Christopher J. Galdieri
galdieri@umn.edu
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Political Science - University of Minnesota

Teaching Evaluations

Below are mean evaluation scores from undergraduate classes I have taught at St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota.

St. Olaf College

Student evaluations consist of statements with which students indicate their level of agreement or disagreement on a six-point scale, with six being the most favorable response (indicating strong agreement) and one being least favorable response (indicating strong disagreement). The statements include:

  1. The course had clear objectives.
  2. Students felt free to ask questions, disagree, and express their ideas.
  3. The instructor was skillful in helping students understand difficult topics.
  4. The instructor showed a genuine interest in students.
  5. The instructor treated students with respect.
  6. The instructor provided an equitable learning environment for men and women.

Course
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q5
Q6
Enrolled
The American Presidency - Spring 2010
5.25
5.65
5.25
5.88
5.94
5.94
16
Introduction to American Politics - Spring 2010
5.26
5.43
5.26
5.39
5.43
5.65
26
Introduction to American Politics - Fall 2009
5.30
5.65
5.30
5.30
5.50
5.70
20

University of Minnesota

These are the mean evaluation scores from undergraduate courses I have taught at the University of Minnesota. Due to changes in the format of student evaluations in Spring 2008, two separate sets of scores are included.

From Spring 2008 onward, student evaluations of teaching consist of six statements with which students indicate their level of agreement or disagreement on a six-point scale, with six being the most favorable response (indicating strong agreement) and one being least favorable response (indicating strong disagreement). These statements are:

  1. The instructor was well prepared for class.
  2. The instructor presented the subject matter clearly.
  3. The instructor provided feedback intended to improve my course performance.
  4. The instructor treated me with respect.
  5. I have a deeper understanding of the subject matter as a result of this course.
  6. My interest in the subject matter was stimulated by this course.

Each score is out of a maximum of six points. As a point of comparison, I have included the mean scores for all University of Minnesota undergraduate courses from the Spring 2008 semester, the most recent semester for which campus-wide data is available from the U of M's Office of Measurement Services.

Course
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q5
Q6
Enrolled
American Democracy in a Changing World - Spring 2009
5.78
5.64
5.16
5.70
5.51
5.12
107
Mass Politics in a Media Age - Fall 2008
5.63
5.53
4.87
5.76
5.49
5.35
78
American Democracy in a Changing World - Spring 2008
5.55
5.59
5.05
5.52
5.41
5.12
107
All University of Minnesota Courses - Spring 2008
5.43
5.13
4.98
5.49
5.17
4.91
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On every measure and in every semester but one, my mean score exceeded the campus-wide average, demonstrating the effectiveness of my teaching and my ability to create an engaging, stimulating, and respectful classroom environment.

For semesters previous to Spring 2008, students responded to questions about courses on a seven point scale, with seven being the most favorable response and one being the most unfavorable response. The main indicators of overall quality are these questions:

  1. How would you rate the instructor's overall teaching ability?
  2. How would you rate the instructor's knowledge of the subject matter?
  3. How would you rate the instructor's respect and concern for students?
  4. How much would you say you learned in this course?
  5. Would you recommend this class to another student?
  6. How would you rate this teacher compared to others you have had at the University of Minnesota?

Course
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q5
Q6
Enrolled
Political Psychology of Mass Behavior - Fall 2007
5.7
5.7
6.2
5.4
5.3
5.4
74
American Democracy in a Changing World - Summer 2006
5.8
6.3
6.4
5.5
5.9
5.3
19

In every evaluation format at both St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota, students had the option to include additional written comments. A sampling of these comments, which speak to my classroom performance and the learning atmosphere I strive to maintain, follows.

  • "I felt that Chris connected with the class and humbled himself in order to reach us better."

  • "Chris not only knew the topics well, but his teaching style stimulated my learning a lot. His energy and interest in knowing his students, as well as making connections with us, made the experience very worthwhile. I came away knowing far more than I had."

  • "Most of my classes are boring and dry and it is hard to stay interested in them. This class on the other hand has actually kept me engaged and reminds me of the feeling I used to get when I learned because I wanted to."

  • "Chris was a really great instructor. He seems very interested that we actually learn something rather than memorizing some facts."

  • "Chris was a wonderful and engaging instructor. His humor kept the 2 ½ hour class period from getting too long. Wonderful, funny, & fair instructor."

  • "A charismatic Italian gentleman, Galdieri brings excitement and a delightful sense of humor to each meeting…his skills as a professor well exceeded my expectations for a graduate student."

  • "I looked forward to lecture; some of the material was quite difficult but was presented in such a manner that it made sense."

  • "This course represented to me the standard of what a political science class at the U of M should be."

  • "I am amazed at the information he used as examples and support of the curriculum. Chris used specific examples which helped in understanding the subject matter and in support of the text."

  • "Lecture time was lengthy, but well broken up with breaks and group activity. Had extensive knowledge on material lectured, answered questions thoroughly."

  • "Enthusiastic about subject matter. Very good at presenting and talking about politically charged topics (very fair)."

  • "Good lectures – funny, informative, well-organized. Related political stuff to other subjects we know about. Very, very knowledgeable on the subject of politics. Course covered a lot in good order – good topics. I learned a lot."

  • "Great balance between lecturing/explaining concepts and class discussion. Very funny and interesting. Very knowledgeable about the subject matter. Great choice in textbooks."

  • "I could definitely tell the instructor was interested and passionate about the subject matter. There was very rarely a question posed that he could not answer. This also helped to facilitate a very comfortable discussion environment at each class. The readings were well-planned and connected both to current events and to other classes. Great class overall!"

  • "Helped students after class. In fact, the professor provided more help with my paper than I have ever received from any professor at St. Olaf."

  • "Good speaker, lively and has the ability to teach in any classroom setting."

  • "Dislike excessive Diet Coke drinking."

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