eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Debora Halbert

Available Survey Results

POLS378, Spring 2014
POLS375, Fall 2013
POLS770, Spring 2013
POLS375, Fall 2012
POLS378G, Spring 2012
POLS375, Fall 2011
POLS375, Spring 2011
POLS375, Fall 2010
POLS770, Fall 2010
POLS375, Fall 2009
POLS383, Fall 2009

Debora Halbert: POLS378, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 378 - Topics in American Politics Crn (Section): 88669 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.33 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%) 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 9 0.53 Freq(%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
6. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
The topic interested me.
At first, I took this class because it was a writing intensive course. But as soon as I realized it was a course about the Environment, I thought it would be interesting - and it WAS!
Writing intensive credit.
Major requirement through Interdisciplinary Studies
Not only is this course required for my major- but I'm also interested in the subject at hand/that this course was offering.
Requirement
I took this class for its WI application.
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
8. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
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%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
12. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
she is very informed about her course and very helpful with her students
Halbert is very kind and always willing to work with students.
Dr. Halbert is super easy to approach.
Very helpful, gives you lots of opportunities to boost your grade and earn it.
She was open and gave space for discussion while still being clear about all assignments and providing ones that were meaningful and relevant to Hawaiʻi and our lives.
She was very engaging and willing to help. She made the course fun and exciting to learn about.
Very nice and helpful. Always available and loves her students
Being in this class has broaden my understanding of not only environmental issues in terms of science, but also in politics.
14. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
nothing
N/A
N/A
Nothing
Everything was valuable.
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
17. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%) 0 (0%)
18. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%) 0 (0%)
19. The course gave me opportunities to practice communicating effectively in public settings, with attention to and appreciation of diverse cultural contexts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%) 0 (0%)
20. The course increased my ability to cogently explain the interconnectedness of local and global dynamics of power within the context of the political and cultural specificities of Hawai'i nei.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%) 0 (0%)
21. Other comments:
i highly recommend this class to other students! it was incredible
Best course in POLS ive taken & amazing, amazing teacher. Professor Halbert is clearly knowledgeable and experienced in her work and takes all that she does seriously as she is always prepared for class and grades things immediately and gives space for revision, discussion, etc.
It was a great semester, having the opportunity to be in your class. Thank you for teaching.

Debora Halbert: POLS375, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 375 - Con Law I: Institutions Crn (Section): 75070 (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  
3.58 26 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (42%) 15 (58%) 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  
1.76 26 0.44 Freq(%) 6 (23%) 19 (73%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 26 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 24 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 26 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (23%) 20 (77%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 26 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (27%) 18 (69%)
6. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
It was required and I love classes about law.
Law and Society Certificate requirement.
POLS major requirement
POLS major req., time and days class offered, subject matter
POLSC Requirement
I took this course to fulfill the 375/376/385 POLS major requirement. I had never taken a class that focused exclusively on the Constitution, so I took the class to learn something totally new.
Subject matter
One of the choices to fulfill my major requirements and it seemed interesting
major requirement, interested in law school.
Political Science major core requirement.
POLS major requirement
To get a certificate in law and society
POLS major requirement
Major requirement, time/day, and sincere interest in the subject matter.
It sounded really cool and it was one of the electives I had an option of taking to fulfill a requirement
meets elective requirement for my political science major. I am also aspiring to attend law school and thought he course content would be useful.
It was a requirement for my major.
Going towards my minor.
I took this course as part of the requirements for a POLS major.
Fulfilled requirements and I was interested in law.
I like history
I am a Political Science major and needed to satisfy my course requirements. That being said I also would have taken this course simply for the subject matter. In, addition the preparation the material of this course provided I believe is going to be crucial to excelling in Law School later.
This class does not fulfill any of my requirements to graduate. I took this class because I think political science is a challenging. I wanted to challenge myself because I do not feel that there are not many challenging courses at UH.
Required class...need for law school
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 26 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (23%) 20 (77%)
8. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 26 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 21 (81%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 26 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (42%) 15 (58%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 26 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 6 (23%) 18 (69%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 26 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (31%) 18 (69%)
12. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 26 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (31%) 17 (65%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Professor Halbert responds quickly, and allows gives opportunity to improve your grade if you bomb a test or do bad on an assignment.
Very knowledgeable. Able to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time.
This was one of the best classes I have ever taken at UH Manoa. The professor was helpful and went over material in a way that was easier to understand. I appreciated each lecture class and each assignment was beneficial to my understanding of the material as well.
very enthusiastic about material and available for consultation, reading outlines online help greatly with workload
Her class is well organized and she is very knowledgeable about her subject.
Professor Halbert is easy to talk to. She's also very enthusiastic about the course.
Clearly knows all about the subject and is always willing to help
Helpful to student affairs, interesting woman.
Very thorough and very intelligible regarding constitutional law. Lot's of content and lots to learn.
It took me a while to understand the concepts and applications in this class. Although a struggle in the beginning I felt challenged and accomplished that I have learned and excelled so much in this course. I think this course should be a course that every POLS student should take.
The extra credit options for class.
She really likes teaching and the class is pretty interesting.
Very intelligent. Encouraged students to meet with her to discuss each exam, course material, etc.
very knowledgeable about the class and lectures. very helpful in answering questions and helping students. easy to understand her in lectures and awesome in explaining the constitution. thank you professor.
The amount of information she is able to disseminate during the class periods.
She knew the subjects of the course well and taught them effectively in the class discussions.
Dr. Halbert is an exceptional instructor. She demonstrated a superb knowledge of the subject and was able to articulated difficult concepts in ways that allowed for easy understanding. Dr. Halbert also made her self available whenever she was in her office and attend multiple events on campus that helped support student involvement. She encouraged intellectual growth in class and through class projects. One of the few professors I had that seemed to truly enjoy teaching.
She is a cool professor who teaches like how a professor in the 21st century should teach.
Debora required alot of work in comparison to my other teachers and i am not complaining about this.... she was a fanatastic teacher..and I learned a lot in her class... and felt she was also one of my better teachers at U.H because of the expectation she had for the class requirements.... also Brenden was great too...
14. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Sometimes she can be confusing about what she wants from assignments, but its mostly due to the difficulty of the class content.
No answer.
N/A
lecture facilitation can be very confusing at times, would like to see a more concise format to lectures; readings can also be very dense/heavy
She speaks way too fast !
None
Her TA never emailed me back.
Sometimes she would talk a little fast and it would be hard to process the concept.
I am not sure how comfortable with TA grading of homework/tests.
She assumed that we knew a lot of basic facts about the federal government- but we didn't!
I would appreciate the availability of the notes she types in class during discussion
She does not always have assignments that can be used to stimulate group and individual participation.
â?¦I have nothing.
Nothing
nothing
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.81 26 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 21 (81%)
16. Any comments about the TA?
Brenden is very intelligent and is always willing to help.
Pretty knowledgeable. No complaints.
Organized and accessible... Awesome!
Brenden Burk was amazing and had great insight on the topics we discussed in class.
easily reached for help; able to elaborate about topics skimmed in class
Brenden is a bit intimidating, and I don't feel as comfortable talking to him as I do Professor.
Also knows the subject very well and is helpful with the briefs
Never emailed me back, if you weren't in class twenty minutes before it started you would miss all of his instructions.
Extremely helpful and very knowledgeable about the class topic. Helped a lot in explaining and instructing how to approach various assignments, topics, scenarios and etc.
At times, he was an unfair grader.
Very, Very, knowledgeable but, came off as condescending and unapproachable.
Very knowledgeable about the course, good communication skills.
He is very smart but sometimes seemed to favor specific people in the class.
very helpful and willing to discuss assignments
Brenden was very helpful when I need some answers about the questions i have and helping with cases that I don't understand. Most of all, helping students with questions about the Constitution. So much thanks and mahalo to Brenden.
None
I felt like he was trying to take over the class too much. I think he tried being too much like the teacher instead of a TA
Brendan, did an excellent job as TA. He knew his material and was willing to help students understand difficult material. He also made himself available to students outside of class for office hours, and was willing to engage in dialog after class. He would be an excellent TA in the future and if he wishes to pursue it demonstrated quality teaching skills.
Brenden is awesome and very helpful.
Brendan was great... and funny kept class interesting and was helpful with briefs and suggestions.
17. The TA broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.4 26 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 11 (42%) 12 (46%) 0 (0%)
18. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.44 26 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 6 (23%) 15 (58%) 0 (0%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.69 26 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (23%) 19 (73%)
20. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.77 26 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 21 (81%) 0 (0%)
21. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.81 26 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 21 (81%) 0 (0%)
22. The course gave me opportunities to practice communicating effectively in public settings, with attention to and appreciation of diverse cultural contexts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.54 26 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 6 (23%) 17 (65%) 0 (0%)
23. The course increased my ability to cogently explain the interconnectedness of local and global dynamics of power within the context of the political and cultural specificities of Hawai'i nei.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.58 26 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (38%) 14 (54%) 2 (8%)
24. Other comments:
Professor Halbert's classes are challenging, but you really do learn from her. Her classes have taught me the most useful knowledge for the future. If your not lazy, then getting a good grade is possible in Professor Halbert's difficult, but enjoyable classes.
Fantastic course. Really enjoyed it.
The classroom layout was horrible. Anybody sitting behind the halfway mark couldn't see the projection screen or the speaker.
I think the presentations should be changed in some way. There should either be fewer requirements or a longer time to present. I think also the requirements should be explained better. I remember my groupmates and I spent some time guessing, rather than knowing, what Professor wanted. I was also sometimes confused about brief formatting. I remember that when Professor went over how to brief, she used exactly what the appendix in the book said. So for the first two briefs, I used that format. Based on what Professor had said, I was under the impression that we had flexibility in briefing. But then Brenden informed me that I had to follow his format. I don't remember Professor ever saying that that was the case, though. I preferred my own format. However, if it had been make clear that we had to follow a certain format that wasn't the one used in the textbook, we should have been taught how to brief in that format, so that we all would have been on the same page. That should have been made clearer in the beginning so that there would have been no conflict.
More in class work not just lectures
I feel that Dr. Halbert is a hard grader compared to most of the courses I have taken. I also feel this is a good thing, however, as it really challenges the student to fully apply themself.
very challenging but informative course
None
I would recommend that this course be a requirement for all UH students. The importance of understanding Constitutional Principles is as important and more so then some of the other mandatory requirements the school has. For example science course on top of a breadth, hawaiian studies, llea requirements, and others. The importance of understanding the principles of governance is universally important to every field and the lack of encouraging constitutional understanding is a disservice to the students and the communities they are a part of. We should be encouraging a better understanding of our governing principles.
I really love this course. I learned a lot of useful information. I am glad that I am taking a class from instructors that know how to teach. This is rare. This is my 5th semester at UH and I honestly feel like it is my second favorite class! Nothing beats American Studies but this class is awesome!
Felt Deborah was a great teacher.. could use more hawaiian cultural specifics in class.. especially how U.S constitutional is affected by presidential agreements like the liliuokalani/ grover cleveland assignment.. and could this be upheld as a treaty based on the constitution and what type of legal bearing does a presidential agreement have on State Law in Hawaiiin regards to federalism and the supremecy clause.. ?

Debora Halbert: POLS770, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 770 - Sem: Public Policy Crn (Section): 88832 (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 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%)
7. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
9. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%)
10. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%)
11. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
12. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Her willingness to change the course if it was not working well.
She is throughl and intelectual.
This might have been a challenge for her to merge classical way of teaching and high-tech based collaborative teaching into one. To my thought, she made it successfully. Every students were actively involved and given lots of individual briefings and group discussion time.
I personally liked the combination of graduate and undergraduate students interaction. In addition, the self-directed briefs were very valuable.
She was always available to talk to.
13. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Near the end, the course became a bit more about student presentations than it was about learning or applying new concepts.
Nothing
None
When graduate students met to discuss the book, it would be helpful to have some leading questions to help guide the discussion.
I really didn't like how she never brought doughnuts for the class.
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.83 7 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.83 7 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
16. Other comments:
The course is provocate and challenging. I enjoyed it.
Thank you for your wonderfully leading this class, Dr. Halbert and Moore.
Thanks for the opportunity to be apart of the new course.

Debora Halbert: POLS375, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 375 - Con Law I: Institutions Crn (Section): 75495 (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  
3.44 17 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 5 (29%) 9 (53%) 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  
1.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 2 (12%) 13 (76%)
7. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
9. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 17 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
10. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
11. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
12. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I enjoyed her enthusiasm for the subject, it helped keep the class interesting even when cases were somewhat dull. Also, I really liked the online lecture she held at one point. It was great being able to hear a lecture alongside a powerpoint without constant interruption from classmates (although their comments are somewhat educational at times).
Prof. Halbert is very good at explaining complicated concepts, although she does speak rather quickly...
A wonderful teacher. I would absolutely recommend her for anyone who wants a useful and demanding class.
Doctor Halbert's in-depth knowledge on the subject matter made it easier for me to understand topics overall
The most valuable and helpful elements of Dr. Halbert as a professor is her availability both in and out of the classroom. In class discussions she makes sure that there is a thorough understanding of a concept before moving onto the next subject.
She is very smart and passionate about her teachings which makes it interesting for me and easy for me to pay attention. She also helped me broaden my critical thinking skills by asking questions when needed.
She is willing to make sure that everyone grasps the concepts.
Prof Halbert is so passionate and knowledgeable in this particular topic so it definitely rubbed off and me as a student.
Her knowledge of our legal system
The whole course was a great success to my expectations. I came into this class to learn the subject matter, and that's that the professor did. She explained the material in an interesting way, with some humor on the side, which made the course more interesting and memorable. Although times of meeting with her, in regard to clear confusions on the lectures, was limited, she did her best in meeting with the students, and meeting with her successfully cleared things I was confused about.
She knows her materials!!
She very organized, punctual, knowledgeable about the subject, and very good at delivering the material. I feel she is also very clear and concise with her explanations of the material, concepts, and answers to questions we have.
Professor Halbert gave many opportunities to meet with her outside of class for help and assistance. She also gives good feedback on your assignments and tests to help you improve on the next ones.
She really knows the material and she is extremely helpful those who have a hard time with the material. She response quickly to emails and it seems as if she really does want her students to succeed in the course.
The most valuable part was how knowledgeable professor halbert was regarding constitutional law.
Even though the course load was a little intense, it prepared me for this class and really helped me understand concepts.
13. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Application of Socratic Method was inconsistent, so students (including myself) got lazy about doing the reading and did not contribute much in the few group discussions.
Submitting everything in online is wonderful for the paper saving aspects, but can be difficult to remember.
I have no negative comments about Dr. Halbert.
She talks very fast...sometimes I can't keep up.
You could ask questions if you didn't understand
none
Less lecturing and more hands on kind of class...
Nothing. She delivered this course perfectly. I feel the only thing she might need is an intern, assistant, to help her with her workload with grading and tedious tasks so she has more time to students. But overall, she does an amazing job with addressing everyone's needs.
Nothing really. She can be a little intimidating though, but once you talk to her and she realizes your trying to understand the content, then she is more than willing to help.
She is a bit intimidating.
That she did not accept any late work. That is more a policy than her, but she was a very valuable instructor. I enjoyed her class.
The you be the judge was an assignment that did not really help me. Half the time I could barely hear the student. So when I did do the assignment I based it off my own judgment.
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
16. Other comments:
I appreciate that questions/discussion from the class was encouraged, however sometimes students made broad or confusing statements so I would ask that Professor Halbert either reiterate what they say or correct it to help avoid confusion. Otherwise I enjoyed the class regardless of its reading heavy curriculum.
Dr. Halbert is a very enthusiastic, challenging, and intellectual instructor. I really enjoyed taking this class as Dr. Halbert was able to create a classroom environment that was intellectually engaging, as well as accommodating.
Definitely taking her classes again!
I'm very honored in taking this professor and this course. I met all of my expectations and my knowledge of the subject is all the more better than before. The professor herself was a joy to learn such a difficult subject from, and it's a trait that she should always keep.
Very relevant course. In general, was not very excited about taking the course but Dr. Halbert made it interesting and fun to say the least. Definitely one of the best professors I've had at UH Manoa, I feel she does the best at balancing all aspects of the course, makes sure that people interact, and is fair. Plus, she is really funny which makes the class easier to sit through. Hopefully I can take another class with her.

Debora Halbert: POLS378G, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 378G - American Environmental Politic Crn (Section): 88495 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
4. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 15 (88%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
the readings
I love the policy making process. Although the beginning of the course was depressing because it was talking about the loopholes within the system, I found it valuable.
writing responses
Thorough discussions of reading material. There were great assignment ideas and class discussions were key to an overall understanding of the course.
Extremely well organized, lots of discussion among students and professor.
The class discussions, as well as Professor Halbert's passion for teaching.
The reading selection combined with Professor Halbert's amazing teaching style and attitude are what made this course awesome. I attribute my interest in the course and in the issue of environmental politics to Professor Halbert. My interest in the field of political science is in large part due to this wonderful woman. With the utmost sincerity, I believe that she is truly a priceless asset to the department and the university. I wish she taught all my classes!
Disscussions
Class discussion was very open which made everyone's ideas heard.
Professor Halbert is enthusiastic, funny and highly knowledgable on the subject matter. This course has been one of the best I have ever taken during my time at UH.
Prof Halbert was very detailed in her approach to teaching and made sure that we were all on the same page.
The class discussions and online notes. The scavenger hunt. The movie presentation. The can-do attitude of the instructor.
The books, the class discussions, and the in class reaction papers. The paper, although difficult, was a great way to learn about an issue in-depth.
The outdoor activities were surprisingly useful and offered insights that I don't think I would have had in the classroom. Also, posting the notes from each class discussion on Laulima was helpful.
She was able to generate class-based discussions that provided both sides to the key issues and problems without any biased opinion which allowed us to come up with our own opinions on the topic. It was very helpful because she helped guide us through the material and the readings and was able to answer any questions that we might have had with an intelligent and well thought out response.
learning to examine law and policy that are supposed to be working to protect citizens and the environment.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
the xtranormal video... not that i didn't like it though....I thought they were fun!
Nothing!
The books were valuable, but I didn't get through most of them. I would suggest slowing down the readings or spending more time on each book.
Everything was valuable.
Bit heavy on the reading
There was a lot of reading.
I enjoyed everything about this course! nothing negative to say.
Nothing!
The lack of audio-visual teaching aids.
I wasn't crazy about the movie project. I ended up spending more time trying to be creative than on the actual issue.
None - they were all valuable.
7. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
9. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
10. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
11. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
14. Other comments:
I enjoyed the class a lot. However, it would be nice if she got the class to be more involved. Maybe perhaps little group discussions.
Prof. Halbert is a fantastic teacher who is very knowledgable about her subject and extremely adept at presenting tough information in understandable terms.
Thankyou Professor Halbert!
I love this course and the professor!
very passionate about the subject and taught very well
The class was a bit more government oriented than I was expecting. Going in-depth into the various environmental bills was confusing and I felt that I was mired in technical jargon.
n/a
Professor Halbert is really fun and has the ability to get students excited about what we are learning. i really appreciated the open conversations we were able to have in the classroom. i think if she integrated more creative thinking and activities that would keep the students engaged, we would get a lot more out of just reading texts and reviewing policies in class... maybe activities such as policy / environmental program design would be fruitful not only for classroom learning, but in seriously considering alternative and plausible political solutions for the future of Earth and the environment. the projects, activities and outings that Professor Halbert provided for us over the course of this semester were stimulating and actually enjoyable, so i think the course could be greatly enhanced if there were more of this kind of learning taking place as Professor Halbert would be a great facilitator.

Debora Halbert: POLS375, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 375 - Con Law I: Institutions Crn (Section): 76079 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.45 22 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 8 (36%) 10 (45%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.83 23 0.39 Freq(%) 4 (17%) 19 (83%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 23 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 20 (87%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 23 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 20 (87%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 23 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 20 (87%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 23 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (9%) 20 (87%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Before I signed up for this course, I knew nothing about Con Law. Now I feel I have a strong basis in understanding on how the Supreme Court works. I really appreciate all of Dr. Halbert's teachings. They way she makes us think on our own perspective, and have that relate to the cases at hand. I enjoyed this class immensely and learned so much.
Having all of our assignments online. Knowing that our notes that were gone over durring class will be online by the end of that day was a great feature of this class. going over or tests as a class was also something that ws very helpful with the class.
The briefs.
class discussions and interacting with the teacher
Everything we did helped my understanding of the material: the readings (in the text and outside readings in the beginning of the course), the class discussions, the in-class videos, the scenarios, preparing case briefs, and the tests. I feel like everything I've done for this course was valuable and had a clear purpose. While there were many aspects to this course, the most valuable thing about this course is Professor Halbert herself. Her fairness, efficiency, availability, teaching style, demeanor, amazing attitude, and enthusiasm towards her job makes it hard not to love her. Having already graduated and having experienced a multitude of teachers, I can honestly say that Professor Halbert is among the best (if not THE best) teachers and human beings I've had the pleasure of knowing during my time here at UH.
Discussing cases in class using everyday normal language instead of trying to interpret it from the book
The cases that were covered absolutely covered everything we needed.
The weekly case brief assignments
Case briefs
*The case briefs. *The instructor's fun and can-do attitude. *Clips from NPR and Forva.tv *Open office hours
It was interesting to read some of the cases and try to understand how the supreme court came to the decision that it did.
the midterms
Learning how to read and bring out relevant and applicable information in an opinion by the court.
I thought that the course being organized by the topics of discussion in the book was helpful to understand the concepts better. The case briefs also helped me to understand the provisions of the constitution and how the supreme court justifies their decisions. Overall the communication in class was good and relevant and the media was interesting especially the oral arguments.
The case briefs were really helpful, also the lecture which was posted online. That way, when I missed class, it was easy to catch up.
I liked how organized the content of this class was, flowed nicely. Professor Halbert really knows the subject matter that was taught.
The case brief and the lectures.
Knowledge of the law and it's effect on my life
I enjoyed doing the case brief because it helped my understand the material better
Learning to brief cases and learning legal terminology and application.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I felt that this course was designed around post-modern perspective and looking at situations from our own beliefs. I loved this aspect, however, in the exams, there were fill in the blank and true or false questions. I felt that these questions left no room for interpretation of the question and didn't follow the underlying principle of the class.
It is hard to find something that I did not like about this class because I found it very enjoyable.
n/a
Can't really think of anything... But in an attempt to be critical and provide and answer... the least valuable aspects of the course are the students who feel the need to talk when they have nothing to say.
hour long video
I believe that the least valuable section may have been the portion where we had to define a few terms in the beginning of the semester.
Videos
Everything was valuable.
The book was really long and some parts were a little boring. It was hard to follow along in some parts as well.
watching and listening to the justices speak/argue/debate
Reading 50 pages at a time for every assignment. Over the weekend it wasn't bad, but during the week it was a bit much to cram in, and then there came a point where the brain was exhausted and nothing registered anymore. Maybe break it up into smaller assignments.
N/A
The amount of homework assigned
Can't think of anything specific
All aspects of this course have been extremely valuable!
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 23 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 20 (87%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 23 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 19 (83%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 23 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 18 (78%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 23 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 20 (87%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 22 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (18%) 18 (82%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.87 23 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 20 (87%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.78 23 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (13%) 19 (83%)
16. Other comments:
Dr. Halbert is an excellent professor. I understand that the university system takes more consideration into those who bring in research monies more than those who are outstanding instructors. Whether or not Dr. Halbert is a research money guru, her instruction and passion are clearly felt in the classroom and challenge students to think about the law in their own perspectives. Not only does she make Con Law interesting, her quiet quips are witty and enlightening!
Excellent teacher.
very helpful & knowledgeable teacher!
Someone please give this absolutely amazing woman a raise! The university needs to give incentive to keep the best people here!
Best political science class I've taken at UH. Professor Halbert is an awesome professor. Not intimidating yet very smart and knowledgeable.
The personality and attitude of the instructor is the most important part.
Since I plan on continuing on to law school, this course was really helpful in giving me a good background of the constitution and important cases I'll need to know. I will definitely be keeping this book!
I do not enjoy law but now I have a basic understanding of the constitution!
the best profs I've had this semester because she is very well organized and approachable.
Prof. Halbert is a intelligent person that really helps her students. She responds to emails quickly and provides clear answers to your question.
BEST CLASS I HAVE EVER TAKEN AT UH-MANOA! I was so scared to take this class because "Constitutional Law" seems very daunting but Prof. Halbert is AMAZING and is the best professor I have ever had at UH-Manoa.

Debora Halbert: POLS375, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 375 - Con Law I: Institutions Crn (Section): 87873 (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  
3.68 22 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 5 (23%) 14 (64%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.67 21 0.48 Freq(%) 7 (33%) 14 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 22 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 20 (91%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 22 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 20 (91%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 22 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (18%) 18 (82%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 22 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 20 (91%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The weekly briefs helped me not only practice writing in a clear and concise way, but they also helped me read more thoroughly. The tests were challanging too, especially the parts where application of the case law and course readings were required. I felt the class discussions were also helpful in helping explain those concepts that were harder to grasp on my own.
I learned how constitutional law is applied in real life cases. Before this class I though constitutional law, and law in general was a word for word interpretation of what was written out. I learned how badly I was mistaken and realized the complex and abstract definitions that law and interpretation has on applying it.
Case brief assignments, class discussions
The briefs, the exams, everything. This class is a perfect introduction to Constitutional law and I definitely know far more than I did when I started.
I really enjoyed the briefs!!
The Commerce Clause.
Dr. Halbert really knows her subject-matter and is a great debater, which makes for a good introduction to what students should expect in law school. I enjoy her classroom discussions as well as the challenging exams and assignments given by her.
Professor Halbert is the only professor I have ever known who smiles every single day of class. She has no bad days. I highlight that as a wonderful quality. Her energy is contagious. Especially with class beginning at the crack of dawn, her energy is welcomed and appreciated. Professor Halbert is an excellent professor in this subject matter. I very much enjoyed her wonderful personality and knowledge of her field. She makes everyone feel like they should be political scientists or lawyers.
Learning how to brief cases, and understand key concepts of the law.
Having to do the court case briefings.
I love the way that she talks about the subject matter. She also breaks down the words and cases to make them comprehensible to "everyday folk" like myself. She makes class really interesting and alive; she does a great job at keeping me awake @ 7:30 in the morning. I also like the take home essay: I'm not a strong writer, but it helps me develop clear and concise arguments and structures. -Grace Houghton
Being able to understand our constitution more. Professor Halbert also has a positive demeanor and upbeat attitude that actually makes a 730am class enjoyable. The course functions very well, and all of the reading outside of class is covered in our lectures that help to make the concepts clear. I also like the level of critical thinking that I have to use for the class, very stimulating.
EVERYTHING!!!!!!!
I found Professor Halbert's indepth lectures to be very valuable in helping me to understand the materials assigned.
Class discussions of cases, Professor Halbert was great at helping understand things that would help us come to our own conclusions.
Learning the different aspects of Constitutional Law and applying it to the several cases discussed throughout the class as well as in the readings
mock trials with application of case law
The text that was chosen for this course was a valuable tool in understanding the content of this course. All supplemental materials were invaluable.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I think all parts of the course were valuable to me. I anything, the least valuable thing would be that I was not required to take this course. All political science majors should take this course, seriously.
None at all.
All of it was great! :)
The in-class practice exercises did not help, instead they created the need for more study time at home (to cover the material not covered by the class as a whole as in a normal day). I also offer what I think is an extremely important point: the second exam should be before mid-term break. There needs to be some sort of psychological break or separation before starting substantive due process. So, coming back from break with entirely new matter to study (substantive due process) would be better than the before-break, after-break situation currently in use. Its the separation between old material and new material that is needed, via the spring break time.
Way to much reading of past court cases it was way to hard to remember them all and the important concepts and standards that came out of them.
Everything we did seemed very relevant.
Nothing really
None
I found everything to be valuable.
None.
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 22 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 21 (95%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 21 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 18 (86%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 1 (5%) 18 (86%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 22 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 19 (86%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 22 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 19 (86%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.95 22 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 21 (95%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.82 22 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (9%) 19 (86%)
16. Other comments:
I think all students, regardless of major should be required to take this course. I think everyone should know about their country and especially about the law. This course helped me look at law in a different perspective. It is not just wrong or right. If anything, the one thing that I learned in this course is that, it depends on the way is it interpreted and how you want to see the law. Law itself is not a black and white issue. It is grey. How wrong I was to think that law is A or B! Not only has this sparked more interest in me of law but it allowed me to get a head start ono how I should start thinking when I reach Richardson.
Professor Halbert is, in a word, great. She is great at teaching Constitutional Law I. I very much enjoyed her teaching, and each class day was a new and welcomed adventure. I would, most definitely, take any other courses she teaches.
Great course great instructor...enough said
She is a very passionate instructor which I appreciated very much.
Great course, lots of work. I had trouble keeping up with the court cases, but I was aware of most due dates and expectations.
Maybe make the class later than 7:30am to avoid people from skipping all the time
Because of my difficult schedule I feel that I was not able to enjoy all the benefits this class offered. I often had to take annual leave just to be in class. I enjoyed the course, discussion, and content, nonetheless!

Debora Halbert: POLS375, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 375 - Con Law I: Institutions Crn (Section): 76672 (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  
3.42 24 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 8 (33%) 13 (54%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.91 23 0.29 Freq(%) 2 (9%) 21 (91%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 23 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 22 (96%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 24 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 22 (92%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 24 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (13%) 20 (83%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 24 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 22 (92%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning how to apply parts of the constitution to cases new and old.
It was so refreshing to have a professor who truly enjoyed teaching and the subject by which she was teaching. This was my mist difficult class with the largest work load, but thanks to her teaching style and flexibility, it was also my favorite class and the one I learned the most in. I would be thrilled to take another course from Professor Halbert.
Discussions in class using Socratic Method!
The fact that the instructor made a very complicated subject matter seem easy to understand. With both her teaching as well as the book she selected I learned significantly more then I had in all most all of the other classes that I've had here at Manoa. More specifically, case law and how to interpret and apply the Constitution into our more modern times were the things that I found most useful.
The readings and case briefs.
the lectures, cases and readings.
not only did i learn concepts and history about constitutional law, the supreme court, their cases etc. I also learned basic history and basic concepts like affirmative action, which were things i didn't even know. I was homeschooled growing up and i didn't retain anything from my history book. I love knowing the fact that I know these extremely important cases now and can quote them like a bad-ass! ^.^
Great teaching style was excellent information to share with the class. The course left a lot of time for open discussion and debate and Prof. Halbert administred this properly and effectively. The spacing of the assignments were nice and spread out and the knowledge learned is ingrained and won;t be forgotten. One of the best classes I have taken to date.
The reading reviews and the class lectures were the most valuable aspects to me.
The briefs, i enjoyed writing the briefs for the class and it gave me a deeper understanding of the constitution. I also believe the briefs really helped in deepening a understanding on how the our government works.
reading reviews forced me to read the chapter and were ultimately very helpful when it came to preparing for the tests. additionally, writing briefs allowed me to get acquainted with the court and overall concepts.
The course reading was very informative and gave me a greating understanding of case law and how the supreme court operates.
Weekly assignments
Briefs and Reading Reviews
Just the general coverage of case law that outlines constitutional law.
Consistent use of Laulima.
Our in class discussions and the very helpful textbook were most valuable in my opinion.
It was wonderful to learn about the document that governs us. It was fascinating to discuss and analyze how our country is set up and how power is distributed.
Learning how to do briefs from case law is really valuable to me. Also just being able to understand how the Supreme Court works is very valuable as well. In addition, learning the constitution and how it is used to make or break laws is also very valuable.
learning the basic workings of our supreme court.
She is very knowledgeable about the topic and she does not teach just to teach. She is in it because she cares about the subject matter and definitely has background to back it up. She is passionate about what she teaches and enjoys it therefore as a student it is the same on the other end. She knows her stuff! And is understanding of her students not only that but she is very welcoming and makes you want to ask questions because she is so open to helping in any way possible!
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The amount of reading. Being randomly chosen to speak about cases in the beginning of the semester.
N/a
None
I would say the intelectuall biography would be something that is much better off being assigned in the earlier portion of the semester. That assignment would better fit with the first few weeks of the class.
The chapter reviews did not seem useful.
the time limits of the briefs gave me so much stress. >.< also, maybe if we had one deadline before the intellectual bibliography, like an outline or bibliography before the big deadline. i would definitely suggest to not have marbury v. madison for the first brief, it was SOOOOOOOO overwhelming and confusing. i know it's super influential and establishes judicial review, which is the beginning of the units, but it was hard. -.-
I felt that the Intellectual Biography was the least valuable to me.
Although I enjoyed learning about one of the justices, I felt like time spent on the intellectual biography would have been better spent on other material.
The intellectual biography
Time frame between tests were uneven and the amount of material covered within such a time is vast.
The Intellectual bio was a little too much. I think a moot court instead would have been much better
I thought that the intellectual biography was least valuable. Though I learned a lot from it, I felt like I wrote it, and then never returned to it.
The intellectual biography seemed the least valuable.
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 24 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 22 (92%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 24 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 21 (88%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 24 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 20 (83%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 24 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (21%) 19 (79%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 24 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 21 (88%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.91 23 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 21 (91%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.79 24 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (13%) 20 (83%)
16. Other comments:
Overwhelmed by the assignments and papers that it is not a Writing Intensive course.
I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of going to law school as well as anyone who is a political science major, or curious about the Constitution.
Enjoyed the course.
there was too much writing for a course that was not labeled a WI, other than that it was a great course.
DR. HALBERT IS A BAD-ASS!!!!!!!!! one of my favorite professors ever! took something that i love (even though it can be boring/monotonous) and make it a class that i loved going to and participating in! it was intimidating at times because some of the students seem like they know a lot, or maybe they're just really verbal. but anyway, i've never had so much fun in one class and learned A LOT! I'm super grateful for the extra credit briefs and the re-write for the midterm #2. thank you so much! super grateful for that! ^.^ would, with highest regards, recommend this professor! just do the readings, which are long, but you learn more when you participate. :)
I felt the biography was somewhat unnecessary (maybe better replaced with a short paper on a contemporary case before the SC?). Otherwise, I disagree with complaints from the class throughout the semester-- the coursework was not overloaded. I enjoyed this class immensely and would absolutely take it again given the chance.
Instuctor may want to consider slimming down the assignment load. Very writing intensive course. I found it very difficult to keep up with the assignments.
Loved the course and felt a little overwhelmed by the amount of information covered.
I think your idea about a moot court as part of the class is an excellent one.
Professor needs to give some slack when grading tests and briefs. I feel that she was too harsh and always wanted something more. I feel that I put all the requirements into my work, take her critiques and the next day she wants more. It is impossible to get an A in your class.
great teacher, always has great energy. knows her subject well enough to teach this class, but didn't feel like she stimulated alot of people in the class. she stimulated me because i didn't know anything at all about the subject coming into the class.
We need more professor like professor halbert!

Debora Halbert: POLS770, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 770 - Sem: Public Policy Crn (Section): 79431 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The breakdown of the policy-making process - for example, the actors involved (not just private but public members), the varying approaches to studying public policy and the usage/implementation of models. Also, the application of the concepts/themes through case studies helped to aid in a deeper understanding of such.
Intellectually stimulating class discussions and assignments that supported my dissertation research and professional goals.
The syllabus project was great because it would help me that how to make a syllabus for future teaching class. Also, class discussions hleped to think about differnet perspectives in terms of the syllabus project. The other class materials were also great and very valuable for me!!! Outside of class activity and discussion was great too!!!
The readings at the beginning of the course we great. Obviously the order was impacted by those students taking comps. In the future, I think having a more logical progression would help move and synthesize the conversation. The student led disucssions were good, but I think there has to be a better way of connecting past readings to more topical lit. For example, you could have the student selecting the readings for that week reference at least two articles assigned previously in the semester to help frame the discussion.
It provides essential knowledge and issues.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
NA
None
n/a
Nothing
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
16. Other comments:
Very eager to answer students questions as well as engage with them for a deeper understanding of public policy. Seems to truly enjoy teaching and the her down-to-earth attitude made the learning environment a very open space for conversation/communication on the subject.
Great class. Fantastic professor.
Great Class!!!! Thank you teaching POLS770!!!

Debora Halbert: POLS375, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 375 - Public Law & Judicial Behavior Crn (Section): 77676 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.6 15 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
6. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 14 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 6 (43%) 4 (29%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
lectures
The class discussions were conducted well and made the readings easier to understand.
The knowledge I gained about the Constitution. The most important thing I gained from this course was that what seems black and white is actually gray, that nothing is absolute. This course reinforced that view.
The case studies, chapter outlines, and class discussions made it easier for me to understand the material.
The textbook was really helpful.
Learning about all the different cases, and using examples of today's cases or problems and reconnecting it to past cases.
Learning how to brief cases and getting feedback on how to improve. The projects about learning how the state and federal court system works was very useful. The study guide was very helpful!
Professor Halbert pushed me beyond my comfortable, passive student zone. She asked provoking questions, encouraged debate and broke down the complicated issues that frame constitutional law. Even though reading 50 pages per class and learning a whole new citation format was difficult, I learned much from this course and was able to see how economic and philosophical principles have shaped the American constitution.
Deborah Halbert is very passionate and enthusiastic!! Passion and enthusiasm in a good way but sometimes it makes my stomach churn as she is a little bit too geeky and preppy for my tastes. Halbert is makes good use of technology and seems to be very demanding and challenging of students which is refreshing compared to some other instructors at this fine institution. Halbert can be very funny and charming in her own quirky way and holds a relatively captive audience in the classroom setting.
the case reviews... hard, and time consuming, but i can still cite cases from the beginning of the class...
The readings and then going over them in class were very helpful in my understanding of the material.
professor knows what she is talking about, and that makes me confident that i am learning something. she is not a boring teacher. she enjoys feedback. the class is a good one b/c of her.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
unclear work instructions
Nothing, I learned a lot in this class.
None.
Having to wake up to be at class at 7:30am! There should have been alternative option on final paper because there are some of us students who will never need to know Harvard Blue Book style of citation and I think option for those of us in Social Science majors should have been allowed to write articles in alternatives style, MLA, APA, ect.
The greatest weakness of this class was the fact that sometimes class discussions went off topic and into silly pedantic arguments. This is not so much the professors' fault, as it is for students not reading the required material, but these diversions made it hard to focus on the topic at hand.
A little bit too much work as far as assignments go. Reading in this class can be demanding as Constitutional Law can be an expansive subject that requires significant background knowledge to fully understand and appreciate. I felt like I was drowning in this class as the weight of information and concepts can be overwhelming. 7:30 in the morning is a bad time to be teaching or learning about Constitutional law... I give the instructor credit as teaching Constitutional law is probably one of the more difficult courses to be teaching in the Social Science arena.
hard to think of a part of the course that was not required for full comprehension
The first two projects in the beginning of the semester didn't seem to add much to the course overall.
n/a
11. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
final paper
the time that it was at and the constitutional system structure. As a Political Science major this is the first time that I have learned about it and it was easy to understand.
the instructor's teaching method, which was very effective and organized.
Looking back to all the case studies and reading materials assigned throughout the semester.
Majority of the cases will be valuable if I do go to Law School.
The early morning time and cramming hard to try and read all the material before class. Socratic method of questioning students.
"The chickens had come to rest."
Showing me how depressing a career in Law can be. I understand more fully why Lawyers work long hours, have no social life and why they may drink a lot. I spent hours reading and found that I did not have enough time to fully appreciate or write about the finer points of Constitutional law and Politics as the reading itself can be very demanding. I have found a new level of respect and understanding about the passion and intellect that appellate court justices must have in dispensing of opinions.
my first brush with constitutional law, something that i discovered i have a great passion for
The huge amount of reading we did.
the teacher was awesome... she made sure we understood what we were learning
12. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
13. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
14. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
15. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
16. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
18. Reading assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 11 (73%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)

Debora Halbert: POLS383, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 383 - Politics and Public Policy II Crn (Section): 77520 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.5 14 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (50%) 7 (50%) 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  
1.47 15 0.52 Freq(%) 8 (53%) 7 (47%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 15 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 6 (40%) 6 (40%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning the process of getting policies passed and enforced.
The readings in the first half of the semester provided valuable political background. They were challenging and rewarding. The lessons I learned from the reading have provided strong foundations for my understanding of policy. The readings in the second half of the semester challenged me to apply what I learned in the first half to contemporary issues. The books she chose were relevant to today's issues. The perspective they provided was more comprehensive than main stream watered down news. Deborah didn't give us the answers. We had to work hard to grasp the concepts she was talking about. I liked the library skills that were taught at the begging of the semester. They came in handy at the end of the semester. It helped me adapt to the transitioning landscape of technological learning. I will use the skills as long as they are relevant.
The readings about IP + the video of Girl Talk.
The documentaries/videos.
The readings (both handouts and textbooks) selected for the class, I think, were very valuable. The discussions about specific legislation were helpful as well.
She is tough and fair. An A is earned rather than given out. Plus she's going to the North Pole for the hell of it.
Learning about policy issues and the policy process.
professor never missed a day of class. she knows what she is talking about, and does not teach boring. i like that she is very relaxed and can laugh... she is not uptight, which makes it enjoyable to attend class. the class atmosphere was very comfortable. she encouraged us to talk before class started and get to know each other. i would definitely recommend her to my friends. the "cheat sheet" for the exams were the best!!
The topics among the class were very challenging and thought provoking. Difficult at times but in the end you came out with real knowledge of the material.
The discussions in this class were the best. She gaves us a a chance to speak our mind and back up our statements. Our class actually became closer because of that.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I would have appreciated more training in debate style. I wasn't sure what an effective debate was. I wanted to practice my debate style with the professor. I don't think the professor prepared the students enough for a debate.
The readings at the beginning of the course + environmental policy.
The in-class group meetings for our debate.
It was all valuable.
n/a
Everything built upon itself so in the end it was all valuable.
Nothing really..if anything, just the duration of the class. Some days it should be longer for exams, but on other days, information drags becomes disinteresting.
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (53%) 7 (47%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 8 (53%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.33 15 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 9 (60%)