eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Kathy Ferguson

Available Survey Results

POLS335, Fall 2013
WS304, Fall 2013
POLS610, Fall 2011
WS304, Fall 2011
POLS710, Fall 2010
WS304, Fall 2010
POLS335, Spring 2010
POLS339, WS439, Spring 2010
POLS615C, WS615, Spring 2010
WS650, Spring 2010

Kathy Ferguson: POLS335, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 335 - History of Political Thought Crn (Section): 77785 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.2 20 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 6 (30%) 9 (45%) 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  
1.89 20 0.32 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 17 (85%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 20 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (40%) 12 (60%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 20 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 4 (20%) 13 (65%)
6. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
It was a required and I was interested in Political philosophy
It fulfilled my POLS major requirement.
POLS major requirement
Fulfilled a POLS major requirement
It fulfilled a focus designation: E.
Fulfilled E focus
This class is a requirement for my political science major. It. Did. Not. Disappoint.
It was required for my major.
-POLS major requirement
It is a requirement for my major Political Science and also to fulfilled the focus designation E.
POLS requirement.
E designation, fit well into my class schedule.
POLSCI major requirement
I fulfilled it for the WI credit.
It fulfilled the E focus and it fit my schedule. The course description sounded interesting as well.
ethics requirement, major requirement
Political Science major core requirement.
Fulfilled a requirement.
Fulfilled a POLS major requirement and fit my schedule well. I am also very interested in political theory.
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 20 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 9 (45%) 9 (45%)
8. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 14 (70%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 20 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 4 (20%) 13 (65%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 20 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 6 (30%) 12 (60%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 20 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 6 (30%) 11 (55%)
12. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 20 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (40%) 11 (55%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Enthusiasm
I liked that she was available for help regrading our final paper
Incredibly knowledgeable about the subject.
She put the readings online.
She is a great teacher who always has extra time to help students grasp the material during office hours. She has well organized lectures, which makes note taking very easy. Her TA (Chris) is also very helpful and professional. It seems that they both spend a good amount of time preparing for class. There are also many group assignments/discussion which I think are helpful.
Professor Ferguson was extremely patient when it came to some confusion on the translation of some of the philosophies, but she as able to answer questions fully and to the best of her knowledge. If there was ever any doubt, she did research and would answer it the next class day. Professor Ferguson, honestly, was able to teach the subject matter so well that I'm sure it will stay with me for many years.
she was available for office hours
-Interprets texts and relates them to current world scenarios -Challenges students to think about different concepts and apply theory in their own manner through the reading of the texts and connecting different media (i.e. Star Trek) to students -Clear expectations
I find Mrs. Ferguson valuable and helpful in her teachings and how she tried to get all the students to interact and communicate in class and also by having group discussion on any of the readings.
She encouraged us to think critically and assigned readings that would broaden our knowledge of the course. She also did a good job of going over the readings and encouraging class discussion. Kathy tried to incorporate other aspects into the course to make it more interesting.
Relation of theory to star trek
Kathy seemed to be very knowledgeable about the subject.
She always makes sure we understand what's going on. She also works well to have time for students to come by even though she's very busy.
very knowledgable in political theory
Really helps (and enthusiastic) in creating a better understanding of the content taught to us (both in-class and in office-visits).
Theway she was able to have us read the actual text then explain the subject matter in a more easily understood manner.
Her lectures were excellent and she always answered students' questions fully.
14. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Star trek
N/A
No answer.
I could think of nothing negative to say about Mrs.Ferguson. While I have included complaints about the exclusion of People of Color below, I want to be clear that this is not an indictment of Mrs. Ferguson. She has never, at any time, made any racially or culturally insensitive statements. She appears to be an open minded and progressive individual. My complaints are about the curriculum not the teacher herself.
Absolutely, nothing.
N/A
None
No PowerPoint presentations or much of any kind of technology was used in the class, comments on papers were vague and hard to comprehend. Too much emphasis on Star Trek.
note cards seemed kind of pointless
She seems to be very strict.
Nothing.
n/a
N/A
Sometimes class discussion went off on a tangent, or group discussions were allowed to run a little too long.
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.45 20 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 5 (25%) 12 (60%)
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.15 20 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 4 (20%) 10 (50%)
17. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.47 20 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (40%) 10 (50%) 1 (5%)
18. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.26 20 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 1 (5%) 6 (30%) 10 (50%) 1 (5%)
19. The course gave me opportunities to practice communicating effectively in public settings, with attention to and appreciation of diverse cultural contexts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.25 20 1.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 2 (10%) 2 (10%) 13 (65%) 0 (0%)
20. The course increased my ability to cogently explain the interconnectedness of local and global dynamics of power within the context of the political and cultural specificities of Hawai'i nei.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.16 20 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 3 (15%) 4 (20%) 10 (50%) 1 (5%)
21. Other comments:
Great professor.
The biggest problem with this course is the curriculum. The course title is "History of Political Thought." In actuality, this course is about the progression of the political thought of Western European men. The course content completely ignores people of color throughout history, and alienates present day people of color (the majority of the students enrolled). While learning about the philosophers included in the course is useful, it is stifling to have to focus on just the philosophies of W.Europe. In addition to this, the assigned readings are full of racism, xenophobia, and sexism. Many of the reading materials expressed ideas that were: pro colonialism/imperialism, pro white supremacy, etc. I think it is damaging to the psyches of the students to present the "History of Political Thought" in such a way. We are being taught to view are own ancestors and history from an outside (W.European) perspective. We are being taught to "otherize" ourselves and our ancestors. We are being forced to empathize with & understand the motivations and thought processes of W.European Ideologies which were used for centuries to oppress and destroy the civilizations and institutions of our ancestors. What you may not realize is that this is unnecessary. As people of color living in a European/Anglo-American dominated world, we learn from a young age to understand the motivations and needs of our historical and contemporary oppressors. If we did not learn these things we would not be able to survive. It would be more useful to teach the students to empathize with and understand the motivations and thought processes of peoples who are less represented (ignored) in the cannon of academia. There are many students of European descent who, more than likely, have always had an education which focused upon their own cultures/histories/ancestors. It would probably be beneficial to give these students a chance to see a different perspective. Either the course material needs to be broadened to included the voices of people of color, or the title of the course must be changed to "The History and Western European and Anglo American Political Thought." I learned a lot from the course but over all I felt alienated and agitated. UHM is such a diverse institution, it would be nice if the course content reflected that. We (the students) need to be taught about philosophies that include us and our ancestors as something more than just "slaves" or "the savages of America."
Coming from a student who is deeply involved in the political arena, thank you so much, Professor Ferguson.
Maybe more technology could be utilized in the class, along with less emphasis on Star Trek and less time spent watching Star Trek. I would have liked to rather go over our papers together as a class, and more homework assignments other than just the readings.
Kathy is a wonderful professor. My only regret was that I could not take one of her other classes this semester.
incredible class that challenged myself the entire semester. Prof. Ferguson is an incredible individual. I have absolutely no regrets on taking the class and would take another class with her teaching it!

Kathy Ferguson: WS304, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 304 - Women, War and the Military Crn (Section): 78813 (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  
3.43 22 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 10 (45%) 10 (45%) 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  
1.33 22 0.48 Freq(%) 14 (64%) 7 (32%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 22 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 19 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 22 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (32%) 14 (64%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 22 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 10 (45%) 11 (50%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 22 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (18%) 7 (32%) 11 (50%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 22 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (14%) 18 (82%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 22 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 7 (32%) 13 (59%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.36 22 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 10 (45%) 10 (45%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 22 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 4 (18%) 6 (27%) 10 (45%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 22 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 6 (27%) 12 (55%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I enjoyed the videos we watched.
I like how we were encouraged to analyze certain issues from a standpoint that is not the norm. I also liked the connections that were made from the material we studied to current issues.
I actually like how different materials say both films and books are incorporated into the teaching of the course. Since the topic 'Women in Military' could be really hard to teach just with books and given that there were movies certainly helped aroused my interest in the subject as well as did not put me down just because of the gloomy part of the class/course content. I like how free-discussions are appreciated and I especially like the 'Boggle' game we played towards the end of the semester. That certainly stimulated our critical thinking and asked us to express ourselves on the topics/discussions.
How much more serious and mature this topic was. It was quite the eye opener
I liked the fact that this class wasn't completely based on history, everything was very current and made me understand the military more.
The material was interesting and most times caught my attention.
I liked the readings, discussions and films
It's amazing how much I learned about women in the US military this semester. I was clueless as to how many women are sexually violated in the military but I was truly shocked to see such a horrible thing happen in a "respectable" institution.
class discussions, and knowledge known by instructors on topics.
Being able to actually communicate with the other students and the professor
The documentaries were very relevant. The readings tied directly to the projects we have due at the end of the course. Every piece of media we used was well thought out and picked with care.
I really enjoyed the content Dr. Ferguson introduced through out the semester. I was glad that she waited until we had a solid foundation with militarism, globalism, and feminism before expecting us to discuss highly complex feminist theory at the end of the semester. As a woman who has had 3 years of combat experience, and 9 years of active duty service I found the course to be challenging and extremely current.
I loved the videos we would watch in class. They were way more informative than the other videos I'm used to in classes. The videos were great and really made me think about an aspect of life I hadn't quite thought about yet.
I liked her insight on the topic of women and war. The TA was also helpful. More in class activities that require more conversation. A lot of reading in one semester. Overall enjoyed the class
films
I enjoyed the opinions of the other students. It brought up different outlooks to the different topics that came up in class.
Class discussions
I enjoyed getting an overview of all the roles women may play in a conflict situation/militarized society. I didn't know much about militarization before I took this course.
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.27 22 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 10 (45%) 9 (41%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I think some assigned readings are too long to be completed from one class to the next. There were a couple books we were assigned to read within one week and I felt like that was not considerate of us as students who take 4-5 classes at a time. If those two books could be broken up a little more, that would be much less stressful.
Instead of assigning group projects, I feel that an individual paper might have been better. Maybe give the option to do either or?
Maybe the organization part in terms of when the Journals are posted and due and clarify more on change of schedule too.
randomly calling a single student to ask their opinion instead of the same people blurting out their thoughts
This course can be improved by creating online quizzes for readings to replace the group project. Don't have the student's rely on the reading as a requirement for big projects if there is no guarantee that they are going to read it (hence the quizzes suggestion).
Less reading, more individual writing, the group work that was presented to us as 1/2 the class grade may not be a good idea especially if attendance of the class is poor, it makes the other group members that attend class regularly stress out a lot. Also, the teacher should approach a conflicting matter in a civilized and professional way, instead of yelling and ragging on the class for not bringing the needed material, a friendly tone manner would be better.
The group project is good, but it is difficult to write a paper in a group since writing is usually an individual thing. Perhaps making it pairs instead with shorter presentations, or have each person write their own papers. Also, It may be easier to keep up with the weekly journal if the topic or question of the prompt was mentioned on the Monday or Wednesday before the Sunday they are due, even though the our reading are about the prompt. It would be helpful to know what to focus on.
I did all the journals on time and it seems unfair that students who have not done the journals still get awarded the same amount of points as someone who turned it in before Sunday at midnight. I felt like we covered too much information in such a short time, the readings were hard to keep up with. I didn't feel comfortable enough to talk in this class.
More class time
Almost the entire grade is based on three huge assignments all due at the end of the course. It's a little overwhelming. The instructor should apply for the writing intensive credit, because the class already qualifies. We write a ton and they're open for evaluations and re-writes.
I thought this class was great, but if I could It would have been better in a conference style room. Large table, everyone sits in a circle to facilitate a class discussion. I feel as though a few people never spoke a single word. I would have liked for more people to have contributed.
I didn't enjoy the group project.
More structure Less out of class readings
I wish when she ask questions, she would specify and break down the questions more, stay on topic, and be organized with the class work.
Visual aid would be helpful, powerpoints.
This course could be improved by doing more activities in class besides talking and reading.
The war project is interesting, and I'm sure we all learned a lot, but I really don't enjoy group work, particularly when some members are more dedicated to the group than others. That is bound to happen in almost any group situation.
15. Other comments:
I learned a lot from this class and the other readings. Also, could this be a writing intensive class in the future? Having a 20 page research paper, 5 page research paper, and weekly journals is pretty heavy stuff not to be considered writing intensive.
This class has opened my mind to issues that aren't discussed too often.
Shouldn't do group projects especially in a class that doesn't have quizzes or test. No one is motivated to do anything and it leads to laziness throughout the semester. It is not fair for those who need an A to work with people who only need a passing grade. I don't think that big projects should be proposed so early in the semester because as students, we look at it as procrastinating time because there is too much time. Give students a limited amount of time to get this done (if the group project is continued) so they can scramble more and be more serious about it.
The final war project has been a rough one for me. I ended up doing most of the work. I understand that once out of college we need to work with others but half of my grade is relying on people who haven't been to class much and have not read ANY of the material. To me it seems unfair for students who attend class regularly and who do the readings. I don't want to risk receiving a bad grade on my paper because other students do not come to class. I don't think its fair at all, especially when only half of your group wants to meet. I dont think that 50% of the total grade should rely on a group project. I think 25% or even 30% is fair but NOT 50%.
None.
I will recommend this course to my peers.
I liked the class =)
I don't think a group paper should be held to the same standard in regards to plagiarism as an individual paper. Yes, I agree that plagiarism should never be practiced. But realistically, many people aren't very much concerned about plagiarizing (or even about failing the course!). Most of them are not maliciously doing it, I'm sure. But they don't seem to think it's a big deal. So it is very difficult for those of us who do care. We end up taking on the burden of chasing after people to do stuff (and even when we try to tell them how to improve their contribution, they sometimes still don't care enough to do it), but ultimately we can't control what they do. Further, most of us do not have the luxury of spending so much of our time on one class. Again, I do not take plagiarism lightly, but repeatedly threatening to fail a 20-page paper is more effective at stressing out the more-conscientious students than the not-so-conscientious ones. And I'm sure you are trying to target the students who DO trivialize plagiarism. In short, we shouldn't all be suffering when in theory only one person could be plagiarizing. There should definitely be more leeway when grading a collaborative paper than an individual paper.

Kathy Ferguson: POLS610, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 610 - Political Theory and Analysis Crn (Section): 73062 (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 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (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  
1.08 12 0.29 Freq(%) 11 (92%) 1 (8%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Not only were the readings valuable but the class discussions were very valuable as well!
Dr. Ferguson gives me an irreplaceable stimulus in critical areas of inquiry at times, which I value the most. Also, I like the course materials because it expands my thoughts.
This is wonderfully structured discussion course. Prof. Kathy Ferguson brings up a conversation topic and play a key role in the session, nothing more or less.
This was a very interesting survey of a broad range of theory. It allowed folks who are curious or need to broaden there horizon and perspectives. Excellent!!
Writing the short essays. It was hard but it forced me to come to grips with the material in substantive ways.
I found the readings, overall, to be extremely valuable. There were a number of texts on the syllabus that I had been meaning to read, and I just didn't have the time. I also always value solid class discussion, because to me that's the entire reason to take classes. I am pretty good at reading things on my own and getting the main points, but in class environment I get to argue about those, I get to hear how other people relate this reading to other readings and current events, etc.
Superb and manageable selection of readings. Dr. Ferguson is very good at explaining complex theoretical concepts, while leaving plenty of room for class discussions and personal interpretations.
The readings were very useful, both for my own research and in terms of providing ample material for considering how to do thing with postmodernism. The way Kathy mediated discussions was also a useful example of how to teach postmodernism.
Professor Ferguson effectively managed the class allowing students the opportunity for critical thought and concepts yet she ensured that all objectives/concepts she wanted to cover were met.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
We may have spent a week too much on the art aspects...
After much contemplation, I decided to write what I think because I hope there is a space for improvement for the best interest of all the students, not just a few. First, I wish there was no teaching assistant (TA) in this class. A lot of precious time was taken by this TA. I would prefer to hear more words from Dr. Ferguson than from this TA who talks endlessly. It was pain that I had to hear her explanation from her narrow worldview to that extent in this kind of course. Honestly, I was kind of annoyed of her frequent interruption while even Dr. Ferguson was speaking. At least when Dr. Ferguson was talking, I wanted to hear Dr. Ferguson complete her thoughts without interruption. With that kind of interruption that is followed with her endless wordy talk, my thoughts that were wandering with Dr. Ferguson's simple yet deep words was abruptly stopped and it never come backâ?¦â?¦only empty feeling remains. I would rather like to have a moment of silence than long words by a TA. Often, what triggers peopleâ??s thoughts to launch into a deeper arena of thinking are the very simple yet carefully crafted words voiced by critical thinker like Dr. Ferguson. Dr. Ferguson indeed has this unique ability to throw a simple word that makes people think, and that ability should not be interrupted by a TA. Most students take the course because of this particular professor with this specific talent, and not for the TA. The TA is free to talk endlessly with Dr. Ferguson out of the class, but other studentsâ?? time in class should be a bit more respected.
If possible, some kind of reaction paper every other week can be helpful for the student to share their opinion with instructor and other peers.
Too much reading. The material is so dense. I felt I had to ignore some readings in order to focus on understanding the ones I selected.
I found that the launches were sometimes really difficult to listen to. A number of people in the class seemed to completely disregard the instructions in a bad way. Rather than picking a few interesting points and raising some questions, we were forced to sit there and listen to someone try to summarize the entire piece. I don't need a summary of something I've just read. So I kind of wish that when someone's launch was getting completely out of control that Kathy would step in.
I had a difficult time getting started with the final papers... but that was more my own fault - or lack of motivation.
Perhaps too much time was spent on Manet and discussion repeating what the readings already pointed out.
My personal preference would have been to spend more time with the Bennett text.
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 7 (54%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.38 13 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
16. Other comments:
It was a great course, which I very much enjoyed!
Overall, Dr. Ferguson is a great teacher, and I like what she offers in the class.
It is not enough for me to understand deeply this arena of study because every subject for each week has profound root on its own. If possible, I want to take another advanced class to this POLS610. Thank you, professor!
A critique of postmodernism would have been refreshing, but perhaps outside the objectives of the course. I think many of the other students got the impression that postmodernism was all there is and provides an explanation for everything. If anything, they should have cultivated an unwillingness to drop anchor and remain static with any theory. That was certainly my take- way. That said, this was one of the best classes of my graduate experience.

Kathy Ferguson: WS304, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 304 - Women, War and the Military Crn (Section): 77902 (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  
3.6 25 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (40%) 15 (60%) 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  
1.5 24 0.51 Freq(%) 12 (50%) 12 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 25 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (16%) 21 (84%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 25 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (20%) 20 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (16%) 20 (80%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (24%) 19 (76%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 25 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 22 (88%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (24%) 19 (76%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 24 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (25%) 18 (75%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 24 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (25%) 17 (71%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 22 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (32%) 14 (64%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Gender and militarism. I think it was interesting to know and be aware of these things, since I never or had no idea that militarism and gender intersect in so many ways.
The discussion and the implimentation of videos.
I liked that everything was layed out from the beginning, here is what you have to do, here is when its due by, turn it in anytime before then. It made things very straight forward and easy. While I dispise group projects and presentations I enjoyed the final project as it made us really learn about a war. I also loved the readings and all the books we had to read.
I really enjoyed the sections about the military, and how it affects and is a part of everyday life.
The videos were great, very informative.
I enjoyed the fact that there were no quiz's or tests so the reading assigned (while there was a lot of it) felt more like pleasure reading, instead of being so worried about absorbing and memorizing facts. I also liked the way in which the class lectures were delivered. I got A LOT out of this class, so thank you!
I really like the online discussion forum, it is fun and i learned many things from it.
I actually liked the videos she showed us in class. Its one thing to read about the stories of women or people in general its another to actually be able to see the things you're reading. Its easier & more intense to grasp.
I liked the different view of the military.
I really enjoyed her lectures in class. It was more of discussions than straight lectures, which helped me learn the material more.
I loved the material, it was very interesting.
Discussions were crucial to this course and it was always enjoyable to hear what others had to say or to have to actually think about things we wouldn't normally consider because t wasn't brought to our attention...a lot of reading between the lines.
Prof Fergusonʻs lectures are very well organized and the different projects she makes us do are extremely relevant to the course material she teaches.
I loved the entire course! I think Kathy is an amazing teacher! She was always to take time out of her busy schedule to help me understand the material better. I found the material interesting (I even got my husband to read some of it). I loved how it helped you see the bigger picture, how things may not always be what you see, you have to look beneath the surface.
I learned a lot about the military and women that I did not know before.
The videos that we watch i felt were more informational. learned a lot.
Learning about different countries and how militaries have an affect on them.
The topics we covered this semester was interesting, I learned a lot.
everyting
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.44 25 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 12 (48%) 12 (48%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Have final project be groups of two, spread out peace and war project so we can have a better survey of what we are learning as the year progresses.
There was often a lot of reading, sometimes too much I thought. Also, I must say it made it difficult to come to class knowing there was no tests. Journals were so hard to remember, I know we are uperdivision students, but some kind of reminder would be good or have us turn them in by hand in class.
There could be more opportunities for film viewings. Also, we really didn't need to print out all the articles, etc.
Less readings or not as many pages, we have other classes.
I am not the biggest fan of group projects. Although I do believe they serve a purpose and help learn how to work with others, having it be 50% of our final grade is sort of frustrating. Especially since group projects are NEVER divided and completed evenly among group members. to improve this situation, perhaps there could still be a group project/presentation, but everyone does their own individual paper, instead of a collective paper.
It is good to have more film about the experience of being a female soldier in the military.
More time in class to work on group projects. Less reading articles & more videos.
Just grading wise, I wish it was posted so I would know where I stand in class.
The books, alothough contain a lot of great information, were too much there was a lot of reading as it was and then the literature was not as easy to follow either, which made it that much harder to focus or even want t read anf then we had 4 books! With the exception of The Lonely Soldier, the others contained way too much info and could have been put into simpler writing? On top of that we had 20 page articles that were just the same. This greatly affected our discussions as most did not read the articles or just didn't care to participate.
Maybe less focus on group work, although I do understand her outlook and agree that through group work, you strengthen other skills. But at the same time, we should have more individual assignments. Also, reminder emails to do the laulima posts would be appreciated and might also encourage participation.
There was a lot of reading (sometimes 200 pages a night) and it was impossible to do all the readings completely every night because of work from other classes as well. It would be better if she took that into consideration when assigning the readings.
There needs to be less reading....it is truely impossible to read that many pages within a certain amount of time as well as the other classes that we have. The discussion board needs to be in order. the weeks are all out of place. Need a general idea as to where we stand in the class
Not assigning so much readings at a time.
the readings were a bit long and hard to understand. it took too long to unpack it in class, it may be better to condense the readings to just one or two per class session or even weekly. there was so much content it was hard to keep track of the readings.
i feel the course was great and nothing needed to be improved
15. Other comments:
LOVED the class and Kathy. She is a great teacher and guide in the Womens Studies department and knows so much about this topic.
Kathy Ferguson is an excellent professor overall, and her class is definitely worth taking for those who are interested in how the military presence affects everyone.
I think that it is easier to have more time in class or at least some time in class to be able to talk to the group about their projects because everyone has a busy schedule and its quite hard to meet up with everyone because some people don't answer emails or they don't have phones. So I think it would be more helpful to the students to have sometime in class to work on it.
Excellent teacher, knows her material and is passionate about what she teaches. I would take another class from her.
Over all I enjoyed the course, although it frustrated me at times (the reading haha). I would work on trying to get better discussions. Thanks!
Great professor, would definitely take another class from her and will definitely recommend her to others! :)))))
I would have like to have heard some positives about women and military.
none

Kathy Ferguson: POLS710, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 710 - Seminar: Political Thought Crn (Section): 76604 (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. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 6 (100%) 0 (0%)
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  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
the course in its entirety was effective, especially for myself who had no knowledge on the aspects of anarchism. I felt that many of my questions were answered through this course and I could not have asked for a better group of students to have taken the class with. Kathy's personality is what makes grad courses so enjoyable to take!
The mere fact that this course is =offered is of great value to me! But on a more serious note, I think the reading choices were great and really reinforced the course themes as as well as challenged me to higher thinking and alternate perspectives.
The stuff on syndicalism
Dr. Ferguson's relaxed in-class style coupled with her astute and erudite perspective made for an extraordinarily vibrant and stimulating class environment. Her passion for the material was evident from the very start, and her enthusiasm for the content certainly bubbled over into the rest of the class making for an extremely successful, and intellectually fruitful, seminar.
Readings
It covers a path-breaking issue on politics: anarchism.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Some of the individual presentations got out of hand. I think either there should be stricter guidelines regarding the presentations or students should get mfoovo
n/a
web-realted assignments
nothing
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
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 was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
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. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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 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%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
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%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
16. Other comments:
Kathy is awesome

Kathy Ferguson: WS304, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 304 - Women, War and the Military Crn (Section): 79233 (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  
3.74 23 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (26%) 17 (74%) 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  
1.48 23 0.51 Freq(%) 12 (52%) 11 (48%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 23 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 22 (96%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 23 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 21 (91%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 23 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 20 (87%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 22 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 20 (91%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 23 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 21 (91%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 23 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 21 (91%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.96 23 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 22 (96%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 23 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (26%) 16 (70%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 23 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (17%) 18 (78%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
This course covered a wide variety of subjects, but also managed to stick to the theme of women in the military. Professor Ferguson is a fun and intelligent woman who really makes the material relateable and interesting.
I loved the range of subjects and topics we covered. Enloe's book was so amazing; I'm going to keep it after this class is over just to have handy. The subject matter was fascinating and continually relevant. It inspired just enough rage mixed with the perfect amount of hope. Thank you so much for this course.
opportunites to think outside the box.
I liked the global span of the course, as well as how many areas we were able to cover--how many aspects of militarization and women there were and how each affected the other--these connections were great to see. The group project was actually interesting and involved me into the class more.
great reading materials
Most of the videos were really touching or really reached to me in ways just the reading couldn't. The novel we had to read too.
I love this class!!! It surely a better perspective, an unbias perspective, on the presence of the military and how militarization affects everyone's life, not just those in the military and the institution itself. TERRIFIC CLASS!
Kathy is a great professor and really knows the content. I learned a great deal throughout the course.
I enjoyed when Kathy broke us up in groups and the books she used were amazing! Very informative! I also loved the movies we watched, it really opened my eyes to a lot!!
The project and learning about other countries wars.
All aspects of this course were very informative. Some of the course material however set me on fire but this was understandable as it was explained in the beginning of class that just about everything we covered was controversial. I found that this class thoroughly engaged me and forced me to think in ways I had not necessarily thought before.
I loved the whole course. We got to touch on so many issues and aspects of women in the military. It was also great that the course intertwined with current events.
I liked how our class always had open discussions and she created an environment where we wouldn't be afraid to speak our mind even if we had opposing opinions.
I liked that this professor was very knowledgeable on the subject and communicated with the students effectively. I felt that I really learned a lot!
I enjoyed learning about the different wars and what is actually going on in our world today.
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.65 23 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (35%) 15 (65%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
The course could be a little better organized in terms of assignments, but it is excellent otherwise.
Fix Gartley Hall so this class doesn't have to be taught at 7:30 in the morning! Also, a more doable suggestion: This course would benefit greatly from a reader. I do most of my reading on the bus or around campus, and I don't have any portable internet, so it was difficult to get the online readings done. When I could read them, it was a hassle to print them for class. Plus a reader would allow me to keep those interesting articles for future use. Also, while I understand the reasons behind the group project, I still wasn't a fan. Oh well. Everything else in the course was perfect, so I'm happy.
Less reading please. The amount of reading did not provide me with enough time to fully absorb the text I was reading, and most of time ended up skimming the assigned texts.
Longer class periods, and less online discussions.
Although it is a general course, I do wish that we could go more in depth for some subject matter, since we could only cover the surface of much of the material. I just wish that we had more time for discussion because there wasn't as much time as I'd have liked. I liked all of the videos though, it was just that by the time the video ended we had to wait to discuss it until next time.
Schedule is kind of hectic trying to fit everything
I guess more days for the war team presentation so we don't have to rush and have more time to present important issues. Maybe 2 teams per day? I think that would be good.
I think that if it were at a descent time instead of 7:30 in the morning would make this class better.
The class in general I thought was excellent. From the perspective of a student who is not majoring in or obtaining a certificate in womens studies, I think the work load (readings) was incredibly overwhelming. Good, bad, I don't know but I found myself dedicating more time to this class than to the classes that were part of my major.
No imporovements. =]
This course should definitely be offered as a WI course. I understand that Prof. Ferguson is not to blame, but rather the blame is on the budget cuts!
I have a hard time really pin pointing how the course could be improved except the time. Class started at 7:30 am and it is just too early to be tackling such complicated and disturbing concepts.
This course was good, I enjoyed the instructor
15. Other comments:
Thank you so much for offering this fantastic course. Give the women's studies department more money-- this is a valuable contribution to my college experience, my education and my development as a human being.
Great professor!! :D
Great Class
Professor Ferguson is a really great teacher. I really enjoyed learning from her!

Kathy Ferguson: POLS335, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 335 - Political Philosophy & Theory Crn (Section): 82861 (001)     89104 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.05 20 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 11 (55%) 5 (25%) 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  
1.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 7 (37%) 12 (63%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 17 (85%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 23 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 5 (22%) 14 (70%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 23 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 14 (70%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 20 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 5 (22%) 12 (60%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Not only did Professor Ferguson display significant knowledge of the information, it was obvious that she truly enjoys teaching it! It's so refreshing to have a professor who loves to teach and enjoys encouraging her students.
Reading material. This textbook is my new Bible!
Connecting the philosophers to our culture and society. Being a survey course, although the information is somewhat limited there is a good overview of the material.
Professor Ferguson's ability to convey complex ideas in a straightforward, open minded way.
I really enjoyed her style of teaching. I feel like the group participation approaches were very effective in helping us understand concepts.
I think the straightforward structure of the course, with the simple reading-and-then-lecture format, was very effective. Watching Star Trek and recognizing the themes was interesting and a good supplement.
I value how Prof. Ferguson took a seemingly unrelated topic such as a popular tv show and used it to teach Political Theory from ancient greece to contemporary times.
Learning about each political philosopher and finding traits that distinguish that person, helped me separate all of them.
Using Star Trek as a vehicle for explanation.
Lectures and readings
Everything. It taught a lot about the major philosophers that impact our lives and it taught us ways that it is still present in events today, even though the philosophers aren't from our time period.
relating traditional political values to present issues and using star trek to more easily understand them.
She knew everything about every philosopher that ever lived. I enjoy knowing I can come to her for questions.
How the instructor managed to fuse Star Trek and political philosophy together to provide a unique approach to teaching.
Her lecture.
The lecture is very effective at breaking down difficult material, so the students can understand.
Class discussion was amazing!!
This class is hard. I think it was a huge battle between my intellectual half and slacker/procrastinator true self to accomplish the academic work required for this. Professor Ferguson can break the most complex, hard to digest reading material down to small manageable pieces. I think the acceptance that there are ideas that are just way to complicated for me to grasp is a valuable humble me moment that I thank you Professor for guiding me through.
Class discussions and professers lectures made the difficult reading easier to grasp
Learning about political theorist and their ideologies
Everything, the teacher is absolutely great and I learned SO MUCH from her lectures, papers, and everything.
The quizes were very helpful in reaffirming what we discussed in class and help to clarify ideas that were not so clear.
It was very challenging and lots of intensive work.
Star trek
The philosophers chosen.
Watching the Star Trek episodes. It really helped bridge the gap between classroom and field by being able to see the political philosophies articulated verbally by people, and not just read by us in a text. This also made me value and think about television and movies as more than just entertainment. It made me look at media I would normally view as just entertainment in a more critical way.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
End of semester in-class group work (acting out Hegel and Marx); would be cooler if all students were engaged, but the people I was grouped with were disinterested.
I can't really come up with any parts that didn't have value. Kathy has this class down pat and knows how to use all of her time wisely. I felt like if I missed any class time I would have missed a great deal of information. I suppose the least value would be the quizzes, as they aren't any real indication of learning. However they were a useful tool in order to understand the main ideas of each philosopher.
The quizes didn't help much.
The quizes.
Nothing much.
There wasnt a whole lot that I didnt value.
The amount of reading was extensive
The size of the class was too large, people felt uncomfortable during discussions.
Although I want to be a poli sci major, I want to go more into international relations. While I do understand why philosophical discussions on things like power and justice are relevant, I do not understand why this course goes over how words are simple metaphors and all that. There were some philosophers covered, that I did not find useful at all.
online quizzes
Nothing.
Sometimes I was so lost that I am sure she thought I didnt care. The concepts were hard to grasp if it is not your major or if all you took was a 100 level political science prior to this course. With the amount of writing, I wish it came with a WI.
Nothing.
for having such much writing assignments it should have been a writing intensive class
n/a
Probably the artistic representation of Hegel's master/slave relationship. This was one of the hardest assignments I have ever had. I do not even know if it made sense what I gave you BUT I do understand and can now identify examples of this relationship. I just don't know if I can render this artistically. Keep the project though, it just really hurt my head.
I really hated the assignment of making a visual representation of Hegel's master/slave relationship. I know some people understand better with visual props, but to me it was a first grade assignment and embarressed me because I am awful at art! Perhaps provide alternative options rather than anything art related... powerpoint, or poem for example
Nothing, everything was valuable!
I believe they were all valuable. I would hesitate to change anything, except maybe to lessen the length of the final paper.
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 6 (30%) 17 (74%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 20 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 7 (30%) 14 (61%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 23 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 2 (10%) 6 (26%) 14 (61%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 22 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 4 (18%) 15 (68%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 22 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 0 (0%) 4 (18%) 13 (65%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.7 20 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (9%) 6 (30%) 14 (61%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.4 20 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 6 (26%) 11 (55%)
16. Other comments:
This, along with another class, is my favorite course from my whole college career.
The Star Trek incorporated into the class is sheer genius! Definitely helped put things into perspective, and was a welcome break from the sometimes dry/esoteric reading material.
The paper is difficult to finish. With a 20 page paper, there should be a WI also attached.
Very interesting class. Use of something as unusual as Star Trek Helped to really stick concepts in my memory.
This was an excellent course with an even better professor. I don't think most of the material would've been understood as well as it was if a different professor was teaching it.
She was very funny in class, making them interesting and gave me motive to come.
Class can be boring and the amount of student ratio was too big. Discussions were hard if you were even slightly shy. She was an understanding teacher but certainly needed to make the course size smaller.
She is a great teacher.
Kathy is AWESOME, she is one of the best professors that I have ever had at UH!!!! one of the BEST!!!
Thanks for everything. This class really left me with a lot to think about. I really enjoyed it.
Political theory is difficult, and I understand the professors want to expose us to as many theorists as possible, but rapid pace makes it somewhat difficult to really gain an understanding of all the theories!
While I enjoyed the Star Trek aspect of the course, I felt that the final papers were too long, at least part 2. I had a hard time writing eight pages of analysis of an eight page story. Perhaps make it 4- 6 pages
She is probably the most intelligent teacher that I have ever met. I would recommend her to anyone.
i enjoyed writing the star trek paper. Even though it required a lot of time and effort, it was fun having a political science class that nurtured creativity out of it's students. It was one of the few classes where I felt I could fully express myself.
I wish that I was able to get the WI for this course.
This class felt like it could qualify as a Writing Intensive with the length of papers that needed to be written, maybe it should be one? The quizzes were very helpful in understanding the different philosophies. They greatly encouraged, and often times required, that you carefully read the text. And the 2nd classroom we were in at the start was horrible, it only lasted 2 weeks though.

Kathy Ferguson: POLS339, WS439, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 339 - Feminist Theory Crn (Section): 86338 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 439 - Feminist Theory Crn (Section): 83545 (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  
3.45 11 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (9%) 6 (55%) 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  
1.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 3 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (91%)
5. 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%) 11 (100%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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 inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Discussion of the readings and the environment in which we can freely talk is valuable. I like that the class was centered on critical thinking and discussing of what we read and that the lecture is weaved into discussion, not just lecturing and briefly talking about the reading. We learn by application and figuring it out ourselves.
The readings were diverse and extremely informative but it was Professor Ferguson's own discussion and clarification that made it both interesting and understandable.
The discussions in class about homework really opened my eyes to a lot of different issues that I have never thought about before. Kathy Ferguson demonstrated superb knowledge of the course material and themes of the course. I think the best part of the course was the teacher. She is amazing!
Learning the discourses of crucial parts of history I didn't have the chance to learn. Questioning things that I wasn't aware of. Realizing the importance of these kinds of studies and goals trying to be acheived.
the discussions in class were good because it helped to understand the material.
Great course, instructor was awsome :)
Discussion, museum assignments
She allowed us to speak our mind and provided an environment that made us feel safe and I felt like there was no wrong answer to most things.
She took her teaching to a greater extent than she needed to. All of her assignments were interesting and the required readings were terrific. This course wouldnt have been as effective if taught by another professor. She really understood effective ways to teach the course and help me gain a greater understanding to the feminist world. One primary aspect that was the most valuable was her discussions. Although I did not engage much in conversation just listening to her thoughts, opinions and experiences were enough.
The readings were great -- they were extremely thought-provoking and very applicable to the course themes. I also got a lot out of the museum project because I am a hands-on learner, so getting out in to the community was very productive. It was nice to put our learning to action. Further, I liked the dynamics of the classroom setting. What I liked about the dynamics was that you were an assertive leader but it wasn't like you were lecturing to us, we were always able to participate and discuss our own ideas. In fact, you encouraged this, and your manner and attitude gave the classroom a level of intellectual safety which made me feel comfortable participating and asking questions. Also, you have a very clear and comprehensive way of explaining ideas and concepts -- your ability to effectively articulate things made the class that much better and more resourceful.
The readings that were assigned in this course we extremely eye opening and taught me so many new things. I really enjoyed most of the readings that professor Ferguson selected.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I'm not really sure the relevance of the museum project. it seememd a bit out of place with the rest of the coursework
NOTHING. This is the best class I've taken at UH Manoa. This class and what Kathy has taught me has really changed my life and outlook on things.
None.
nothing, just about everything was valuable.
The readers were unnecessary because she lectured anyways.
I hate to say it, but I didn't get much out of the bios. Doing mine was awesome for me because I got to talk to Noenoe in person and learn more about her through her herself. I had read a book of hers and was intrigued by her ideas, but I had never met her -- so I'm grateful that the bio was an opportunity to do so. But as far as listening to other people's presentations, I didn't always retain the information, nor did I think that the information that was provided was always useful in helping me put the reading/subject matter into context, or even better understand it. I guess it depended on who was the presenter.
N/A
10. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
11. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
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%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and 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%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%)
15. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
16. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
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%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
18. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
19. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
20. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Discussion on the daily readings and how it fits into the "big picture" in terms of relating to other people, places, things, etc.
How snowball paper worked.
the videos were fascinating.
THE TEACHER and her awesome insight.
Class time. the Museum project. The videos.
I liked the museum project a lot, because it was fun and interesting. It was very different.
I thought class discussions were very informative and enjoyable. Easy to grasp the text while discussing in class. Also challenged us and pushed us to do our best!
Discussion was often insightful and enjoyable. Dr. Ferguson is a brilliant theoretician, but she is also an excellent teacher.
I enjoyed the light workload and intense discussions.
I liked the in class discussions the most. Not only did Kathy create a great environment for a student to learn, she enabled students to understand the world in a whole different light.
I pretty much answered this question in the "most valuable" question, but I liked the politics of the classroom and I loved the materials that were assigned to bring light to the issues and topics of the course (i.e. the books and videos that we read and watched).
I think this course was so great for me because Professor Ferguson was so knowledgeable in this field. I also liked that we were learning extremely complicated ideas, but professor Ferguson was able to break them down for us so that we could understand them.
21. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
22. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
maybe if it was scheduled for a later time.
Possibly more videos to make it more entertaining.
I think there were too many readings required for each class because not only does it take longer to read but we didn't even get to finish one topic before we had to start a new one. It went too fast, so I think there should be less reading.
Make it a writing intesive course. I know it's hard because everyone needs a class like this for their degree, so maybe provide more classes like this.
The class would have been better if the table was big enough for everyone to sit around, or if we just set chairs up in a circle. It felt really disconnected with a large table that encircle some, and left others out.
N/A
23. Other comments:
great and interesting class. really enjoyed it.
I learned a lot in this class. I would certainly take a higher, graduate level seminar class with Dr. Ferguson in the future if possible. I think she is an excellent teacher.
I believe Kathy Ferguson is a great educator and the best professor i've had at UH Manoa. She inspires me to become more active in the community.
I really liked the biographies she made us do because it is like seeing what we, youthful students can become and the inspirations it took to get us there. I love how the class is open-spaced and Kathy is truly a great teacher.
This was a very challenging and informative class.
I had a blast in this class and really got a lot out of it. Thanks for a great semester
I have been at UH for three years and Professor Ferguson was by far the best professor I have ever had. I learned so much from her in this one semester! I would definitely recommend this class to someone or any class she teaches. I wish all of my professors at UH had the passion for teaching she does and her knowledge.

Kathy Ferguson: POLS615C, WS615, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 615C - Feminist Theory Crn (Section): 89110 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 615 - Feminist Theory Crn (Section): 89168 (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 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (91%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 5 (100%) 4 (44%)
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%) 11 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (100%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
For me the most valuable aspect was the introduction to many differnet writers and thinkers.
I appreciate the thoughtful selection of reading material, the class discussions, the visual presentations and I think the most important aspect, the excellent professor.
Wide range of texts and clear identification of themes and central questions that we explored for the semester... it was great to be challenged so profoundly and still guided in this way. I found the course material to be just difficult enough to make me feel like I was walking on my own edge, but as if I also would be able to ask questions about material I didn't understand or arguments with which I didn't agree without feeling intimidated. THAT is a sign of good teaching:)
The films that we were able to watch.
I have only dabbled lightly into feminist theory, and I'm glad to have taken this class because Kathy was simply magnificent. I really enjoyed the readings that Kathy picked to include in the course because they all offered different perspectives towards feminist theory. I'm glad Kathy included Judith Butler within the course because I feel that she is important to political theory in general. Kathy's own personal work was very helpful with the course, and I was really appreciativer to know her ideas and own theories.
The materials are effectively prepared to synthesize my thoughts. I truly enjoy all of the readings. In fact, I am planning to re-read some of them this summer with more time (no need to worry about the deadline or anything like that) to reflect and think more. It was such a pleasure to encounter these books. For me, encountering the never-heard/thought of is the sole purpose of keep learning.
kathy's discussion of the theoretical material was very helpful; the imagery, anecdotes, background, etc, all helped to unpack some very complicated concepts
Understanding the construction of masculine and feminine from different spheres... i.e. Western sphere and Eastern/Oriental Sphere.
I think the choice of texts, and the order of them as well, was fantastic. It was a great introduction and development, plus the coverage of how feminism interacts with other social movements/ideas was great for providing breadth.
Readings on civilization/nature constructs, Ranciere, Cohn article and cosmic feminism were all new to me!
The course readings and class discussions were extremely valuable.
Class assignments and discussions.
class discussion and individual presentations.
Most of the readings were the most valuable - Wendy Browns' Essay and Theorizing Feminism specifically.
The range of subject-material provided a very useful foundation to build on.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I don't like the physical arrangement of the classroom. There does not aapear to be enough room for all the students at the conference table. However, this is not specific to the course Kathy is teaching. It seems though to marginalize students on the periphery of the classroom, and inhibit participation.
I felt like I wasn't getting enough political theory within the course because it was also shared with a women's studies course which brought in different perspectives. While there diversity in the classroom was enlightening, there were times where I felt that some of the things we should've been discussing were being over-looked, for instance, I was interested in spending more time in Butler and psychoanalysis.
Basically, I believe there is nothing that is not valuable in life.
i would have liked to have a broader range of feminist theorists not based in the united states or the west; i think the discussion may have benefited from a different balance of voices that turn each other upside down and create the friction in our discussions which we talked about in some of our readings
None. All the aspects of the course were valuable and of great help to me!
While it may (emphasis on may) help students professionally, the student presentations are the worst part of this class. I understand that people have different approaches, but if the goal is to help students prepare to present, some of the presentations are awful and don't really count as presentations. There has been no professorial feedback about how to improve them so the goal is sorely missed. And while the expectations were clear about what we were to present on, some students went sorely off the mark - and were allowed to do so a 2nd time. Additionally, they tend to take up so much time that takes away from much more fruitful discussions. I feel this aspect of the class needs MUCH revision.
I did an undergrad certificate in WS and found I'd read and worked with much of the material we covered, whereas many of our classmates were working with it for the first time. This was a great review and an opportunity to work on making my understanding and arguments more sophisticated. I expected this class to introduce me to new and different materials as I didn't realize most of the other students wouldn't have a background in WS/feminist theory. Given that, I really enjoyed our class discussions and having classmates present, especially since we were all from different backgrounds and were able to share those perspectives in our presentations.
None.
too much reading.
Other readings - Journals on Queer Theory and some class discussions.
10. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
11. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
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%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and 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%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
15. The instructor treated students with respect.
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%)
16. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
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%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 10 (91%)
18. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
19. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
20. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Its theoretical orientation
I appreciate Kathy's respectful approach to students. She is an excellent listener in her attentiveness to student responses. She provides learning opportunities for the students with an affirmative, positive approach that encourages, rather than inhibits student communication and participation. Instead of a pendantic, paternalistic professorial voice, her manner, her speech, and knowledgeable insights, create an inclusive learning atmosphere. Kathy provides a learning environment within which an engaged student has the opportunity to reflect individually and collectively about assigned readings,visual presentations, and facilitated class discussions in a way that encourages edification in a bottom-up process. I also think she is a generous person, who acknowledges student concerns, irrespective of how significant those concerns may appear.
Discussions of theoretical material...
The Professor is awesome. She is caring and helpful.
I liked how Kathy included a diverse amount of reading. Kathy had stated in class at one point that in order to understand what the author is trying to say, we must first read where they are coming from, thus the different authors.
I really respect the fact that Dr. Ferguson treat the student with respect. I also velue the way Dr. Ferguson taking time to explaine things. I appreciate her occasional use of active silence and the way she moves the class on.
i liked most aspects of the class, although a bit more discussion in small groups would have allowed more people to speak who didn't feel like talking in the larger group as a whole. i know that most everyone probably had something to say but there were many folks in the class i didn't hear from the whole semester because most of the discussion took place within the large group space. a couple times break out groups would be helpful i think
The fact that everyone gets to present two readings in the class. This helps everyone focus on every reading, and realize that they may have different interpretation of the text as compared as to the one presenting it in the class. I find this challenging and at the same time enlightening!
Probably what I found most valuable: I think the choice of texts, and the order of them as well, was fantastic. It was a great introduction and development, plus the coverage of how feminism interacts with other social movements/ideas was great for providing breadth. Additionally, the choice to write either a research paper or smaller, response papers that allowed for a discussion of multiple texts, was very nice.
class discussions and individual presentations.
I enjoyed some of the class readings and discussions. I also enjoyed the movies.
Kathy's ability to articulate difficult concepts was very helpful.
21. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.55 11 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
22. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Due to some funny, yet course relevant anecdotes by students, and at times by the professor, time seems to slip away too quickly. Perhaps more firmness on allotted time for class presentations would be helpful.
Perhaps more attention could be paid to more current feminist theorizing, beyond Judith Butler. I think it would be more useful if some of the older readings were supplied as background, but more time was spent on feminist theory that locates itself in political theory. I love Brown's work, but I just want more of that kind of work.
More Theory! Maybe Foucault's History of Sexuality as a required reading!
I would love to take the class again if it were offered in a political science focus only.
1. Less number of students 2. Maybe different time of the day? 3. More male students involvement?
more theorists not based in the US/west, more small group discussion and inclusion of more voices in the class
This course is excellent already! I have no other suggestions on improving it further!
Be more stringent on what is required of and in student presentations and provide feedback on these presentations so hopefully they get better throughout the semester. Keep track of time better; some texts have gotten no or not nearly enough digestive time.
More queer theory!! :)
Maybe less reading so we can digest material better.
Explain the political theory more. If this class is required by Women Studies, the instructor should understand that many students do not have a political theory/science background therefore people and views need to be explained more. Many students were often confused in the class because of political science discussions.
More material oustide the U.S.
23. Other comments:
I'm enjoying this course tremendously, and regret not registering in Kathy's courses sooner.
Thank you so much for providing the intellectual stimulus, which is not so easy to get these days.
kathy is a wonderful scholar and teacher, i feel thankful and honored to have studied with her. i just wish we could have had more full discussion by hearing from more members in the class and other writers/theorists from different feminist perspectives transnationally
Dr. Kathy is very nice and intelligent. Overall, even if this class is very challenging to me, I think I enjoyed every bit of it, especially the readings and the reports.
While I've been extremely critical of of the student presentations, I think this can be remedied and this still remains one of the best courses I've taken. Professor Ferguson is one of the best professors I've had as well.
I really enjoyed this class. Thank you!
I felt like I had no voice in this class because I was not a political science grad. student. I did not feel my opinions were usually acknowledged as well.
Thoroughly enjoyed Kathy's seminar, I feel I have acquired a decent foundation of feminist theory that I can apply to my subject area.

Kathy Ferguson: WS650, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 650 - Rsch Fem Studies: Capstone Exp Crn (Section): 83547 (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  
2.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (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  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
discussion and flexibility
I enjoy watching presentations by other people and then discussing them after.
Learning the details of how to present research most effectively to different audiences and for different purposes
I liked the meetings after the speaker. It was helpful to discuss with the group how well the speaker performed.
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
this course was awesome
I really appreciated the flexibility of the course structure. Thanks, Kathy!
Make students do a dry run to help them prepare even if they are not finished with their research.
15. Other comments:
this course was helpful in leading up to the capstone experience. thank you kathy!