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Instructor: Rex Troumbley

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

Rex Troumbley: POLS335, Fall 2014

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 major requirement
POLS major requirement
I took this class because of minor requirements. Also because the class time worked well.
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.
Political Science major requirement
It fulfilled a focus designation.
Ridicuously amazing, I needed this for a minor
POLS minor requirement
Needed to try to pass it this time in order to get credit for my Poli Sci degree
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.
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?
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.
his knowledge on the subject
Rex took the reading material apart and explained the importance of the text.
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.
He made the most complicated concepts, from the books that we read, very easy to understand and was always prepared no matter what
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 is extremely knowledgeable about every topic he covers, shares new insight, and has a relatable teaching style. He's just amazing!
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.
His proficient oversight into Political Philosophy, and his ability to really help the students succeed in this class.
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.
14. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
N/A
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.
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
Probably the heavy workload of reading but honestly, I can't criticize anything about his teaching style
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.
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:
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.
really enjoyed this class and the style of teaching
good teacher, time and experience will make him an excellent to the political science department.
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.
Great professor really enjoyed this class
Good teacher, he's lively and very knowledgeable.

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.)
POLS major req
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.
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 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.
I was interested in political science and I am undeclared. I am thinking about majoring in political science.
It fulfilled a focus designation and seemed interesting
I like politics
It fulfilled my requirement as a POLS minor.
I needed to make up a failed grade.
I chose to take this class because it is required for my Social Work Major.
I took it as a gen ed class but it was very informative and eye opening.
was just interested in polysci
It fulfilled a requirement
Fulfilled requirement
I want to be a POLS minor and heard good things about Rex. It also fit really well into my schedule.
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?
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 knew how to explain difficult content. He knows how to teach without getting boring and knows a lot about the content.
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..
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.
He is very energetic
very approachable
Learning the fundamental terminology in political science helped me out a lot with my other classes.
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 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.
He taught us a lot about government and how they essentially control everything.
always open to help and explain subject to students
the different methods he used to teach us the material. Like movies, prezi, readings, ect.
Leniency
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.
18. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
NOTHING HE's AMAAAAAZING
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.
He was somethings put some readings that is too difficult to read and understand..
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.
Not too many things we get graded on so I was unsure of my grade in the class.
in the beginning of the semester it was confusing on how grading would go.
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.
n/a
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.
it was all helpful.
the lectures were sometimes too long and draggy.
Tests
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.
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:
Great class. Keep at it Rex!
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.

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.)
Political Theory is a vital part of a political science major.
To fulfill a POLS requirement
POLS Sci requirement
required for my major (poly sci)
Pols Requirement
To fulfill my POLS major.
Pols Major requirement.
It was a requirement for degree.
Seemed like an interesting course.
POLS requirement
POLS major requirement.
To full fill the POLS Major Requirement.
It was a requirement for my bachelor degree in political science.
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.
It was a required class to receive a degree in POLS
Pols major and also the instructor
Required
minor
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?
Was able to answer questions when the material was confusing, available to students.
He does a very good job at engaging the class and breaking down complex ideas.
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.
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.
His knowledge of the course and how excited he is about teaching the course made me want to stay engaged in the material.
Very quick to respond by email.
Rex knows his subject well for a extremely complex and difficult subject .. he also made it interesting.
The discussions we have on the readings everyday.
Passionate about subject
His knowledge of the course content and also his demeanor. Very relatable and great at understanding the needs of students.
Rex like to use current events to help us understand text's written in the 1800's. He also very understanding.
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.
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.
His passion for the subject matter
Always tries to make sure everyone understands
He kept everything interesting. It felt more like talking to your really smart friends rather than your teacher.
class discussions
18. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Our lecture slides or lackthereof.
Nothing negative about Rex. But I do feel that this class would be far better as a MWF class
N/a
Nothing. Teaches they way you should teach
Nothing.
A lot of reading, don't know if this can be broken up better maybe???
does not apply
N/A
Lots of books
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.
I feel the exams he gives us should be longer.
Talks fast
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.
class discussions
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:
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.
I enjoyed pols 335. I'm so glad I decided to take this class with Rex
Rex is the man!
Great teacher.
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..
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.
He made it as interesting as possible and I am happy we have freedom in picking a question for our final paper

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?
Prezi's
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.
How he relates to the students
approachability, has good rapport with class. Good use of technology, particularly the use of Prezi presentations.
Really takes the time to make sure students fully understand
Easy to talk to. And materias he uses.
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.
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
Rex displayed excellent use of technology and always had things embedded into his prezis or had the file ready to be played.
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 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.
He gave several resources which made work extremely manageable, as well as giving a comfortable classroom setting.
17. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Text Book
The least helpful thing about the course and not necessarily Troumbley, was that our grade relied on only 3 big assignments.
nothing
The final paper was too overly specific to write 10 pages on.
The paper topics were very broad and some of the readings were way to long
The way he asks questions. Sometimes too hard to understand what he means by the questions.
Although they can be very helpful sometimes I would get lost in the Prezis.
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.
He wasnt great at facilitating class discussions.
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 awkward pauses or lack of class participation.
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:
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I loved how he didn't use just normal powerpoints but videos, clips of TV shows, and Prezis.
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
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Good job?