Teaching Assistant Evaluations

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All scores listed here reflect the average rating across all sections of the course. Official score reports and complete scanned comments available upon request.


IN-PERSON COURSES

Sex, Love, and Romance • Spring 2017

(1=excellent, 5=poor)

Helped me think through the concepts 1.2
Presented material in a clear, well-organized manner 1.2
Was prepared for class 1.1
Led class discussion effectively 1.1
Encouraged questions 1.2
Was responsive and approachable 1.1
Was available to students outside of class 1.2

Selected comments:

Rachel was awesome at leading discussions. Sometimes, conversation would ebb, but then she would ask a question that made me think differently. She’s also very eloquent, knows the material, thinks and analyzes critically in a way that I envy (I always end up going, “I never thought about it like that” when she discusses the readings). She’s super quick in grading and overall, a great listener. One of the best TAs I’ve had at UCSB. She made me think more broadly about the course than just summarizing the readings.

I thought the section was organized very well and Rachel knew exactly how to divide time amongst the various topics we had to discuss. I also admire how comfortable she made the class feel discussing topics that are a bit more difficult than others.

Rachel was amazing in the way that she understands that we’re students. She was approachable with us and gave us constructive criticism on our papers and she was willing to work with me during a work schedule conflict I had.

 

Sex, Love, and Romance • Spring 2015

(1=excellent, 5=poor)

Helped me think through the concepts 1.2
Presented material in a clear, well-organized manner 1.1
Was prepared for class 1.0
Led class discussion effectively 1.1
Encouraged questions 1.1
Was responsive and approachable 1.1
Was available to students outside of class 1.1

Selected comments:

Rachel is truly amazing. She is, by far, one of the most approachable TAs I’ve had, and not only answered questions but encouraged them. She made coming to section worthwhile, gave great feedback and helped me learn more than I would have under any other circumstance.

Rachel was one of the best TAs I’ve had at UCSB. She effectively got every student interested and willing to speak up which makes for a much more productive section! She also used varied strategies to engage us with the material! Loved the ice breakers and how she really seemed interested in helping us as much as possible.

Went to Rachel in her office hours about my paper and she was extremely helpful and really went through my paper with me. Usually when I go to a TA for help with papers, they say 1 or 2 things and make you feel silly for coming. Rachel was a great TA!

 

Women, Representation, and Cultural Production • Winter 2015

(1=excellent, 5=poor)

Helped me think through the concepts 1.1
Presented material in a clear, well-organized manner 1.1
Was prepared for class 1.1
Led class discussion effectively 1.1
Encouraged questions 1.1
Was responsive and approachable 1.1
Was available to students outside of class 1.2

Selected comments:

This section was very well needed. This was my first Fem Studies class and the lectures didn’t really touch on anything feminist-related, so section was perfect because we talked about women’s issues and connected it then to the communities we were reading about and to the world at large. Everybody in the class was always willing to talk and I always left section with new ideas and outlooks on the readings. Rachel is amazing. Seriously one of the best TAs I’ve had at UCSB and, trust me, that’s hard to find. She not only covered the readings but also made us look deeper at the connections between the key terms and readings.

Rachel is one of the best TAs I have had at UCSB. She is approachable, friendly, and shows that she genuinely cares about us. I have met with her outside of section and she clarified all of my questions. I loved her passion for FemSt and teaching. I also liked the environment that she created for us. Section was a place where I could freely discuss my thoughts and ideas.

My TA does an excellent job of covering the course material as well as expanding on it, and connecting it to other ideas. She is also determined to get the whole class involved in discussion and will adjust the methods of the class in order to do so.

 

Women, Development, and Globalization • Fall 2014

(1=excellent, 5=poor)

Helped me think through the concepts 1.3
Presented material in a clear, well-organized manner 1.4
Was prepared for class 1.2
Led class discussion effectively 1.3
Encouraged questions 1.1
Was responsive and approachable 1.1
Was available to students outside of class 1.2

Selected comments:

Every Tuesday, Rachel was so prepared when we arrived at 8AM. Our section was led very well, and Rachel was always extremely professional, interactive, and approachable. This was my first quarter in college and my first section, and I was extremely impressed. I think the use of small-group discussion was a great way to cope with our often tiredness and lack of energy.

Discussion section was really the only place I was able to learn and understand the course material. In discussion, we discussed readings, and everyone always participated, plus course concepts that we had trouble understanding. Great section, always excellent attendance. I think I only enjoyed this course because of Rachel—she really made it enjoyable.

Rachel is awesome! She is one of the two best TA’s I’ve head during my 4 years at UCSB. Without her, I would not have done nearly as well in this course. Her explanation and connections between concepts and readings are excellent, and she organized section in a manner that makes it easy to learn.

 

Sex, Love, and Romance Spring 2014

(1=excellent, 5=poor)

Helped me think through the concepts 1.2
Presented material in a clear, well-organized manner 1.2
Was prepared for class 1.1
Led class discussion effectively 1.3
Encouraged questions 1.2
Was responsive and approachable 1.1
Was available to students outside of class 1.2

Selected comments:

This was one of the only sections I’ve ever genuinely enjoyed. Rachel was very knowledgeable and responded to each student’s comments in discussion in a very supportive way, while also contributing or creating new thoughts and other challenging ideas.

Rachel, you were amazing. Although the class was often quiet and no one wanted to participate at times, you always found a way to reword a question to get us to talk. I learned everything about this course by going to section as I did not find lecture to be very helpful. You are great at explaining topics and giving examples to make sure that your explanations are clear.

Discussion was an incredibly effective means to grasp a more concrete understanding of the concepts presented in this course. Section structure was sound, facilitating productive and intelligent discussion and fostering improved understanding.

 

Women, Gender, and Society Winter 2014

(1=excellent, 5=poor)

Helped me think through the concepts 1.3
Presented material in a clear, well-organized manner 1.4
Was prepared for class 1.2
Led class discussion effectively 1.4
Encouraged questions 1.1
Was responsive and approachable 1.1
Was available to students outside of class 1.3

Selected comments:

Rachel is amazing. I had a lot of difficulties in the beginning of the quarter regarding my beliefs conflicting with the themes and concepts of the course. Rachel helped me through them and reassured me that it was OK to have those difficulties. Her passion for the topics presented really made me look forward to attending section.

Rachel is very knowledgeable and did a great job leading section. She facilitated great conversation and made it interesting. She is very approachable and I talked to her after class a few times about non-classwork things—but related to the subject—and she was always willing and excited to talk to me. Rachel is awesome.

She is so open to questions and comments and leads it in a way where she expects you to follow along and think about how this affects you personally, which I think more TAs should put an effort to do.

 

Women, Gender, and Society  Fall 2013

(1=excellent, 5=poor)

Helped me think through the concepts 1.4
Presented material in a clear, well-organized manner 1.4
Was prepared for class 1.2
Led class discussion effectively 1.3
Encouraged questions 1.1
Was responsive and approachable 1.1
Was available to students outside of class 1.1

Selected comments:

Really cared about the material and wanted students to understand and do well. She made class engaging and wanted everyone to be involved and understand without being unfair. She helped us think outside of the box without making it too confusing or difficult. Probably my favorite TA I’ve had.

She was awesome Always came into section very organized and upbeat. Loved the fact that we were able to email her questions about papers and she would be prompt and super helpful.

Loved how she asked us what structure of the section would be most helpful to understand the information. I liked Rachel very much as a TA, made things very clear.


ONLINE COURSES

Gender and Power (Online) Summer 2017

(1=excellent, 5=poor)

Helped me think through the concepts 1.5
Presented material in a clear, well-organized manner 1.6
Was prepared for class 1.4
Led class discussion effectively 1.5
Encouraged questions 1.5
Was responsive and approachable 1.3
Was available to students outside of class 1.4

Selected comments:

Rachel is SO sweet. She is so good at replying to emails, so helpful during office hours, and makes this online course super easy. I felt like I interacted with her and was able to get to know her even though I have never met her in person. I wish I could have more classes she taught in person!

I liked the discussion sessions because I was actually able to interact with classmates. And I felt that was great because it reminded me of a normal on campus class. The only change I would suggest is to make the sections a little longer in order to cover more material.

I don’t think Rachel had any weaknesses. You could tell she really wants her students to succeed and understand feminism. Specifically, what it means to be a feminist and the ways we can participate in the feminist movement.