eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Vernadette Gonzalez

Available Survey Results

AMST381, Fall 2011
AMST481, Spring 2011
AMST480, Fall 2010
AMST600, Fall 2010
AMST316, HIST361, WS311, Spring 2010
AMST481, Spring 2010
AMST480, Fall 2009
AMST600, Fall 2009

Vernadette Gonzalez: AMST381, Fall 2011

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 381 - Junior Seminar Crn (Section): 70030 (001)     79718 (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  
3.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 6 (67%) 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  
2.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 8 (80%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 5 (56%) 3 (33%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
9. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 3 (33%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 5 (56%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (22%) 9 (90%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 9 (90%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She was a good professor who thought well on her feet since she was not even supposed to teach this class.
She is knowledgeable about the various time periods we covered in class, able to provide both local and global perspectives, urging us to think critically and make connections between people and events that do not seem related.
Vernadette is a fun and reasonable teacher. Really tires to make things easier for us because she knows that we have a lot going on.
Dr. Gonzalez is awesome. She encourages people to participate and understands that creative projects can be just as beneficial and educational as straight forward academic writing projects.
She is a great professor, and is more than willing to help her students if they need help.
amazing professor. one of my favorite at UH
Very good and personable professor. Offers many opportunities in class and is very nice to and helpful to students.
a really good professor, I enjoyed coming to class and jumping into our class discussions. She made it easy to talk to her, as well as talk in class. Provided a laid back environment, which made the class enjoyable. I liked this class and would recommend it to other students.
Professor Gonzalez is an exemplary professor who makes the weekly courses incredibly interesting and fun. She encourages active communication with both her and our fellow peers and fosters a very open and collaborative class environment. I would definitely recommend her courses to others.
very organized and thorough of all concepts in each novel we read. I like her teaching style and her expectations of the students are high so we all strive to do our best.
Professor Gonzalez was outstanding. She was always doing things to make class interesting and fun. The work she assigned was interesting and thought provoking. She is also a great academic advisor who has helped me out tremendously in picking classes that are most suitable to my planned career path.
Amazing professor! She encouraged us all to participating in fun activities.
I liked how she broke down the books' content to a level where everyone could understand. Her enthusiasm for the subject really captured my attention because I was able to grasp the concepts presented and be better prepared for my reflections assignments.
very organized, made course materials as interesting as she could, really tried to gear students into participating in discussion in class
Really dedicated to students
An effective professor. Grading is a bit harsh, but it did make me work a lot harder than I would have if there weren't such high expectations.
15. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%) 0 (0%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked the creative projects we were assigned. It forced other to do work and come out of their shell and talk in class.
I like the variety in presentations of the topic material (jeopardy, friendly competitions, ppts, discussion, etc) and homework (papers, creative expression, historical artifact, etc).
I liked when we got to do creative projects like looking for images, drawing things, doing the newspaper article and so on. Doing the one page responses were fine but not as fun as the moire creative assignments.
The workload of the course was manageable and I liked that. Dr. Gonzalez always made sure that the weekly assignments were interesting and always changed things up which always kept things interesting.
Creative projects were fun!
the reading and the discussion were great
I liked doing creative assignments rather than traditional papers all of the time. I liked having the professor discuss with us rather than us just discussing. It brings more value and knowledge into the conversation.
I enjoyed the section the open class discussions, where everyone can just jump in and put their two cents in. I also enjoyed the creative assignments, it's a good break from the normal assignments.
I really enjoyed the discussion element of the class. Generally I'm not a huge fan of roundtable discussions, but being a part of a very small class certainly facilitated active participation in course material. This really helped me to express myself as well as open myself up to other interpretations of particular concepts. It's also great to see how my peer's own historical and personal knowledge strengthens the lessons we've learned.
Class discussions and the variety of assignments we could do. Certain assignments were boring like writing a one to two page reflection every week, but by having a variety it allowed us to be creative and self-expressive and really connect to the text in many different ways. Being able to actively engage in class through these assignments were helpful in being able to relate closer to the text.
I liked the different assignments we had throughout the semester. Although I'm not comfortable doing artistic things, the assignments where we had to draw or find images that related to the text we were reading forced me to think of the subject matter differently, which broadened my understanding of the subject matter.
I loved the that calss was so small. It made participating so much easier!
creative assignments were fun, getting into different small groups in class to discuss before entire class discusses, in class group assignments
Sharing of visual items related to content
The creative assignment was fun! I put in a lot of effort but that wasn't bad because I enjoyed what I was doing.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I did not like the heavy reading load. I also thought it was unfair that so many students accumulated more than their allowed absences and they were allowed to make it up with a paper. Especially when those of us make huge efforts to do the readings and come to class.
I didn't like stepping out of my comfort zone (homework responses), but it was a good experience.
I thought that the majority of the books were kind of boring and difficult to read. I honestly had a really hard time keeping up with all the reading. The only books that I did like was Aloha Betrayed and Herland.
Two of the text: "Amazing Grace" and "Violence Over the Land" were brutal reads. The material was dry and would have liked to have received that information through other sources.
the need to speak. im more of an observer and learn through listening and hangs on. so kind of went out of my comfort zone
Too many books. I am honestly not sure what the point of this course is. All we did was read seemingly random books and discuss them. It seems like there is a theme of moving through the timeline of history, but perhaps a more specific theme would be more beneficial. I have read and analyzed readings in plenty of other classes and felt that this class is not necessary. Perhaps if it had a more focused and emphasized American Studies theme, it would make more sense.
The amount of reading.
There is a generally heavy reading load for the class, but it seemed to be rather manageable and covered well in discussion.
Reading. :( It was so much!!! But Iʻve learned a lot actually.
I didn't like meeting once a week. While we did cover all of the important aspects of the books we read, it was hard not to zone out sometimes in the last half hour of class.
I didn't like that professors were switched last minute.If Vernadette had choosen the book, she would feel more comfortable teaching it...and they probably won't be so boring!
a lot of reading, some of the material was dry
I didn't feel that the books were interesting or relatable to course
The books were generally boring, and almost painful.
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Ok. Can be improved.
This is a very good course, just manageable.
Before I took this class, I really thought that this class was going to help students by giving them ideas for their senior thesis. But it really seemed like this class was more about analyzing these 7 book plots. I don't really understand why this class is required or what it has to do with helping students figure out what they want to write about for their thesis. I think if this class was more lecture style, like plotting certain events through history or even focusing on certain events w/ a power point and using the books as more of a backup would have made the content of this class more effective. Especially since some of the books were more like autobiographies of people, with America's history happening behind them, I feel like we could have covered so much more of America's history in this class. Also a lot of the books had to do with African slavery, so it felt like we could have covered other things that still happened in the same time period. Additionally, I really liked the Aloha Betrayed book because it was so relevant for us in Hawaii, so I think more books that are related or associated with Hawaii would be better. In the end, I really do appreciate how reasonable Vernadette was during the class, and that she only gave us 1 -2 page writing assignments, because I know that some teachers would have had us write 5 page weekly assignments.
I enjoyed this course.
great course!
Overall, an okay course. The professor is great and did the best she could for the course. The course however I did not really enjoy the material or se e how it was overall beneficial to me.
I enjoyed the class and would recommend it.
I enjoyed this course very much. It gave a very nice backdrop of Americana to cover and it's open- ended enough to allow different professors to focus on their own expertises.
Good, wish we didnʻt have to read, but thatʻs what it takes for the Junior Seminar class.
This was my favorite class of the semester.
Some of the books were really interesting while others were too boring to get passed the first chapter but overall it was a fun course! Great professor, great classmates!!
course takes a lot of work but sets you up to succeed--as long as you keep up with the reading, assignments, and participate in discussions, you learn a lot and should do well in the course
Good
Good, well-done.
19. Other comments:
YAY! :)
In the future, maybe cut down the book list.

Vernadette Gonzalez: AMST481, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 481 - Senior Research Seminar Crn (Section): 83585 (001)     88655 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%) 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  
2.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%) 3 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%) 3 (100%)
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%) 3 (100%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
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 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
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 (100%)
10. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
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 (100%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%) 3 (100%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
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%)
13. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
very good! I think she is one of the best professors at uh and really cares about her students!
she is one of my favorite professors in the AmSt department--she's knowledgeable and entertaining.
She is an effective leader and communicator. Professor Gonzalez works with students to get them to deliver their best work.
Loved her class, she was easy to talk to and very helpful.
She is a great professor who works individually with each student to help them improve their writing skills. I really enjoyed working with her.
Alway making me grow and learn...
14. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
15. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Being able to use class time for research
Dr. Gonzalez really helped me to break down my thesis into smaller, easier pieces. I was really apprehensive about writing my thesis, but after a few classes, I became more confident with my work. She was really encouraging and understanding when any of us had a difficult time completing an assignment.
Selecting and developing my thesis into a paper on a subject I was very interested in.
Being done! It was a tough class but she stayed on top of us to make sure we got everything done.
I really liked that we started our thesis so early in the semester. Working on such a large paper in two to three page increments made the paper not only seem easier but also allowed lots of time for revision. Although it seemed a bit redundant week after week, it paid off in the long run.
Believe it or not... The feedback was great
16. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
editing other students work
Writing that many pages is not fun at all. But that's the entire point of the class, so it is what it is.
That I was able to devote so little time to the work. I feel I was not able to meet all of the class requirements because of other commitments, and I wish I had more time.
Too much time in the library.
Nothing... it really prepared me
17. My overall evaluation of this course is...
a+
I would recommend anyone else who has to write a thesis for Humanities to take this course--I think it would suit other departments as well, not just American Studies.
This course dovetails nicely with the previous required courses and helps students develop their thesis on their own terms.
Da kine.
10! I really enjoyed it and I feel accomplished for writing a twenty page thesis paper.
Fantastic!
18. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Vernadette Gonzalez: AMST480, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 480 - Approaches to American Studies Crn (Section): 77877 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
4. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
5. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
7. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
8. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
9. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
10. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
11. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Vernadette is the reason why people choose to be American Studies majors. She encourages students to do their best and rewards well-intentioned efforts. At the same time, she is not a push over and enforces her expectations. A lot of teachers seem to loose sight of their student's interests or act as if they dont care about their students but I never felt that way from Vernatte.
Prof. Gonzalez is very methodical in knowing how to get what she wants from us students. I really appreciate her knowledge of â??craftingâ?? a thesis and being able to provide me and others with constructive criticism at every turn of our proposal writing process. I felt that every assignment truly built on the last assignment, ultimately building my knowledge of the thesis I am trying to get out of my head and heart. If I can sum up Professor Gonzalez in one word, that would be â??encouraging." Prof Gonzalez is always there with her encouragment and with her smile leading us onward and upward into academia.
A well qualified and enthusiastic instructor.
She was so helpful. Whenever I got questions, she was happy to talk to me. The reading materials were all interesting, and I learned a lot. Learning how to write research paper was very helpful for other classes as well.
great way to prep for the next chapter/semester
She's a good teacher. Easy to talk with and genuinely wants to help her students improve and get good grades. Still strict in her policies, but always fair.
This will really help with my senior thesis next semester.
12. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
13. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I loved having American Studies professors come in and talk about their work. It was very exciting to be able to read their work and then hear them defend their points or explain their writing style, etc. I found it very inspiring towards my final thesis.
From the first article to the last, though I did not understand how to analyze an article to pull out only it's method of analysis, after a few articles, I finally understood what the exercises were for. This was the first time I have had to look at an article in this way in a very long time. Thank you for these exercises. I also really enjoyed reading, understanding their methodology, and actually meeting the famous faculty authors of our American Studies department...If I wasn't so concerned about being able to understand their different styles of analysis, I would have asked them to sign my print outs...ha ha ha:o) Next time. I also loved meeting and getting to know Jodie, the Supah Librarian. Even outside of class she has emailed me about articles and books that pertain to my topic that have not even hit the shelves. She is a real observant and resourceful person, thank you for introducing her to us! She is invaluable. And hearing about other's projects...what a diverse student body American Studies incorporates! Class on Thursday! Iâ??m not a Monday person! Going to the Writing Center. I was able to talk out my thesis proposal with the advisor and she was able to help me focus my proposal.
The gradual process that extracted a fully formed thesis proposal was very helpful.
Writing response paper was very good way to learn finding main argument for me. Every time we needed to write short papers, so it made me read the article clearly. I also really liked that authors of the article we read came to class, and talked about the article.
all the different guest lectures
The first half where we had the chance to read the works of professors in the department.
The guest speakers and their experiences performing research.
14. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I think the class is organized very well, I thought the library visits were sometimes dry in the beginning but I dont really feel like it is a subject worth changing because they are very necessary.
The uncomfortable chairs in the class room. I hate the arm rests and there is no cushion on the seats themselves.
I was sometimes unsure of the assignments due to the relaxed atmosphere regarding due dates.
I liked the classroom, but it was too cold to stay...
nothing I think its a essential course
Writing the proposal.
15. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Great course
Thank you! I feel so much more confident in getting my thesis done next semester, after sitting on this idea for the past ten+ years!
Very helpful preparing me for AMST 482. Two thumbs up.
I really enjoyed the class, and it was one of the most valuable class for me. The class was so hard, and I had hard time getting a good grade, but I learned a lot. She was always happy to help students, so it helped me a lot.
Great!
Okay class, but felt we took things very slow for the start of our thesis. I wouldn't mind a class that focused more on the topics we saw in the first half, specifically getting a broad understanding of the different work being done in American Studies.
16. Other comments:
I have been recommending this course (even though it is a requirement) by telling other students that this course has helped me in formulating my thesis, starting my research and working though what I am trying to write about without having to write the entire thesis. I consider this class to have helped me to write a wordy outline and begin the bibliography process for my thesis. Now the rest of the work is all up to me!
The research project should begin earlier in the semester. I really liked the reading materials that we read in the beginning of the semester but they really didn't help me with doing my research and looking for my topic. I would have liked it if we started on our research earlier.
I like brownies.
I really enjoyed the class. Thank you.
don't change it too much next semester its really good the way it is!
The library sessions were boring at times. Most of the electronic journals and sources I already knew how to access.

Vernadette Gonzalez: AMST600, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 600 - Approaches to American Studies Crn (Section): 70040 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 12 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%)
4. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
5. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
7. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
8. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
9. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
10. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
11. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Vernadette is extremely well organized, articulate and sets high standards for her students.
I could not have a better teacher...she is the best one I have ever met. She herself is a hard worker and always tries to improve the class. I will always look up to her as a model of a teacher. I feel extremely lucky to have been able to take this course.
perfect, someone might call her cold, but I don't believe so. it is good to require students.
She is very enthusiastic, democratic and knowledgeable in the subject matter. I appreciate her pushing us to be better writers and to think more critically. Although it may seem difficult at first, the struggle pays off in terms of our writing and analytical skills. Thank you, Vernadette!
She is a very enthusiastic professor who knows the course material very well. Always engaged class members in discussion.
Very good professor. Serious when needed to be, yet funny and witty. Knowledgeable about material. Made me think outside the box. My new hero in graduate school!
Vernadette was great! While she may come off as a bit intimidating (especially to someone who comes from a non-American Studies background as she is sometimes a little too heavy on theory), she ultimately validates and encourages your development as a critical thinker and a scholar. I absolutely value her input. I look forward to taking another course with her someday.
Excellent! Vernadette clearly exhibited an exceptional knowledge base of the field and an exceptional ability to communicate effectively with students, including students experiencing difficulties (whether personal or academic) with the materials being presented. Vernadette strives for excellence in her students as well, as students are encouraged to facilitate at seminars, write and revise scholarly reviews, and meet with her aside from class time to discuss, and improve on, their work (e.g., reviews, presentations, etc.).
Dr. Gonzalez has a rich background in American Studies from its beginnings to present. Dr. Gonzalez always helped up contextualize the readings and worked hard to get all students to engage the texts critically all the while situating the materials within the field.
12. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 4 (36%) 4 (36%)
13. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked the lively conversations in-class. I appreciated Vernadette's interventions and her ability to connect the material across disciplines. I particularly liked her contextualizations of the texts and her concise ability to convey the origins and transformations of the American Studies discipline.
The choice of textbooks, the way they were ordered to be read. And the way the class is managed--assignment of students to be the discussion leaders. And so on. It is perfectly designed to train would-be university instructors and very practical.
variety of books, insightful discussion.
I appreciated the structure of the course, which was to have student-led discussions with Vernadette highlighting key points of the assigned text. This showed a variety of different teaching styles that I may or may not incorporate. I think empowering students to take charge of class time promotes student familiarity & independence in the subject matter, as well as provides an opportunity for facilitated mentoring in a sense.
I enjoyed most of the text books and I also liked my classmates and all that they had to say. I enjoyed hearing different points of view.
Varied readings offering different perspectives.
The diversity of books we were assigned to read and how they were all connected to each other in ideas one way or another.
Class discussion. Everyone has a different way of reading the material, and it was great to hear the other points-of-view.
Vernadette's choice of reading materials was well thought out and provided students with a wide array of theoretical and methodological approaches utilized by scholars, and the writing assignments provided students with an opportunity of constructing scholarly reviews, which is something they will tasked with as academics.
Although they have not been easy, I appreciate the book review assignments. Not only do they require a different kind of writing but they require that students truly engage the text (understand it, and think about it in terms of the larger field of American Studies). The precision of ideas and language necessary to write a good book review is certainly useful to all grad students.
14. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The fact that we only had to write book reviews. I understand that it is an instrumental tool of the academy; but I dislike the limitations and strictures of the format. At times I would have liked more lecture and less student directed discourse.
I just wish we could have some kind of a break in the middle of the semester, like spring break. This applies to all the courses, but it has been pretty intense and I thought it would be nice just to rest who while and get more energy to continue.
Some books seem to treat very similar subject, eg. Sentimental Designs and Reading Romance, and I thought one might have been enough.
Writing the Book Reviews. While I see the value in terms of analytical thinking and scholarship, I believe an introductory grad course -- albeit a required one -- should not be so writing intensive.
Some of the texts were very hard to get into and even harder to talk about in class. I felt that for an introductory class, maybe sometimes it got way too theoretical and hard to understand.
The overall feeling was that the class was leftist in its political inclinations. Balancing it with a broader perspective, illustrating how both the left and the right held sway on any particular topic would serve to make the course better.
The length. Also, some of the readings failed to stimulate me (especailly Black Atlantic, Reading the Romance, and Cheap Amusements), but I understand their importance in the discipline.
N/A
Some of the student led discussions were frustrating because not everyone is on the same level. Rather than allow students to co-present I think each student should present alone. It amazes me that some students can manage to get the basic argument of the book wrong. However, Dr. Gonzalez always managed to intervene and encourage students to return to the project of the text (even though some students refused to budge).
15. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I enjoyed the course. I do wish I had taken it at the onset of my inquiry into the Dept, rather than at the culmination.
It is tough, but more than worth taking it.
Awesome, I enojoyed the class.
Awesome teacher, stimulating and thought provoking texts ... A-/B+ only because I think maybe weekly written reviews rather than the staggered book reviews would have been better.
It is a good class and Vernadette Gonzalez was a great professor. The book reviews were sometimes graded harshly. Although sometimes I felt lost in the class, I enjoyed how it challenged me.
I liked it! Professor was very thorough about class material, directions for assignments, answering questions, making us think outside the box for class discussion, etc.
An excellent introduction to the field of American Studies.
Excellent!
Over all, Dr. Gonzalez ran a very good seminar complete with insightful texts and useful assignments. After taking this course I have a far better grasp of what American Studies is, how it began as a discipline, and what its potential is. I definitely think this course should continue to be required and I definitely think Dr. Gonzalez should continue to teach it.
16. Other comments:
Thank you, Prof. Gonzalez.
Maybe some sample papers of a book review initially when the course first starts or a week or two prior to due date would help with how you would want the format/content to be like.
Not everyone plans on being a teacher someday.
I appreciated Vernadette's effort at ending the seminar with a book focused on Hawai`i, although I must admit that I look forward to the day when a better selection will be available. I'm banking on Sunny or Nicole for that, but only time will tell.
This is the only American Studies course that has given me such a strong understanding of the field (and I've been an American Studies major from my BA to MA).

Vernadette Gonzalez: AMST316, HIST361, WS311, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 316 - U.S. Women's History Crn (Section): 87136 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: History
Course: HIST 361 - U.S. Women's History Crn (Section): 88437 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 311 - U.S. Women's History Crn (Section): 87542 (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  
2.71 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%) 1 (14%) 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  
1.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 18 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 7 (39%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (33%) 5 (50%) 3 (17%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 2 (20%) 4 (22%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 1.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
9. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 5 (50%)
10. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 6 (60%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (67%) 3 (33%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.14 7 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%)
15. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Wonderful and a breath of fresh air! This woman dealt with my crazy life and all of my personal problems that occured since the start of the semester. She also had the students back when it came to the Gov. and the cut backs. I wish more teacher were like her. I do feel that 9am is to early for the class, but it is doable.
She was a very good professor and knew a lot about the course material. I also felt like she listened to every students voice and provided equal learning aspects.
She is knowledgeable of the subject content. She recognized the diversity of her class and tailored the group projects to be able to fit the needs of that diversity. It was a great, unique way of approaching the group project!
I learned an immense amount in this class, it was a random choice to take and definer a good idea!She is friendly, has a good curve, and very interesting lectures. If you show up and don't piss her off you are golden! I really like her as a person and a teacher. the review session was excellent and the test is a good format! It makes you do your work! loved the class loved the teacher! GOOD JOB!
she is a great teacher she encouraged us to think for ourselves and try to relate the material to other events in history as well as today. She made the material fun to learn.
excellent instructor. She makes the goals clear and attainable, and is very enthusiastic about her subject.
Vernadette Gonzalez is knowledgeable and passionate about the course she is teaching. She always keeps the class interesting and that she welcomes ideas so that we can improve our overall learning in the class. On the other hand, I strongly do not like her test format. Her midterm is the hardest exam I have ever taken at UH Manoa and I have been in this school for 3 years. I wasn't too fond of her test format because it is almost impossible to memorize and learn hundreds of quotes and passages from all of our reading assignments and be able to identify it on our exam. She had a review session but it didn't help because none of what was covered on the study session were in the midterm. So if there needs to be a change or improvement in her class, then it should be the exams be the exams. However, she grades fairly and allows us to attend seminars that are related to class topics and write papers for extra credit. Overall, I like the class.
Ms. Gonzalez has a passion for history, but its hard to transfer the passion on. Lovely person, a little intimidating when trying to talk to sometimes.
She is a highly effective instructor who brings forth a better understanding of the issues that were gone over in class. As someone who is passionate about education, she teaches in a very energetic tone and pace. However, she makes sure not to go through too quickly and pulls apart the lecture in fragments, ensuring that at the end of class, we are able to grasp the bigger picture. By encouraging discussions in a positive atmosphere, we are not only learning from her but others as well. Opinions are welcomed and so are questions that enriches our learning.
Of all the lecture classes that I have taken, Professor Gonzalez is the best lecturer that I have ever had. I thoroughly enjoyed class every day, and it is the only class in my college career that I have made sure to take very detailed notes every class. All of the information provided was useful and presented in a cohesive and interesting matter. There was never a time when I felt that my attention was not being fully engaged. I have recommended her to many people looking to take classes in the Womenʻs Studies department because I enjoyed the class so much. Despite my personal dislike for group projects, I appreciated that Professor Gonzalez took the time to meet with each group individually to get everyone going. Overall, great teacher and great course.
She is very organized and focused when teaching, yet makes the content interesting and fun to learn about. Her powerpoints are interesting, and the readings she chose for the class complimented what we were learning in class very well. Professor Gonzalez has become one of my favorite professors at UH. She is enthusiastic and energetic, making the content interesting to learn.
She knows her stuff, but she can be extremely intimidating to approach. It was difficult to ask for help.
She is a nice teacher, strict but friendly. Explains course material well but could present it in a more interesting way.
I enjoyed Vernadette's class. She offered a different way of feminist thought. She expected the students to know the readings and incorporate outside thoughts into class discussions. I thoroughly enjoyed her class and wished I had attended more. The class requirements were quite easy. It expected attendance, a knowledge of the readings, midterm and final exams, along with a group presentation.
great instructor. the group projects we did really inspired me to get involved with volunteering in the community as well as to take on womens studies as a second major.
She is very nice and easy to talk to.
that she is funny, smart and cool.
She was a fun and interesting teacher. She is able to relate to her students and if given the chance I would take her class again. :)
Professor Gonzalez shows a lot of passion in what she teaches to her students. She always comes to class and really emphasizes her students to really think about the women she talks about. Due to her passion and her emphasis to read deeper between the lines in the book assignments, I have come to greatly respect the history of women in the United States. What I enjoyed was that Vernadette didn't cover well known females from the past. Instead she assigned readings that examined the women who were not known but their stories really explained the diversity of women in the United States.
She is an enthusiastic and nice professor, but due to this being the first time she taught the course it was very lacking. I would have probably preferred her teaching methods in a class she is more familiar with teaching.
Very good teacher. She really encouraged critical thinking which helped understand the material better.
She was very great and knew a lot about the subject. She was also very enthusiastic about being there and teaching us, and made a real effort to make sure we all understood the various assignments and lectures.
she was a great instructor. she knew her material well and communicated it effectively to the class.
She is a decent teacher. There was a lot going on this semester in terms of family and political things so I feel like there were times that she gave more focus to that then to the class, but on a whole she wasn't bad. She responded to e-mails quickly and tried to be available to meet at times other than scheduled office hours.
She is passionate about the course material and seems to want her students to succeed in her course
Good teacher, great teaching style.
She was knowledgable about history in general overall. She was able to answer questions and get us to think outside of the box. She really encouraged critical thinking and allowed for us to view things through a different lens, (the lens of a woman).
16. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 9 1.39 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
17. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%)
19. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The history and knowledge that was gained from the readings and the lectures
I liked the lectures because they were very engaging and interesting.
In all honesty, I can't really say there was anything in this class that I really liked.
I liked the options for the group projects. It allowed the class to focus on subjects that interest them in creative ways.
The discussions.
The method of teaching style fit my learning style great.
Doing group projects. It introduced me to some great people and a great social organization that has me becoming very involved. I plan on going further in it.
Group projects were awesome and fun!!!
I liked that there were parts of history that I had heard before but that this class went into a little more detail of the things I did not know. I enjoyed slacks and calluses, and the slave girls books the best. The group project was a good idea to get us active in the community, I feel that most classes just bitch about things but don't bother trying to change them.
I enjoyed the materials she has chosen for the class. She has put thought into choosing her materials such as the books, printings, and videos. I believe she made the best possible decisions to allow more thinking to be involved.
I really enjoyed the information presented in lectures. Use of statistical facts really helped to solidify points and made the classes very interesting.
The group project taught me a lot, and was great to work with an organization.
The group project. At first I didn't know where to begin, but then it all came together. A great experience I wasn't expecting!
No comment.
Group presentations in different requirements. One group would be a social organization, the others oral history, performances and so on. I loved that. It allowed the students to divulge into different aspects of their selected theme.
Group project was great. The novels selected really were good examples of women throughout history.
I really liked the lectures. It was fun to come and listen.
Readings and lectures were both really great.
Seeing history from all perspectives.
Definately the assigned readings. All were very interesting.
I enjoyed the different view/concept that the professor tried to teach the course with.
Readings and discussions
I really liked the lecture portion of her class, the power points really helped in understanding the readings and what we were learning about. Some of the books were really interesting as well and I thought that they were really good to relate to what we were learning. I also really enjoyed the group project.
She had lots of information to share and had powerpoints as well as videos and pictures to help demonstrate what she was talking about. She also had class discussions and answered questions if anyone had any.
I really enjoyed some of the topics we discussed in class as well as her use of slides to get information up for the class. Some of the readings were really interesting and am glad I have become exposed to new authors and new types of works.
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I liked the lecture style and rteadings chosen.
20. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The group project
I didn't like the test material at all. It was way too hard to memorize all of the passages for the test.
The volume of assigned readings was difficult to keep up with at the beginning of the semester. I'm glad Prof. Gonzalez decided to reduce the readings at the last half of the course. Group projects.
There was A LOT of reading material. Some of the articles were dense and coupled with the novels, it was difficult to be enthusiastic about the material because I was just rushing through it to be able to keep up. There was no fluidity of continuity in the subject matter. It seemed like we'd jump around with loose connections.
To be honest some of the students. You did excellent.
Some of the reading assignments were uninteresting and hard to get through.
Early class =(
Exams are horribly difficult.
I felt that this class would have been better in a smaller learning environment. Also there was WAY to much reading for one class, although the class is very interesting, everyone has full school/work schedules and having 5 books plus multiple readings made it very difficult to keep up in class and did not make me want to show up, because I wouldn't know what was going on. I also felt like some of the things that i heard in the class were wrong, or didn't give a real view of things, it seemed that a lot of things were sterotypes, which was part of your point. But from the 1900's on ward really felt unbalanced. And today not 1 in 2 marriages fail; they make that statistic by looking at how many married in one year and how many divorced, but that doesn't mean they were the same marriages. Although the group project was good, the subject matter was difficult to cover. Also the attendance thing is stupid, and so were the way the tests were set up.... Stick with matching words, mutli-choice and essay but not match readings, thats just lame and mean.
I least liked the group work we had to do only because it was hard finding time to meet with others and get things done. But I do think group work is important because it improves our skills to work with others as how we might have to work with others in our careers.
Some of the readings were a little long/dull, however, they were useful. Also, the format of exams was a little confusing.
A lot of reading!!!
The midterm itself was killer. I attended the study session and still did less than average on the exam. More study sessions, or students should create their own study groups.
I think there should have been a paid TA for the course
group projects a waste of time. just do exams or quizes
I hated many of the readings. I didn't find them interesting, and I think that little of them actual enhanced the lectures.
Frankly, the assessments were a real drag. The exam format didn't really give us an opportunity to demonstrate that we'd engaged with the course materials. The group assignment was problematic in lots of respects. Giving us the freedom to grade ourselves makes it a bit of a meaningless exercise in terms of an evaluation, in my opinion. My own group barely met until it was really too late execute a meaningful project, but whether or not this was because people had legitimate scheduling obstacles or were simply disengaged isn't really my place as a fellow student to say. I would have preferred to research and write three essays in place of this one group assignment. I don't wish to be harsh, but to say that you can't grade the work of such a big class without the help of GA seems like a cop out. I've had lots of classes with as many students where we were assigned extensive written work and received in-depth feedback on each assignment - even on multiple drafts of the same paper. This is your job, after all, isn't it?
The Declaration of Sentiments. I know it is an issue we must learn, but frankly it was not as interesting as some of our other topics.
The scattered and abundant reading. There were so many of them and they didn't really seem to have a reason/point to tie into to make sense. Also the exams were very scattered. Due to the high amount of readings and various authors being able to name a single sentence or paragraph and the author out of pure memory was near impossible with the load of material used. Also towards the end of the semester with the group projects, we lost a lot of in class discussion and lecture time and i feel that it took away from what we needed to known for the final exam.
Too many quotations on the midterm. I was getting confused because some were so similar.
I didn't like ALL of the books that we read. Some of them were just way too long and way too boring. Maybe cutting down the book load a little would have been good.
there was a lot of reading. there are other classes that I took this semester as well and they had readings too. it was hard to keep up with the readings for this class as well as keeping up with other work in other classes.
I really didn't like how the class was designed. There were many parts of the class I could not stand and it was because of this that I wouldn't necessarily recommend the class to someone else. I like that she used slides when lecturing and that at the end she made them available on Laulima to study. However, the slides weren't necessary in terms of studying. The information on the slides and most of what she lectured on, wasn't even required knowledge for the exam. The exam was a HUGE problem for the class. I really did not like how she blamed school budget cuts for her poor exam style. Our knowledge of material she taught was not tested nor were we expected to think critically. We were forced to pick out certain quotes from readings that I feel weren't critical to the class and didn't necessarily benefit us. I understand it is hard to grade essay exams when you have a large class, but it is doable. I had a professor who only gave essay questions for the exam as well as hw and we had a much larger class and she had NO T.A. at all and still managed to have a decent exam format. It is just a very poor excuse to blame personal laziness on the school and their lack of funds. I didn't like how there wasn't really any HW to test our knowledge and understanding of what we were learning. Also, group project was not so great. Mainly she just made it a little too complicated and didn't give enough time for everyone to comfortably and successfully present on their topics. I just feel this class left a lot to be desired and I was hoping for so much more from this class. I don't feel like I took away too much in terms of knowledge and ability to think critically on certain subjects.
the reading assignments. WAY TOO MUCH READINGS TO DO!!!!!
I really dislike group projects, and the group presentation stucture in this was a cause for stress during the semester.
I did not like the overall group proejcts. I feel that it was unnecassary to require us to work with a group throughout the course of the semester.
21. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.14 7 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%)
22. My overall evaluation of this course is...
The course was well planned and taught me a lot, but I wish we had different tests.
This could be a very interesting course if there was better organization of the content.
Excellent.
Great.
REALLY GOOD! The class is mind stimulating and interesting.
It had interesting material but would not take another class if it was set up the same way.
I absolutely loved it. The course was rich with history and I am walking away from it with more than I had known before class. Women I never knew about or organizations I only heard about, I learned about them all in this class.
Excellent course; I really enjoyed it.
Excellent. I learned a lot and enjoyed it.
It was an interesting course and I learned a lot about Women in history but there was a lot of reading and I did have a hard time keeping up.
Good. Every AMST, HIST, WS student should take it as a requirement course... especially with Vernadette.
great course, very informative, gives a perspective on history that is usually ignored. I have recommended this course to women's studies classmates.
There was a lot that I think we could have done without. I also believe that the focus was a lot on every day women, but there were little information on mainstream characters. I had to learn a lot of new names that I never heard of. This was good because I was able to learn a lot of different facts about unknowns, but I really wanted to learn about more powerful figures.
reflected in the other parts of this survey.
It was fun!! We got to volunteer, speak to the Professor one on one and learn from different points of views.
Needs more work in structure and what the goal of the course is. Felt it was very scattered and do not feel like i'm leaving the course having gained any new or useful information that i'd be able to use.
Learned a lot about women's changing roles in history.
Excellent. She was very well organized, knew exactly what she was talking about, and excited to be there. The content was also extremely interesting. I thought I had known all there is to know about women's history, yet there was so much more & this course taught me that.
good pace. if you go to class, you'll gain a lot. the readings are helpful although there is quite an abundance. I learned a lot in this course
Would not recommend it to a friend if taught in the same manner....needs to be re-worked and re-vamped.
I would not recommend this course to someone who does not need this class to graduate for 3 reasons 1. Way too much reading (I think we had almost 20 different reading assignments for the first midterm) 2. Group project is required. (it was very hard to meet up with group members because of schedule conflicts) 3. MId term does not test your comprehension of the course material, rather it tests your memory.
Interesting course, relevant.
The course was ok. I think we could have concentrated on some bits of history a little more than others. I know she wanted for us to learn about a wide range of women but on some of the topics we just brushed upon while others were more in-depth. It would've been better to spend the same amount of time on each.
23. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
This course could be improved by changing the tests. I also think that the group projects could have been set up a little better, by making the groups smaller. It was really hard trying to meet up with all 6 of my group members at one time.
If the articles and the novels are being read at the same time, make them directly related to each other. The course content would be fine with just articles and maybe one or two books.
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the Ballard book was not interesting and hard to get through. May be use another book.
Maybe set this class an hour or 2 later if possible. Attention spans may be greater.
Make the exams reasonable. Have a more effective study session before the exams.
Less readings Smaller class size
The format of exams could be improved. Maybe incorporate more movies.
The midterm was difficult just because I struggle with taking test in that form. I wasn't prepared because I didn't know what to study for or what I should be looking at for. I didn't realize it was going to be so exact on the content of the readings.
I think a way to improve this course is to give some short answer questions with the readings. I feel it would have been easier to understand the readings if I had a guide as to what I should be looking for within the readings.
Less focus on attendance. More study sessions, or a creation of study groups.
I want more fun readings. If the readings were more interesting, I think it would have been more fun and more motivated to read.
If the reading was maybe lessened so we can focus on one for longer??
Better reading list set, not so overloaded and clear course description of what we are supposed to be covering so there is some type of timeline or continuity to connect all the pieces of information together.
Not too much reading quotes in exams
Less books/readings, and make the midterm not as hard.
less reading. instead of readings maybe find other venues to educate the students. maybe relevant videos or pictures or personal interviews on the topics would be more efficient; it would give the students the same personal influence but wouldn't take up as much time. like we said in class, "hearing the distress, anguish, and feelings in one's voice has a greater impact than reading words from a page"
Better use of reading in terms of HW and class discussion. Also, change the format of the exam to fit that of an exam that will challenge us students to think about our readings and what we have learned over the semester, not just have us spit out names of quotes.
cut the reading assignments drastically. our professor picked out random lines/quotes from our readings and we needed to write the title of the reading as well as the author. She gave us a title/author bank but the fact that we had ALOT of reading assignments, the task felt impossible and pointless. I think this part of the mid term/final should be cut out and replaced with another type of way to test our knowledge.
Different testing system, and no group projects. Reading assignments would be good.
24. Other comments:
Love Proff. Gonzalez, love her! If she is still the American Studies undergraduate chair when I make my first million, I will donate a nice amount of money to the school to name a building after her.
Be aware of the power point presentation during lecture. It is difficult to keep good notes when you are trying to supplement the slides with the discussion. By the time the slides catch up to the lecture, the thought has passed.
Please don't be upset by the evals, I really liked the material and you are very nice!
Thank you for a wonderful semester!!!!!!
Great course
None.
n/a
If I could, I wouldn't take the class again.
Interesting course!
Overall I really enjoyed this course and the teacher and would recommend it to other students.
I believe that this is Prof. Gonzalez's first semester teaching this course, so with a few tweaks here and there on assignments/exam format, the course should be ok.

Vernadette Gonzalez: AMST481, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 481 - Senior Research Seminar Crn (Section): 83880 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
4. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 4 (36%) 4 (36%)
5. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
7. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
8. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
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%)
9. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
10. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 0 (0%) 9 (82%)
11. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Vernadette Gonzalez is super nice. She is 200% committed to the class all the time. She is helpful and makes you feel like your work is really important. She is very understanding and very prompt to emails. BRAVO
a valuable asset to AMST. Cares about students and their work.
Good professor, was easy to talk to and wants students to reach their potential.
She really wants her students to do well, and makes herself available to help them as much as she possibly can. She is very fair and understanding and helps students to produce the best work that they possibly can
Good teacher for the course, not much needed for improvement.
Great leader and motivator.
She leads her students well, and encourages them to set high standards. She also believes in her students and inspires them to do great things as aspiring academics. She is: very educated, easy to relate to and talk with, FUN, laid back (yet strict at the same time). She was gracious and flexible with her students, but also set up a schedule that made writing my final paper extremely manageable. Having her as my instructor made my last semester at UH an enjoyable and memorable one. PROMOTE HER OR GIVE HER AN AWARD OR A RAISE OR SOMETHING. SHE IS A GEM. QUOTE ME ON THAT ONE.
She is spooky wen she gets mad. Would't like to screw up again. But she can be really understanding when it comes to a students workload and having to juggle the different classes.
VG is an excellent instructor who is in tune with each of her students and their work. She instills confidence and promotes active participation as a group through peer editing and discussions.
V. Gonzalez is a great professor. She is very easy to talk to especially if you are having difficulties with assignments. She also helps you to create a thesis that will work best for you.
she is a great teacher and really does care about her students. She is available for meetings after and before class and wants her students to succeed. I am glad that I was able to have her as a teacher.
12. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 6 (55%) 3 (27%)
13. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I like peer editing and a flexible schedule.
The first half.
The questions and workshops we had to do in class, really helped me think about my thesis and what I want to write specifically about it. The library session really helped a lot.
It was structured so that each section of that paper had a deadline so the work was spread out over the semester and wasn't completely overwhelming at the end
I did like the workshops for the paper sections which were helpful. Also the peer reviews.
I liked that there were set deadlines that needed to be met because it helped me stay on track of my assignments. Without the deadlines, I might have procrastinated till the last minute.
The independent research, and the ability to try and fail and learn and adjust and adapt and fail and learn again and then mess up and learn from that and then correct that and then finally understand and therefore create a document I am proud of.
The Organization of the paper. Although most of the class including myself seemed to get everything in late, she still tried to stick with the structure. It enabled us to not freak out about the steps of writing the paper and it made it a lot more painless. Also the handouts were really helpful in organizing and forcing our brains on what we needed to and more importantly what we didn't need to include in our papers.
The Craft of Research 3rd Edition
I enjoyed the discussions in the course, especially because the class was small.
I learned a lot about researching and analysis this semester. It's hard to do, but it is important in order to get the things done that need to get done. The people in the class were great also. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming.
14. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I think I felt a little redundant talking about my topic with the class.
N/A
There was a lot of time I think was wasted. Some library and research days seemed pointless and dull especially at the beginning of the semester. I think it might work better if parts of the paper were due earlier that way there would be somethihng deffinate to work on during those times.
I did not like the time we had to focus on the analysis section of our projects, which is the most important part.
Can't really complain here. The tedious assignments we did throughout the semester I was not always fired up about - such as the outline. However, they were necessary steps to keep me on track and I appreciated them in the long run. Overall a great course.
N/A
N/A
The workshopping.
Nothing.
15. My overall evaluation of this course is...
AWESOME
Challenging, yet very doable, and fun.
Students should be require to take 480 first and to start looking for topics in 480 because I think it's important to find a topic so that we don't have to worry about it. Maybe if we started looking for a topic earlier, we didn't have to struggle a little bit about what we want to write about.
It's hard to evaluate. It was as good as a course dedicated to writing a thesis can be and the instructor is awesome
Course was really good, and it was helpful that I took the AMST 480 course in the first semester. Later into the semester it did feel that doing the projects we were rushing.
Good course. I hope that more students choose American Studies as a major. It opens a lot of doors for the future.
A 9/10. That means there is always room for improvement. I know the class will only get better for up and coming AMST graduates.
Well it is required, but having taken it for a second time, the first with a different instructor because of the structure, it was much better the second time around. I feel that her teaching style works.
Excellent
I enjoyed having this course as an aid to writing the senior capstone. I think it is very beneficial to the student, especially with having Vernadette as a professor/mentor.
Great. The way the course was set up really helped to keep everyone organized and on top of their projects.
16. Other comments:
Gonzalez really cares and it is that support that makes me proud to be an american studies major!
With the class structure, schedule, etc. the 20pg paper was very approachable over the course of the semester, and actually enjoyable (not all the time)
Should emphasize other future students to write about something they love, enjoy, or cares a lot about because it's important to write about something they like/care about because they're going to have to read about it for a whole semester or so.
For AMST 480 the topics for the paper should be selected and do the research analysis practices, then it would make 481 focused on working on the project.
This course has helped me acquire many of the skills that i will need in graduate school.

Vernadette Gonzalez: AMST480, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 480 - Approaches to American Studies Crn (Section): 79333 (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  
3.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
3. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 5 (56%) 3 (33%)
4. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (78%) 2 (22%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
8. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
9. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
11. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
12. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Good. She encouraged students to become critical thinkers. However, I felt she had difficulty explaining certain aspects to students.
I liked Vernadette a lot she has been very helpful to me in choosing a thesis topic. She is very easy to talk to and pushes you to put in the extra effort.
She provided a great atmosphere, one that was very conducive to learning. Well done.
-Good instructor for course.
she is great. She cares about her students and wants them to succeed. Prof. Gonzalez is easy to speak with.
Very enthusiastic. Sometimes confusing. Really open minded.
Easy to talk to, was available when needed, easy to contact as well, and overall was a good instructor.
Really knowledgeable on alot of topics within American Studies as a whole but not intimidating, easy to talk to.
Instructor is great! Serious about the material but accessible and friendly.
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.63 8 1.19 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 2 (25%)
14. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I enjoyed going to the library and learning how to research materials.
I liked how we went over different kinds of material that we could use as sources for our papers. I thought it was very useful for preparing for my thesis paper and what kinds of sources would work best for my topic.
Reading and critical analysis. This was challenging but fulfilling.
-Class discussion.
I really enjoyed how this class prepared us for next semester. The readings we had in the beginning taught me that we don't have to just look at giant books in order to do research. We have so many other sources out there, and she taught us what they were and where to find them.
I really liked the idea of this class. I really liked the freedom of choosing a topic for senior cap stone but wish it didn't wait until the last minute of the class. I didn't like the practice paper assignment. I felt like it was a waste of time and we should start right away into our own research using the library with guidance from Jodi. Waiting until the last minute is just one more addition to the stress of finals and I personally was more concerned about up and coming project/finals and just doing the work for a grade rather than possibly doing two sets of research and going with the best project. If I could do anything to restructure the course I would change the middle unit. I wouldn't have any restrictions on the assignment. I would let the student do two proposals and then by the end of the semester he/she can make a commitment for next semester.
How we were able to talk about the readings in class because it helped me learn a lot more from other students and their ideas/thoughts about the readings. It helped me understand the kinds of materials/evidence I could use for other future essays.
Library tours and sessions on research methods/tools (i.e. search engines); I actually like the first portion of the class (analysis of readings)
This course has been very useful in helping to develop a critical eye of source materials and research methods.
15. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I did not enjoy writing responses and doing mock research assignments because I feel that the responses were irrelevant and the mock research assignments could have been actual research where we could get a jump start on our final paper.
The only problem I had with this course was that the focus on the civil rights movement got very repetitive and boring. I think it would be better to maybe focus on a different topic each week while we went through the six weeks of examining sources so it doesnt get to repetitive while writing your response because i started feeling like I kept repeating myself. I also think that by focusing on a different topic each week might help students to get more ideas for thesis topics.
The reading, but there wasn't too much.
I didn't like the middle unit's restrictions. Sometimes I found myself asking why am I taking this class? I would like to see an example of a cap stone already turned in for a 481 project and a 482 project. Should this course be a requirement for graduation? I feel like having four courses that are required might detract new students to enroll in the department.
Second portion
I think that more time should be spent on research methods for the next semester.
16. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Okay. I thought this class was to prepare us and allow us to get a head start on our Senior Capstone Paper. Although it allowed us to practice researching techniques, it did not get us started on our final paper. The time spent doing mock research could have been spent doing actual research.
I like dthe course and believe that it has definately helped to prepare me for writing my thesis. Like i said before it did get a little repetitive and there should be different topics presented to the class. I also think that maybe some sample thesis papers should be presented to the students for them to analyze how that person wrote their paper and used their sources and materials towards their argument.
9.5/10 A great course!
It's a great class to take. Even though we've been in school for so long, I know I had never had to do a real research paper before. I've had projects where i've had to do some research, but i've never had to put a huge paper together before. This class has definitely taught me how to go about writing a well thought out project. I wish i had taken this class sooner.
Great in theory and has an opportunity to help new students with changes otherwise I don't think it should be a requirement . The changes I would make is in the first unit the teacher assigns a part of a proposal for each source of the civil rights readings for homework and then have an example of what they are looking for in class. After unit one the student will have done their first try for a proposal with the selected readings under the guidance of the teacher. Second and third units will be two proposals of their choice and then they get the choice after doing three proposals from units 1,2, and 3.
Very useful to senior research project; a little tedious but worth it in the end!

Vernadette Gonzalez: AMST600, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 600 - Approaches to American Studies Crn (Section): 70049 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
3. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 5 (56%) 3 (33%)
4. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
8. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 9 1.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%)
9. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
11. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
12. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
friendly and enthusiatic
Good effort for a first-time instructor of this course.
Very enthusiastic and respectful of student ideas. For a foundation-building course such as this one, she was an excellent instructor.
Prof. is knowledgeable about the material and helped to answer people's questions about the books. It didn't seem like she was that enthusiastic during class, but it may just be her teaching style which seemed more laid-back. She talked many times during the discussions and often only with the same students, which may have made the more quiet people intimated to jump in.
Very good but very busy. Had little time for students because she is so involved with so many activities. A good professor and easy to respect but wish she had been more available.
Vernadette is very knowledgeable of subject matter, and her feedback that I received was always helpful to observe my weaknesses. Her ability to communicate the subject to students was excellent. She was always accessble whenever I needed to contact her. Also, she is very personable.
Awesome instructor!
My overall evaluation of this instructor is favorable. Professor Gonzalez took the time to explain tricky concepts and gave good context for our readings.
Professor Gonzalez is very knowledgeable and intelligent almost to the point of intimidation. She was well rehearsed over the course material and provided insightful analysis of the readings. Sometimes, however, I wasn't quite sure what she was looking for in our responses to discussion questions and I felt scared to speak out because I didn't want to be embarrassed. Professor Gonzalez has obviously been well trained as a scholar and I felt far behind in her thinking and analysis.
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 8 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%) 1 (13%)
14. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
class discussion
I enjoyed the variety and scope of the texts.
When the book was a stimulating and accessible one, the discussions were very lively. I enjoyed the forum to communicate with other students but I wished that everyone was engaged on a weekly basis.
gave a good foundation of the main texts in american studies and the different discussion leaders with their questions helped to broaden perspectives and critiques. also appreciated how there weren't weekly writing assignments in conjunction to the books.
Some of the readings such as Cheap Amusements, the Borderlands
This class is very organized to make students understand the important topics of American Studies scholarship. I learnd a lot in this class. Especially, I like to be learn how to write a book review professionally. Instead of a position paper, or research paper, I think the book review was the perfect assignment for this class. I really thank her for giving us a chance to be prepared for a more prefessional academic field.
I liked the breadth of work that was used to help build a catalog.
The range of reading was interesting and I thought it provided a good introduction to the field of American Studies. I can definitely say I am much more familiar with the theories and conversations that are taking place within the field. The texts we've discussed appear in a wide variety of material I've encountered outside of class and I have been adequately prepared to handle key concepts. I am glad I took this course at the beginning of my program.
There were certain books that really spoke to me including Virgin Land, Machine in the Garden, Changes in the Land, Sensational Designs, Cheap Amusements, Epic Encounters and Borderlands. These texts were understandable to me and I found them both insightful and interesting.
15. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I wish that I could have done only one presentation by myself instead of in groups.
A lack of explanation and examples on the style of writing required for this course. Next time, give students specific Book Review examples right from the start and a lesson on how to write an effective review, etc.
Many students did not participate in discussions, which would have made this course far more fulfilling. However, this is of no fault of the instructor, who tried to stimulate discussion.
I didn't enjoy the book review assignments, even though I can see how they're necessary to understanding the material. Maybe if one of the reviews was dropped in place of another type of assignment it would have been more interesting.
Some of the discussions. At the end she had us emailing her questions that we discussed as a class which was really helpful.
The assigned article along with the book every week was really helpful to cover a theorethical framework in American Studies. However, I wish I could have more chance to look over "Theories" covered in American Studies. Could we have a chance to have any special lectures once or twice during the semester for entire American Studies grad students?
The high theory books.
Class discussion was less than stimulating. I do like the format of a student led discussion with questions of theoretical intervention, archive, etc. But when students fail to spark decent conversation, or fail to bring ideas to the table, I would have appreciated a little more direction from the professor. I understand that the class was intended to create conversation amongst students, but I feel like a lot of class time was wasted just waiting for someone to pipe up. Also, I am not all that interested in what some of my fellow classmates have to say, especially when they barely read the book. Comments like "It just really spoke to me" should not go unchecked. The other aspect I felt was missing was better theoretical context. When dealing with major works it would have been nice to have a better background on areas of post structuralist theory, post modern, modern, post colonial, etc. With better preparation, we wouldn't have had to spend so much time in class giving background.
The other texts were either uninteresting, or too scholarly for me to grasp the greater concepts that Professor Gonzalez often seemed to be looking for. The class discussions were often a bit brutal with a certain few dominating the talks. More often than not, I felt intimidated and scared that my input would be misunderstood.
16. My overall evaluation of this course is...
a great start to my career in american studies. i feel more confident now in my ability to understand the materials and also in communicating with my peers.
Enjoyable, challenging, engaging.
Interesting course with interesting reading materials. While I would not have opted to read many of the books on my own, I am glad that I had the opportunity to do so because they proved to be very valuable and insightful.
Good introductory course to the field of AMST
Okay. Their is room for improvement but overall the reading assignments were good and i took something from it. I feel the end of the course was much better than the beginning.
Thank you so much! I enjoyed this class.
Excellent course with very thought provoking peers!
It's a solid course and I am glad I took it. I learned a lot in a short time. Like I said, it was good to take it at the beginning of my program.
this course was difficult and uncomfortable for me. As for the readings, about half were interesting and I learned from, and the other half went right over my head. the book reviews were good because they helped to improve my writing and understanding of how to write a review in the first place. Overall, there were too many readings and too little time to really deconstruct their meanings. I feel somewhat frustrated and disappointed in my abilities to analyze and respond to the assigned texts.