Phil Klinkner - Hamilton College

Professor: Phil Klinkner
Department: Political Science
College: Hamilton College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: GOV116
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I'm not sure why Professor Klinkner has such poor reviews. One class with him was all it took to declare my major in Government, and I had him every year at Hamilton. Once you make it past your intro class, you will have such an amazing time and will learn so much (in intro as well)!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: GOV116
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Klinkner is a great professor. He pushed my academic boundaries this year far more than I ever could imagine. He was always accessible in his office to go over material, projects, or the notorious 20 page research paper with you. Very smart and funny. One issue i had was a lack of clear structure on the research paper.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: GOV116
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Every day was an hour and fifteen minutes of him lecturing, even though it is writing-intensive. He's smart; I acknowledge that. However, intelligence won't get you real respect when you are actually a mean person, a ridiculously tough and pedantic grader, not encouraging, and someone who makes interesting topics boring and annoying. Really a shame
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: GOV116
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Klinkner is awful. Disrespectful to students, poorly organized, and is a bad grader. He asks a ton of students, but doesn't return the respect. Clearly doesn't read the papers we put time into. Also ignores all of the important things in American government. Take this class with somebody else
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: 340WRACEDEMOC
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Klinkner is awesome. Really knows his stuff, and a very engaging lecturer. He is very fair about deadlines too, and accommodating if you don't feel like you will be able to get something in on time. Take a Klinkner class, he's a great guy who will brighten your day
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT116
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Fantastic professor
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT116
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very smart and very focused, likes playing devil's advocate and does so very well. Write down everything he puts on the board. He doesn't call on people and tells you everything you need to know about the textbook and most of the readings. Good professor, very passionate and clear.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: APP1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a fantastic professor. He's approachable and very helpful. I've had several conversations with him where he encouraged me to reach my full potential. He cares about and will inspire students. He made me a better person/student. I like that he's tough - he needs to keep that up to make us better. He's actually really funny too.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: GOV116
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great, engaging lecturer. Very helpful and approachable. Tests are fair but you must carefully read all readings, and go above and beyond for essays to get an A.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT306
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Lucid and illuminating. Hard grader. Very very smart, glad I took a class with him.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: APP1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very smart and thought provoking professor. Plays all sides of arguments in discussion. The downside is his grading is pretty inconsistent on what he's looking for (theory versus real examples) and unless you get every ID you can be seriously screwed on the test. Take good notes and be on time.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: APP116
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very intelligent professor that is enthusiastic about teaching. He is a tough grader on your short essays, but that's only 20% of your grade. Take note of anything he writes on the whiteboard: they'll be ID's on the exams. Great at communicating concepts. He makes you re-think your prior political beliefs during discussion section (in a good way).
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: GOV114
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very Very Smart Professor, definitely one of the smartest and worth taking despite how tough he is. He comes off as mean and conservative but he always plays devils advocate and is actually very passionate about race in American politics. Very realistic and doesnt BS. For APP, if you just write down everything he says, you will get a A for sure.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: APP1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very, Very bright. Knows what he is talking about. Do not attempt to B.S him because he will catch you. Likes being challenged in debated, however can appear as if he believes he is smarter than everyone else. Excellent professor
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: GOV208
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
We don't use a textbook but instead read a lot of short readings. If you take good notes during class you will do well on the tests which are to the point.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: INTROGOVT
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
rude man. even other professors don't like him.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: GOV116
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Hard, but brilliant. Doesn't suffer fools well.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: APPSECT
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very smart professor! Is an expert on American Politics and is a joy to learn from. At times he can be demeaning and attack students for comments they make, but he does it in a tough-love style. When he makes a comment about something you said, challenge him right back! He enjoys the back and forth, and you will learn a ton about debating!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: APP1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Knows everything and will teach it to you if you let him. Look beyond his attitude, participate, go to see him, and you'll really like his class and learn a ton.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: GOV116
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Knows everything. I loved his class, I leaned a ton.
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