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Professor Samuel B. Hoff
Delaware State University
Overall A-
10 ratings,  [AVG: 10 min, 57 sec]
Workload: Challenging Responsible Grading: B

Enjoys Teaching A Arrogance: Normal
Speaks & Writes Clearly A Respect for Students: High
Sensible Lectures A Appreciates Creativity: Yes
Organized course A- Student Feedback is: Considered
Instructor Effort A-
Coursework:
Concepts and Practice
Grading System:
Well Defined in advance
Course Requirements:
Well Defined
Assignment Instructions
Very Well Described
 
Exam Design:
Well Written
Exam Coverage:
Informed beforehand
Grades Reflect:
Understanding and Mastery
Final Grade Verification:
Insures grades match student mastery
Gets class involved A-
Competent with material A-
Friendly/Sociable A-
Adds to content A
This instructor is:
Liked
 

 

 

 
   
 
Courses:
 
Comments
Overall: D+
Dr.  Hoff's courses, much like himself, are self-centered.  In other words, his courses are designed to ultimately talk about himself.  He constantly mentions his own “illustrious” education and his failed attempts at running for President of the United States.  There is no question about it, Dr.  Hoff is an accomplished, intelligent man, but his arrogance often clouds any classroom content.  I majored in Political Science/Pre-Law and I had Dr.  Hoff for many courses and there was not a single class that I took with him that he and I did not butt heads.  In fact (and many students can attest to this), if a student mistakenly calls him “Mr.  Hoff” rather than “Dr.  Hoff”, he won't even listen to what they have to say.  I know of many students who have been ignored after slipping up like that. 
 
Should do to do well...
This is not a review of one specific class; Dr.  Hoff teaches an array of Political Science/Government courses.  Someone else might tell a student of Dr.  Hoff's to conform to the professor's ideas and principles and suppress his/her own creativity, but I say the opposite!  Question Hoff's authority every chance you get and prove to him that you're intelligent and you deserve to be in the class. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Strongly Disliked
 
Overall: A
The class was outstanding.  Dr.  Hoff showed why he is an endowed distinguished professor and why he has earned the DSU Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching twice.  He has

both practical and research experience. 

I would recommend the class to other majors

as well as to my own. 

 
Should know...
Study notes, read book, participate,
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: C
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
The class was extremely difficult, but also

immensely rewarding.  Dr.  Hoff challenged the students in a way that will prepare them

for law school.  I intend to take his other

law classes, including Civil Liberties and

possibly a seminar in Historic Preservation Law.  As Law Studies Director at DSU, Dr.  Hoff will definitely help me go to the next level. 

 
Should know...
Do homework, which includes three legal briefs per week; participate in class;

perform well on exams, which simulate Supreme

Court cases to be decided

Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
What I liked most about the class is that Dr.  Hoff sought to furnish a balanced view of the Vietnam War and America's participation in it.  At the end of the course, we had Vietnam veterans come speak to us.  They offered firsthand accounts of what happened there.  I hope that Dr.  Hoff

will teach more courses in the Honors Program

at DelState. 

 
Should do to do well...
They have to attend regularly, as the course

combines discussion of readings with a video

series

 
Should know...
Do well on paper assignments; keep up on readings
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
The class was on Monday nights.  I thought it

would be boring, but Hoff made it extremely fun.  I actually learned who Hu Jintao is!  The man is off the hook, but in a positive way.  Plus, I got home in time for MNF. 

 
Should do to do well...
Pass the tests
 
Should know...
Take good notes
Student Competency: Beginner
Student's Grade: B-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
The course gave us practical knowledge of the

presidential campaign process.  We had to do

analyze regional poll results every week for

most of the course, which enabled us to predict the election.  Dr.  Hoff ran for President, so he knows what it takes.  He

could teach at Harvard; thank God he's here. 

 
Should do to do well...
Pay attention to the news
 
Should know...
Don't miss a class without an excuse.  Each

unexcused miss means a grade down in the

attendance-participation grade

Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: A-
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: A
Difficult but helpful
 
Should do to do well...
Do reading and pay attention in class
 
Should know...
Be able to adapt course info to actual situations
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: B
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Dr.  Hoff is a decent POLITICAL SCIENCE professor.  I attended Del State, graduated from an IVY law school, passed the bar, and have a successful political career making six figures.  Dr.  Hoff should stop teaching case briefs.  Speaking from experience, he's teaching them incorrectly.  He never attended law school folks and you'll need to know how to do them correctly if you are pursuing a law degree and working in the legal profession. 
 
Quick grader; very fair; knows his stuff
 
cases every week
 
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