eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Sarah Smorol

Available Survey Results

WS345, Summer II 2014
AMST250, Fall 2012
AMST202, Spring 2012
AMST211, Fall 2011
SOC318, WS318, Fall 2011
AMST201, Spring 2011
AMST201, Spring 2010
AMST150, Fall 2009

Sarah Smorol: WS345, Summer II 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 345 - 20c Literature By Women Crn (Section): 96838 (701)    
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 10 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Best online course I ever took, she is an EXCELLENT professor
I enjoyed the fact that the course load was educational enough and challenging while not being overwhelming.
Everything!
How well organized everything was and how she communicated with her students.
How interesting the topics were! Questions were thought provoking. Instructor was fair, respectful, and encouraging of all discussion responses.
Sharing our opinions and ideas through forum and responding to one another on our weekly course discussion questions
Being exposed to material that I would not have read. Interaction with the other students.
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.6 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
positively perfect in every way
No suggestions in particular.
Course was well designed! Lectures such as pre recorded YouTubes
One thing i found having difficulty with was posting the assignments on time. The reason is because working a full time job plus a part time job, left week days completely fool and struggled to complete posting on time. If she would just allow us to post the HW as we complete it, it would have been a lot easier to maintain and keep up.
None! It was great!
The class does not need any improvements.
More teamwork assignments.
15. Other comments:
The best online class I have taken! Teacher participated throughout discussions as well as helpful feedback and very responsive in aid with students

Sarah Smorol: AMST250, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 250 - American Film History Crn (Section): 79021 (003)    
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 15 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 5 (33%) 5 (33%) 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  
1.15 15 0.38 Freq(%) 11 (73%) 2 (13%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 15 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 4 (27%) 7 (47%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 7 (47%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 4 (27%) 7 (47%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
9. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
10. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%)
13. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
SHe knows her material very well.
Very good teacher and enthusiastic about the materials in class
Great teacher and understand the material that made it fun to learn about.
Sarah was an excellent TA this semester. She made the class fun and interesting, and I really enjoyed taking this class. I learned a lot about the film and the overall subject!
knowledgeable, enthusiastic professor
Sarah knows what she's talking about; she loves this subject and does show it while lecturing.
She needs to use her class time more wisely. There were important aspects in lecture that needed to be covered, but instead she gets off track easily by her ramblings. Although she does show enthusiasm, it is frustrating when we can't cover key points of the lecture and have to rush through it.
very knowledgeable
She was nice and easy to communicate with in regards to assignments and materials. She was often times very quiet and hard to understand in our individual sections and anyone further back than the third row had difficulty understanding her most times.
Great at explaining important concepts and stimulating discussion. However, occasionally Sarah speaks softly and is difficult to understand.
14. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 9 (60%) 3 (20%)
15. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The topics that are given during discussions.
The movies, i have a broader range of favorite movies now
I liked learning about film techniques, I view films from a different perspective now, and this class allows me to enjoy films on a different and more in-depth level.
Watching videos.
Strong examples with video clips.
the discussions
The weekly film sessions and when we discussed them in greater detail in both class and our section time. We got to watch many interesting and historic pieces of cinema and I learned a lot.
I now view film in a different way.
16. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
none
the amount of papers needed to be written
I enjoyed watching the movies, but I was unable to make it to the scheduled film screenings.. so I had a hard time finding time to watch a 2 hour movie every week.
N/a
nothing
Some of the readings were very hard to follow along with and monotonous at times.
N/A
17. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I recommend this class to other colleagues.
recommended for everyone, super fun!!
I learned a lot from this course, and I feel the material will have a lasting impression on me forever. Professor Eagle and Sarah were always enthusiastic about the material they taught.
N/a
Fun course overall and helps to think critically when it comes to writing about the films. Really needs to work on utilizing class time efficiently and get to the point.
very informative
Very fun and very interesting! Makes you look at movies a whole different way and understand their effects on society and on ourselves.
I would recommend this to my peers.
18. Other comments:
I would recommend this course to other people.
my only suggestion would be to avoid trying to talk over movie clips. it's impossible to hear what you're saying and i'm sure you're saying valuable things that would benefit us :)
recommended
Thank you!
N/A

Sarah Smorol: AMST202, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 202 - Amer Exp: Culture & the Arts Crn (Section): 87312 (001)     87313 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.3 10 0.95 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 2 (25%) 4 (40%) 3 (38%) 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  
1.2 10 0.42 Freq(%) 8 (80%) 2 (25%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 6 (75%) 3 (27%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 4 (40%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 3 (38%)
9. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 3 (38%)
10. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (20%) 4 (50%) 5 (50%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 5 (63%) 2 (18%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 4 (57%) 2 (18%)
13. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She's very enthusiastic and talks really fast but she's easy to understand. Class discussions do lead into random additional tangents but even though it seems she has digress, she always finds a way to tie everything together. She gives great feedback and also makes general paper feedback known to the class so everyone knows what to do or change for the next paper.
Well educated and enthusiastic about material
Good. She was a good professor for this class.
Sarah is enthusiastic and speaks really well.
She is very knowledgeable and passionate about this subject.
A great professor. She is very knowledgable in a wide range of areas. We covered a ton of material and she taught us a particular process message for each lesson. She's smart, creative, and is open, making it easy to align. Sometimes it doesn't feel like she's a professor but just a friend having a conversation.
Very understanding teacher. Very approachable and easy to connect with
Interesting course.
Fun teacher. Enjoyed her passion for the subjects and content she presented, as well as the freedom within the class.
she's awesome. the topics were interesting. and she really seem like she cares about what she's discussing. good prof
Great enthusiasm, very open-minded and is genuinely interested in students' thoughts and take on the course material.
good teacher!
Sarah knows the subject very well and is enthusiastic about course content.
I loved Sarah! She is so easy going, and easy to talk to. She really knows her stuff, and always has insightful things to say about the Readings in class. She tries her best to facilitate discussion, and doesn't give up even though it's REALLY early in the morning and nobody feels like discussing anything. She really sets expectations for us, and I love that she TELLS us what she expects from us.
I can see that she it very passionate about what she teaches, and tries to spread her enthusiasm to her students. She is very knowledgeable and encourages her students to understand the history and dynamics of our culture and its art. Also, she is approachable, easy to talk to, and really makes an effort to help her students do well in her class.
14. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 10 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%)
15. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I really enjoyed the fact that there is no final exam for this course. Also I liked how my mid-term paper and final paper topic is based on what I want to write about, which gave me the opportunity to be creative and expand my ideas and also have some level of passion for my paper.
Watching videos
All of it! I really liked it Beautiful Losers, Mixed Blessings and Ways of Seeing.
Opened my mind to some ideas.
I learned a lot from Sarah when it came to citing a paper. That was very valuable information and I feel very grateful that she took the time to go over all of that with us!
The open topics for papers was great.
Watching videos that related to the topics of discussion
I liked the general topics we covered.
Group presentation and paper assignments were the best aspects of the course for me. Through group presentation, not only our contents, but also I learned other arts of America from other groups. In paper assignment, I could decide my topic based on lecture or course. It was interesting to search and to gain the knowledge.
I liked the assigned readings. The books and articleswere like the ones I chose to read for myself.
We get to pick our midterm and final projects ourselves which is really great because we really get interested and motivated to do well.
I really enjoy the cultural aspect of the course because I feel it is interesting to see how it has evolved over time and how it has influenced other factors. One of the things that we focused on were the aspects in art and culture that we are not consciously aware of (i.e., women artists, artists of different ethnicity, non-mainstream art, etc.), because it allowed us to see our own culture through a different point of view.
16. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I didn't like the fact that it was at 730am. I am not a morning person but she did make it worth going to class everyday. Other than time, I have no other problems with this course.
Writing papers that did not always directly correlate to class material
My only complaint is that the lectures we at times a little to casual. When the tome is casual I think there is less participation on behalf of the students and in my experience I tend not to do the readings. The readings are an essential part of the class so maybe the introduction of short responses or pop quizzes might help keep us on our toes.
None. That it was at 7:30 am.
I thought most of the readings were boring and too long. I thought it was a complete waste of money to buy several of the books, especially "Beautiful Losers"
Too much lecture. I would have liked more open discussion, especially with a smaller class.
Some of the material was a bit wordy and hard to digest
I found the readings to be boring.
the readings, some were just not easy to understand and shouldn't have been used for a 200 level.
I did not have it.
Other students not completing the readings and not being able to add to class discussions
The scholarly articles were bland, but what's new? In college there's nothing to read but scholarly articles with difficult jargon. :(
One aspect is that, because we go over many topics in such a small amount of time, it was difficult to be able to connect with one topic before we had to start covering another one.
17. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Great course especially if you need a Writing Intensive course and you love having open topics. Students definitely help run the class with discussion, topics for group presentation, questions about the readings and outside "real world" affects relating from the reading.
Interesting.
Great!
Ok. this class was average. i didn't look forward to going because the readings were so dry. However Sarah was very interesting and even though the readings were terrible she still found a way to engage the class.
Solid class and great writing intensive. I loved the flexibility of ideas, topics, and lessons
Overall I learned a lot about different cultures and the way people see things. It was very interesting and I enjoyed it
An OK course.
i would love to take it again.... i hope she teaches another class
Good!!
Overall a thumbs up!
Excellent! I was expecting to hate this class because I only took it for the writing intensive. However, I was surprised with how interesting the class was!
This course is interesting because students not only analyze readings and texts, but also images and artwork. It also made me look at, and think about, things in a different way.
18. Other comments:
nope.
The class should be more connected with the papers and homework or else it makes it almost useless to come to class.
Nothing
Although a good teacher, sometimes Sarah can talk really fast and gets off the topic
Overall, great class. I learned a lot!
The chairs were really comfy :)

Sarah Smorol: AMST211, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 211 - Contemp Amer Domestic Issues Crn (Section): 76827 (001)     79549 (003)     1230 (111)    
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 5 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%) 1 (20%) 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  
1.29 7 0.49 Freq(%) 5 (71%) 2 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (40%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 7 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 3 (60%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.29 7 1.6 Freq(%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 3 (60%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.14 7 1.86 Freq(%) 2 (29%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.43 7 1.51 Freq(%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 2 (40%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (57%)
9. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (80%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (60%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.14 7 1.35 Freq(%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She is very enthusiastic, helpful, and easy to talk to. I really enjoyed her class. The textbooks were also interesting, although I think it was a little too much reading.
She is very knowledgeable about multiple aspects of American history but I felt like she just had a lot to say and didn't make enough room for students to voice their own opinions, even though class participation was encouraged. She would cut people off and then go on a ten minute rant on tangents upon tangents and I would have liked to hear what other students had to say about topics rather than Sarah going on and on for 85% of the class time.
She is a very informative and enthusiastic. She encourages students to speak their mind and never rejects someones point of view but rather offers hers in return. The material is interesting and the class discussions are fun.
Great teacher even told to me by a man named Jim who has a talk show on Olelo channel.
She was passionate about the topic but often lacked the ability to communicate clearly. She seemed to have a general knowledge about the material, but it was very one sided and somewhat superficial. I think I would have learned more if the discussions stayed on topic and the instructor was better at articulating her point.
intelligent and a great teacher to learn from
Very knowledgable with the subjects discussed in this class.
Her unbiased opinion on the course topics of discussion made discussions encouraged my participation. She is very keen on the materials. I would in fact, take another course taught by her if it falls under my major' requirements.
Good
15. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 7 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
There were interesting topics but I feel like the topics that students would have interesting discussions over, contemporary issues like legalizing marijuana, the pornography and drug industry, and Arab relations with the United States were not focused on as much as immigration and disabilities rights. I enjoyed when we did have actual class discussions without Sarah interrupting constantly because I did like to hear my peer's opinions of topics.
The class discussion are interesting because we can hear about everyones point of view.
Group discussions.
We were able to discuss many different topics with people from various backgrounds
the topics that were covered
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I didn't like the topics of immigration and disabilities rights. Or, well, it was nice that we touched upon them, but spending a month on immigration and a month on disabilities rights versus spending a month on three different topics like drugs, pornography and Arabs, was not interesting at all. I felt like it was a chore to come to class because most of what we talked about had nothing to do with the actual topic since Sarah does have a tendency to go off on tangents. It was hard to voice my own opinion as well because everyone is looking for a space to jump in between Sarah's talking that I literally had to cut her off if I wanted to say something.
Some of the books are quite boring, for example the No Pity.
N/A
We didn't learn about anything very in depth. Many of the topics in the syllabus were just gone through slightly as discussions kept the class from keeping up with current topics.
how much reading was required
group projects - not enough time provided in class for group work, would have rather done individual presentations. there were a lot of current event issues (occupy wall street, fast and furious, etc) that were not discussed in class, despite their significant relevance to the topics we were looking at in class. this was a little disappointing since the course is about contemporary domestic issues and we were completely avoiding some immediate, newsworthy issues.
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I didn't like it. From the course description, I thought that we were going to have stimulating conversation about issues that we cared about when actually, I highly disliked coming to class. For a writing intensive course, Sarah did not really teach us anything about writing and talked over us a lot of the time. I think she is a nice woman but I do think she has a lot of thoughts in her mind and speaks very quickly to try and get everything out and doesn't realize that she may have been talking for 15 minutes on a tangent. I would not take another class with her and I would not recommend this class to anyone.
Its a great course and I would recommend the class to anyone who is looking for a fun WI class.
Great learning environment about current American issues.
It was an interesting course with interesting topics and I enjoyed most of the readings. I feel that it could have been better if it was more well-rounded rather than simply making a case against the conservative side of many of the issues.
good
Very interesting course.
pretty interesting topics to think about, writing assignments nicely paced and thought-provoking
I would recommend the course to others because it stimulates critical thinking and encourages students to broaden their point of views by discussing topics and issues that not many instructors dare to approach due to political insecurity.
19. Other comments:
I was required to purchase several books for this course which was fine, but the fact that a couple of them were barely mentioned in class is unacceptable.

Sarah Smorol: SOC318, WS318, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 318 - Women & Social Policy Crn (Section): 75032 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 318 - Women & Social Policy Crn (Section): 75034 (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 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 2 (25%) 1 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (33%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
10. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
11. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
16. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 8 (89%)
17. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 7 (88%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
discussion was good. she allows you to speak your mind and makes the air very inviting for you and your thoughts.
being able to shares each others thoughts with one another in class or as a whole so we can have a better understanding with the problems we discuss in class.
I truely enjoyed the dialog and everyone helping to answer the questions of the week...Having numerous opinions help to see things with another set of eyes.
The group presentations were so much fun!
I really, really enjoyed the Michael Kimmel book, Guyland. And the discussions that went along with it were excellent and very inspiring.
I liked how we were able to have class discussion. Good indicator of how much students were interested and involved.
the course has open my eye to the metaphyiscs of what women go through each day by male leaders with attitude of their titles or take women for granted instead of using them as good partners to achieve greatest.
I liked the reading material that was covered in this class. It was very helpful and insightful and I learned a lot from it.
I like the fact that I learn more about policy aspect of discrimination against women.
I liked the topics that were discussed in class.
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 1 (33%)
20. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
this course could be improved by the students who enroll. if somehow, UHM could filter the students by the ones who need to be there versus the students that are taking it just because. students there just taking the course just because, really bring down the atmosphere of the class time.
less reading and more recent problems. other than that i think this course is awesome
at least two days at3hours a day... probably Monday's and Friday's
I thought it was a great course. Although I don't think this class needs to be 2 1/2 hours long. maybe an hour 45 min. or 2 hours. We usually finished early.
The course was very focused on Hawaiian issues, and I feel that less focus on simply Hawaii would be more beneficial. The issues here are not as relevant to my life, and personally, I would have appreciated more discussion on world-wide issues than we had discussed.
More homeworks to help make reading necessary. There was a little too much reading.
too much reading, more discussion, Instructor speaks too fast :)
I did not like the amount of reading that was required for class. I think it would have been better if we just focused on one book at a time rather than reading 3 books at the same time (even if we were required to read 2-3 chapters from each book).
21. Other comments:
Great teacher! Would take a class from her again.
Sara was excellent. My only issue is that she was very selective in whom she chose to let speak. For instance, she would interrupt the students right after she asked us to explain our thoughts. I felt I could NEVER get my thoughts or feelings out in discussion as I was always interrupted. Even when I raised my hand. I usually left class feeling disrespected. The information I learned was interesting though. Overall, a good course, but not great.
thanks for a great semester.
Thank You So Much for having in your class. I like the fact that you were very caring so much about me :)

Sarah Smorol: AMST201, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 201 - American Exp: Inst & Movemnts Crn (Section): 89227 (003)     89228 (004)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.6 10 1.26 Freq(%) 2 (20%) 4 (31%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 5 (50%) 3 (23%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 3 (33%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (54%) 7 (70%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (69%)
9. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 8 (62%)
10. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (31%) 5 (50%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 7 (54%) 7 (70%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (62%) 7 (70%)
13. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She was a good teacher who knew her material, I learned A LOT from this class and was introduced to a lot of new things.
She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the topics she teaches.
She was very knowledgeable and helped us all to understand the course and what we needed to learn. There were various subjects that we covered and she was helpful with all of them.
Good
She is easy to talk with and get along with. One thing that gets annoying with her style of teaching is how much she can ramble on. She talks and talks and it is sometimes hard to get a word of our own in. If we do get a chance to share our thoughts (which she does want and encourage us to) she takes our idea...and then starts talking on her own again.
Very knowledgeable of AMST and encouraged disucssions of everything we covred in class. she made it a enjoyable class.
She understands the student's problem and provide opportunity for us to make up our work, had-working teacher
Sarah is really nice, and her down-to-earth personality makes listening to her lecture super easy.
I can tell she knows her stuff, but sometimes she has so much to say about some topics, its easy to get sidetracked, but I suppose that's what happens in survey courses..
very intelligent about the topics being taught and enthusiastic person.
A
Professor Smorol is clearly passionate about teaching and has done a great job in this class. She is understanding,light hearted and willing to listen to those who have any input at all. She does however, talk very fast and needs to slow down many times for information to be absorbed rather than just have it rush by. Slowing down would open the class up for more discussion and I think this would improve the class a bit.
she knows a lot about this material and she can explain it really well. She is also passionate about what she talks about. She is easy to talk to and very understanding. I learned a lot from her this semester.
a very effective teacher. i would recommend her to anybody taking an American Studies course.
Very good the course was very interesting and helped me further my knowledge about many contemporary topics. After many class discussions I changed my point of view.
14. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 7 (54%) 3 (23%)
15. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
WI
I really enjoyed the papers for this course. It is on topics that interest me, therefore writing becomes enjoyable. Also, she is very helpful, understanding, and open for students if they need any assistance.
The group project and self-directed papers really helped to explore the course content more.
Class discussion
That there were few assignments
Discussing in class topics helped make materials we covered to be well understood.
Study history through different perspective
I really liked the views that Sarah was able to communicate during lectures to me that were more abstract that I hadn't thought of when I read it.
Willingness of Sarah to help in any way..
I thought that how she spread out the amount of pages we needed to write for a writing intensive class was very good. I never felt overwhelmed doing a paper. Also, some of the class discussions we got into were really good.
interactions with professor during class
Inspiring change
I really liked the Art of Protest book and that each week was a different topic, which kept the course not only interesting, but we covered material that relates outside of the classroom.
I like the fact that i was able to reveal how visual culture has affected the outlook of many institutions and movements. Before this course, I didn't realize how much visual culture played a vital role in institutions and movements.
The assignments were fair and not overwhelming.
16. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
SO MUCH READING AND THAT ATTENDANCE IS A REQUIREMENT ... Seriously were not in high school anymore and there are such things as emergency .....
This course had a heavy reading load, for a writing intensive course and a course on arts. this made the class a lot less interesting and a struggle to deal with, along with other assignments.
The reading quizzes didn't really encourage anyone to read, but it was a good way to try to get the class to read. Reading more would help everyone to get more out of the course.
To many readings
How early it was scheduled
^ Same as above.
Time to come to class
The language in the book is hard to understand most of the time, especially in the Skin Deep book.
Some of the readings were rather boring, but it was valuable information.
NA
In the beginning the course started off kind of slow and it is very difficult to understand the reading from the Only Skin Deep book.
nothing. I have no complaints
17. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Learned a lot.
The content is very interesting to students, although I did not like the structure of the course on how we learned about social movements.
I really liked this course. Now I'm going to take another AMST class next semester.
it ok
Very manageable
A very informative course. It is worthwhile to anyone who is interested in AMST or just wants to try it.
Worth a try
I like it, Sarah is a really good instructor.
Good teacher who covered a lot of ground..
More enjoyable than I thought it was gonna be.
A
Great course.Serves as a great introduction to multiple movements through history.
I enjoyed coming to this class because I learned a lot more than I expected that I would. Much of the stuff we covered can be related to the real world and it made me think critically about certain topics, which I believe I would have never done if I had not taken the class.
a 10 out of 10. Excellent course and excellent teaching
very good
18. Other comments:
n/a.
Smorol is a very effective teacher who knows her material well, she facilitates group discussions and enjoys teaching AMST.
n.a
NA

Sarah Smorol: AMST201, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 201 - American Exp: Inst & Movemnts Crn (Section): 80023 (001)     85164 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (64%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 7 (64%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 8 (57%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
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 (64%)
6. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 6 (43%) 4 (36%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I thought that her personal care to each student was excellent. If you asked her for help on something, she would go over and beyond in trying to help you. I thought she was the best professor that I have had at UH thus far!
Class Discussions on reaadings and topics such as multiracial identity
I enjoyed the wide variety of material covered in this class.
I thought the discussions were good because it gave all of us an opportunity to talk about the readings and we got to see how our classmates stood on certain issues.
the materials she chose
The local issues dicussed in the course were the most valuable to me, also the issues of mixed race was also very enlightening to me.
This class seems to be structured so that the class discussions are the most important part. However many students did not attend and/or read the assignments. However, as the subject matter moved to issues that were of greater interest to the students (ie Local issues; Hawaiian sovereignty)class discussion increased (although this may be due to the fact that those who attend class -- I imagine a minority of the enrollment -- were more likely to participate).
I really enjoyed the reading and being able to write about largely whatever I chose. The critiques of my paper were always really helpful as well.
The majority of the course was focused on race politics, so that was the most valuable aspect of the course.
The recognition of multiracial people and issues, was something that was new to me. She made it interesting and had good sources for the class.
Reading handouts and websites weve seen covering each topic.
I really enjoyed this class, and sarah as well. i feel as though this course has broadened my view on race. I feel like now ive become more aware of how race plays in society.
Issues about race and government were the main topics of class discussion. I really liked how she had class discussions and went over readings thoroughly as well as add own opinions and insight.
The things that I found most valuable about this course was the differentiation of the course reading drawing from many other place not just focusing on one aspect of bi-raciality
I enjoyed the short readings we read and the class discussions that we had during the class periods.
9. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 14 (100%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 6 (55%)
13. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 4 (40%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Great teacher; kind, smart, and funny at times
A great professor and I recommend taking her class. It is very informative and she makes learning easy. Excellent course!
Good at communicating ideas, and helps her students to develop their ideas more throughly
She did a great job of teaching this course. It was obvious that she came to class prepared each day and was very knowledgeable in the material that she presented.
Sarah was super enthusiastic about the material she was teaching. I know it was sometimes hard for her to teach because we didn't always come through with assignments on our half but no matter what se was always prepared and had something just in case we didn't read.
a great teacher hope to have her again someday
I loved this course. Sarah was very knowledgable of not only matters of the course but also general social matters. She is a great teacher because she understands the needs, wants, likes, and dislikes of her students.
Sarah is a pretty good teacher who had a lot of information and tried her best to stimulate class discussion. However, she was somewhat in a Catch 22: many students did not participate in discussions which caused her discussion prompts to become very long winded.
she was very enthusiastic about the material, and she was always well prepared.
She is great! I would love to take another class with her again if at all possible.
Might want to think about the speed of speech. It was a little fast for me, and maybe have a little more organization for each class session. Seemed a little too "go with the flow."
She's a decent teacher. I didn't really like her style of teaching, but I have to admit it did help me to become a better thinker. The course was heavily based on readings & discussions. I thought that the discussions were very interesting, but Sarah sometimes could ramble on for a long period of time. She sure has a lot to say about the topics we discussed, though they were interesting thoughts/opinions, I would have liked to have seen less discussions and more tests/quizzes.
She is a good teacher with a good foundation for just starting. Attendance may have been too important in this class, but she would give you extra ways of making it up.
Shes was very nice and helpful for learning and understanding the course concepts and ideas.
good
she is an excellent teacher. i would love to take another class with her. She presented her topics in a non-biased way, that encouraged us to explore our own opinions and views. she presented some touchy subjects in ways that can be viewed from multiple ways, and never held her own opinions of subjects against us if we didnt agree.
She is a great teacher and got me interested in a subject that i didn't find interesting at the beginning of the semester. I really liked that she was consistent with her information that she taught us. The readings were related to what I learned in my past courses on American history.
She was a great teacher she went off on tangents at times but knowledgeable and kept the content intersting
She was a very good teacher who was able to establish a connection with the students in the class. She probably could have been stricter and enforced the readings and things better but overall I would say she was a great teacher and I learned a lot throughout the course.
15. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 7 (50%)
16. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked to know that there are many kinds of multiracial people live in America, and their culture.
Learning about all the different aspects and views of each culture
Her enthusiasum about the topics!
Watching videos that related to the subject we were going over, because it really deepened my interest in the subject
The emphasis on biracial individuals, because I gained a deeper understanding that there is no right or wrong way to be a biracial person
I enjoyed the class discussions the most.
This class overall is really good that I recommend other students to take it.
the books were fun reads
Local issues, women's rights, and mixed race issues.
I did enjoy some of the books and short stories that we read.
Class discussion was always interesting. Made me really enjoy coming to class. I also enjoyed doing the research for my papers.
I feel like I learned quite a bit about the subject, and it made me more aware about some of the issues. The group sessions were interesting, but I think there needs to be something more to them, not just summarizing a paragraph from the reading.
Class discussions were very entertaining. It's interesting to hear everyone's thoughts/opinions/reactions to all the different topics.
Going over the readings and discussing the issues as a class.
the group discussions!!!
Class discussion made me come to class more often. It was interesting hearing other peoples perspectives even when i disagreed with some of their thoughts.
The aspect of the course that I like the best was the aspect where we focused on the Hawaiian rights and the Asian rights.
I liked the readings from the person's perspective the most.
17. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The reading. But, it wasn't bad compared to other classes, it was just a bit time consuming.
None
The lack of participation from other students. At times I would participate in the class discussion, but it seemed like no one else would. Over time I did not participate in discussion as much, simply because I did not want to constantly be one of the few people who ever talk in class. I did not come to class just to hear myself.
I just didn't like some of the readings. I learned from all of them, but some were difficult to read.
I think this course's material should be cut a little bit more. It has too much reading.
the 10 pg paper would have liked more 2's
Certain readings (i.e. Non-Babylonians, Passings, ect.)
I was bored with the book The sum of our parts, but other than that I liked everything else
there was a TON of reading and it was hard to keep up on for some weeks.
A lot of reading, but being a writing intensive, it was kind of necessary.
Although the discussions were interesting, I felt sometimes that it was unnecessary. A couple times we'd be assigns a very short reading (1-2 pages), and be forced to discuss the topic for the whole class period, which I think isn't necessary. Sometimes there's just not much to say.
nothing
some of the more academic readings. i mean i learned from them but i liked it the least due to the language that was used.
Reading the material was sometimes hard because there was so much information that I could not find out the most important parts of the readings.
The focus on so much class participation
I didn't like some of the academic readings because some just stated the same thing over and over.
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Interesting class
Excellent
This was a great course and I truly enjoyed it.
Good course, good teacher.
It's good to take it for thinking something different. This class will turn your thoughts around.
mixed race is a great topic and sarah opened my eyes to a lot of things
Great. I expected it to be much harder and a lot more intensive writing because it is a WI focus, but Sarah split up the writtings great.
It was quite interesting. I never really thought much about race before this course but it helped me see things from a different perspective.
It was great!! I really loved the class!
I will leave this class with more awareness and knowledge of multiracial issues.
I enjoyed the course, though I have to admit it was a little misleading. American studies seems to be a pretty vague course title, and I didn't expect to be learning about race & race politics for the majority of the semester. Nonetheless, it was a fun & easy class.
i really enjoyed the class and it helped broaden my knowlede on world issues on the concepts of ethnic and race.
amazing. i would recommend this class to others.
I really value the information that I learned in this class. I was actually interested in writing my final paper because I got to choose the topic.
This was a good course and I learned many things that I didn't learn before.
I would recommend this course/teacher to other students because I enjoyed and learned much from the course.
19. Other comments:
Sarah Smorol did a great job teaching this class, despite the lack of participation from other students, it was obvious that she was making a strong effort to engage her students each and every class period. She stayed positive and motivated despite the lack of effort from some of her students.
Good luck next semester Sarah!
HI :] I really like the class :P
Good teacher. Could have focused on more things that would have related to Hawaii.

Sarah Smorol: AMST150, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: American Studies
Course: AMST 150 - America and the World Crn (Section): 76386 (004)     76387 (005)     76388 (006)    
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  
1.53 15 0.83 Freq(%) 10 (67%) 2 (13%) 2 (15%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
3. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%)
4. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 8 (53%) 5 (33%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 7 (47%) 7 (50%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (53%) 6 (46%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 8 (62%)
8. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 15 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 8 (62%)
9. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 10 (77%)
10. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (46%) 7 (50%)
11. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (38%) 2 (14%)
12. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
SHES AWESOME and really helped me to undersatnd the lectures.
Fun and interesting.
very helpful for difficult course concepts and readings
She did a good job.
Smart, knows subject material well. Comes organized and ready to start right away. Easy to talk to in discussion periods.
She was really fun and easy to talk to. She made the class environment comfortable and made learning possible in the least difficult way.
Sarah is very understanding and she always made it a point to get everyone involved with class discussions.
She did a good job of encouraging class participation, slightly awkward at time but overall enjoyed the course.
Very knowledgeable, seemed to enjoy what he taught.
Professor Smorol is very enthusiastic about this course and she is encourages class discussion.
great job
She is cool and knowledgeable!
A great man [Robert Perkinson] who is very knowledgeable about his work and tries to get input from the students as often as he can.
Very smart
Good class.
Sarah was a really great instructor. She presented everything from the lecture classes in a more focused environment that we could debate upon. She had a wealth of knowledge and wasn't afraid to admit she didn't know something. I enjoyed going to her class a lot.
Sarah Smorol is an instructor who knows what she is doing. I think she will do better when she is instructing her own class and not doing labs for Perkinson.
Mediocre. She was unreasonable at times in her treatment of students and she was not very easy to approach to talk about questions because of what her reaction might be (not understanding of a person's situation).
I thought that she did a very well job and is an exceptional teacher, and look forward in taking more classes from her.
that she was very informative and helpful. She was always willing and ready to clarify any confusion that my classmates and I had about any of the material covered in class.
We covered too much information. We should have narrowed it down to discuss topics more thoroughly.
fairly good teacher became overly aggravated and irritated one class which was unpleasant
Overall Sarah Smorol was great. She was knowledgeable about the topic and had no problems clarifying anything that was confusing. She engaged the class and brought personal experiences into the class in order for us to connect with the information further.
that she is very knowlegdeable and she really knows how to communicate one on one with her students.
She would sometimes drift off but always
very engaging, encouraged free-thought and class participation
Nice person. She enjoyed her work and asked us for our opinion of the material.
Very good and helpful. She does a good job of giving examples.
good
very good
shes a great teacher
I thought she was very nice and I really liked the way she left the class open for discussion at times, but never forced anyone to speak out if they didn't want to.
great!
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.36 11 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (54%) 5 (38%) 1 (8%)
14. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
class disussion
Group discussion
Closeness of the class. More detailed talks on topics.
class discussion
the material we studied
passage and reading analysis and class discussions.
How the teacher related things to things in modern day or to the class.
In our sections, we always went over what we went over in class that week. Because Perkinson moves quickly, this helped me understand what was going on.
The lectures were great.
I liked the overview of American history that I had never known before, such as the dark aspects of it that shaped how America works today.
Some of the discussion my section held included interesting debates.
discussions held in class
Videos.
Reading about in-depth coverage about the world and its wars.
I really liked the section on corporations
The only hmwk in the class was to do the reading.
My favorite part of this course would be the ability to debate in small groups. It was hard to debate in the lecture class because of the amount of people.
There is no one "right" answer--we get to explain how we feel as long as there is some evidence behind our reasoning.
I liked the discussions and how they were open to express your opinion.
I love the class discussions that we were a part of, and the work that we did in the class. Since I am a poly sci major I believe I took alot out of this course and enjoyed the readings and discussions.
I liked that we were given the opportunity to voice our opinions of the content covered.
The small classes we had every friday
the small group sizes made it easier to learn
I liked the size of the group because it was small enough to have an engaging conversation but large enough to have a vast differences in opinions.
Learning about Hawaii and the overthrow and hearing the different, less talked about sides of the whole ordeal.
the class discussions, and video clips
I enjoyed the interesting discussions. It was interesting to hear what others thought in a smaller group.
The readings
I like how she was well informed on the topics presented in class.
discussions
class discussions
I enjoyed this lab because it helped me to better understand what was going on in the course as a whole. This instructor was very nice and made me feel more comfortable about giving my opinion on something.
lab is where it all came together and i learned the most.
15. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
the material
Borning readings.
The book "the Inheritance of Loss"
the amount of time, the homework was sporadic and hard to keep track of, the syllabus and assignments need to be better coordinated
The readings.
n/a
The sections were not the greatest.
in class submissions
However, some of the class did not participate, which I feel takes away from the learning experience. Also, it left a lot of silence in the room.
The Inheritance of Loss
Readings.
That there was an overwhelming amount of reading. Professor used very large vocabulary. Although, that being a good thing, it was a little hard to keep up with his lectures.
too much reading
I did not like the amount of reading we had to do. There was way too much information to be absorbed over such a short period of time.
I didn't like Perkinson's material very much. It's not Smorol's fault, nor Perkinson's--I enrolled in the class and just expected different things.
Her style of teaching. Sometimes she rambled on and did not open up time for students to talk.
The course was amazing, there were no weak points.
There wasn't really anything that I didn't like.
the readings
I did not like how we did not have a set agenda for each session. While the content we covered was vast, something there was a slight connection between the topics.
the online readings.
the papers and exams
I thought some of the readings weren't as interesting. It was hard to stay focused on reading the material for the day.
The lectures
The last paper we had to do.
nothing
There was a lot of stuff to remember so some of it was hard for me to comprehend all at once.
it was hard for me to tie lecture into the lab.
16. My overall evaluation of this course is...
it was alright.
Interesting and learned a lot.
very helpful and fun
Should be a core requirement.
8/10
It was a good way to end the week after learning so much in the AMST 150 classes previously in the week.
Glad we had a lab for this class!
I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Was enjoyable, very informative
The lab for America and the World was very helpful because we reviewed the material that some students found confusing.
good course
Great!
Recommended for students, even not majoring in American Studies.
A-
It was a great course and I would recommend it.
This class is informing and the instructor is incredible.
Mediocre. Her teaching style was what kept me from enjoying the lab sections more.
One word.... Amazing.
that I enjoyed the class. It was very interesting and enlightening.
fairly good
It was great: engaging, challenging, and informative.
I really enjoyed this course, and having the small sessions on Friday really helped me to learn quicker.
very thought provoking course, interesting perspective on u.s. history
It was a good class. It was interesting to hear others who have had a lot of exposure to political matters talk about past and present issues.
Good. I believe the TA did a good job of encouraging us to read and understand the material.
good
good
Good course.
good.