eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

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Instructor: Rex Troumbley

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POLS385, Spring 2015
POLS335, Fall 2014
POLS110, Spring 2014
POLS335, Fall 2013
POLS130, Spring 2013

Rex Troumbley: POLS385, Spring 2015

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 385 - American Politics Crn (Section): 87251 (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  
3.06 17 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 10 (59%) 4 (24%) 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  
1.78 18 0.43 Freq(%) 4 (22%) 14 (78%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 20 0.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 19 (95%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 20 0.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 19 (95%)
6. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
This course meets my one of my elective requirements for political science major, and I feel that it is important to understand the political system of the nation that I live in.
Major requirement (POLS), personal interest.
Interested in course want a minor. Very helpful and detailed
I had to take two classes from a social science category as part of my major.
Pols major requirement
The subject is very interesting to me. I always wanted to get into politics so I want to get a degree first before I start Politics.
I needed it for my Political Science major requirement, and I am interested in American politics so I wanted to take this class eventually. I had previously taken a class from Rex so I knew he was a good instructor, so that's why I took this class from him.
required and professor had good reviews
POLS major requirement
Took rex before, great teacher
It was a POLS Major requirement.
Required for political science major
Major Requirement
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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%)
8. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
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%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
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%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 20 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 18 (90%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%)
12. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
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%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I feel that Professor Troumbley's greatest strengths are that he can succinctly present both the dominate political narrative and a critical evaluation of that narrative from multiple points while still expanding the student's knowledge of commonly utilized tools and principals used when studying both politics in general and the politics of America specifically. Further, I found that his willingness to facilitate discourse on the topics covered rather than simply presenting his point of view and moving on was a great boon to the classroom.
He was extremely approachable and clearly knowledgeable about the subject and Political Science in general. He also allowed frequent questions and managed to answer them and foster interesting discussion.
Willingness to help, enthusiastic , and good use of resources
Great interaction with the class
The guy made me think about things in a way I would have never thought about without his guidance.
Very knowledgable and helpful when it comes to assignments
how relatable he is. Seems sorta down to earth.
The style of teaching made students want to share and get involved in discussions
Rex was knowledgeable and helpful, and explained concepts in understandable matters. This has helped me a lot when trying to read the more difficult readings like Shapiro or more abstract ones like Chun as I sometimes could not see what the authors wanted to say. In the few instances that people did not understand the reading, he helped us understand the reading better and gave us chances to improve our writings.
Approaching the American politics in other way challenging the existing ideas.
thorough in his preparation for class, is able to incorporate media into the class and talk about subject matter that is interesting
Clear and concise about assignments and topics
Very informative, clear in what he wants
What I found to be most valuable and helpful about Professor Troumbley was the feedback he put on our assignments. It was always very complimentary or very constructive which I found to be very helpful. Also, he has a good sense of humor that helps keep you paying attention during lectures.
He has a passion for the subject matter.
His ability to break things down
14. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I legitimately don't have anything negative to say, Professor Troumbley demonstrated both genuine interest in the subject, and willingness to help the students learn and engage with the subject matter critically, often making himself available after classes to engage with any questions students had lingering after the day's class, and readings, and is a highly effective instructor who encourages students to think critically about the political.
Nothing in particular. My only problem with the course was that it covered with many broad subjects, but rarely explored them with great depth. It was out of necessity of course, this being an overview, and that's a problem with the class, not with Rex as a lecturer.
Give a set date for final proposal would be more clear
Everything was good!
Nothing
nothin.
Rex knows his stuff and you can fake what you know.
Rex's teaching style can leave room for some slacking or neglect in reading. He only cracked down on the class when no one understood the reading, but seemed okay with a few students talking most of the time. This may seem a little draconian, but calling on people other than the chatterboxes could have allowed Rex to get a grasp on who was understanding the reading and who wasn't so he could help them.
can't think of anything
readings he chose were a little challenging
Was really easy to skip class
What I found to be least valuable and least helpful was the fact that we basically did the same thing every class. There was always a prezi show or reading that we went over. Maybe a little more diversity in his teaching style would make the class even more interesting that it already is.
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.9 20 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 18 (90%)
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.65 20 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 14 (70%)
17. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.85 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 17 (85%) 0 (0%)
18. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%) 0 (0%)
19. Other comments:
Despite the fact that he is a graduate student, I believe with conviction that Professor Troumbley is a great asset to the political sciences department here at UH, and I would gladly take another course taught by him.
I was skeptical at first, but this course really altered how I look at certain elements of America's political and legal system.
Bummed that he will not be teaching here anymore. I would have loved to have taken him for another class! Probably, one of the smartest people that I have ever met. Good luck in Texas Professor Troumbley.
Thank you for the knowledge, when I become president please apply for secretary of state.
Overall, Rex is a great teacher and I wish he was here at the University to stay. He was very inspirational and helped those who came to him for help maximize their potential. I don't know if I could have done my current research proposal without him. Best of luck to him and I hope he gets better and better.
Rex does a great job with keeping us engaged and interested which really made me learn from and enjoy this course far more than I expected.

Rex Troumbley: POLS335, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 335 - History of Political Thought Crn (Section): 79205 (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  
3.13 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 9 (60%) 4 (27%) 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  
1.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
6. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
POLS minor requirement
Ridicuously amazing, I needed this for a minor
I took this class because of minor requirements. Also because the class time worked well.
Political Science major requirement
It was a requirement for my political science major, and I heard from my friend that Rex was a good teacher so I decided to take it from him.
Needed to try to pass it this time in order to get credit for my Poli Sci degree
POLS major requirement
It was requirement for POLI SCI majors.
Political Science major- required course, repeat.
POLS major requirement
Because this is POLS major requirement.
POLS Major; very clear, very understanding and better then most in I've had in the past. He is young and patient with his time. Would make an excellent proffessor to the UH 'Ohana. If you want a fare understanding into the political thought process. This will be the professor to take where ever he teaches.
It fulfilled a focus designation.
POLS major requirement
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
8. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
12. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Very intelligent. I can tell he has read these political theorists many times. I think he is the most informed about the subject of political thinkers.
Rex is extremely knowledgeable about every topic he covers, shares new insight, and has a relatable teaching style. He's just amazing!
Rex took the reading material apart and explained the importance of the text.
He made the most complicated concepts, from the books that we read, very easy to understand and was always prepared no matter what
Rex was very knowledgeable about the subject and is willing to help students at all times with anything. He helped me on my reading critique and final project so I am grateful for opening up his office hours to his students.
His proficient oversight into Political Philosophy, and his ability to really help the students succeed in this class.
his knowledge on the subject
Very knowledgeable about the subject matter. Tries to be as enthusiastic as much possible. Involved students to read in class and share.
He knew his material, showed up (on time) to class every time. Always prepared, and he is very knowledgable in the subject.
He really knew what he was talking about and would spend as much time as he could clarifying and answering questions
communication is key, and he got a bunch of skills to do that effectively.
Reading works from these prominent figures is indimidating but Rex did a great job in helping us understand the concepts. Discussions in class helped all of us find the deeper meaning of what was written and how it affects how we all think today.
Rex managed to teach us the extremely abstract ideas of political philosophies in a clear, thorough manner, making sure we all understood the material. He was extremely helpful and always answered everyone's questions, and he did so in a way that really challenged us to think more critically and engage ourselves during the lectures. Rex was also very encouraging and always eager to help.
14. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Probably the heavy workload of reading but honestly, I can't criticize anything about his teaching style
Not much, but every once in a while he wouldnt really answer a question just kind of say, were getting there but never really bring it up later
Sometimes, it seemed like he was spoonfeeding us concepts that let some people who did not do the reading (myself included for some days) off the hook. But then again, any help at explaining concepts was appreciated so I guess this wasn't that bad.
none
Not enough time in class to understand the readings, sometimes we went overtime.
N/A
Sometimes trying to provoke answers from the class was more time-wasting than productive. Also not sure that reading aloud is the most effective strategy. It's really hard to reread the passage and glean the meaning from it when someone else is reading the same thing aloud.
He is not a professor at UH and they will lose someone very good for the department of political science, if they do not make room for him.
N/A
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
17. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%) 0 (0%)
18. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.53 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (47%) 8 (53%) 0 (0%)
19. Other comments:
Good teacher, he's lively and very knowledgeable.
good teacher, time and experience will make him an excellent to the political science department.
Great professor really enjoyed this class
really enjoyed this class and the style of teaching
Subject was somewhat hard to understand wish there were more ways to get a better understanding of the readings.
This is the second time I have to take this course. The first time I took it was with another professor, and Rex's teaching style allowed every student to feel at a comfortable environment to participate and ask questions. I learned a lot more with Rex then I did with the other professor. I would definitely recommend this course- taught by Rex to my fellow peers.
Uh always fails in insider politics. The fat cat syndrome, like any University. Please keep this guy around longer. He Judt might be your gden egg.
In this course, we were taught not only the history of political thought, but also other skills which could be used later in the future, such as analysis of rhetoric, critical thinking, public speaking, proper note-taking, organization, and writing skills.

Rex Troumbley: POLS110, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 110 - Intro to Political Science Crn (Section): 88652 (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  
1.69 17 1.14 Freq(%) 11 (65%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 2 (12%) 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  
1.69 17 0.48 Freq(%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 17 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
6. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
I want to be a POLS minor and heard good things about Rex. It also fit really well into my schedule.
was just interested in polysci
I chose to take this class because it is required for my Social Work Major.
It fulfilled a requirement
its a requirement to take this course before graduating from the University. This course really educated me on the USA political system with other developing world countries especially my country, Vanuatu in the south part of pacific. I love this course and who the instructor delivering his notes really to the point and into depth.
I like politics
I was interested in Political Science and wanted to get an into to decide whether or not I wanted to minor or double major in it.
POLS major req
I needed to make up a failed grade.
I was interested in political science and I am undeclared. I am thinking about majoring in political science.
It fulfilled my requirement as a POLS minor.
It fulfilled a focus designation and seemed interesting
I took it as a gen ed class but it was very informative and eye opening.
Fulfilled requirement
I was thinking of adding Political Science as a major and now that I have taken the class, I definitely want to add it as my second major.
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 11 (65%) 5 (29%)
8. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
10. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (41%) 10 (59%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (59%) 7 (41%)
12. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
13. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (47%) 9 (53%)
14. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
15. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 5 (29%) 9 (53%)
16. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 17 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 9 (53%) 6 (35%)
17. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He doesn't give you answers all the time and that makes you want to learn more on your own. He is incredibly insightful about the material he gives to us and is extremely through in ensuring our understanding of the material. I hope he keeps teaching and I hope to have him again.
always open to help and explain subject to students
He likes to take the readings step by step. It does help for him to explain it because reading some of the material seems confusing until he explains it. He is also straight up about how he teaches & it makes it funny to be in class and to see him give advice about the best way to study and remember things. And on a personal note, he does care about his students. Talking to him one-on-one is the best way to get better understanding of the course as well.
the different methods he used to teach us the material. Like movies, prezi, readings, ect.
He respond to question very professionally and accurately. He is really understand what he teaches He was a very helpful and always on time for class.. He was very full of respect..
very approachable
He was a new kind of teacher who could get you really interested in the subject matter. Instead of just being some boring, crusty old lecturer, he was truly a teacher in tune with the current times, evidenced both in terms of the subject matter itself, and also how he taught it.
Rex was an awesome professor, one of the few at UH who actually seemed to care. I learned a lot about Political Science because of him and I have become a lot more interested in the subject
He very obviously cared about the class and put in every effort to make sure that students were getting the most possible out of this class. I have not had a professor in a very long time who seemed to put in as much conscious effort into the class as Rex has. Great professor!
He is very energetic
Learning the fundamental terminology in political science helped me out a lot with my other classes.
He taught us a lot about government and how they essentially control everything.
Leniency
He knew how to explain difficult content. He knows how to teach without getting boring and knows a lot about the content.
18. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Group projects didn't seem to really be a useful project based on the material we learned in class, we really could have done without it.
The pace he works at is kind of speedy. And he does not provide enough random group work around the classroom. Just because i like to get to know other people in the class.
the lectures were sometimes too long and draggy.
He was somethings put some readings that is too difficult to read and understand..
in the beginning of the semester it was confusing on how grading would go.
He would often ask very broad, albeit important, thought-provoking questions that most people in the class couldn't or wouldn't answer, which would lead to maybe only two or three of the same people answering most of the questions. I feel like he could've done a better job at fostering discussions so that the entire class may be able to gain a broader understanding of the subject matter.
NOTHING HE's AMAAAAAZING
n/a
Not too many things we get graded on so I was unsure of my grade in the class.
The grading system is kind of flawed - there is a lot of weight put on very few assignments. My grades on those assignments don't represent my understanding of the information presented in the course.
it was all helpful.
Tests
He wasn't in class a few weeks before the final, but he came back and picked up right where he left off and did a good job preparing us.
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.47 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (41%) 9 (53%)
20. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.24 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 11 (65%) 5 (29%)
21. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.53 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (47%) 9 (53%) 0 (0%)
22. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.94 17 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 5 (29%) 6 (35%) 0 (0%)
23. The course gave me opportunities to practice communicating effectively in public settings, with attention to and appreciation of diverse cultural contexts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.18 17 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 9 (53%) 6 (35%) 0 (0%)
24. The course increased my ability to cogently explain the interconnectedness of local and global dynamics of power within the context of the political and cultural specificities of Hawai'i nei.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.94 17 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 7 (41%) 5 (29%) 0 (0%)
25. Other comments:
All in all, i love the course and the instructor. i learn a lot and i will hold on to it and developed more into it, in the future to be a good political scientist... Mahalo
Really cool teacher. keeps it interesting and modern. He seems to get the students.
Great class. Keep at it Rex!

Rex Troumbley: POLS335, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 335 - History of Political Thought Crn (Section): 72616 (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  
3.1 21 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (24%) 9 (43%) 7 (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  
1.8 21 0.41 Freq(%) 4 (19%) 16 (76%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 21 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (90%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 21 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (90%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 21 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (90%)
6. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
Required
It was a requirement for my bachelor degree in political science.
minor
POLS major requirement.
It was a required class to receive a degree in POLS
POLS Sci requirement
required for my major (poly sci)
To fulfill my POLS major.
Pols Requirement
Political Theory is a vital part of a political science major.
POLS requirement
Pols Major requirement.
Seemed like an interesting course.
To full fill the POLS Major Requirement.
It was a requirement for degree.
Pols major and also the instructor
I took this course because it was a POLS major requirement and I had a strong desire to learn about political theory after taking a general Political Science class last semester.
To fulfill a POLS requirement
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 21 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (33%) 14 (67%)
8. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (24%) 16 (76%)
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 21 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (90%)
10. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 21 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 18 (86%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (14%) 17 (81%)
12. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 21 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 17 (81%)
13. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 21 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (19%) 16 (76%)
14. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 21 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 18 (86%)
15. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (19%) 17 (81%)
16. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (24%) 16 (76%)
17. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He kept everything interesting. It felt more like talking to your really smart friends rather than your teacher.
his way of explaining things to the students about things they may not understand, so he does a good job of clarifying it until you understand it.
class discussions
His knowledge of the course content and also his demeanor. Very relatable and great at understanding the needs of students.
His passion for the subject matter
Rex is funny and is very relatable
he was very clear and understanding. One of the smartest professors i've ever had at any level of education. Covers all the material with in class readings in which everyone participates.
His knowledge of the course and how excited he is about teaching the course made me want to stay engaged in the material.
Rex's ability to be relatable as well as incredibly knowledgeable about the subject material. He also was not quick to ignore or not comprehend certain peoples answers as well as he did not shoot down peoples answers when they were not completely right.
Was able to answer questions when the material was confusing, available to students.
Passionate about subject
Very quick to respond by email.
The discussions we have on the readings everyday.
Rex like to use current events to help us understand text's written in the 1800's. He also very understanding.
Rex knows his subject well for a extremely complex and difficult subject .. he also made it interesting.
Always tries to make sure everyone understands
Rex knows the class material EXTREMELY well. Not only that, but Rex is one of the most intelligent professors I have ever come across in my academic career.He's also very articulate, and was able to explain the class material very well, and in ways that were relevant to today's current events.
He does a very good job at engaging the class and breaking down complex ideas.
18. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
We read a lot and by the end of the semester it is hard to even remember the text we looked at in the beginning.
I feel the exams he gives us should be longer.
class discussions
N/a
Nothing. Teaches they way you should teach
A lot of reading, don't know if this can be broken up better maybe???
Nothing.
Our lecture slides or lackthereof.
Lots of books
N/A
There were too many required text and should of been more precise on which pages to read or parts and maybe have questions for us to take home and answer while reading.
does not apply
Talks fast
Nothing negative about Rex. But I do feel that this class would be far better as a MWF class
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.9 21 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (90%)
20. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.52 21 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (48%) 11 (52%)
21. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.81 21 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 18 (86%) 0 (0%)
22. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.62 21 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 4 (19%) 15 (71%) 0 (0%)
23. The course gave me opportunities to practice communicating effectively in public settings, with attention to and appreciation of diverse cultural contexts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.48 21 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 7 (33%) 12 (57%) 0 (0%)
24. The course increased my ability to cogently explain the interconnectedness of local and global dynamics of power within the context of the political and cultural specificities of Hawai'i nei.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.4 21 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 0 (0%) 6 (29%) 12 (57%) 1 (5%)
25. Other comments:
The instructor helped student get involved with the class by letting each of us read to the class as part of his effort to achieve greater student involvement.
I enjoyed pols 335. I'm so glad I decided to take this class with Rex
Great teacher.
Rex is the man!
I only rated this course good because the subject matter is not a topic i would have chosen but is required for the degree... I feel that Rex did a fantastic job on his part to make the difficult and archaic subject content teachable and interesting. I feel that he knows the subject well..
He made it as interesting as possible and I am happy we have freedom in picking a question for our final paper
This was probably one of the best POLS courses I've taken. Rex is a true academic who provided a wide variety of content. He did a GREAT job explaining the readings and bringing in classroom participation. I thought I wouldn't enjoy this class at first but definitely changed my mind.

Rex Troumbley: POLS130, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 130 - Intro to American Politics Crn (Section): 87125 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.08 13 0.95 Freq(%) 4 (31%) 5 (38%) 3 (23%) 1 (8%) 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  
1.38 13 0.51 Freq(%) 8 (62%) 5 (38%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
7. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
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%) 10 (77%)
8. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
9. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 7 (54%)
13. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
14. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
15. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
16. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
His Prezi powerpoints were very organized and helped alot. Also, all of the clips and videos he showed us in class were interesting and further engaged all of the students in the subject matter.
Really takes the time to make sure students fully understand
Rex displayed excellent use of technology and always had things embedded into his prezis or had the file ready to be played.
Prezi's
He gave several resources which made work extremely manageable, as well as giving a comfortable classroom setting.
How he relates to the students
approachability, has good rapport with class. Good use of technology, particularly the use of Prezi presentations.
He was able to make the class laugh and was interested in his topics. Even though the students sucked he still managed to make it interesting
The most helpful thing that I personally experienced, was the fact that once I asked a question or emailed him a concern, he wouldn't only address it but also make sure that if I had any other questions to contact him. Going a step further, he also extended himself to questions or concerns outside the class such as dealing with other professors and course loads.
Easy to talk to. And materias he uses.
I thought he explained the material interestingly and in a way I hadn't heard it explained to me before. The prezis he used too presented the information in an interesting way. He seems to really think the material is interesting which makes it interesting for student, I felt.
His reply to my questions when I e-mailed him we actually helpful. A lot of times professors will semi ignore the questions or give me a short unhelpful answer.
17. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
It's not Rex, but the class itself was very quiet all of the time. It was difficult to talk and the pressure to talk was there. More engaging ways for the students to talk and interact would be very beneficial.
The paper topics were very broad and some of the readings were way to long
He did a lot of lecturing and listening instead of group communication. It seemed like it was more one to one than as a group under the professor.
Text Book
The awkward pauses or lack of class participation.
nothing
The final paper was too overly specific to write 10 pages on.
The least helpful thing about the course and not necessarily Troumbley, was that our grade relied on only 3 big assignments.
The way he asks questions. Sometimes too hard to understand what he means by the questions.
He wasnt great at facilitating class discussions.
Although they can be very helpful sometimes I would get lost in the Prezis.
18. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.46 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (54%) 6 (46%)
20. Other comments:
I loved how he didn't use just normal powerpoints but videos, clips of TV shows, and Prezis.
n/a
N/A
Good job?
The only issue that Professor Troumbley had was returning assignment grades in a timely manner, other than that he was an excellent teacher and very knowledgeable