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FA 18 Survey Knox College

FA 2018 UNDG CoursEval

Merged GWST 373B (UG19) 1 - WOMEN, GENDER & AMERICAN REVOLUT Department: HIST
Courses: HIST 373B (UG19) 1 - WOMEN, GENDER & AMERICAN REVOLUT
Responsible Faculty: Michael Hattem Responses / Expected: 9 / 10 (90%)

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Michael Hattem --- Survey Comparisons ---


Evaluative
Responses (%) Individual HIST All
SA A N D SD N Mean N/A N Mean -=+ ¹ N Mean -=+ ¹
Q1 The instructor displayed an interest in my learning. 55.6% 44.4% 0 0 0 9 4.6 0 96 4.4 = 3.5K 4.4 =
Q2 The instructor created an in-class environment that was conducive to learning. 55.6% 33.3% 11.1% 0 0 9 4.4 0 95 4.3 = 3.5K 4.3 =
Q3 The instructor challenged me with new or unfamiliar ideas. 55.6% 44.4% 0 0 0 9 4.6 0 96 4.5 = 3.5K 4.4 =
Q4 The instructor provided helpful feedback. 44.4% 33.3% 22.2% 0 0 9 4.2 0 96 4.0 = 3.4K 4.2 =
Q5 The instructor provided clear explanations of important ideas. 66.7% 33.3% 0 0 0 9 4.7 0 95 4.3 = 3.5K 4.3 =
Q6 The instructor stimulated my enthusiasm for the subject. 77.8% 0 22.2% 0 0 9 4.6 0 95 4.1 = 3.4K 4.2 =
Q7 The instructor was well prepared. 55.6% 44.4% 0 0 0 9 4.6 0 96 4.2 = 3.5K 4.4 =

Responses: [SA] Strongly Agree=5 [A] Agree=4 [N] Neutral=3 [D] Disagree=2 [SD] Strongly Disagree=1
¹ This Individual compared with others: [--] Much Lower, [-] Lower, [=] Similar, [+] Higher, [++] Much Higher

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: Are there any other comments you would like to add?
Response Rate: 22.22% (2 of 9)

1 I know that myself and many other students are disappointed in that Professor Hattem will only be here for this year. I would like to take more classes with him, and unfortunately,
an off-campus program prohibits me from taking more classes.
I know that Professor Hattem is a visiting professor, but I don't really know the logistics of what that means. I know that in the past there have been visiting professors(such as
Professor Donnally last year) who left Knox. If this is the case with Professor Hattem please please please do whatever you can to keep him. I'm a senior so it doesn't even matter to
2 me, but he would be a huge asset to the history department. He's dedicated, passionate, and brilliant. I can tell that he would help students get into graduate school. He's also very
weird, but in the good nerdy weird/suitable-for-Knox type of way. Knox is lucky to have him for this year, and I hope that that extends beyond just this year. On a side note, someone
should probably take him to a few jazz nights or something because I think he spends too much time on his job, and a healthy social life makes Galesburg/Knox a lot happier.

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #1: Instructor displayed an interest in my learning.
Response Rate: 44.44% (4 of 9)

1 This class is not only about the topic, but also about research paper writing, and Prof. Hattem showed that he was interested in students learning about all aspects of being an
historian.

2 Professor Hattem always has an enthusiasm for whatever topic we are discussing and asked questions based on what we were thinking and was genuinely interested in what we
had to say.

3 Professor Hattem very noticeably cares deeply about each student learning as much as possible, and regularly displayed interest in our individual learning styles/preferences. He
seemed much more attached to each student genuinely benefiting from the content of his course than the majority of the other professors I have had at Knox.
4 He continually asked me questions about my research paper.

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #3: The instructor created an in-class environment that was conducive to learning.
Response Rate: 44.44% (4 of 9)
1 We had class discussions and was very open to letting us talk about our thoughts and opinions. It was enjoyable, and I learned about content as well as how to be a historian.

2 Professor Hattem absolutely created an ideal in-class environment. He also made sure to seek our feedback whenever possible, and made it obvious that he was willing to
reassess/adjust anything that was causing students to struggle in-class.
3 I thought the discussions we had about the reading were interesting and helpful in my thinking about my own research paper.

4 I think that breaking off into small groups to discuss the readings before coming back together to discuss as a whole class might be more conducive to learning, even though Prof.
Hattem does a good job of using directive questions during all-class discussion.

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #5: The instructor challenged me with new or unfamiliar ideas.
Response Rate: 33.33% (3 of 9)

Professor Hattem is incredibly intelligent, and I think that he did a great job of meeting each student at their level and challenging them to grow. He chose excellent readings, and
conducted engaging in-class discussions. His one flaw(or at least my singular complaint) is that he has a tendency to phrase questions in a confusing way. The meaning of the
1 question isn't the issue- he just sometimes phrases in a way that is too broad, and it makes it unclear what type of answer he's looking for. I believe that this caused some
silences/lack of hands being raised in class because people would legitimately know the answer, but due to how the question was phrased they wouldn't be confident in their
answer. I also might be projecting, that might have just been my experience. I'm tentative about speaking in class in general, so this may be a personal problem.
2 It was helpful to focus on how different readings were written in order to help me write my research paper
3 I feel as though I grew as a student this term in the way that I approach different and new materials. This is in regard to research, discussions, and reading material in general.

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #7: The instructor provided helpful feedback.
Response Rate: 33.33% (3 of 9)

1 I always felt that I could go and ask questions about assignments or readings. When I met with him about my paper, I received direction on how to go about my paper that helped the
development of my paper.
2 He put effort into promptly giving us helpful and specific feedback for each of our responses, and he made himself very available for guidance in general.
3 Having individual conferences about the research papers was really helpful for me in terms of actually writing and structuring my paper.

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #9: The instructor provided clear explanations of important ideas.
Response Rate: 33.33% (3 of 9)

1 I learned a lot about how to write a well-written paper and how to really think about history productively
2 I believe as though I got the true intention of the course and the ideas that we were learning about.
3 He articulates his points very clearly, and he designed the course in a linear and organizationally satisfying manner which made the concepts/ideas as understandable as possible.

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #11: The instructor stimulated my enthusiasm for the subject.
Response Rate: 33.33% (3 of 9)
1 If anything, I believe that I would definitely take more courses about the subject and time period again because I grew interested by it.

2 I really don't like studying primary sources from the American Revolution, but I enjoyed this course quite a bit. I feel as though I'm more attracted to the time period than I was
before, and I came out with a lot more knowledge about it. I genuinely looked forward to class. I would recommend it to other students.
3 I am not interested in this subject as a whole, but I think that having Prof. Hattem made this subject more enjoyable for even someone who is not as interested in the subject.

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #13: The instructor was well prepared.
Response Rate: 22.22% (2 of 9)
1 We always had readings and topics to discuss. I never felt as though Professor Hattem was unprepared for any class or meeting.
Professor Hattem was legitimately the most thoroughly prepared professor I've ever had. He put so much work into planning everything and making sure that we had every possible
2 resource. He also demonstrated background knowledge on the time period to a kind of insane degree. He's extremely well-read and used it in a helpful way to supplement
information in class rather than a preachy know-it-all way, which was nice.
FA 18 Survey Knox College
FA 2018 UNDG CoursEval

Course: HIST 275 (UG19) 1 - RACE, SEX, & EMPIRE: NA 1700 Department: HIST
Responsible Faculty: Michael Hattem Responses / Expected: 4 / 4 (100%)

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Michael Hattem --- Survey Comparisons ---


Evaluative
Responses (%) Individual HIST All
SA A N D SD N Mean N/A N Mean -=+ ¹ N Mean -=+ ¹
Q1 The instructor displayed an interest in my learning. 75% 25% 0 0 0 4 4.8 0 96 4.4 = 3.5K 4.4 =
Q2 The instructor created an in-class environment that was conducive to learning. 50% 50% 0 0 0 4 4.5 0 95 4.3 = 3.5K 4.3 =
Q3 The instructor challenged me with new or unfamiliar ideas. 50% 50% 0 0 0 4 4.5 0 96 4.5 = 3.5K 4.4 =
Q4 The instructor provided helpful feedback. 50% 50% 0 0 0 4 4.5 0 96 4.0 = 3.4K 4.2 =
Q5 The instructor provided clear explanations of important ideas. 50% 50% 0 0 0 4 4.5 0 95 4.3 = 3.5K 4.3 =
Q6 The instructor stimulated my enthusiasm for the subject. 50% 50% 0 0 0 4 4.5 0 95 4.1 = 3.4K 4.2 =
Q7 The instructor was well prepared. 100% 0 0 0 0 4 5.0 0 96 4.2 = 3.5K 4.4 =

Responses: [SA] Strongly Agree=5 [A] Agree=4 [N] Neutral=3 [D] Disagree=2 [SD] Strongly Disagree=1
¹ This Individual compared with others: [--] Much Lower, [-] Lower, [=] Similar, [+] Higher, [++] Much Higher

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: Are there any other comments you would like to add?
Response Rate: 25.00% (1 of 4)
Professor Hattem has been an invaluable resource to me both in my understanding of American and Atlantic history, but also in my pursuits in applying to graduate school. I am
deeply indebted to Professor Hattem for his contributions to my academic understandings of the centuries leading-up to the American Revolution while also imparting upon me the
1 importance of distancing oneself from the teleological approach to history so that events are better understood as what they are, and not solely for how they inevitably led into
something else. He consistently provides his students with a multiplicity of viewpoints to a given issue as to widen our understanding of said issue. His contributions to me in the
history department in the short term he has been here have been numerous and I am incredibly thankful for his help to me.

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #1: Instructor displayed an interest in my learning.
Response Rate: No participants responded to this question. (0 of 4)

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #3: The instructor created an in-class environment that was conducive to learning.
Response Rate: No participants responded to this question. (0 of 4)

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #5: The instructor challenged me with new or unfamiliar ideas.
Response Rate: No participants responded to this question. (0 of 4)

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #7: The instructor provided helpful feedback.
Response Rate: No participants responded to this question. (0 of 4)

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #9: The instructor provided clear explanations of important ideas.
Response Rate: No participants responded to this question. (0 of 4)

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #11: The instructor stimulated my enthusiasm for the subject.
Response Rate: No participants responded to this question. (0 of 4)

Faculty: Michael Hattem


Question: If you wish to elaborate, please explain your response to Question #13: The instructor was well prepared.
Response Rate: 25.00% (1 of 4)

1 He asked good questions, and was always ready to engage us in conversation and discussion.
New  School
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Course: TheAmericanOriginsMyth.A.Fa17:  The  American  Origins  Myth.A.Fa17
Instructor: Michael  Ha em  *  

1  -­  Overall,  my  learning  experience  in  this  course  was  positive.

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 12 80% 4.80

Agree (4) 3 20%


Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 0 0%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
15/18  (83.33%) 4.80 0.41 5.00

2  -­  What  is  your  overall  rating  of  this  instructor's  teaching  effectiveness?

Michael  Hattem

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Very  effective (5) 10 62.5% 4.63

Effective (4) 6 37.5%


Neither  Effective  or  Ineffective (3) 0 0%
Ineffective (2) 0 0%
Very  ineffective (1) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.63 0.50 5.00

3  -­  What  is  your  overall  rating  of  this  course?

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Excellent (5) 11 68.75% 4.63

Good (4) 4 25%


Neither  good  nor  poor (3) 1 6.25%
Poor (2) 0 0%
Very  poor (1) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.63 0.62 5.00

4  -­  Did  you  receive  a  syllabus  (on  paper  or  digital)  at  the  beginning  of  the  semester?

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Yes (1) 16 100%
1.00
No (2) 0 0%

0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor


Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 1.00 0.00 1.00

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Course: TheAmericanOriginsMyth.A.Fa17:  The  American  Origins  Myth.A.Fa17
Instructor: Michael  Ha em  *  

5  -­  The  syllabus  clearly  explained  course  objectives,  timeline,  and  policies.

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 12 75% 4.75

Agree (4) 4 25%


Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 0 0%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.75 0.45 5.00

6  -­  The  course  was  well  organized.

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 10 62.5% 4.56

Agree (4) 5 31.25%


Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 1 6.25%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.56 0.63 5.00

7  -­  The  course  was  academically  and/or  creatively  challenging.

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 11 68.75% 4.63

Agree (4) 4 25%


Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 1 6.25%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.63 0.62 5.00

8  -­  Assignments  were  appropriate  and  increased  my  understanding  of  the  course  content.

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 9 56.25% 4.44
Agree (4) 5 31.25%
Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 2 12.5%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.44 0.73 5.00

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New  School
FA17  Lang  CE  TR
Course: TheAmericanOriginsMyth.A.Fa17:  The  American  Origins  Myth.A.Fa17
Instructor: Michael  Ha em  *  

9  -­  The  instructor  was  well  prepared.

Michael  Hattem

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 11 68.75% 4.69

Agree (4) 5 31.25%


Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 0 0%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.69 0.48 5.00

10  -­  The  instructor  used  class  time  effectively.

Michael  Hattem

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 10 62.5% 4.63

Agree (4) 6 37.5%


Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 0 0%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.63 0.50 5.00

11  -­  The  instructor’s  feedback  was  helpful.

Michael  Hattem

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 8 50% 4.38
Agree (4) 6 37.5%
Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 2 12.5%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.38 0.72 4.50

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New  School
FA17  Lang  CE  TR
Course: TheAmericanOriginsMyth.A.Fa17:  The  American  Origins  Myth.A.Fa17
Instructor: Michael  Ha em  *  

12  -­  The  instructor  was  able  to  communicate  the  subject  matter  well.

Michael  Hattem

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 13 81.25% 4.75

Agree (4) 2 12.5%


Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 1 6.25%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.75 0.58 5.00

13  -­  The  instructor’s  interactions  with  students  were  helpful  and  respectful.

Michael  Hattem

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 11 68.75% 4.69

Agree (4) 5 31.25%


Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 0 0%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.69 0.48 5.00

14  -­  The  instructor  motivated  me  to  do  my  best  work.

Michael  Hattem

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 9 56.25% 4.38
Agree (4) 4 25%
Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 3 18.75%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.38 0.81 5.00

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New  School
FA17  Lang  CE  TR
Course: TheAmericanOriginsMyth.A.Fa17:  The  American  Origins  Myth.A.Fa17
Instructor: Michael  Ha em  *  

15  -­  The  instructor  was  respectful  of  ethnic  and  cultural  differences  and  diverse  points  of  view.

Michael  Hattem

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 11 68.75% 4.69

Agree (4) 5 31.25%


Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 0 0%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.69 0.48 5.00

16  -­  The  instructor  taught  with  enthusiasm.

Michael  Hattem

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 13 81.25% 4.81

Agree (4) 3 18.75%


Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 0 0%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.81 0.40 5.00

17  -­  The  facilities  and  equipment  provided  were  adequate  for  the  course.  Please  describe  any  inadequacies  in  the  Other  comments?  section  below.

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


Strongly  Agree (5) 10 62.5% 4.50

Agree (4) 4 25%


Neither  Agree  nor  Disagree (3) 2 12.5%
Disagree (2) 0 0%
Strongly  Disagree (1) 0 0%
Not  Applicable (0) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100     Instructor
Return  Rate Mean STD Median
16/18  (88.89%) 4.50 0.73 5.00

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New  School
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Course: TheAmericanOriginsMyth.A.Fa17:  The  American  Origins  Myth.A.Fa17
Instructor: Michael  Ha em  *  

18  -­  What  were  the  most  effective  aspects  of  this  course?

•  Our  class  discussions  were  very  intriguing  and  fun.


•  The  discussions,  readings,  and  the  writing  assignments
•  The  class  discussions.
•  Really  great  instructor  but  there  should  be  a  beginners  options  for  this  course
•  This  course  gave  me  perspectives  on  the  revolutions  from  times  when  I  thought  the  revolution  would  have  been  irrelevant  to  their  cause.  It  taught  me  to  look  at  every  possible  connection  between
events  because  connections  come  from  everywhere
•  Professor  Hattem  was  very  enthusiastic  about  teaching  the  course,  which  made  class  super  fun.  He  was  able  to  keep  all  his  students  passionate  and  engaged  about  the  subject  he  was  discussing  in
class.  He  also  chose  interesting  and  effective  readings  for  the  course  and  good  feedback  on  papers.
•  The  exceptional  reading  material
•  Class  discussion.
•  reading  challenge
•  The  readings  along  with  the  discussions  were  incredibly  illuminating,  helpful,  and  interesting.  The  organization  made  the  course  very  easy  to  follow  and  the  assignments  helped  me  understand  the
readings,  plus  helped  with  being  prepared  for  discussion.
•  I  think  the  most  effective  aspect  of  this  course  was  the  way  in  which  discussion  was  highly  relevant,  insightful,  and  left  me  thinking  about  memory  and  documents  relating  to  the  Revolution  in  a  more
critical  way.
•  This  course  was  extremely  helpful  in  understanding  how  history  manifests  itself  in  specific  social  and  political  contexts.  In  previous  American  history  courses  I've  taken,  we  did  not  look  at  how
histories  have  informed  historical  events,  and  the  tools  and  perspective  provided  by  this  course  have  helped  me  in  my  approach  to  other  courses.  This  course,  or  type  of  course,  should  be  a  standard
requirement  for  history  majors.
•  The  syllabus  was  well  designed  and  unique.  There  was  never  a  boring  class  in  American  Origins  Myth.  The  assignments  were  also  challenging,  yet  still  manageable  for  students  with  a  full  course
load.

19  -­  What,  if  any,  suggestions  do  you  have  for  the  course?

•  none,  it  was  great!


•  Have  the  prompt  for  the  writing  assignment  available  online  sooner
•  Less  reading  challenges.
•  This  was  too  advanced  for  me
•  A  little  less  reading,  which  I  know  is  a  very  'student'  thing  to  say  but  sometimes  the  amount  of  reading  felt  daunting  combined  with  the  assignments  from  my  four  other  classes.  I  enjoyed  the  readings
immensely,  but  felt  stressed  to  get  them  all  done  for  class  where  we  didn't  even  talk  about  them  that  in  depth
•  Better  time  management
•  .
•  Course  was  quite  reading  heavy,  but  with  class  discussion  there  was  a  compromise  which  was  helpful.
•  I  don't  have  any  suggestions.
•  There  should  be  more  written  work  -  which  may  sound  like  an  odd  request.  But  I  found  writing  to  be  very  helpful  in  drawing  together  and  crystallizing  the  broad  themes  talked  about  in  class  in  a  way
that  helped  personal  understanding.
•  Less  reading.

20  -­  Please  comment  on  your  instructor’s  teaching  effectiveness:

Michael  Hattem

•  An  amazing  teacher!  Would  strongly  consider  taking  another  course  if  he  offers  any
•  Very  effective.  I  learned  a  lot  and  appreciate  the  things  I  learned  while  taking  this  course.
•  Professor  Hattem  is  an  excellent  teacher.
•  Great
•  I  liked  him.  He  knows  a  lot  and  evaluates  all  angles  of  an  issue  and  time  which  is  effective  for  this  type  of  class.  He's  also  fun  and  not  too  uptight  about  history  like  most  history  professors.
•  Professor  Hattem  was  always  there  to  help  his  students  and  was  very  understanding.  He  taught  all  the  material  very  effectively  and  made  class  enjoyable.
•  Very  engaging  and  informative.
•  Great  explanation  to  the  readings.
•  Professor  Hattem  was  great.  He  made  the  course  fun,  interesting  and  engaging.  He  was  always  well  prepared  and  enthusiastic  on  the  topic  of  discussion,  respectful  of  everyone's  opinions,  and
encouraging  to  voice  agreements  or  disagreements.  Not  only  that,  but  he  would  constantly  remind  us  that  he  was  there  for  any  questions  and  concerns  we  might  have.  Similarly  with  assignments,  he
didn't  give  them  for  the  sake  of  giving  them,  but  in  order  to  help  us  work  with  difficult  material.  I  am  very  glad  I  took  this  course.
•  The  professor  was  always  very  enthusiastic,  knowledgeable  and  entertaining  during  classes.  I  think  that  his  disposition  made  the  class  highly  enjoyable,  and  provided  a  space  where  opinions  were
welcome  and  open  to  discussion.
•  He  was  very  effective  at  facilitating  discussions  and  drawing  together  the  day's  readings,  broader  themes  from  the  course,  and  student  participation.
•  Professor  Hattem  is  a  wonderful  instructor.  He  created  an  environment  that  allowed  for  interesting,  challenging,  and  entertaining  discussions.  He  also  worked  with  us  to  improve  our  writing  skills  as
both  historians  and  university  students.

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New  School
FA17  Lang  CE  TR
Course: TheAmericanOriginsMyth.A.Fa17:  The  American  Origins  Myth.A.Fa17
Instructor: Michael  Ha em  *  

21  -­  Other  Comments?

•  Please  make  an  intro  version  to  this  course


•  .
•  n/a
•  The  New  School  should  have  more  foundational  courses  for  the  history  major.

22  -­  Approximately  how  much  did  you  spend  on  textbooks,  materials  and  supplies  for  this  course  in  this  semester?

Response  Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent  Responses Means


$0  -  50 (1) 12 75%
$51  -  100 (2) 4 25%
$101  -  150 (3) 0 0%
$151  -  200 (4) 0 0%
More  than  $200 (5) 0 0%
0                                  25                                50                                75                              100    
Return  Rate
16/18  (88.89%)

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New School
SP18 Lang CE TR

Course: Crea ngtheAtlan cWorld.A.Sp18: Crea ng the Atlan c World.A.Sp18


Instructor: Michael Ha em *
Response Rate: 12/14 (85.71 %)

1 - Overall, my learning experience in this course was positive.

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 8 72.73% 4.73

Agree (4) 3 27.27%


Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 0 0.00%
Disagree (2) 0 0.00%
Strongly Disagree (1) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.73 0.47 5.00

2 - What is your overall rating of this instructor's teaching effectiveness?

Michael Hattem

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Very effective (5) 9 81.82% 4.64

Effective (4) 1 9.09%


Neither Effective or Ineffective (3) 0 0.00%
Ineffective (2) 1 9.09%
Very ineffective (1) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.64 0.92 5.00

3 - What is your overall rating of this course?

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Excellent (5) 8 80.00% 4.60

Good (4) 1 10.00%


Neither good nor poor (3) 0 0.00%
Poor (2) 1 10.00%
Very poor (1) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
10/14 (71.43%) 4.60 0.97 5.00

4 - Did you receive a syllabus (on paper or digital) at the beginning of the semester?

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Yes (1) 10 90.91%
1.09
No (2) 1 9.09%

0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 1.09 0.30 1.00

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New School
SP18 Lang CE TR

Course: Crea ngtheAtlan cWorld.A.Sp18: Crea ng the Atlan c World.A.Sp18


Instructor: Michael Ha em *
Response Rate: 12/14 (85.71 %)

5 - The syllabus clearly explained course objectives, timeline, and policies.

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 6 54.55% 4.45
Agree (4) 4 36.36%
Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 1 9.09%
Disagree (2) 0 0.00%
Strongly Disagree (1) 0 0.00%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.45 0.69 5.00

6 - The course was well organized.

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 6 54.55% 4.27
Agree (4) 2 18.18%
Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 3 27.27%
Disagree (2) 0 0.00%
Strongly Disagree (1) 0 0.00%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.27 0.90 5.00

7 - The course was academically and/or creatively challenging.

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 8 72.73% 4.45
Agree (4) 2 18.18%
Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 0 0.00%
Disagree (2) 0 0.00%
Strongly Disagree (1) 1 9.09%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.45 1.21 5.00

8 - Assignments were appropriate and increased my understanding of the course content.

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 8 72.73% 4.55

Agree (4) 2 18.18%


Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 0 0.00%
Disagree (2) 1 9.09%
Strongly Disagree (1) 0 0.00%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.55 0.93 5.00

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New School
SP18 Lang CE TR

Course: Crea ngtheAtlan cWorld.A.Sp18: Crea ng the Atlan c World.A.Sp18


Instructor: Michael Ha em *
Response Rate: 12/14 (85.71 %)

9 - The instructor was well prepared.

Michael Hattem

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 9 81.82% 4.73

Agree (4) 1 9.09%


Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 1 9.09%
Disagree (2) 0 0.00%
Strongly Disagree (1) 0 0.00%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.73 0.65 5.00

10 - The instructor used class time effectively.

Michael Hattem

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 9 81.82% 4.55

Agree (4) 1 9.09%


Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 0 0.00%
Disagree (2) 0 0.00%
Strongly Disagree (1) 1 9.09%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.55 1.21 5.00

11 - The instructor’s feedback was helpful.

Michael Hattem

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 9 81.82% 4.73

Agree (4) 1 9.09%


Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 1 9.09%
Disagree (2) 0 0.00%
Strongly Disagree (1) 0 0.00%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.73 0.65 5.00

12 - The instructor was able to communicate the subject matter well.

Michael Hattem

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 9 81.82% 4.55

Agree (4) 1 9.09%


Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 0 0.00%
Disagree (2) 0 0.00%
Strongly Disagree (1) 1 9.09%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.55 1.21 5.00

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New School
SP18 Lang CE TR

Course: Crea ngtheAtlan cWorld.A.Sp18: Crea ng the Atlan c World.A.Sp18


Instructor: Michael Ha em *
Response Rate: 12/14 (85.71 %)

13 - The instructor’s interactions with students were helpful and respectful.

Michael Hattem

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 9 81.82% 4.64

Agree (4) 1 9.09%


Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 0 0.00%
Disagree (2) 1 9.09%
Strongly Disagree (1) 0 0.00%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.64 0.92 5.00

14 - The instructor motivated me to do my best work.

Michael Hattem

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 9 81.82% 4.73

Agree (4) 1 9.09%


Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 1 9.09%
Disagree (2) 0 0.00%
Strongly Disagree (1) 0 0.00%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.73 0.65 5.00

15 - The instructor was respectful of ethnic and cultural differences and diverse points of view.

Michael Hattem

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 10 90.91% 4.91

Agree (4) 1 9.09%


Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 0 0.00%
Disagree (2) 0 0.00%
Strongly Disagree (1) 0 0.00%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.91 0.30 5.00

16 - The instructor taught with enthusiasm.

Michael Hattem

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 9 81.82% 4.64

Agree (4) 1 9.09%


Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 0 0.00%
Disagree (2) 1 9.09%
Strongly Disagree (1) 0 0.00%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.64 0.92 5.00

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New School
SP18 Lang CE TR

Course: Crea ngtheAtlan cWorld.A.Sp18: Crea ng the Atlan c World.A.Sp18


Instructor: Michael Ha em *
Response Rate: 12/14 (85.71 %)

17 - The facilities and equipment provided were adequate for the course. Please describe any inadequacies in the Other comments? section below.

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


Strongly Agree (5) 7 63.64% 4.55

Agree (4) 3 27.27%


Neither Agree nor Disagree (3) 1 9.09%
Disagree (2) 0 0.00%
Strongly Disagree (1) 0 0.00%
Not Applicable (0) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100 Instructor
Response Rate Mean STD Median
11/14 (78.57%) 4.55 0.69 5.00

18 - What were the most effective aspects of this course?


Response Rate 10/14 (71.43%)

• Professor Hattem is an excellent teacher.

• Putting the experiences of a variety of historical events into a broader perspective, the Atlantic perspective. Whereas before I was comfortable limiting the experiences of
the American Revolution as an independent event, I now understand the larger world it took place within and the importance of looking at the colonial development of
North America in relation to number of factors.

• The Taylor book we read in the beginning of the semester was incredibly interesting and insightful.

• The class discussions were really helpful in clarifying the parts of the reading I didn't completely understand before.

• The course laid out a very comprehensive overview of history of the Atlantic World. It also provided ample room for discussion.

• Writings, essays, and class discussions of readings

• The reading challenges we had to do were very helpful at synthesizing the material we read in a concise way.

• The course was really inspiring. Professor Hattem was really knowledgeable and insightful. He provided primary sources that were really helpful in deepening the
understanding of the period and culture that were being studied.

• I think some of the most effective aspects of the course was the well-selected readings, which were always fascinating. In particular I really enjoyed the Alan Taylor book,
as it addressed a perspective that rarely gets seen in history books. Additionally, Reading Challenges were very useful in getting used to writing in an extremely concise
way. It definitely felt like it would help the way I approach writing my history papers. It also felt like I paid more attention to the readings as well.

• The reading responses because they were a guaranteed 10/10 if completed.

19 - What, if any, suggestions do you have for the course?


Response Rate 6/14 (42.86%)

• More organized, more diverse reading challenges.

• Lost time at the end of the course to look at the Haitian revolution. This is a valuable way to end the course and I don't believe it was possible to do it justice in the last
two days.

• None

• I would add more small writing assignments throughout the course as the reading challenges allowed me to better understand the text we were reading. They also
improved my writing skills.

• To split the course into at least one other class, if not two.

• I would only say perhaps add more Reading Challenges, maybe doing one every other week.

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New School
SP18 Lang CE TR

Course: Crea ngtheAtlan cWorld.A.Sp18: Crea ng the Atlan c World.A.Sp18


Instructor: Michael Ha em *
Response Rate: 12/14 (85.71 %)

20 - Please comment on your instructor’s teaching effectiveness:

Michael Hattem
Response Rate 9/14 (64.29%)

• Excellent.

• Terrific teacher and made an 8 am class almost always engaging from the start. I've seen people fall asleep in 8 ams before but not in this class.

• Professor Hattem enjoys what he teaches and it shows. His love for the material is highly contagious.

• Professor Hattem very clearly cared about what he was teaching and the thoughts of the people he was teaching. I think it was very noticeable during class that he
encouraged enthusiasm about the material, and it really made the class fun as well as being informational.

• Michael is an extremely kind, knowledgable professor that engages his classes in in-depth, complex, and entertaining discussions. Both semesters that I had Michael as
a professor proved to be extremely valuable and fundamentally changed the way that I view history. His classes have made me a better writer and historian.

• He was obviously passionate and knew what he was talking about so it was motivating and reassuring.

• Overall a great teacher. very sad to see him leave from The New School. Wish i had the chance of taking more of his classes.

• Taking both of Professor Hattem's classes this year was a delight. He does a great job steering class conversation through all the key points we needed to hit in the
readings. He is also friendly, and makes the classes funny which helped me remember what he were talking about because there is a good memory to associated it to.
Professor Hattem also makes good use of mixed media (videos and pictures mainly) to supplement whatever it is we would be talking about. Again, I think this is super
effective and helps facts and arguments stick in my head. Overall, I had a wonderful experience with Professor Hattem.

• Respectively - I feel it would be extremely beneficial for Prof Hattem to take a public speaking course. When he speaks, he says "um" and "like" a lot and often his train
of though gets de railed. It takes him a long time to formulate his thoughts so he takes long pauses when speaking but we (the studetns) just get lost in the process. For
example he will say I am going to tell you three examples of the effects of the American Revolution. Then he would start with one, and get lost in his words. And not say
the other two.

21 - Other Comments?
Response Rate 1/14 (7.14%)

• n/a

22 - Approximately how much did you spend on textbooks, materials and supplies for this course in this semester?

Response Option Weight Frequency Percent Percent Responses Means


$0 - 50 (1) 8 72.73%
$51 - 100 (2) 3 27.27%
$101 - 150 (3) 0 0.00%
$151 - 200 (4) 0 0.00%
More than $200 (5) 0 0.00%
0 25 50 100
Response Rate
11/14 (78.57%)

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Teaching Evaluations Summary

Michael D. Hattem

Note: All courses were taught as a Teaching Fellow in which I was responsible for all of my
discussion sections’ lesson plans and all of the grading, including final grades.

Q: Was the relationship between the section (if any) and the course effective, and how could it be
improved? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your teaching assistant (discussion section
leader, lab section leader, grader or other assistant) as an instructor, and how might his/her teaching
be improved?

HIST 116 The American Revolution


Prof. Joanne Freeman, 7 lectures.

“I can honestly say that this is the first section for a course I've taken at Yale that has been
simultaneously useful/enlightening/perfectly complementary + supplementary to the lectures AND
legitimately enjoyable. I was prepared to have another boring, people-look-around-awkwardly-when-
the-TF-asks-a-question, why-am-I-even-here section (akin to some I've experienced in PLSC
courses) -- but this section couldn't have been any different. It was engaging, enlightening, funny --
really just fantastic. Michael Hattem is THE MAN. Look him up. No, seriously. He is truly and
honestly the best TF I've had yet at Yale. He's an absolute expert in his field but so humble and not in
any way patronizing. He's funny without trying to be. He knows when to jump into a discussion,
when to pose a thought-provoking question, when to challenge you on your ideas, and when to praise
you on your contributions. He's sympathetic and understanding of the trials and tribulations of
undergraduate life. He singlehandedly delivered basically impromptu lectures when Prof. Freeman
was hospitalized for several weeks in a row - and they were great! He also has amazing Constitution-
themed neckties.I think everyone in that section will agree with me when I say that Michael Hattem
is more than an incredible TF -- he's just one of those rare people who are simultaneously brilliant
and *good* and makes you love the class and the material that you're studying. Michael, if you're
reading this -- I know academia's a rough path to take, but please - for the sake of your future
students and the impact you'll have on them - don't ever give up on it.”

“Michael Hattem is probably the best teaching fellow I've had at Yale. While shy at first, he
eventually opened up to us, and became a great section leader, and also a very engaged lecturer
during Professor Freeman's unfortunate illness this term. Mr. Hattem, I now know, works incredibly
hard in all he does, which is apparently a lot. He seems eminently knowledgeable (a breath of fresh
air when so many TFs are lackadaisical and openly lazy). He could lead a section beautifully, and his
comments on written work were always apt. He made clear the point behind all of the work assigned,
even the reading responses, so they didn't feel like ‘busy work.’ Yale would be a paragon of a college
if every TF were like Mr. Hattem.”

“This man is the best TA I have ever had at Yale. Not only did he sub in for multiple weeks of
lecture when Prof. Freedman took ill, he also deftly lead our section to fascinating and lively
discussions. Really stellar historian and teacher. Totally made the course for me.”
“Professor Hattem is phenomenal. In addition to Professor Freeman's amazing lectures, Professor
Hattem is what really made the course as great as it is. He is insanely knowledgable about the topic
and is willing to help all his students at any moment. Professor Hattem would be willing to meet in
person or Skype at anytime to help with readings, proofread drafts, or just talk about the American
Revolution. I had never met such a helpful teaching fellow. I looked forward to go to every
discussion section. He really knew how to facilitate a discussion. We looked at primary sources,
learned about different historiographies, and really got a sense of what history is about. We were
required to write a weekly response to the readings that really helped us understand and critically
evaluate various texts. While the lectures by themselves were great by themselves, it was Professor
Hattem who made the class infinitely better. When Professor Freeman was absent for 3 weeks due to
her being ill, Professor Hattem filled in her place and also gave some amazing and engaging
lectures.”

“Michael was an excellent TF.”

“So impressive. First section I've had at Yale that actually did more than just get me participation by
proving I had done the reading. Perfectly aware of the reality of the work students actually do and
what would be most helpful in anticipation of major assignments and tests.”

“Michael was great. He was so willing to help out with papers and assignments and answer any
questions, and he led really great discussions. He was relatable and had control of the section while
still making it enjoyable for all of us.”

“My TA was good in not only helping us develop our academic skills through weekly reading
responses, but also introduced us as to how to study history. This was unique because it helped me
put a new perspective on history. Furthermore, he asked us very thought provoking questions that
we'd debate during section such as ‘Was the Revolution Radical?’ or ‘What was republicanism?’
This aligned with the course and really helped us focus on the argument of the course in its nuance to
traditional interpretation of those time in history. He led discussions well, and this allowed us to
further analyze this part of history in a new way. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about
the course, gave lectures for our professor while she was out sick, and very good at filling in for her.
He was helpful in helping us review for exams and very helpful and available through email, etc.
throughout the semester.”

“Michael truly cared about his section. He put in a ton of time preparing lessons and was very clear
with what he expected us to learn at the beginning. He was a bit off-putting at the start, but his
gentleness and care earned him the affection of our entire section. My understanding of the
Revolution was greatly augmented by the extra-work he put in providing primary sources and
teaching us. I am very glad I got Michael, and would recommend him as an advisor to anyone.”

“Michael Hattem was the best TA I have ever had!!!! He was invested in the material and made sure
we were as well through reading responses and engaged section discussion. If a student ever had a
question on material or needed help with an essay, Michael would be willing to help any time of
day.”

“Michael did a great job! He was clearly very committed to the section - he prepared topics for
discussion, brought in other documents for us to analyze, and spent a long time grading the papers.
Every section meeting had a clear goal. He genuinely wanted to help us become better historians,
which should be an integral part of any history course. Plus he stepped in for Prof. Freeman and gave
a bunch of the lectures (one of which was an original lecture he wrote, a few others which he
modified from her lectures).”

“Section was a great addition to the course; it definitely would not have been as fruitful without it.
The focus on historical analysis really changed the way I think about concepts and their application
in the world. I was afraid at the beginning of the course that the expectations of the section would be
overbearing, but the challenge was gratifying and led to a great appreciation of history. Michael is
great at starting discussion rolling and also playing an important part in the conversation without
dominating it. He did a wonderful job of taking up lectures for a few weeks, and he taught with
meaning.”

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Prof. David Blight, 1 lecture.

"Michael Hattem is the best TA that I have had during my four years at Yale. He is understanding,
friendly, engaging, and brilliant. His section may have been more work than the other sections
because he discussed the readings while some other TAs just went over terms and concepts from the
class. However, I thought that this really added to my understanding of the material and forced
students to do a better job of engaging with the readings. Not the best section for slackers, but I
suspect people in this section learned significantly more than in the others. Michael clearly puts a lot
of effort into his job. He writes substantial comments on papers, spends a lot of time creating reading
prompts and reading student responses, he responds quickly to student needs and suggestions, and he
is always willing to meet with students outside of class, to hold extra review sessions, to talk about
your ideas for your papers, etc. I nominated Michael for a teaching prize because he deserves it as
much as any other instructor I've had at Yale. I cannot recommend his section enough. Also, if you
google his name and read his profile on CUNY's website, you'll discover that he has an awesome
backstory. Michael is an all-around great guy."

"AMAZING. Wow he completely made this class worth it. He is absolutely brilliant, his love of
history is infectious, he did an amazing job fostering discussion. He went out of his way to help
students --for example by meeting on "google docs " to go over outlines and making very helpful
suggestions and encouraging us to improve our papers by asking leading and directed questions and
holding a review session fir his two sections. He spent a lot of time crafting reading responses that
make us carefully analyze and evaluate the reading--which really made the texts come alive, made us
think like historians, and helped us learn from the sources. I strongly disliked this class, but I would
100% take it again to have Michael as my TA. He will be brilliant professor one day."

"Michael was a phenomenal TF. He did a great job of leading discussion--asking probing questions,
asking thoughtful follow-up questions based on students' comments, and making sure we didn't spend
too long on one event, theme, or idea. He was very clear when it came to email correspondences with
our section as a whole--we always knew what was expected of us, which made section a less stressful
experience. He made himself available to those of us who needed help. In describing his section to
other friends of mine, I have gone so far as to say that they should figure out if he's teaching another
class and take it so that they can take his section--he's just that good."

"Michael was awesome. It sometimes felt like there was a gap between lecture and section, but that
was not Michael's fault, since lectures fell behind the pace at which the readings were assigned.
Michael inspired the section to think and approach the material the way a historian would, which I
really liked. Though I was only taking the class credit/D, I very much liked how Michael developed
my skills as a historian and forced me to think in a different manner."

"AMAZING, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. His section was the best part of this class. I learned so
much and he did a great job of synthesizing the material/emphasizing the important information. One
of the best TFs I have ever had."

"Michael did a great job leading sections. He kept conversations flowing well without forcing anyone
to speak but also making everyone feel comfortable contributing. We got through a lot of the reading
each week and connected the readings to lectures, to each other, and to larger themes. I thought the
reading tasks were very well done. Usually reading tasks feel like busywork to prove we've done the
reading, but Michael's questions were thought-provoking and definitely helped me get more out of
each reading that had an associated reading task."

"Michael was an outstanding teaching fellow - one of the top three I have had in my four years at
Yale. He was always prepared and facilitated conversation that was a great mix of big picture topics
and details."

HIST 119 The Civil War and Reconstruction


Prof. David Blight

“Michael D Hattem is a great teaching fellow. I was originally a bit intimidated by him but this
turned out to be nothing more than his interest in leading a constructive discussion and engaging all
of his students. I really enjoyed his section and will be happy to see him as a professor, if he chooses
to go down that path. I have never had as constructive a history discussion section as this one.”

“Michael was a fantastic Teaching Fellow. Throughout the sections that my section had, he
encouraged discussion by guiding us with various thought-provoking questions. He was never
looking for the "right" answer, but if thought he could challenge our answers, he did, and I think this
helped us to improve our critical thinking skills. Michael had us do reading responses which made
me focus and engage with readings by asking questions in ways that I wouldn't have done otherwise.
For our papers he gave constructive comments that surely helped me improve my writing. One thing
that struck out to me was that during the first section, he told us that throughout the class, we should
accept the challenge of understanding the South's perspective throughout the war, so that we could
understand that the war was not simply good vs evil, but a more nuanced war of antagonistic beliefs.
I appreciated this a lot as it added to my overall understanding of the history.”

“Michael was a level above any other TF I have studied with during my time at Yale. He was
incredibly gifted at engaging us in conversations and structuring discussions around topics we
learned in class. Furthermore, Michael harbored an incredible understanding of the course material
and was an expert on the Civil War era. He clearly cares deeply for teaching and making sure that his
students understand and appreciate what they are taught. Michael was an amazing and highly
valuable resource for this class. He was easily approachable and was very concerned with fostering a
better learning environment in sections. I am so glad I got placed in section with Michael as I firmly
believe he was able to improve my education and overall speaking and writing abilities just as much,
if not even more than Professor Blight.”
“Professor Hattem was one of the best TFs I have had in my Yale career. This is someone who would
always come to section prepared with thought-provoking questions about the reading and help push
us to think further. You could also tell that he really listened to what each student had to contribute
because he would ask further questions, whether to extend our lines of thought or to play the devil's
advocate, based on what we said. Michael was always willing to stay after class and discuss any
questions we may have, related to the course or otherwise. I came out of each section with a better
understanding of the reading, as well as a new way to understand it. I always found section well
worth my time, which is one of the best hallmarks of a phenomenal TF.”

“Michael was the best TF that I have had in my three years as a History major at Yale. He asked
insightful questions while engaging everyone with his genuine character and humor. He is the type of
TF that could teach his own lecture and nobody would ever question whether or not he was qualified
to do so. I am a big fan clearly.”

“Michael is a truly fantastic teaching fellow. He always came prepared to section and I knew I could
ask him any questions. He effectively led discussions, posing interesting topics for debate when
students otherwise refused to speak, and he helped get people who otherwise might be quieter
participants to speak more. He also provided really helpful feedback on each of the essays, dedicating
time to work with class members before the deadlines to talk about our arguments and help us
improve our history writing. As someone with more experience writing English essays, I appreciated
that Michael gave straight-forward advice about the style of history writing and was willing to work
independently with each student. I think each member of the section really respected Michael as a
historical thinker, which led to really helpful discussions each week.”

“This is one of my favorite courses I have taken at Yale, and it is in no small part because of
Michael. He is passionate, dedicated, and helpful. It was obvious how important my success in the
course was to him, and he was always willing to do anything he could to facilitate my learning. This
course would not have been the same without him, and I feel very fortunate to have had the privilege
of working with him.”

“Michael was a really effective teaching fellow who had a huge impact on my experience of the
course. The reading challenges he created helped structure the ways I engaged with the texts on a
weekly basis, and always helped me to be a more productive, thoughtful reader. He asked insightful
questions during section and did not dominate discussion, and he followed up precisely and
consistently with student comments to press us to clarify our points and back them up with
evidence.”