eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

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Instructor: Brandy McDougall

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AMST220, Spring 2012
AMST481, Spring 2012
AMST455, WS445, Fall 2011
AMST480, Fall 2011

Brandy McDougall: AMST220, Spring 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 220 - Intro to Indigenous Studies Crn (Section): 89250 (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  
3.26 19 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 2 (11%) 8 (42%) 7 (37%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.11 19 0.32 Freq(%) 17 (89%) 2 (11%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 15 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 15 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 16 (80%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 16 (80%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 17 (85%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 17 (85%)
9. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 17 (85%)
10. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 20 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 18 (90%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 16 (80%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 14 (70%)
13. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Brandy has a warm and positive ora that makes students gravitate to her. She has a really mellow attitude and she is very approachable. If you need help with anything, she is always there and willing to help us.
Really good! She expressed her knowledge and interest over her course work and was an amazing kumu!
She's a great professor. A little heavy on lecture but she self corrected that without any input needed. This shows how well she critically evaluates her own course without aid.
Brandy is very knowledgeable of the subject of indigenous populations and I am amazed at all the issues that she brought to class. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about all these native peoples.
Brandy is an excellent teacher. Not only is she passionate about what she teaches but she is very knowledgable of the content and stimulates very interesting conversation. There wasn't a question she couldn't answer!
she is awesome! Iʻve had the privilege of being in her Eng100 class for my first semester here at UH, and now iʻm taking this class from her right before I graduate this semester.Though she was always great, Itʻs been nice to see how she has grown as an instructor from then till now. Sheʻs very approachable, non-threatening, and has a humble soul. She teaches with a quiet strength that makes for a comfortable environment to share our thoughts.
that she knows her stuff and is passionate to spread her knowledge to others.
Professor McDougall is an excellent educator and the University of Hawaii is lucky to have her. I really enjoyed her class as she made the topics interesting and manageable. She helped students see varying view points and I appreciated her passion for the topics she taught. I could tell that she was excited to teach everyday and that is a rare quality in my opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed her assignments as they were eye-opening and thought-provoking. She is very easy to follow when she is lecturing and I like that she really takes the time to explain concepts thoroughly.
Made the course material interesting, presented info in a clear way. Handled sensitive issues well.
She is a very knowledgable teacher that is always prepared for class.
I learned so much from Brandy. She always taught us new ways to look at things. She opened so many peoples eyes. she is very smart and has great knowledge of what she is talking about. She is super prepared and organized and very professional. At the same time able to talk to the students without acting smarter than us (which she very much is) She is so intelligent and is so happy to share her knowledge with others. It shows nad she is a very effective and wonderful teacher. I wish I could take more of her classes but there is no more room. I hope she gets promoted if there are teacher promotions. She came to every class knowing what to say, on time, providing interesting material and showing us so many new things. I cant write enough about her. She is a very wonderful teacher.
very good. she knows her material and she makes it easy for us to understand. she encourages her students to think critically about what we read and discuss in class. she makes it easy for us to ask questions like she wonʻt put us down when we ask questions or give our own opinions.
Good teacher but she should feel more confident when she teaches, sometimes it sounds like she is uncertain of some topics
She is a great instructor that loves what she teaches.
love her!
She is an excellent instructor. She loves the material and that is clearly relayed in class.
14. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
15. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
the small assignments - i.e. cutting up brochures or watching films and doing an analysis of how it might be problematic to indigenous population. I also liked the films that we watched in class.
Talking in class, of course! Kumu made the readings come alive!
She was entertaining and helpful throughout all aspects of the class.
All the different populations we learned about and her knowledge of the subjects at hand.
I loved how I learned something new everyday in this class. There wasn't one day I felt like I had wasted.
I loved that there were lots of movies and films watched through out the semester. I am a visual learner so to hear a lecture from kumu Brandy that involves a certain issue, and then to see it played out before my eyes is very great!
I liked how straight forward and well organized her course was. She teaches exactly what you need to know and is open minded towards others beliefs and views.
The assignments really made you think about what you learn in class and how you can apply it to everyday topics. I feel that classes that can make you think even outside the classroom are the most rewarding as you learn to apply educational topics to everyday life. I liked the different indigenous populations that we learned about as I felt it helped me understand multiple cultures which made me more well-rounded as a student of similarities and differences between cultures.
Finding out that I have been brainwashed my whole life.
Native issues presentation
As a person from the east coast of the united states, Brandy taught me so many things I had never known about. every day I was excited to come to class and learn what new things she had to teach me. it was always presented so well and she made it so interesting. She does not push her personal biases, because i have no idea what her's are, but rather she shows you the facts and lets you decide what you want. very hard to do for such sensitive topics! Even if someone said something that was completely out of line for the topic,Brandy always let people have thier personal opinions without showing hers or pushign them onto someone.
i like watching the different videos she portrayed in class. the assignments she assigned were interesting and fun. it made us think about things we normally see every day and how those images are portraying indigenous peoples and what that image says. class discussion were good because we got to hear everyoneʻs opinions
The videos gave a great visual understanding of the material
interesting films, class discussions, guest speakers
The assignments and readings are very interesting.
I loved the films and lectures-- they were so interesting!
I like that we weren't learning straight from a text book. We watched films and videos and had speakers come in that really helped relay the information first-hand.
16. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Nothing* maybe the quizzes hehe
She was certainly biased toward a certain view, though she was quite open minded to hear the other side of things.
There is a lot of reading, but not too much to complain about.
I enjoyed all aspects of the class. But I do think that having more directed discussions about certain issues would help to make it even more exciting! Classroom discussions, maybe sitting in a circle, and everyone bouncing ideas off of one and another would probably make for an eye opening class environment! The course is full of interesting topics, opinions and viewpoints.
AMST is not my major so I am not too interested in it but she was such an amazing professor that there was nothing I did not like about the course.
I'm not a huge fan of presentations in front of the class but other than that, I liked everything about the class. I recommended it to many students already.
Finding out that I have been brainwashed my whole life....
nothing
Nothing
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The class discussions were often large. I feel as though the class size should be smaller so that more intimate discussions may take place.
n/a
Sometimes the readings were a bit tough, and I found that some of the discussion topics were not very engaging.
17. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Great. I really learned a lot about things that normally did not bother me before, but with this new insight that I gained, I'm finding myself getting involved more and more into narratives that usually was not there before.
Amazing, enlightening and educating!
The course was pretty interesting. I took a course similar back home but it didn't transfer properly so there was a bit of overlap. But the course of its own volition was well structured and informative of important, rarely talked about issues.
AWESOME CLASS and I already started to recommend it to other people.
Everyone should take this class! I learned so much and feel like the knowledge I gained is something I can use everyday in my life. There's too much good stuff to learn to pass this class up.
excellent. It was very eye opening for me and emotional. There were countless times in the classroom, either while we were watching a certain film clip or having a group discussion, the issues faced are so heavy that I would tear up!I would recommend this class to anyone!
that it is an important course that covers vital issues in society and professor McDougall did a wonderful job of teaching non-biasly regarding these important topics.
I thought the course was awesome and I am glad I decided to take this course. Professor McDouglall made the class even more enjoyable. I highly recommend this class to anyone who has interest in indigenous populations. If I wasn't graduating this semester, I would definitely take another class from her.
Interesting content. I will definitely look at things much differently from now on.
A great introductory course that presents a lot of useful information in regards to Hawaii.
Recommend it to everyone!
i like this course. it made me aware of indigenous cultures and how they are sometimes portrayed through media and other types.
Good
excellent course, one of the best ive ever taken, would recommend to anyone
Great course.
My favorite class. I would recommend others to take this course. It's very informational for a introductory course.
Its an excellent course that everyone should be required to take. I learned a lot of new information, and it really changes your perspective on society, and life in the US in general.
18. Other comments:
TAKE THIS CLASS.
Thank you for a great semester !!
great teacher!!!
professor mcdougall is excellent!
Thank you for making this class so enjoyable! :)

Brandy McDougall: AMST481, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 481 - Senior Research Seminar Crn (Section): 83346 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (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 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 10 (91%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
9. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
10. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
11. 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%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
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%)
13. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Very friendly, very nice.
I think that Brandy McDougall is a very nice and understanding professor and she really encourages us that we can accomplish writing this research paper even though it has been really stressful to complete it this semester. I think that she is very helpful also with our research papers she gives excellent feedback and she is really supportive of all of our projects.
DR. McDOUGALL IS AWESOME!!! She is the most compassionate teacher I have ever worked with. She is helpful, patient, funny, approachable and kind. She is extremely knowledgeable on a variety of topics and I look forward to working with her in the future.
AWESOME AWESOME PROF!! :) She's always there to provide you with the constructive criticism and innovative ways to improve your senior design project. Very welcoming and always will greet you with a smile. Never turns her back on any student, no matter how great or little amounts of work they do in the course. Very compassionate! :)
Liked this class a lot and found Brandy to be super helpful and available if you needed the extra help.
I really enjoyed having Brandy as our thesis professor. From the beginning she was always nice and helpful with every step of the research and writing process.
Brandy is awesome!
Professor McDougall is the epitome of what professors should be. She is very encouraging and is always willing to help students whenever we need it. Her personality is awesome, I always felt comfortable to talk to her.
awesome leader was bummed vernadette wasn't going to be my teacher but her replacement was turned out great. brandy is friendly very approachable. the only thing she wants is for your project to be a success and shes there with awesome advice to make it happen. i was worried i would take any criticism bad and was so relieved when her suggestions made me feel good, like i was going in the right directions never negative. i was so amazed because i was really really concerned.
14. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
15. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked the peer-review workshops where other students in the class got to read our research paper and give feedback on it, this was very helpful because your getting other people's perspective on how to make your paper better in ways that you would of not thought of yourself.
The flexibility of the project topic selection allowed our class to approach the senior thesis project from a multitude of perspectives. My classmates selected a wide variety of topics and presented them in a wide variety of styles.
Everything. Brandy is a fun and easy going prof!! Would and have recommended her to all of my other friends in American Studies. :)
I liked the spacing out of the paper so that we turned things in as installments to the final project. It really helped in the end and prevented things from getting too stressful because of procrastination.
I really enjoyed the peer review workshops. We were able to support each other by giving feedback on each other's research papers.
the peer review
16. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
All of the assignments. Many of them were useless of just busy work. Honestly peer reviews are not very helpful when working on a project of this size. I want the professor's opinion, not that of my class peer who knows nothing about the subject I am working on. Where I understand how peer reviews and comments can be helpful, they did nothing for me in this class.
I think that I liked everything about this course because it actually sets up a timeline and makes you turn in things instead of just letting you do things on your own, which is not a good thing for me. I think that if we were just allowed to do things on our own that we would just try to do everything last minute and we would be in a lot of trouble because this type of project is something that you can't just do all last minute.
N/A
None, everything we did in this course helped me to write my research paper.
the grammer quiz day i didnt do bad but i still am horrible not her fault i just fail at grammer. see.
17. My overall evaluation of this course is...
The course is necessary, but it could have done without so many peer reviews and assignments like primary source analysis, which we are not even really using in our papers. I learned much of this in high school and felt that much of the course was a waste of my time.
I liked this course because it's very helpful in actually setting deadlines for you to do a little bit of your paper and turn in things instead of being on our own and trying to get everything done at one time. I think this process makes it not as stressful as if we were just on our own and wasnt given any guidance or help with this research project.
This class has really helped me to improve my organization when tackling a writing project. The way the class is structured helps to make a daunting project manageable. I will take what I have learned in both 480 & 481 and use it my future academic endeavors.
AWESOME! :) Stimulates you to think creatively and not just about writing a paper. Although making a documentary is hard, it allows students to have more flexibility when it comes to making a project. :)
Sad it's done!
Fun class good people
Overall, this course was excellent. Being a required course for all AMST majors, everything that we did throughout the semester made sure we were on track so that we would not fall behind.
well its required but it is a good class keeps you on track. doesnt let you try and write it all the last week.
18. Other comments:
Brandy McDougall RULES!! She should get a raise!
I think that Professor McDougall is the reason why this course was as great as it was. She is available to help her students whether in class, during office hours, or through email. When I felt unsure about my research, she found ways to help me regain my confidence.

Brandy McDougall: AMST455, WS445, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 455 - U.S. Women's Lit and Culture Crn (Section): 79059 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 445 - U.S. Women's Lit and Culture Crn (Section): 79504 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 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 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (100%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (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  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
9. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
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%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
11. The instructor treated students with respect.
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 encouraged class discussion.
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 well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
14. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
16. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She is a great teacher. Really excited and passionate about teaching. I really liked her as an instructor. However I think the class was a little slow and boring, maybe the 480 and 481 classes can be combined? Its not the instructors fault because she was using a syllabus from the previous teacher. Brandy made the best out of the class though, always encouraging us and giving great insight when asked for help. Im really glad she is part of the department. She is very knowledgeable and fun to be around. Thank you Brandy for this semester!!
Passionate about the material, and a very effective instructor.
very good professor: organized, knows a lot about the material, has a lot of heart for what she teaches, very compassionate and understanding
17. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%) 0 (0%)
18. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
19. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
20. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The library presentations, helped me learn how to use many library and online sources.
I enjoyed class discussions
Films/video clips watched in class: "The Real L Word" & "Slaying the Dragon" & "Joy Luck Club" Small group discussions before entire class discusses Presentations Jeopardy
21. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
How slow it was made me question the point of the course sometimes.
A bit heavy on the coursework
A lot of reading--the essays and materials in the beginning of the course were hard to read and understand but really preferred and liked the novels and collections of poems better Weekly laulima assignments--1 response a week is not too bad, & doing a discussion question in class is okay, too, but having to type 2 discussion questions per week on laulima is hard to remember to keep up with when we are thinking about the responses
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 0 (0%)
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
The professor is great but the course needs to be more stimulating.
really enjoyed this course, very interesting material and learned a lot
Awesome professor who is easy to talk to, and strives for healthy discussion of assigned materials, and creates an environment of intellectual safety. However the course was a little misleading and personally left a lot to be desired. It would have been better if assigned materials would have included a wide variety of different perspectives of women in U.S. literature, and authors of different backgrounds and different ages.
24. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
It can be improved by having more assignments due, maybe by the end of the course we can have half of the paper written instead of just the introduction.
Maybe instead of having students come up with discussion questions ourselves, pose a discussion question(s) for students to think about before we come to class so we have key things to think about during our reading assignments and then we come to class ready to discuss. For responses, maybe clarify what to write about, such as respond on a passage or quote from the reading.
25. Other comments:
Brandy is an awesome teacher! Really like her, she should teach more classes for the department!
Professor really well rounded on course material and compassionate about the subject. A small class setting also sets up well for discussion.

Brandy McDougall: AMST480, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 480 - Approaches to American Studies Crn (Section): 76856 (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  
3.95 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 18 (95%) 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 18 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 18 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 15 (79%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 18 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 14 (78%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
9. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Good and responsible.
Brandy is an amazing teacher who only wants to best from her students. As a new teacher I was worried that she might let students walk all over here or she might not really know what she was talking about it. However, that was not the case, she was a great teacher who knew how to teach the class at an effective level.
Professor McDougall is a very kind and accommodating professor who truly has every student's best interest at heart. More than that, though, she is a very knowledgeable educator and it's clear that she has a lot of experience conducting research and writing proposals. I would definitely recommend others to take her courses.
great professor. Sheʻs really nice and very organized. I like her teaching style and am glad she is in charge of our Senior Seminar class. Her commitment and dedication to the students is very evident and allows us to feel comfortable in coming to her for questions and feedback.
Even though she was new to teaching the course but I think she did an excellent job of helping us with our project when we had an questions and she pointed us on the right track and she taught me a lot of things I did not know how to do before I entered this class souch as a primary source analysis and an annotated bibliography
She is an excellent instructor. It is evident that she is very knowledgable in her area. She has a very friendly and approachable personality. When I needed help, she did her best to accommodate me into her schedule.
she's friendly helpful close to finishing her own so has good memory of her own fear so a feel for ours
Great instructor, passionate, knowledgeable, encouraging, enthusiastic.
She is a great professor who is willing to work with her students.
good teacher, interesting excercises
Great! Understanding and smart.
Excellent thesis advisor, She is doing such a great job in our department and always has a lot of advice for my project.
great professor!
great person/teacher. always prepared and ready to get our class going with assignments. looked out for her class
Brandy is extremely approachable and knowledgeable. She is an enjoyable teacher with a pleasant demeanor.
Great Teacher. Always came to class prepared. Presented the material to the students in a way that best allowed me to relate to and learn.
she is one of the nicest teachers i have had yet. Although, we focused more on our projects this semester, i learned a lot of ways to appraoch research. Thank you Brandy for a great semester.
Very good professor, may underestimate student's knowledge though. I almost felt like I was in a high school classroom at times the way she talked to us. She is always very prepared however and very nice and enthusiastic about class. She cares about students but does not always communicate what needs to be done for each class. Is also hard to contact via email.
15. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 11 (61%) 5 (28%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The steps to writing the project paper. Opportunities to improve the grades through extra credits.
reading other professors work for each methodology. It should us different way to conduct research
My favorite aspect of the course was having speakers come into class to share their experiences with research and writing their various dissertations and books. There is an incredible wealth of knowledge in the American Studies department and it's great that they're able to share some of it with the class. I also thoroughly enjoyed the research aspects of the class. Going to Hamilton and learning about the different resources that are available to us was fascinating. I didn't realize how extensive Hamilton really was until I took this course.
She broke down the Senior Capstone Project awesomely!!!!!! Because we did the project in parts it wasnʻt overwhelming and allowed us to work on bits and pieces of our project to better focus on what we wanted to actually cover in our project.
I like the fact that instead of just letting us work on things ourselves we have a set date to turn everything in by so that we dont procrastinate on anything and that we just turn things in a little at a time I think that is more better than just having everything thrown at you and you have to get everything done at one time
I like every aspect of the course. I found the library vists very useful. I now know where to find sources for my research project.
they all aimed us toward next semesters hard work
The instructor and the help from the library research classes
written examples of steps, also rubrics
The peer reviews were extremely helpful.
where we get to choose our own subject matter to investigate.
meeting with the other AMST faculty to discuss their works.
all the help from library sessions etc.
The format at the beginning of the course (when read an article by a member of the AMST faculty, then we have full access to them) is by far my favorite part of the course. It is helpful to realize the potential areas of study available with an American Studies degree.
The library visits and presentations from other professors on different material and research methods.
I liked the guest speakers. The course was very organized. I enjoyed doing the small papers compared to longer ones.
I liked the preparation for writing a thesis paper / project for the next semester. It will really help and give us a head start. I really really like touring the library and going there weekly to learn about the different aspects and how to use it. No other class has ever done that before and it was beyond helpful. Probably the most valuable aspect of this class.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
It is the presentation I like the least.
The peer work shops. I am not quite comfortable with critiquing other students.
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I dont really like doing presentations because I get nervous talking in front of the class but Im surprised at myself when I did my presentation it was not that bad because I did not even look at my cards once I remembered what I had to say
I think Professor McDougall did her best to make the course interesting, however, it was a course learning how to research which to a certain extent can only be interesting.
they all aimed us toward next semesters hard work
How slow the course progressed
role playing
While I think it was awesome to have the assignments spread out, I felt that it made class time kind of pointless at times.
the format was somewhat awkward. i feel like it was backwards. it could be tweeked so that we get more self exploration done in the first month. then learn about the types of methodology and research tools to use to investigate our interests.
hour long meeting with the writing center.... :/
the weekly assignments. i like to do my projects by my own pace, not something set for me by someone else :(
The text assigned for the course, "The Craft of Research" was my least favorite part of the course. The colloquial style and the format/ organization of the book made it difficult to read.
There were no aspects of the course I did not enjoy.
Wish some people would appreciate class more and come to class.
Reading articles and talking to speakers at the beginning of the semester, I am not quite sure of the point of it. I wish we could have focused more on their research methods than the articles themselves. I would have liked to talk to the writers about how they did their research and writing, not necessarily about the subject/topic of their writing. Also it would have been nice to have been informed earlier that we have to keep all of our assignments for a final portfolio. Was not informed of this until the end of the semester. Also we did MANY peer evaluations in class. I did not like these. Perhaps doing a couple is okay. But I would much rather have feedback from the professor who knows more than my peers do about researching and possible topics. It gets tedious constantly correcting others work in class and simply answering questions about the content of their papers. Saying what is and is not in someone's paper is not beneficial. They know what they did and did not include in their writing and do not need me to tell them that. Could be better use of class time. Also we went over many things in class that were not beneficial at all, like how to do a PowerPoint presentation of organize a short paper. I learned all of these things years ago and do not need to be taught them again in my senior year of college. Perhaps focus more on research aspects than the simple things that we all should / do already know.
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Good. It gives a step-by-step approach to write a research paper.
I was scared of this course because its a thesis class, but Brandy made the class fun andy entertaining.
This course is perfect for preparing students to complete their capstone projects. It gives students all of the tools necessary to not only choose a topic, but explore it to it's very depths. I look forward to taking the second part of the course and working on my project.
Great, as long as Brandy is the prof!!!
I think this course is needed because it teaches you how to prepared to write your paper and gives you research skills such as how to use the library and what is the differences between a primary and secondary source and it also helps us to start working on our actual paper a little by little, which is a working process but at least we get some things done this semester and we might use it in our paper next semester when we have to acutally write it
I think that this course was very helpful to guiding me in my research project.
i would take it even if i didn't have to
Great instructor but the course itself can be a little better
good prep for capstone project
please restructure format for next year.
well organized and put together, I cannot wait until next semester !!
gets you prepared for your thesis!
good course. sets you up well for the second part of the class.
This is an excellent course. It really shows the AMST majors the level of support and care offered to them in the AMST department. This course makes it easy to be successful with our senior theses.
Helpful in preparing my research and gathering research methods for my research project.
very well executed Brandy. Even though it was your first semester in the department great job.
It is an okay course. Could be improved on, but does it's job in preparing for the next semester's course.
19. Other comments:
None for now. Waiting for the next semester to finish the research paper.
Would definitely recommend this class to others!!! Brandy inspires everyone to try their best and to not be afraid to outstep your boundaries to achieve your goals.
Brandy is an amazing instructor, glad you guys have her in the department
thanks ah.
I had fun!!!
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