347 Schaeffer Hall
Fall 2018 Office Hours
Tue & Th: 4:45-6:15
Dept of Political Science
341 Schaeffer Hall
20 E. Washington Street
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Posted updated Prelaw FAQ
Posted syllabi and book information for Fall 2018 courses.
Posted course evaluations for POLI:3113 Spring 2018
Posted two books in What I'm Reading
New book, Supreme Court Agenda Setting: The Vinson Court, published for Kindle devices and computers with Kindle reader.
In fall of 1997 the Daily Iowan reported on a plan to publish SPOT results (Student Perceptions of Teaching, the old name for the official teaching evaluations). I have always written my
own evaluation questions, so I won't be able to participate in the planned publication. As a result I decided to put my evaluations on my web pages. Doing so allows me to include the written comments
as well as summary information for the questions.
At the end of 2001 I reformatted my evaluations pages (except for 30:029) to make them a bit easier to post and to make comparisons easier across semester. For each course the questionnaire results and written comments are divided into two pages. The questionnaire results page will be structured to allow easy comparison for the same question across semesters. The written comments page will contain the comments for each semester grouped together. I will probably only include three semesters of written comments because of their length, but I should be able to include more from the questionnaire results.
One advantage of posting my evaluations is that I have an opportunity to respond to the written comments. Any response I have to a particular comment will follow the individual comment and be in italics.
In addition to the evaluations I receive through the formal evaluation process, I occasionally receive comments from former students who have had a bit more time to evaluate the merits of my course or teaching. Not surprisingly these comments tend to be fairly positive, but they can also be instructive. I've put these on a separate Miscellaneous page. In the case of POLI:3101/30:116 it includes my all-time favorite (the first one listed), so do take a look at them.
Beginning for the Fall 2015 semester teaching evaluations were moved online for students (rather than handing them out in class). Details about the changes are on each of the course pages.
The links below and at left are to teaching evaluations for my courses. There are three or four links for all but one of the courses: one for responses to the old multiple choice questions, possibly one to the new multiple choice questions, one to the written comments, and one to miscellaneous comments. The one Miscellaneous link without a course number is to general, non-course specific comments I have received.