Class discussions
I really enjoyed the seminar style classes. Helped me get really engaged, and i wasn't scared to speak out. Usually with normal classes, i feel i dont get the oppurtunity to talk. In this class, i got to say what i thought was correct in my mind and its inspiring for me to think more criticaly as well.
Women and madness is a topic that deserves much more academic attention. I'm glad there's at least one class about it.
The discussion aspect of this class was always very interesting and very helpful in understanding a lot of the assigned readings. The discussion questions made us think about how we view women and madness, and how the text looks at it as well. Sometimes strange tangents led us off into the dark, but overall, discussions were enjoyable and insightful.
The readings were interesting for the most part (with only one or two exceptions). I didn't think I could read whole textbooks in the time frame required here but the material is good enough that it wasn't difficult.
I enjoyed all of the required readings and felt that they helped strengthen my understanding on the course material. They were also very interesting and can be continually used a reference points throughout my academic career. I also enjoyed the platform for discussion and felt that it allowed for equal opportunity of discussion.
class topics and discussions
The open discussion and the knowledgable instructor
No tests.
i like that you really have to be engaged in the class and that you learn from your peers, not just the teacher.
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.57 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
No group projects. Don't like relying on partners who don't do their share of their work. Essays are hard to write, but probably due to the fact that you must really understand the material to be able to write about it.
This course should involve video clips so the students have a better grasp of what mental illness is really like. It also would have been nice to have a guest speaker who is very knowledgeable in psychology.
The class was too big--although I enjoyed having a range of opinions contribute to discussions, at the time atmosphere was less familial and less safe than I would have felt comfortable talking in. Additionally, some of the material overlapped quite a bit, and I would have appreciated sections of some of the books as part of a reader rather than being required to read every page in large, dense books.
Less reading or less books
I believe that we dont necessarily need a discussion all the time. Maybe a video? or some old cases being viewed through visuals, rather than discussion could help the class have better discussions.
Explain jargons/terms in essay questions. Even in accademic circle, people disagree on definitions. And many students are not WS major. Discuss essay questions/what is expected in class before due date.
I would have liked to bring in other resources, such as media, to look at different aspects of women and madness, as opposed to all text.
The group presentations weren't my favorite. Individual presentations would have been much more interesting-- I feel that group work always compromises a great deal of quality.
Watching some films about madness would have been interesting. Unfortunately the course material seemed repetitive sometimes, but incorporated a lot of different perspectives.
15. Other comments:
I really enjoyed being in your class.
N/A
Susan is a great teacher. She made the class very interesting and is very knowledgable in the subject matter.
The first essay questions were very vague. Furthermore, regarding designing questions and grading, professor should take into account that many students probably still don't know much about "women and madness" by the time of the first essay. For WS department: Issues of madness should be touched upon in intro courses because women are traditionally considered emotional (ie. psychologically unstable).
Dr. Hippensteele is a wonderful professor and I can see why so many students faithfully return to her classes every semester. I will definitely seek her courses out again in the future. I would have liked to have had discussions on the paper topics the days we turned them in, I was curious to hear what others had to say on those subjects. They were very provocative and sometimes difficult to piece together, so hearing how others interpreted them would have been interesting.
Highly recommend this class, super fun, very instructional, and teaches how to think critically. The essays are kind of rough though.
We had to write a lot for a class that wasn't writing intensive.

Susan Hippensteele: WS437, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 437 - Gender and Violence Crn (Section): 76481 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 2 (12%) 11 (65%)
4. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
5. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
6. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
7. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.59 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
8. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
9. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 17 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 3 (18%) 9 (53%)
10. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The group discussions.
Ice breakers!!! and listening to different opinions of the reading materials.
The class discussions and oral based nature of the course. It would not have been nearly as engaging if it were a lectured course. Instead, drawing insight from the classmates and the teacher helped create a better awareness of the material and gender and violence in general.
i really liked the readings and the discussions about domestic violence. first time being introduced to "us vs. them" thinking.
i loved the discussion. susan was very smart and easy to talk to, i really really enjoyed this class
Seeing as this was an oral communications class-it went very well. It was nice to hear from everyone in the class. Whether it was different opinions or experiences, everything makes you understand the material a lot more. Some of the information was very hard to digest because it was very serious and the readings were a little hard to understand. But Susan really knows her stuff so she made it easy to understand. This course really opens your eyes to a lot of difficulties that minorities face and different industrial complexes. It is a different way to view the world and I have shared a lot of this information with my friends and family! I would want everyone to take a course like this!!
I liked the way the class was set up-- with weekly discussions lead by the students.
I love the open discussion and how each person is able to express his/her ideas. The papers have greatly improved my writing as well. Although they are a bit long (10 pages), I guess I can see them as something that really strengthened my academic writing skills. The teacher is very nice, very open, very considerate.
The instructor pushed students to think much deeper and more critically about the material we were covering. The seminar based, 150 minute class periods allowed for in depth discussion that I find shorter classes lack.
That the class is in seminar format, and that you learn from other students.
I really liked the group discussions. I felt extremely comforatble in class and felt that my opinion was valued.
I like how the course is set up to where it is mainly student discussions with some guidance from the professor. Essay prompts given between books/readings were challenging to the point that made you think with a whole new perspective.
11. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
12. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Since it is not writing intensive the papers should not be as long. Or it should have at least been made both writing intensive and as an oral communications course.
There was a lot of wasting time in the beginning with going around in the circle. I agree it was fun and we got to know each other but it also took a half hour. I also think an interesting thing to try is a closing statement or summary from the professor at the end of each class will help wrap up the student leaders and the classes general understanding of the material overall.
don't care for the incite book as much as the others.
More explanations for essay prompts.
SHORTER PAPERS!! 6-7 pages instead of 10.
None for me.
The course covered a much broader range of issues than I expected, and the only way I could possibly imagine it being improved would be removing the in-class films to allow for even more discussion.
I feel that the course could be improved if the size of the papers were cut down. If the papers are cut down another option could be to create another paper. Writing 3 ten page papers when the class isn't even a Writing Intensive class was pretty intense. This class should be WI.

Susan Hippensteele: WS437, Fall 2007     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 437 - Gender and Violence Crn (Section): 78414 (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  
4.0 7 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%)
2. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
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  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
5. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
7. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
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. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.57 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 2 (29%) 1 (14%)
9. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%) 2 (29%)
10. 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 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
11. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%)
13. The instructor was able to clarify difficult course topics.
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%)
14. The instructor treated students with respect.
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%)
15. The instructor shows appreciation of my efforts to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
16. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
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%)
17. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
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%)
18. The instructor was able to stimulate and lead group discussions.
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%)
19. The instructor sets high standards for students.
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%)
20. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
1. Give prompts ahead of time to students to think about things. Not necessarily something that needs to be turned in. But the topics are heavy...so I would have like to be given the prompts we discussed in class so I could have more to say in class.
This course is a difficult course to teach not only because there are a lot of materials to cover but because the subject is emotionally draining. However, I think the instructor did a great job in planning out the syllabus, pacing our readings, and chall
21. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
22. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
23. Reading assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
24. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
25. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 2 (29%)
26. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Topics of discussion were very thought provoking. Other classmates ideas were also good to hear.
The readings- again, more stuff that I've never been introduced to and I feel that the professor did an excellent job in presenting questions about the material that really caused me to think in ways I've never thought in. A lot of this material is stuff
I liked that it made me think and be passionate about things that I would not normally be interested in. It made me want to actually take steps to change the world. I also liked that it was a small class because I felt like everyone was able to express th
The films....
The size of the class(perfect for small discussion), the texts selected, the professor
1. The books were well chosen. 2. I liked the incorporation and choice of movies for the course
I liked that we learned about global gender violence, in different parts of the world, in different forms, in the past and present. The international aspect of it gave me insight to different cultures and various layers of problems (individulaistic to tha
27. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
28. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I do feel that a grading system should be set up for the papers as well as some guidelines. Had I known that I could have submitted 6 pages and still gotten an A as a grade even though it was made clear that 10 pages was the MINIMUM, I would have definete
maybe shorter essays?
I personally didnt like the the papers.... I rather do an exam and maybe one paper.
1. More time for paper, they are difficult subjects to get your head around, I feel like I needed more time to organize and make sure I fully understand what I am writing.
Overall the layout of this course was excellent. I think this course could perhaps incorporate more (shorter) clips of news or documentaries dealing with various situations in different countries.