I've learned more in this class than I have in any other class I've taken (except for my online, software learning class.) He mentioned once how most learning takes place discussing things outside the classroom with your peers. I can honestly say that I've discussed your class outside of the classroom with multiple people and had actual, deep discussions about the topics. (I think most of us agree that most of your lessons are things we wish we had learned ten - or even just five - years ago. I don't use the phrase "life-changing" lightly.) When I think of your class, I think of the idea of having to tear down old buildings to build new, better ones. Example: The entire idea of why we even are attending college. You made me realize that I was only here to get a diploma, and to start doing something to change that. It's slow going, but I've found courses that I attend because I genuinely want to learn (case in point: your class.) I mean, you don't even take attendance and still people show up. I haven't missed a class. There's no ulterior motive for any of us to be there. We're just there to learn. And I suppose that's a good start to living a meaningful life. Great class. Even better professor. 10/10 would recommend.

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Arkansas State University: Spring 2018

Personal Asset Management

  • Really enjoyed not having a textbook in this class and just reading a congolomerate of novels.

  • Books were interesting

  • This class was freaking epic

  • The material of the course was very interesting.

  • Great

  • This course was a very informative course and I learned some things I didn't know as a non-traditional student!!

  • The course was one of the most interesting that I have had so far.

  • Good reading

  • The texts for this class were great due to not being traditional textbooks. They word the material in a way that makes it easier to understand.

  • The books Professor Jackson has had us read this past semester were very thought provoking. I felt that they fit the course material in that there was a lot to learn.

  • By far one of my favorite professors ive ever had, changed my outlook towards alot of things in life. ("How Adam Smith Changed My Life" - Literally changed my life.)

  • Favorite class of the semester. Loved listening to Thad lecture and teach.

  • Awesome

  • I took Mr. Jackson because I heard that he was interesting. I was very surprised with this course and how much I liked it. He did not go over the course materials and did not exactly do the best job of that. However, he did talk about such a various amount of issues, some in finance and some not. It was a great course and I learned more from it than most classes I have taken here.

  • It was ok used it as a filler course so I wasn't that concerned about the course just needed to get a good grade

  • Very well

  • The instruction was very thought out.

  • Superb

  • The instructions on assignments were clear!

  • Mr. Jackson is very interesting to listen to, and is clearly concerned with making sure his students actually learn useful information.

  • Very good, the professor has a passion for teaching no only the subject but relevant life lessons to be better people in society

  • Fantastic

  • Thad Jackson is one of the best professors I have had at this school. This is the second class of his that I have taken, and he is the only reason I signed up for this course in the first place. He teaches the class in a way that allows the student to make connections to the subject matter in the real world. He doesn't do boring lectures where he just repeats the content of a PowerPoint or out of the textbook.

  • Professor Jackson makes learning fun. This is one of my favorite professors as I've had him twice now. He never reads straight from a PowerPoint like most professors,

  • he uses them as points and then he expands on them. I feel like I actually get my moneys worth attending his classes.

  • Great class!

  • Literally the best professor I have ever had

  • Concern for student learning and knowledge of material.

  • He cares about his students.

  • Passion and knowledge for subject Care for students Goes above and beyond the material

  • Thad Jackson's greatest strengths are his knowledge and his enthusiasm toward Economics. Every class he is there ready to teach the class on the stuff that he has spent his life learning and doing.

  • He knows how to keep students engaged and interested in the material or class discussion. He's very relatable and easy to understand. He treats his students as adults and we respect him for it.

  • You can tell he is genuine, truly loves to teach and is great at it.

  • Professor Jackson is always interesting to listen to and makes class interesting. He genuinely cares about his students in and out of the classroom. He teaches valuable life lessons as well as the course material.

  • He actually cared about the students, understood how we felt, and generally wanted us to be better people

Principles of Macroeconomics/TR 1:00

  • The text and materials were interesting.

  • You need to read the book and watch some of the videos he says to make better grades on test. He does not go over everything in class. Also some assignments he give them like to at the last moment.

  • The book used was a good choice for this course.

  • The book for this class was easier to understand and stay focused on than any textbook I've had to have for my other college textbooks.

  • The textbook was amazing. I rented it, but I am going to buy myself a copy. The book explained things plainly and was very interesting to read, which is rare for textbooks.

  • The textbook is the greatest one.

  • The book was interesting and a book that I would have enjoyed reading even if it wasnt required. I had originally just borrowed the book but I fully intend to buy it to keep it on my shelf. The course itself was entertaining to say the least. I never questioned if I was going to show up, and even though I didnt realize it was happening I know more about economics than I did before.

  • The book assigned for this course was very informative and was the first textbook I have ever been assigned to read that will actually come in handy in my everyday life.

  • Also one of the few courses that will help put me above my competition in the job interview process.

  • The book we had to read was hard to adjust to but as Thad said to me you have to raise yourself to his level because he is one of the smarter men in our society. Once I got used to Sowell's writing style it was very enjoyable and informative.

  • The book we had to read this semester was long and hd a lot of random examples that I did not need to know. However, I enjoyed the book more than a textbook.

  • The text for this class wasn't your average textbook and that was the biggest breathe of fresh air. Hands down the most interesting text I have ever had for a class. We weren't assigned every single chapter, but I have been encouraged to continue reading this book after the class because I actually like the content.

  • We used a "Basic Economics" book for this class. We had to read the chapters and write our own test questions over the concepts.

  • I actually found our assigned textbook pretty easy to read and follow. I found it much more interesting than my other textbooks.

  • The Sowell book is effective. Much more interesting than learning from a textbook. It was actually engaging

  • The text was helpful at times because it provided examples of some terms and concepts we needed to know and it was slightly easier to understand than a regular textbook. The online quizzes that were given to help us prepare for the first exam were extremely helpful and I wish we could have had them for the second exam as well.

  • Everything about this class was above and beyond average. Not only did I learn about economics and some policies I learned about forming my own thoughts and opinions based off of the content at hand. Taught me how to formulate and come up with my own ideas and utilize them in my every day life. If there was one class I would make a prerequisite it would be Thad Jackson’s Macroeconomics class. This class has been the most insightful class I have ever taken in my life and although we didn't learn more about economic policies I believe he gave people the drive to learn about it themselves.

  • The text was quite enjoyable, as Sowell presented economics in a layman's way, making for a great introduction into the field without overwhelming first-year students. I

  • would highly recommend keeping this text, as I know from many people that this was actually the first textbook that many students actually read and found enjoyable.

  • Very Interesting and helpful in what I plan on pursuing.

  • The material allowed me to see the world in a different way. Mr. Jackson relates the material to real world economic scenarios which makes the material stick.

  • I enjoyed the book that was used in this class. It was not boring like most other courses that provide a textbook.

  • Great, love the way he teaches.

  • I liked the book. It was easier to read than a normal textbook.

  • The book assigned as our textbook was actually interesting and I did not mind to read to assigned chapters. The course overall was very pleasing even though I am not very business minded. Thad delivered each lecture in a way that actually made sense.

  • Sowell's Basic Economics is a fantastic introductory text to Macroeconomics. The important general principles of economics are explained clearly through real-world examples, and Sowell writes in plain English. The text is so interesting that I felt compelled to read many chapters that were not assigned by the instructor.

  • He didn’t really teach about the information we were tested on most of the time. He just rambles and talked about different subject matters and claimed that everything we could talk about would involve economics...

  • Some things are really off track.

  • It is confusing at times trying to understand what the point of the lesson it at first, but then you learn as the class goes on.

  • Overall this is a great class because you learn a lot about economics and life, but the discussion in class tends to go off on a tangent sometimes.

  • My memory is terrible, but I remember most if not all things talked about in class, which says a lot. Usually information for things that I am not too interested in stays in my brain temporarily. The way he teaches really leaves a lasting impression.

  • The lessons were always interesting and taught in a way to not make them boring to students who may not be interested in the subject matter. This is not a good class for persistent note-takers, as there is more discussion based lessons than PowerPoint based lectures.

  • Instruction of this course was very informative. Professor kept my attention throughout class period.

  • Thad is a very good teacher, he is very concerned with students understanding the content. But, he does tend to get off topic occasionally, not that it is a bad thing those topics usually are some good insight into how to do big boy things in the world after college. Thad also can articulate economic principles to make it more understanding to us students and relates to everyday things we use.

  • I enjoy his class because it is always interesting. He does not talk about macroeconomics as any other teacher does; however, I have learned more in his class this semester than most of my classes. He talks about things that college students genuinely need to know. He is not a textbook teacher, but he cares about us learning the material he teaches and cares about our future. Personally I learned a lot in this class and I enjoyed going.

  • Best teacher I have ever had. I had to fight to get another class with him next semester, because he is interesting cares about how I learn and I just don't think I have ever been excited to go to class until I have had this one.

  • The instruction was okay. Some days we did not do much.

  • I really appreciate Professor Jackson's enthusiasm about the course, but I do feel like instructions varied too much and were sometimes hard to follow.

  • He certainly has a very unique, out of the ordinary teaching style that not everyone is used to. But his style forces you to ask the tough questions and to actually care about more than a grade. His style made me learn new information, not just memorize for a test.

  • Overall, I think that the course was instructed well because we were always given examples of things we needed to know to help us further understand concepts and the material that we learned will pertain to real life rather than being taught subjects that we won't need to know after we have completed this course.

  • Everything was precise when it was due and what was due.

  • Thad's quality of instruction was extremely high. He cares deeply about how his students learn and tries his best to get them to view college as a place to find yourself and your passions rather than simply a job training program. I am taking Thad again next semester as I greatly enjoyed his lectures and his unorthodox style of teaching; I feel like I learned quite a bit about economics without having to resort to busywork and mindless memorization of graphs.

  • Excellent. Explains message clearly and you're having fun while learning.

  • The teacher explains the material very well.

  • Good

  • Thad teaches in a very effective way by involving student conversation every class. He uses real life examples in his teachings in order to communicate economics to students in a way that we can actually understand. He tells us that the most common criticism that he receives is that he "isn't teaching economics." If you go to class and aren't paying attention it would be easy to say that. But if you genuinely care to listen, you will learn more about economics and real life than you ever thought possible in college. Great course and great material.

  • Great, 10/10

  • He gets off topic easily, but he is a good instructor. I would take his class again.

  • The quality of this course was very high. It really made me see the concepts as used in the real world. Thad kept control of the class at all times and really got the students involved with the discussions.

  • Mr. Jackson is the most engaging instructor I've ever had. Many of the things he told us in class were almost identical to things I've heard in Jordan Peterson lectures, but these are things that others need to hear and that are likely worth reinforcing. Course material (such as supply and demand) near the beginning of the semester was explained very clearly, but the clarity of instruction degraded as the semester progressed. By the time we reached the point of discussing the winners and losers in free trade, the corresponding PowerPoint slide was structured in such a way that Mr. Jackson had to dispense with it entirely; as a result, this information was dropped off of our final exam.

  • Good personality and interesting speaker.

  • Can be very enthusiastic and can make the students feel comfortable in the classroom.

  • His greatest strength would be getting students to pay attention in class because he asks questions and tries to get students involved in the lecture.

  • He could explain the material in a basic way students could understand and retain. He also could keep the classroom lively because he was always so enthusiastic.

  • Very engaging, great at communicating to students outside of the classroom. Will not shut down students ideas, and encourages friendly debate in the classroom.

  • Explaining the real world in a simplified version that college students could understand.

  • Greatest strengths would be he cares about the students, all of them, not just his favorites like some teachers do. He wants to make sure that we truly understand the material we're studying by thoroughly going over the important points, however for the people who understand the material quicker than other his thoroughness can be tedious when some of the students want to move on to the next topic. Another strength would be he is one of the realist no b.s. teachers at A-State, some teachers at A-State can be too positive, telling you what you want to hear in order to make you feel better and get you out of their office faster. Thad is nothing like this, he tells you what you need to hear, whether you like it or not and we need more teachers like him.

  • He was very knowledgeable about many different topics. He knew how to talk about economics while keeping us interested. He taught us a lot of stuff we need to potentially know for the future. He is good at making jokes and calling on people in class to keep people interested in his lecture.

  • Teaching without being boring. Actually caring if I learn the material or not and caring about my education.

  • He was very good at presenting ideas. Sometimes he went a little above and beyond what we needed.

  • Professor Jackson truly does care about his students and that is obvious. Anytime I had questions about details of the course, he was respectful and answered my questions immediately. You just have to make an effort to sit down with him.

  • His ability to connect with students. He understands our struggles and what we go through, and he knows how hard he can push us. He knows what we are capable of.

  • The instructor was very strong at providing examples and scenarios to enhance our understanding and he was very good at keeping students engaged in what he was saying.

  • Putting his lessons into perspective and allowing students to think out side of the box to freely think.

  • Thad's greatest strength is definitely his enthusiasm and wish for every student to learn. He goes above and beyond simply teaching course material but often will explain how economic concepts apply to real life and how applying them can make us better students and people. I would honestly take a class consisting solely of Thad's life lessons.

  • Keeping the class alive and keeping it from being boring while staying on topic and teaching the material.

  • I have never had an instructor that has shown so much interest in students growth.

  • I think Mr. Jacksons greatest strengths is that he actually cares about the overall success of his students. His class is not just about the material but about being the best student you can be. He encourages us to learn and get an education rather than loading us down with homework and focusing on how much work he can give us.

Principles of Macroeconomics/TR 2:30

  • The Sowell text was very interesting to read from my point of view, having a strong interest in learning how economics work. The course itself was the best course I’ve taken at Arkansas State by far just because of the layout of the material, how and when it was taught, but mainly what made the course so great was who taught it and his approach to teaching it. We got to listen to and discuss ideas and thoughts from an economists point of view in order to help us learn how to think like an economist rather than just cramming a bunch of information and calling it studying.

  • Even though contents of the text book were difficult, our instructor did not really explain them during class time.

  • The book used is far more interesting than any text book that would have been used in another macro class. I felt as if I actually got something out of what was discussed in class, whereas in some classes I don’t. Thad makes the material interesting with his discussions.

  • 100% the best way to teach a class. It’s not the typical “give an assignment, turn it in, get points, repeat” class. Thad actually gets you engaged and makes you learn the stuff he’s teaching. I took microeconomics before macro and I had no idea what supply and demand was and how it worked. I got to Thad’s class and learned it immediately. 10/10 would recommend this class to anyone.

  • Text and materials are superb. I learned more by reading the book, basic economics, than in any other class I'm taking at this university.

  • He makes the class discussions interesting so it is easier to not be tempted to play on my phone or get distracted.

  • As for the text for this course, the Sowell book, it was much better than most textbooks. It was more tolerable. The main problem I had with it was that it felt like I needed a lot of prior knowledge for it. There are a lot of instances where Sowell will mention something, then have an asterisk that leads to a whole other paragraph about the thing in question. As for the course itself, I loved it. I felt I've learned more in this class than I have in any other class I've taken (except for my online, software learning class.) He mentioned once how most learning takes place discussing things outside the classroom with your peers. I can honestly say that I've discussed your class outside of the classroom with multiple people and had actual, deep discussions about the topics. (I think most of us agree that most of your lessons are things we wish we had learned ten - or even just five - years ago. I don't use the phrase "life-changing" lightly.) When I think of your class, I think of the idea of having to tear down old buildings to build new, better ones. Government-Mandated Example: The entire idea of why we even are attending college. You made me realize that I was only here to get a diploma, and to start doing something to change that. It's slow going, but I've found courses that I attend because I genuinely want to learn (case in point: your class.) I mean, you don't even take attendance and still people show up. I haven't missed a class. There's no ulterior motive for any of us to be there. We're just there to learn. And I suppose that's a good start to living a meaningful life. Great class. Even better professor. 10/10 would recommend.

  • The text was easy to understand. Was better than reading a textbook, but it was not just enjoyable either.

  • He's alright, but will have a daily rant that often times has nothing to do with the course. Like his thirty minute rant about how it's ok to be a C student since it's the same diploma as an A student. The problem, for me at least, with that is I have a GPA requirement for my scholarships so I was just sitting there for half the class not paying attention to anything he said. However, when he actually tries to teach, he's pretty good.

  • The text was very helpful and interesting.

  • The text and materials were well laid out and concise.

  • The main textbook of the class is very acceptable, which is really saying something because I can hardly say I've ever even tolerated a course textbook. Where the real gold is, is the additional book recommended for the class "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" and most importantly, all of the supplemental videos Thad includes into the class group chat, for assignments to comment on, ect.

  • The books used for this class werent usual textbooks. They were better because they related to the topics at hand better.

  • I don't think that the "classic" economic material such as stocks and bonds, and foreign trade was covered as well as it could have been, but this class gave me insight on other things like the necessity of education and the motivation for pursuing it, the importance of finding meaning in life, and inspiration for both. The material that we did cover was very thorough and I remember it better than material in other classes such as Supply and Demand

  • The course itself is not all the easy to understand, but he makes it easy to understand.

  • The material was effective and informative, I just wish it was a little more in depth.

  • Absolutely terrible teaching style, he just rambles on and on about things that aren't important to economics

  • Great guy, helped me really understand why I am here. I understand the world around us better now. Kind of unorthodox but made the class interesting.

  • The text itself was good. I preferred Sowell's "Basic Economics" to the usual textbook as it was much easier to comprehend everything as it was in an readable fashion compared to a manual textbook usually assigned. The course itself was very different than what I have usually experienced. It was very open for the students and felt more like a discussion over economics rather than a courses over economics.

  • The overall quality was the best i could've ever asked for. Mr. Jackson came to class every day with words of motivation and wisdom as well as an incredible set of course material prepared after our daily life lessons which were a very good kick of inspiration and something to think about and work into our own lives.

  • Great.

  • We did not learn anything about economics in this class. Instead, we listened to him complain and whine about his life. It is hard to learn in an environment that is so hostile and unwelcoming.

  • Thad will get off topic sometimes but it’s not wasted time. Some of the things he says are the most profound things I’ve ever heard. This is the kind of teacher more colleges and universities need

  • Instructions were always stated clearly and never had any confusion on instruction.

  • The instructor lectured more on how we live life rather than teaching the material.

  • The overall quality of instruction in this course is very high.

  • It is good. He speaks about things that will help the students further develop themselves.

  • Alright look, it's just great, end of story. You (Thad) (Do other people even read these?) are incredibly entertaining, which is pretty darn important for keeping people listening to what you have to say. However, you can be the most entertaining monkey in the zoo and no one really learn anything. You seem to seriously know what you're talking about (of course, I don't Economics, so how would I know?) and you manage to convey all the topics and ideas in easy to understand language. I have had a LOT of professors that just can't dumb things down, even in intro courses. So this is a major plus to the quality of the instruction. I also enjoyed how you encourage us to doubt and question you, and look up things right then and there to prove that you're not just spouting crap at us. Thad-Mandated Example: The statue of the man who invented GMOs.

  • He taught in a way that made it easier to understand and explained why it was important and why we should know about it. Made class enjoyable and easy to learn.

  • I mean I feel like I've done that throughout the other parts of the evaluation, but I'd say overall it's average. If I include things like quality of time spent in class, and whether or not I enjoy the class then maybe even below average. Although no matter what, it's better than Business Cal or the CIT Microcomputer Applications.

  • Enjoyable to learn.

  • Average quality.

  • Drop everything you know about "learning" in a classroom and prepare to actually learn. I'm not talking about learning something to eventually pass a test and hardly look back and move on with your life, but rather, retain something enriching that you can carry on every day. Gone are the notions of mindlessly following processes like a zombie lacking full comprehension, and in it's place is broad shiny new lenses to view aspects of the world from.

  • The instructor is an amazing imstructor. He really cares about the students learning about the class and also about crucial life lessons.

  • I believe the quality of this course is very good. I enjoyed this class a lot. I come away from this class with a better understanding of some aspects of economics, but more importantly an insight to the mindset of an economist and the interrelationships between people around the world, how they work, and how complicated they are. It also awakened me to how much I do not know about the world around me and how much I could and should learn. I feel like some class time was wasted goofing around or being off topic, but most of the time the discussions were relevant to the course material or to life in general. I feel like a little more time devoted to the class material would be beneficial to student understanding and learning. The instructor not missing 2 weeks of class for the flu would have helped this, but I think more concrete assignments would help as well. I believe this course worked out very well for myself. I actually DID learn something from it and not only the course materials. I understand things a little bit better now and I'm so happy I took this course.

  • He's funny and likes to crack jokes but easily loses track and begins talking about other random things. He also uses quite a lot of very vulgar language which some students found offensive.

  • He shouldn't be a teacher

  • Best. Professor. Ever.

Arkansas State University: Fall 2017

Principles of Macroeconomics/MW 1:00-2:15

Selected quotes:

  • This teacher definitely helped me I more ways then he knows and most importantly he cares for the students. He is incredibly smart that I enjoy going to class because I want to learn from everything he knows

  • Knows how to relate to students. He can efficiently get a topic across with understanding. Keeps the class going.

  • The instructor's greatest strengths were making sure that we knew what he was explaining and that he included more real world scenarios instead of textbook.

  • He connects with the students.

  • He listened to student feedback and actually took it into account. He also was really good at helping students one on one.

  • He was always prepared and enthusiastic about what he was teaching which intrigued all of his students to wanting to grasp each concept he taught

  • Being personable and enthusiastic. I could be dreading a Monday, but walking into his room to hear him yelling about something really made my day. He also asked each student he knew well how their day was and noticed changes in their attitude and would check on them.

  • Speaking with charisma and authority. The way Thad talks, you know he knows what he's talking about. He can make you feel what he's saying. It's a teaching method that's not employed as often as it should be in a lecture style setting.

  • He stays focused in class and explains the material well with examples given.

  • Connecting with the students on a personal and actually caring level.

  • His enthusiasm and flexibility were fantastic. He was always excited to be in class teaching us even when he was sick, and worked very well with students who were having difficulties completing assignments on time due to stress and obligations from other classes (unlike most professors).

Principles of Macroeconomics/TR

Selected quotes:

  • We learn not only about economics but also about life in general and how the course will relate in life. It is unlike any other class I have ever taken and is by far the most enjoyable and thought- provoking.

  • Enjoyed learning in other ways than using the conventional textbook. Very interesting and unique material.

  • Professor Jackson is one of the best professors Ive ever had, he shows so much involvement towards his students. He truly wants the best for the students and wants them to get so much out of his course. If only we could have every professor like him the stress and anxiety build up of college would be lowered tremendously.

  • Loved that Mr. Jackson worked more from videos than books. It was so much easier to learn from watching than reading. Allowing us to create questions from the videos then answer others was the most useful to me. Love his style of teaching. Although different, it was the best class as far as being interesting I have taken. Would take him again under another class if needed. Even on vacation, he made homework fun for the entire class as a group. He lives and breathes to teach and does an amazing job.

  • Throughout the semester, I came into a large variety of resources intended for my own benefit of learning in this course. While all of them were competent in expressing what I needed to learn, I was surprised by the level of actually engaging material presented for the students to use and integrate into both the course itself and everyday life. The books assigned were enjoyable, and I think after the semester is over, I'll go back and read them again on my own accord because they were interesting and helpful. I will comment that they were not easy to read, but that was simply because I was reading through them too quickly and was not really "ready" to read them due to outside factors.

  • This class did not have a textbook which was the greatest part because it allowed us to explore great books. All of the materials that he assigned us I found to be very interesting and I fully engaged myself in them. For not having a text book, this class was the first class where I actually looked at everything he posted even if it was not for a grade.

  • The materials in general are kind of boring, but w Jackson made them interesting and easy to relate to day to day life

  • I feel that I learned as much or more than the comparative classes taught by other professors, without the added stress of the average classroom.

  • Tried many different resources to teach other than actually teaching himself

  • I would rather have a textbook so that I could have all of the information in one place. It's very difficult for me to learn from videos and online resources. It would be worth it to me to pay for a textbook.

  • Some of the assigned readings were very interesting to read, and much better than the other book(s) we could have been issued to read.

  • Loved the way the course was taught. I have never felt drawn to a class before like I did going to Thad Jackson's Macroeconomics. Every day I laughed at something he said. He used real world scenarios to portray economics is a way that connects to his students and his way of portraying how the business world works was very enjoyable to listen to every Tuesday and Thursday.

  • He is very passionate on the material and his students and I actually understand the material and am not just memorizing it for tests.

  • It was great. I have absolutely no complaints about it

  • He is the most down to earth teacher I have ever had. I have never felt as if another instructor on campus cared about each student individually on more than a grade in the class level than Mr. Jackson.

  • He is the reason I am still in college. absolute best teacher on this campus.

  • By far the best professor I've ever had at Arkansas State. He cared more than any professor I've had and had more pure knowledge and intelligence than anyone. I would highly recommend this course to anyone at ASU. Thad Jackson made macroeconomics the most interesting course I've ever taken.

  • Overall, it was one of the best classes I have taken. Even though I struggled with some of the content due to anxiety in general, Mr. Jackson made me want to learn more about it. I have learned things in this class that I will most definitely use in my future.

  • Thad Jackson is one of the best teachers I've ever had in my collegiate career. He knows his material and knows how to translate it to the students.

  • I’m going to take this opportunity to unload my burden of praise upon this course. If you boil it down to the barebones of what this course did for me and compare that to what is expected of a college course to accomplish, you will be disappointed; there is no comparison. Time and time again, I was pleasantly surprised. Coming in, I expected very little, and in return, my life was changed. To put it into simple terms, if I had not ending up taking this course, I would not be at the place I am in my life currently, and I can say with enough confidence that I would not be alive. Professor Thad Jackson saved my life. He took the vague and outlandish idea of economics, brought it down to earth, and somehow managed to ignite the flame of self-motivated learning in me, of which I did not think was possible a few months or so ago. My thoughts of what my college education could be are forevermore changed for the better. He gave me the tools of perspective to take typically negative, forced academic activities and make them not only positive and enjoyable, but meaningful. I have not encountered a course before this one that could even begin to breach any of those values, much less break the ceiling of meaninglessness that plagues most of them. Looking past just the course itself, it was the instructor that gave the course it's above and beyond status. It was not through three times weekly, hour and a quarter, class lectures that professor Thad Jackson saved my life, but through office meetings and speaking with him one-on-one outside of the classroom. Up until this point,
    none of my professors showed any interest in me as a person other than the communal attendance rate of the class or an obscure number in the grade book, and made it clear that getting to know them personally or getting help in the class from them was an unnecessary burden. While this professor expressed that his time was a value asset, he immediately in the semester stressed that professor-student relations were important and made himself open to student interactions, assistance with course material, and help in general. It was because of this that I gained additional support and gained the motivation to continue my college career and even just pursue a better life overall. Because of these things, I cannot simply rate the overall quality of this course; there is no such rating. It went beyond any expectations that I could previously fathom and exceeds any limitations that I had thought confined to the classroom setting.

  • This quality of instruction in this course is amazing, I have never been so engaged inside a class in my education career than this class.

  • SO GOOD!!! a little scatterbrained and he would get off on tangents, but a good prof.

  • I enjoyed going to class, never wanting to miss because I found the material and teaching style extremely interesting

  • The instruction was unclear at times, but Mr. Jackson always made sure that the students were graded reasonably and fairly.

  • Thad Jackson is one of a kind! He makes class interesting and easy to listen to. Interesting approach to teaching- and I love it!

  • Mr. Jackson insists that he only tells us what we need to know, but I find this instructional method condescending. I would rather be taught traditionally and be able to decide for myself what's important for me to know. Class was cancelled frequently and when we came, a lot of the time was spent talking about things that didn't relate to macroeconomics. I feel that I got very little out of this course and I wasn't challenged in any way.

  • Professor Jackson literally went above and beyond in this class. You can tell he wakes up wanting to come to class. I have NEVER met a professor so enthusiastic about their craft until now. He is rare. He not only wanted to make sure students learned the material, but he made it applicable to the things we're dealing with that nobody either cares about or talks about. He really cares about students. His approach is non traditional , and it works. He asks us how we feel, why do we think retention rates are what they are, what can we all do to make the university better, things I haven't even heard students talk about.

  • The excitement he brought into the lessons. How he interacted with the students. Not just certain ones but anyone who caught his eye while he was teaching was fair game for a question. You can tell he loves to teach and it shows through his techniques. He is willing to try new things to help a student learn.

  • It is difficult to boil down the “greatest” things about a particular person because people are more complex than that, but especially in this case. Among the simpler things, a knack for finding good and relevant literature, a good sense of humor, and most importantly a real, genuine passion for teaching to name a few, are great strengths I would say. However, there is one attribute that lays hierarchy to all else: Professor Thad Jackson has the innate strength for helping others. Expanding upon that, from the strategic layout of the course, to the materials presented, from the crafted atmosphere of the classroom, to the openness of discussion and conversation, it was articulated in such a way to attempt to get the absolute best out of all of the students in the course, if they allowed so. Something so difficult as getting students to breach the expanse of their potential on their own seems really abstract, and yet I’m pretty sure this instructor did just that. I can verify, while I could have potentially performed better in the course, that I did however improve my life in most aspects, whether directly or indirectly by this man’s handiwork, probably due to his passion for what he does. Nevertheless, if I had not come into contact with this professor, I simply would not have the expanse of opportunity that is laid out before me one way or another. Again, this man saved my life, and that goes beyond what you could possibly describe as a “greatest strength”, or even a fathomable result of a course taken at Arkansas State University.

  • Mr. Jackson is the best professor I've ever had. He made coming to class interesting and exciting. There was never a dull moment. He genuinely cares about his students and their well being. He is the only professor I've ever taken that invests 100% of themselves into the course and is not there for a paycheck. If I could take him every semester, I would.

Economic Issues and Concepts

Please comment on the text and/or materials and the course itself.

  • I've learned a lot while taking this course, I never knew supply and demand would be so interesting!!

  • Some of the text was useful (Naked Economics) and some of the material was hard for me to understand because we didn't talk about it in class (Walk on Wall street)

  • The text was interesting, and useful. We rarely used them though.

  • I feel like I have learned nothing. He is mean often. And is very harsh. But at the same time I feel like he does care about his students.

  • Thad is the best instructor I ever had,

  • Loved this course and learned a lot about economics!

  • The books assigned to us to read during the course were excellent choices. I intend to keep them in my personal library.

  • Didn't learn one thing.

  • The text was an "easy-read" I didn't feel bogged-down by a book or like I was buried in work. I actually liked this class. I can't say that for all classes. Jackson didn't give us so many assignments that we couldn't keep up with our work. I had this problem in other courses. I wanted to listen to his lectures, I wanted to be in class! That was great.

  • The books were great reads.

  • Love the course, had no idea i would enjoy learning about economics as much

  • Very valuable information about economics

  • Very interesting course.

  • Very good and informative class.

  • Good idea moving to actual books instead of textbooks

  • The course is not what I expected.

  • I loved the books that were assigned. The Adam Smith book actually was an interesting read, and I found myself reading it late at night gaining some real knowledge.

  • The course material was both interesting and practical to learn.

  • Two of the three required books were used, though only half of each one was assigned. The course objectives dealt with a variety of topics in economics, but felt unclear compared to the sequential learning methods in classes that I normally take (mathematics/computer science).

  • It's a great course! The materials from the course are very informative. They teach you everything you will need to know for this course.

  • Mr. Jackson does not use any text book, neither lecture. His exam is based on out of his lecture, so we need to study by myself.

  • The materials for this course were few and affordable

  • We had no text or course materials. The books were really just books that he found interesting. They were not needed for the course.

Please comment on the overall quality of instruction in this course.

  • The instructions were very clear and he basically gave us step by step instructions so that we would get a clear understanding.

  • I enjoyed the class discussion but it can be hard to keep up with this class because there is no structure or routine.

  • Strange.

  • I do not like this course

  • Couldn't ask for a better professor!

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this course, and I look forward to taking this instructor again in the future. He made me think about myself, my future career, and my personal goals in a way that no other teacher has before. His lessons and the topics covered were very eye-opening, and they helped me grow as an individual. I highly recommend this instructor to all my peers.

  • Mr. Jackson clearly knows his stuff when it comes to economics. However, his "unconventional" teaching methods sometimes get in the way of the students learning the actual material. I can remember the crazy and funny stuff that happens in class, but I struggle to remember much of the course material itself.

  • There was no instruction.

  • The instruction was about real-life problems that aren't irrelevant and pointless. This class taught me the ways of the world. I loved the debate and discussion points in the semester. I feel like

  • everyone had a voice and everyone had an opinion that could he explains with economics. I had fun!

  • Great. Loved the learning liberty stuff

  • Amazing instructor, he is super passionate and knowledgeable of the course material, and explains economics in a way that students can understand. He makes the class very engaging and fun to come to class.

  • Incited our brains so we could pour out our knowledge at the highest level.

  • Thad Jackson is captivating. Sometimes he didn’t teach what was listed in the syllabus, but he sure did teach something. I’m a junior now and I wish I would have taken this course as a freshman.

  • He treats this course as a way to drill actual knowledge into the minds of students who frankly know little. He uses personal experiences, uncensored metaphors, and his exuberant expressions to make his class one of a kind. I will take a lot from this course. My mindset towards college has changed. Thad Jackson gives a damn!

  • I actually loved this class and the way it was taught. I can honestly say there was no point when I wasn't paying attention. I found Thad to be incredibly fun to listen to, but also gained a lot of things having to do with the field of economics.

  • The instructions were always clear and reasonable.

  • Overall, this course ranks very highly compared to others that I've taken at this university. Class discussion was always enjoyable and insightful, even though I was definitely more of a listener than most of the class. While we didn't complete all of the objectives as outlined in the syllabus, I don't feel as if we needed to, because we added on different topics as we progressed through the course as a class.

  • The instructions in this course were easy to follow. The professor made it to where each student would understand the material. The professor also encouraged students to help each other on the app we used called Group Me.

  • I did not really understand what it was that we were supposed to be learning in this course.

 What were the instructor's greatest strengths?

  • Instructor Jackson had a variety of strengths, but by far I must say his compassion for helping the students and being available to help as often as he could stood out to me. You rarely see instructors that still care about their students learning and being able to leave with knowledge we didn't know is awesome.

  • Instructor deeply cares about students succeeding and reaching their full potential.

  • Enthusiasm.

  • He is very outgoing and good class discussions

  • Thad is seriously so awesome! Arkansas State is lucky to have him. He is so passionate about his students and his job. Love this professor and I learned so much from him.

  • The instructor was able to deliver the information to us at a level we can understand (as a college student). He was very interested in finding better ways to communicate effectively with us.

  • Funny and engaging with the class.

  • None.

  • Personality played a huge role in my interest. I wasn't going to class listening to a monotone person read a powerpoint. Actually there were hardly any powerpoints at all. All of this knowledge poured out with no cues, it was kind of amazing.

  • Making sure no one felt overwhelmed

  • How much he cares about each student. He is the first professor I've had that reaches out to every student and gets to know he's students.

  • Understanding that students have other obligations besides this class and fits the course to our needs.

  • Be friend with students, make students motivated.

  • He understood the needs and personalities of his students.

  • Knowledge and discussions with students

  • Thad Jackson is going to get his point across. He will. If you disagree it’s okay but be ready to say why. He is unbiased towards students and isn’t rude when debating. He does expect you to argue though because he is! He knows his subject matter and definitely knows how to keep attention.

  • Being able to relate to students and trying to see them achieve.

  • His ability to talk, and share his opinions without caring about anyone.

  • invoked thought and was very uplifting

  • Communicating well and working patiently with others.

  • Our instructor was extremely engaging at all times, and related his experiences throughout life to both the students and the topics at hand. His single greatest strength is this ability to not lose students over the course of the semester, even if the material presented is not always interesting for the students at large.

  • The instructor was very easy to talk to, and they tried to always be available for one-on-one meetings. The instructor had a way of teaching that made you want to learn. They would always go out of their way to help you.

  • Nothing.

  • Experience

  • Making class fun to go to

  • Speaking

  • He made coming to class interesting.

Please comment on the layout, environment, and technology of the classroom.

  • The layout of the class was fine, I just wish we had computers in this course so that we could access certain information at one time individually!

  • All he does is ramble.

  • This was a larger class, however my professor created an atmosphere where we all engaged in conversation a lot and I felt really close with my classmates/professor.

  • GroupMe, Blackboard, and the instructor's website were all excellent means of communication and tools for learning.

  • The classroom was too small for the amount of students! I was extremely uncomfortable with the amount of profane and crude language used by Mr. Jackson. He was often quite funny, but he shouldn't sacrifice his professionalism to be so. Perhaps he should put more emphasis on the course material and less on wild side stories and off-topic shenanigans.

  • Boring.

  • Technology was rarely used, but I preferred it that way. His thoughts were original, not written on powerpoints. The layout was standard, nothing fancy. The environment was set by the people in the classroom, we all brought life to it.

  • The classroom itself was not so great. The air conditioner was loud and squeaked, which was distracting. Always felt like the room drained all my energy.

  • The classroom is old and not great at all.

How do you feel the instructor could have improved the class?

  • The Instructor did a all around great job, I'm definitely interested in taking another Economics course!!

  • If the class had more structure and planning it would be easier to keep up with. You come to class and you never know what you're going to get. I wish that there was more clear expectations of assignments so that I could prepare better. I also feel like the midterm had a lot of material on it that we didn't go over in class.

  • Taught some Economics clearly.

  • Actually teach us. More notes. Use PowerPoint. Clearly give us information that will be on exams.

  • The instructor could have improved the class by discussing more topics throughout the semester.

  • Cuss less and teach more.

  • Restructure the whole class with a new teacher.

  • I liked everything the way it was.

  • I like everything about the course

  • Be more focused on the stated subjects at hand

  • A few more in class written activities could possibly improve the class. It could also take away from the class. I think this course is fine the way it is.

  • Could possibly assign more projects that makes students interact with each other

  • a little bit more structure

  • My single most important suggestion is for the instructor to remain on track with respect to the syllabus. I often found myself confused as to what I needed to do for the next class meeting, and was unsure as to what was going to be on the midterm (and final) in terms of what we learned in class. He is helpful outside of class with regard to these things, but I feel that the entire class shouldn't be as concerned with our tasks and assignments as they should be with the lecture/discussion material.

  • I do not think the instructor could have done anything to improve the class. Hands down, one of the best instructors I have ever had!

Arkansas State University: Spring 2017

Principles of Macroeconomics/MW 1:00-2:15

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 The material was interesting and will help me in everyday life and to make the most appropriate business decisions.

The materials for the course are very much needed for progression into adult life. I believe that what I learned in this course will definitely help me in the long run

I thoroughly enjoyed this class and the text! And I am 110% positive that I would not have enjoyed it as much learning Macro from a professor other than Mr. Jackson.

 I've learned a bunch about economics in this course and I love the learning environment. He makes class fun!

Thad Jackson has been one of my overall favorite professors here at A-State. If we had more professors who cared about his students and about us truly learning the material we would have a much better education here at A-State.

Macroeconomics is a required course for all business majors, but I think it should be required for everyone on campus. It is such essential information.

He often goes on tangents that have nothing to do with the course. We spent an entire lecture on the dangers of marijuana. This had nothing to do with the course and no one asked for it. Once spent at least 30 minutes on a tangent about how certain chemicals are bad for the environment. Argued with students about the topic, even though he stated multiple times that he is not an expert and may be wrong but still insisted that he was right according to his sources. If you don't know what you're talking about then don't try to teach it, especially if it has nothing to do with the course.

Best class I've had during my college career just because of the teacher and his ability to teach. Makes the subject matter very clear and even gives life tips.

The instructor was very enthusiastic about teaching the course and helping students to mature and learn. His lectures would sometimes turn to life lessons, which he gave with the rigor of a missionary. This was one of my favorite courses and instructors in this school. 10/10.

I don't know how you all stumbled across this man, but every single resource possible needs to be utilized in order to keep Thad Jackson here at A-STATE. Mr. Jackson is the absolute best instructor I have had or will ever have again in my time as a student. There is no BS in this man. Not only does Mr. Jackson communicate the material in a memorable and energetic manner, he goes above and beyond the requirements of a college instructor by telling his students that they can meet them anytime, anywhere to help with the text. On-campus, off-campus, during a work break, etc. Everyday I watch him lecture, I can see a desperateness behind his eyes because he NEEDS to make sure each and everyone one of his students leaves his course knowing at least a fraction of MacroEconomics. Not so that we can score high on his tests, but so that we can set ourselves up for success for our future- so we don't end up like those he's seen in his life, people who were ignorant about macroeconomic activity. Give this instructor a Special Topics course. I speak for multiple other students when I say that class would be *expletive* awesome. Seriously, you have a gem here, give him the praise he deserves. - please sit in on a lecture- you might learn something.

Mr. Jackson is the most enthusiastic teacher I've had in my two years here at Arkansas State. He loves what he does and he wants you to love it as well.

I honestly did not think I would enjoy the course when I started, but the teacher has made it very interesting and easy to understand the different concepts that are taught.

Mr. Jackson is the best instructor/professor/teacher I have ever had in my life. Since Day 1, I have found myself immersed in the topic he is giving a lecture on, even if I was tired or distracted when I came to class. He is fair, but not a pushover. He is fun and hilarious, but not unprofessional. The homework is challenging, but not "hard". The tests can be difficult, but only if you have ignored the lectures and homework. Mr. Jackson is energetic, but not to the point it's annoying. He gives just enough of his own life experiences to make the learnings relatable to ANY student, regardless of race, sex, disability, or age. I am genuinely interested in understanding how he wound up at AState, if there is a new system in place for hiring professors or something. Because I am a junior and would pay double the tuition to have a professor like him for all of my upper level-ish classes, I honestly would. At any rate, way to go AState Human Resources and hiring team on this one!

Very above average instruction. Mr. Jackson has all the students in mind while teaching and will go at a pace that suits everybody.

I thought the professor did a great job teaching the course. He made it understandable and taught it in a way that made us actually learn it instead of just memorizing information.

Definitely enthusiastic about economics, but it was often misdirected. And his professionalism could stand to be improved upon. For example, one day attendance was particularly low and he repeatedly called them "bastards" for skipping and went on a tangent about skipping class and how they deserved to fail.

Thad Jackson's greatest strengths were his knowledge on the material and his oratory skills. He gave many lectures that yielded many benefits and life advice.

Mr. Jackson is probably the most well-read individual I've ever seen in person. He has an article, a case study, a journal for almost all topics. If you express additional interest in a subject, he will send you links to 4 books/journals about the subject. His lectures are engaging and thought-provoking. I had exactly zero interest in Macroeconomics before this class. Now I'm considering a minor in Economics. THAT should tell you something. Life-lesson tangents. I know that some of his bird-walking doesn't pertain to economics, but the value of the things he says almost outweighs the value of economic thought. Mr. Jackson has a rare ability of being unbiased and objective when talking about life in general. The effects of marijuana and long-lasting results to cognitive function, the ideas of business ethics and how not to save for the future, but to save for the "now" because "the future never comes." Above all, Mr. Jackson told us that it's easy to pass college. How students cram for test
after test, never really learning how to retain the information we paid so much for. At the end of the four year (or more) cycle, the only thing students have to show for it is a piece of paper to put on the wall. He talked about the emptiness a student who only learns how to pass tests feels at the end of college, with nothing substantial to show for it.

Energy, relatability, and, most importantly, his willingness to do anything in his power to help us understand Economics and apply it to our future careers and personal lives. He is also very intuitive, it almost seems like he adjusts the lecture if he feels the students aren't involved and somehow redirects their attention so they become involved again. It's truly fascinating. Every time I go to class, all students are looking directly at him, even though he doesn't do the "don't touch your phones during my class" thing. In fact, his leniency on things like that is exactly why he is respected - he makes it impossible not to succeed. Every resource, every video, every book or paper ever written you could possibly need to be successful in Economics - if he doesn't tell us about it, he is at the very least willing to find out the answer to any question we ask. I genuinely do not understand how in the heck he is able to do everything he does for his courses and students, I mean, there's a level of
commitment on his part that beats anything I've ever seen. Thank you Mr. Jackson!

He knew the material very well. He really cared about his students and their learning material versus memorizing it. He was experienced and could relate it to our everyday life with examples and stories. He keeps the class from being boring.

Greatest strengths would be how he makes the class interesting.

Well he kinda picks fun a kids on occasion, but he never does it in a mean way. He encourages you to speak up. I feel like sitting near the front and joining in conversation regularly helped me with this class. He tries to learn everyone's names and is very personable. He cares about every student and is always willing to help.

The class is perfect. This was the best class I had all semester. The classroom just needs better desks.

The instructor often rants about things off subject.

So I feel like I learnt lot of material, but I question how much of that is tainted by his political bias. He openly spoke ill of President Obama, and I know you can't talk economics without involving the other social sciences. I just don't know how much of the content has a conservative bias. He also talks about his faith a fair amount. Again, I understand you teach from what you know and your background, but I wish there were less bible references in class. One point during the course he asked who was muslim. He did this to make a point, and I believe he did this without offending anyone. I am not entirely sure because I was not a part of the collection of people who raised their hands, but I wasn't sure if that were quite kosher either. I loved everything about this course. I question the legitimacy of some of the information because of his right wing position.

Principles Of Macroeconomics/MW 2:30-3:45

The text was expensive.

This course is taught very thoroughly and in depth. The course has opened my eyes to a lot of things not just concerning school.

The course was difficult because it was mostly evaluated by test. The homework every Tuesday and Sunday helped me the most.

They seem hard at a glance, but given the guidance of Thad our lord and savior in economics he will guy you, or anyone to success.

I like this professor, and I am so into examples for each chapters which are so useful to understand materials. However, you have to work hard for every exam to pass this class.

I do not like to carry a heavy textbook, so using an online textbook is a good idea. I have learned many things as to macroeconomics so far since the beginning of this semester.

I love the homework assignments it helps to prepare for the test and to better learn the material.

He is a great professor, but his class is difficult for international students.

The course itself has taught me many thing, however taking it with another professor I would of learned the things but not remember them for the long term.

I honestly haven't learned that much in this class, its a very hard topic to grasp but he doesn't really teach it either.

 I enjoy the fact that Mr. Jackson does not require a lot of reading. He likes to get down to the real stuff, and he will not tell us anything if it is not worth our time.

I've never been one to like buying access codes but the mind tap stuff was all pretty interesting and helpful in my studying. The homework assignments are easy and repetitive so the material sticks with you.

I absolutely love economics and Professor Jackson used great materials to help me in learning more about economics.

He will explain to use what is happening in the real world. He will show use points on PowerPoint, but he doesn't just read each point to use he explains each point thoroughly.

Not necessarily taught, but did learn through the repetitive homework assigned.

Best Professor I have had in my whole college career.

High quality instruction class. Dr. Jackson is 100% my favorite teacher ever.

The instruction that is given to us is very thorough, and if you have any questions about anything the instructor is always wanting to help.

Instruction in this course was good, but could get off topic a lot in class.

Thadford Jackson is possibly the BEST teacher on campus, he teaches so effectively that it simulates my brain, and inspires me. I have not to this day left class unsatisfied with his class, and I have complete faith in his teaching skills. This guy deserves to be staffed at a better university, so please for the love of god do not lose him, keep him for as long as possible, I'd like my younger brother to take a seat in his class for at least a semester, and that hopefully one day my kids go to this university for his class. I may be exaggerating a tad, however I;m not kidding when i say this guy a really great teacher.

Mr. Jackson is by far the best professor I have had throughout college. He explains subjects very well, involves students, and cares about what he teaches.

The quality of the instruction of this course was way better than any other class I have had. He not only teaches us the material but also how to study effectively.

He always takes care of students even though international students.

Hands down the best teacher I have ever had in my life. Mr. Jackson dedicated more time to his students than a couch does to his players. He made it his job to know everyone's name and at least one thing about each student. Not only could he hold your attention but he would teach in a away where you learned. He would give you the inside information that some professors may not want you to know. Not only did I learn about economics I learned how to actually study.

Excellent never felt lost and always prepared for each test.

He's a super nice guy, kinda weirds me out though. He's really passionate about his career but never actually talks about the material.

He is one of the best instructors that I have ever had.

Mr. Jackson is the best professor for this course.

All the lectures are extremely helpful to your success on the exams. Sometimes the instructor goes into seemingly unrelated tangents, but he always comes back around to the topic at hand.

Professor Jackson made this course absolutely great. I wish he could teach all of my classes.

He cared about his students grades, he provided help when needed and went out of his way to help us.

Easier question, would be what were the instructor's greatest weaknesses, of which I will answer that question with a simple answer; None. The guy is really talented, and you can really tell he loves his job.

Mr. Jackson thoroughly explains course material, he uses real world examples, he is a great listener as well.

Very enthusiastic about teaching and wants to make sure everyone student actually learns and develops good study skills.

His quirkiness.

He taught us how to study effectively and kept everyone's attention. He taught the material in an effective way.

He has many students, but he is always friendly to whoever he is.

His connection with the students. Hey really cares about his students and the material he is teaching. He wants us to learn it so it will benefit us in the long run. Great teacher I have really enjoyed hearing his lectures.

His love for what he does. He genuinely cares for every student that walks through that door and he shows it.

Mr. Jackson showed great enthusiasm and a drive to see all his students succeed. He's very lenient when it comes to grading essays on assignments and tests and makes sure to repeat the material to the point where studying can be pretty minimal since you'll remember evening from lecture.

Story-telling as a teaching principle, structure, high-demand with reasonable difficulty, and I learned more about life in this class then I ever thought I would.

The class is very relax environment. He does not take your attendance. Sometimes uses smart board to show notes but mostly just writes them down on the white boards while he's talking.

Some students would come and not pay any attention even though attendance is not required. Some times they would talk and be distracting but Mr Jackson never kicked them out. Or people would be playing on there phones in class. He could improve by being more forceful and kicking people out who was not paying attention.

Not to say there isn't area for improvement, but I truly enjoyed the class so its hard for me to find flaws and point out what areas need improvement.

The instructor is very thorough and almost always sends emails and blackboard notifications about upcoming assignments. He presents many opportunities for bonus throughout the semester and is typically available in case you have a question. The only improvement I could really ask for is to refrain from getting off topic do much in lecture. Its funny most of the time but more often if causes me to lose focus and forget the material.

Honestly, I am not sure as this class was the most fun I have ever had in any of my class history, college and high school included. He knows how to teach.

The professor just lectures on information he knows. If the student has anything to say they can say it.

 He has already improved the class. Now his class is the best it can be. There is nothing he can do to improve his class.

Don't go on so many tangents, very helpful advice, but I'm paying for a class to learn macro not the secret to life. Would love to hear those discussions when it's not during my class time. If i'm not going to learn in class, I'd rather use that time to be studying.

Stay on topic.

I feel the professor could have actually taught lessons each class period.

Less essays on tests. As in none.

Economic Issues and Concepts

 It's more realistic and applicable than I thought.

It's easy to learn and he makes it enjoyable.

The choice of text and materials utilized in this course were impressive. The instructor insisted on using two textbooks, one online with corresponding software to distribute homework assignments and another to elaborate on the social implications/ arguments to be made in the subdivided fields of economic policy. In addition, supplemental research articles and instructional videos were posted on Blackboard for those who were interested in further research on the topics of discussion.

The text is useful in the class. However, he emails other material that he finds interesting to us to provide us with a better understanding of his lectures.

One of the more interesting courses I've taken during my time at Arkansas State University. He took a very dull subject and made it interesting.

Great teacher and great course.

The text for this class is just a large amount of reading I don't really do, and a lot of repetitive homework questions that teach you the stuff from the readings without you having to actually do them.

Overall it is a great course, and i thoroughly enjoyed being in this class. 10/10 would recommend.

I found economics to be very boring in high school, but this course has been very good learning experience for me.

It would have been nice to know that one of our textbooks wasn't necessary.

Mr. Jackson made this a very informative course, I learned much more than I thought I would. Before he taught this class, I had tried to take it and ended up dropping it.

The course of Economics is not easily taught or learned, but Dr. Jackson took a different approach that made using the text much easier.

I wish we would've used Learning Catalytic's more instead of what we did, I felt like I payed for no reason because we did not use it that often. Professor Jackson did an alright job following along with the book, especially with the curriculum we were tested on; however, he did use a lot of in class stories to help me further my understanding on the subject at matter.

The course is useful to take.

The course was great. The text was not used often but it was there for reference and helped

The course was very eye opening to me, it showed me just how little I know about the world and also in some ways how much of the world will never be known. I am now strongly deciding to declare a major in economics because this course was so interesting and I have been searching for a subject that kept me interested and compelled me to research the subject matter outside of the classroom.

The text and materials of the course were not necessarily needed in order to be successful or to retain information of the course. Purchasing the online access code is plenty, and students could save a lot of money by only purchasing the online book/homework software. Most of the learning of material comes from lectures and paying attention in class.

The quality of instruction in the course was top notch as compared to my previous experiences in economics courses. The course has been lively, relevant, and the instructor has the ability to make the material come alive in an accessible manner which relates economic principles to modern socioeconomic issues. He steers clear of jargon and goes straight for the jugular in regards to what we should know and why it is important to know this. The lectures are highly engaging and you leave class with a sense of wonder at the dynamic nature and scope of economic principles in contemporary society.

It helped me better understand economics.

His instruction in my opinion is unmatched. I've never had a professor who captivates an entire student body the way he does.

Mr. Jackson was incredibly passionate about his work, and that made him interesting to listen to. I always learned something new in his class.

The instruction of this course was excellent. I feel like I have learned more than I have in other classes.

Thad is an amazing teacher. If anyone else tried to teach me, it would pale in comparison and incinerate on the spot in Thad's magnificent, efficient way to both grasp our attentions, keep us focused, and teach us the material all at the same time. I never miss a class when he is the teacher, unless I sleep thru my alarm.

The intrusions are pretty clear for the most part. Certain parts were a bit harder to understand, but when I said I was having trouble with something he would explain it in better detail to help.

He is an excellent teacher, though he can occasionally be sporadic.

Great teacher. Made a boring subject very entertaining. I wanted to go to this class.

Better than expected. My only concerns are that my expectations for professors are now too high!

I would rate the quality of instruction for this course very high. I was able to apply this information to real life situations is why I would give it such a high rating.

Chases rabbits but they are the good kind that lead to wonderland type conversations.

The instruction was clear, and it was set forth on day one that Dr. Jackson wanted us to learn, and took the time necessary so we would not just the definitions of economics but how it actually works.

Dr. Jackson does tend to stray off subject matter and get carried away, but for the most part he cares about the education we receive in his class and cares more about us coming out of learning something rather than worry about a letter grade.

In my opinion the instruction was great, it challenged us to really think outside the box and you could even say outside of the social norms. It was also greatly encouraging, and at times very funny, but it wasn't a circus, it was the first class I have had that could be hilarious and teach you something at the same time. Loved it. I'm trying to think of something to critique but I honestly cannot think of anything i did not like.

The instruction in the course was exceptional. It was interesting every class period and kept the class engaged.

The instructor's greatest strength is his willingness to help his students. He is always accessible and is willing to make the effort to help if it is needed. Reflecting on my own experiences, he has served as an instructor as well as a mentor who has helped steer me in the right direction intellectually. I enjoyed economics before entering his course and will have left his course knowing that I want to make a career in the field of economics.

He was funny, cared about our grades, he not only taught economics but life lessons.

His concept of reality, his ability to relate to each student, his willingness to accept others beliefs as genuine.

Obviously knows the material inside and out. Great teacher with lots of passion. Mixes humor and stories well into lectures.

Mr. Jackson is the best thing that can happen to a student during their college experience to understand and apply Economics to their future. He's everything I never even knew I needed in a professor! A++++++

Very charismatic and upbeat! He is also a funny guy but turns the jokes into learning. He also really cared about his students and was never too busy to have a conversation with someone.

Engaging with students, allowing a free exchange of opinions, relate-able, knowledgeable of subject matter, and well-versed in presenting the material to students.

The environment is very friendly and the technology is basic because he teaches by explaining the topic to you.

Sometimes the technology has issues but is fine overall.

Technology was used to teach an effective lesson, with blackboard and emails weekly so the class knew the direction in which the class was going.

An auditorium with us all focused on him, and with three computer screens in the back displaying his slides. Advanced technology, more worried about students participating in class discussion rather than forcing them to take notes and reading slide for slide.

 I have no idea. One of the best courses I've taken, so I wouldn't change anything.

N/A . I recommend this instructor to all my friends contemplating economics as a major. In addition, I hope he becomes the instructor for the upcoming "Capitalism and Free Enterprise" course.

I think giving the homework earlier instead of the night before would be more helpful to those who work.

I honestly feel the instructor has done the best he could. However, he could be a bit more direct with the material that is going to be on his exams. I do appreciate learning material on my own though.

He's very passionate about what he does. He is great teacher and I would like to see more in class lecturing over reading a textbook. We are to read the textbook and he is supplementary which I recommend it to be the other way.

I wish the instructor would have gave more out of class credit, encouraging us to attend events that we sometimes miss during class. I wish we talked more about the social perspective of economics, and more direct history rather than just the theory behind it.

History of Economic Thought/Honors Section

The text wasn't useful in this class. The instructor gave clear and informational lectures that were enough to fully understand the course concepts.

Book is difficult to follow, but I think its because of the actual material it's discussing.

For me, the textbook is somewhat difficult to understand so I did not use it much. I mainly watched videos to learn the material.

The text is very informative and interesting to read.

The text and materials provided are all very interesting. The text book is one of the view texts in college I've ever read for enjoyment. The scope of the course and the critical thinking skills being developed are magnificent.

The material is not very interesting but Mr. Jackson makes it more interesting and explains it well.

He explained everything very well, book was very helpful.

Didn't really use a book, bought one, and he pulled test questions from the book, however never referenced the book in class.

The material was super hard. The ambiguity of the text was not aided by Dr. Jackson's way of attempting to clarify it.

 Love his instructing. He does an incredible job of connecting with the students and making things interesting.

The instruction is clear, the instructor provides precise detail about what he wants.

Thad is very knowledgeable on the course subject and truly wants students to learn.

Good teacher, lots of knowledge, a little all over the place, could come across as offensive if you don't believe the way he does.

The productivity of the lectures were inconsistent. His testing did not represent what he taught.

I'm glad to finally have a professor that cares about his students learning and becoming educated.

 Approachable, treats the students like the adults, and doesn't BS.

He is very good at using real life examples and making the class interesting.

He is a great speaker and is very intelligent. He is great at what he does.

The instructor is enthusiastic and brings energy to the class. His lectures are fun to listen to and he makes the information interesting.

He could have stayed on topic more and been more specific about what was due and when it was due. I found myself often wondering what was going on and what we were supposed to be doing.

Thad is seriously awesome. The best teacher I have had in a long time. His text and assigned materials for the course were spot on. Please keep him around to teach more classes. He is what AState needs.

He was 90% clear on his instructions. I think at times he could be overwhelmed with this being his first time at A-State teaching new materials in a new environment, but he overall did wonderful and would like to take him again.

His presentation and real world information really helped me understand. We need more professors who are energized and want to teach like him. He really has a passion and cares about the students.

The only improvement I could think of is if he gave out free food. Other than that, he is legit. Too legit to quit.

More clear description of assignments and when they were due.



Arkansas State University: Fall 2016

Principles of Macroeconomics/TR 8:00-9:15

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Probably the best course/instructor I have taken throughout my college career.

He doesn't go along with the textbook, but none of us would have read it anyway. He was correct about that.

I really like the book assigned to this course. It explained things very well. The book is not mandatory however it is good to have in case you miss a day of class. The book is very easy to understand and I found reading the chapters helpful before completing homework assignments.

Mr. Jackson is an awesome instructor. He goes above and beyond to make sure his students are learning AND understanding the material. I actually look forward to going to his 8:00 am class.

By far the best course I have taken at ASU. He related coursework with current events and would go above and beyond to try and make sure students understood the material. He made himself available at all times for students to meet with him if they needed help. He is passionate about teaching and cares about the success of his students. I have benefited greatly from taking this course and highly recommend students to take it.

Professor Jackson is the first teacher I have had in my two years at Arkansas State that truly understands the learning behaviors of his students. It is obvious that he has meticulously planned his lectures, and his class as a whole. I felt engaged in his classroom at 8AM for an hour and fifteen minutes twice a week the entire semester. The excitement to learn something important was more than enough to wake me up and get me to class eager to see what he had in store. If all of my teachers were at Professor Jackson's level of teaching I would never fail a class.

The course was well taught by an instructor that truly cares about his students. Was NOT an easy A, but learned all of what I didn't in microeconomics.

Gives you every chance possible to succeed in this class, explains all the material very well. Also if you have a question he will take his time to make sure that the people who do not understand the material catch on before he moves on to the next subject.

I had this class at 8 AM. It is very hard, if not impossible, for a teacher to keep the attention of every student in the classroom, especially in economics. However, Professor Jackson kept us all awake and interested in the topics we discussed. I actually enjoyed getting up early in the morning because I looked forward to coming to class every day. That is not something I usually enjoy doing. The class was interesting, he takes the time to make sure you understand, he goes above and beyond to help students succeed in the classroom, and he helps us when we are struggling with the course material. This class was my favorite this semester. It was challenging, but worth it.

Enthusiastic. He cares about his students; he always asks everyone how they're doing; usually on a first name basis! He doesn't make the course impossible to comprehend. I feel like I have learned
so much in a short amount of time.

 Professor Jackson's greatest strength is his intelligence. This man completely understands the relationship between the teacher, and the pupil, and the entire learning process that goes along with it. He is able to utilize this knowledge to ensure his students leave knowing the material.

Principles of Macroeconomics/TR 11:00-12:15

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This course under my given professor may be one of the best and most interesting classes I have ever taken.

Mr. Jackson very much wants his students to learn the course materials, but he lacks the professionalism to do so. I dreaded going to his class every Tuesday and Thursday. When he did teach, I could learn the course material, but more often than not he would not teach microeconomics. Most everything I learned about microeconomics I learned from the website with the homework. Mr. Jackson talked about prostitution, drugs, and could be very rude to students. He would sniff his expo markers before writing on the board with them just to get a laugh from the class. He seemed to want to entertain the class more than teach us.

He is easily the best economics teacher I've ever had. He cares more about you understanding the concepts than anything else.

The material was difficult to learn at times, but if you tried it made it much easier.

Class is really interesting, but we mostly speak about thing only remotely connected to the topic itself. However, teacher give us a lot of important and interesting information about the school and the economy.

The course and materials were very useful in learning economics. Mr. Jackson had prepared his materials in such a matter, that every student can learn with ease.

I think the instructor's greatest strength was his enthusiasm for economics. He was very excited about the subject, but would tend to get very sidetracked during the class. While his rants were quite entertaining, they rarely had anything to do with macroeconomics and I would find myself with a blank notebook with no notes from class when it came time to study for the tests. Overall, he was unlike any professor I have ever had and I hope he continues to be the enthusiastic, crazy, war veteran, professor that I experienced this fall.

Mr. Jackson is the Lebron James of economics. He is passionate about student learning and understanding. He is very inspiring to students, and cares about them on a personal level. From day one, he made it clear his students came first.

Dr. Jackson often incorporated his own opinion into class subjects. This was fine to see how he felt about certain situations, but sometimes it was not necessary for us to know what he thinks, it is only important for us to know what we need to.

I feel that if the instructor were to stop telling the students how much high school sucks and how we didn't learn anything, he'd have a little more time to teach the course. Also, his ego takes up about 2/3 of the room and gets in the way of the course material so if he could reel it back a little, that'd help.

Principles of Macroeconomics with Professor Jackson is my favorite course of all time. He puts so much time into really trying to help students learn in/outside of class. He was extremely flexible with meeting with students outside of class, even when it was not his office hours, which was a huge help and just shows how much he cares about his students. He is the best teacher I have ever had. I would and plan to take any class that Professor Jackson teachers. Great teacher, lots of learning while having fun.

It is good. I enjoy listening to the teacher most of the time. When ever I speak up, he listens and reacts appropriately, well, sometimes with sarcasm, but i love that. Don't get rid of that.

I enjoyed the class not because of the course material, but because the instructor's rants were highly entertaining. There were some moments though that I felt the man's sanity needed to be checked.

Principles of Macroeconomics/Wed 2:00-4:30

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This class was scheduled for only half of a semester, meeting once a week. The course material is very heavy due to the amount to cover in such short time. Thad tries very hard to help you learn the material and is very willing to meet and discuss any questions students have. He is very energetic in his lectures which really helps with learning the material.

He really understands economics and the uses the text effectively in trying to get us to learn. 

Thad is very passionate about economics and its concepts. He is a true educator who wants you to learn and grow through the class whether or not economics is your major or one is taking the class as a prerequisite.

He is very well spoken and cares deeply of his students and that shows. he answers email within an hour usually and is always willing to meet to help you better understand the concept he is teaching.

Thad Jackson by far may be one of the best instructors in the economics department. Economics is a very dry course that many students struggle to get through, and Thad truly makes the course bearable while teaching in a way that makes the course and its material enjoyable. He is willing to open up to his students about his personal life to allow them to more fully understand a topic, and provides copious amounts of outside references for studying. Highly recommended.

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Best teacher I have at A-state.

Very interesting lectures, and he teaches it well. If anyone has concerns about what he is teaching he will meet one on one and go over it.

Topics covered in the class were great as were the tools used by the instructor. I did not, in fact, even purchase or look at a book so I cannot comment on the text itself.

The textbook was basically useless. Mr. Jackson did a good enough job of explaining the material in class and by using articles and videos from the internet, so we never really needed to read the book. I kind of feel like it was just a waste of money.

We didn't use the text much, only for one chapter. I don't think it should be required for the course because as long as you come to class, pay attention, and participate you'll do well.

Great course, the way Jackson teaches it in a way that allows you to apply what you learn in real life.

He is amazing. Love his teaching methods!

The textbook wasn't a bad choice. It was a good read. Better than most textbooks I've read. The course was very good. I have such a better understanding of economics. He has changed my perspectives on somethings while causing me to look at others with deeper questions and becoming more confident in some of my views. The course was very helpful for the direction I want to go in life. I had no idea this  course would be useful in my area of study.

Materials are very practical and easy to follow. The material is easy to pick up on if you put in the effort.

The instructor's teaching skills are unlike anything I have ever seen before. He puts the most difficult ideas in the simplest terms for the students to understand. He uses fantastic analogies and stories to help us grasp the concepts. He is the best professor I have had so far.

Openness, Communication and the ability to encourage the students desire to drive their own learning. It is inspirational to listen to lectures given by this instructor and often times find myself doing research on the things talked about during the lecture.

He found different ways to relate to each student and help them find the material interesting. For example, he knew my minor was Women and Gender Studies so he suggested an economic gook written from a feminist perspective.

Explaining material to students level of understanding. Making the course interesting Interacting with the students. Letting students be in control of their own learning. Being readily available to help. Providing supplemental materials.

His ability to make everyone laugh. His blunt honesty. His humility. His genuine desire to know who we are, how we think, where we are in life and what we want to know. His strong sense of honor. His ability to take concepts and tie them to real life so we could understand them. He helped relate diagrams of supply and demand to our life experiences so we weren't crippled by a shape on a sheet of paper.

He treats everyone like adults for starters, which is more than I can honestly say for a lot of professors I have encountered at ASU. He doesn't pander to certain groups, and treats everyone as equals. He gives everyone one on one time if they need it, and tries to make some kind of connection with everyone. You can really tell that Mr. Jackson is here for his students. He is concerned about our future, our present, and our past, and wants to prepare us to succeed. He is inspiring and very motivational without even trying. If I wasn't signed up for his classes, I would want to sit in whenever I could.

I hate economics and this is my favorite class not because of the subject matter but the way Mr. Jackson teaches it.

The overall instruction has been exemplary, I went into this course pre-disposed to thinking that the class was a waste of my time and that I would be annoyed by the instructor. I have been pleasantly surprised by the desire I have to engage in the class and how much I have learned that I feel pertains, not only to my college career, but my career and life as a whole.

No professor has made me want to learn like he did. I rearranged my life and focus so I could give the time to learn the material. He took the stress (but not the work and effort) out of learning. He shifted the way I see things. He encouraged humility. I felt like he genuinely cared about us. If I had got an F in this class, it was still worth taking to watch his leadership over so many people at one time. I took lessons away that I could not find in a textbook. He has sparked my interests in matters that did not appeal to my interests before. He made me want to be diligent for truth. He was very relevant to issues of the day. I feared and put off for the longest any economics course, and I'm so glad he ended up being my professor. I'm so grateful I made it through economics and it was no where near what I thought it to be. I didn't have to cram information that I did not understand for the sake of a grade on a test. I understand things I didn't understand before because he would not move on until everybody got it.

Thought he did a very good job. Except he did admit he graded some peoples test harder than others & when I compared my answer to a question with a girl that had the same answer she got it right and I got it wrong. Thought that was a bit much and for him to even admit he didn't grade fairly.

The overall quality was like nothing I have received in college yet. His method of teaching, and approaching material was like no other teacher I have had, and I wish more professors were like him.

Eastern Kentucky University: Spring 2016

Principles of Macroeconomics/TR: 9:30-10:45

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Thad was a wonderful professor. I would recommend a course of his to anyone…

Thad used slide shows that he made and spoke with passion. I found this to be quite refreshing as normally other professors used slides from the book and droned.

By far, Thad is my favorite professor this year. He took time in order to work with us, and he made students strive for greatness.

He had his good and his bad attributes like most, but is passionate about the subject which is a plus.

He is honestly a wonderful professor who actually cares and wants to see you succeed.

I would take him over and over again. 10 out of 10.

I really have enjoyed Professor Jackson’s class. If I could take another class with him, I would. He is a strong teacher, relatable, funny and easy to get along with in class. He seems to care about his students’ ability to learn.

The presentation was sometimes a little unorganized and off-topic, but I always felt like I was learning regardless.

Professor Jackson had firsthand knowledge with investing and supply and demand from previous working experience. He taught me a great deal about finance along with the studies of economics.

Professor Jackson will go above and beyond to help us learn.

I would recommend Professor Jackson to anyone taking his courses. I am sad to see EKU lose such an awesome professor.

Funny at time, tells it like it is, goes over real life situations and how pertains to real life. Did not care for subject but made more enjoyable that micro.

Professor Jackson is extremely knowledgeable and would explain things we didn’t understand or let us explain to him what we understood the explanation to be. He never put his beliefs on us and allowed us to make up our own minds.

I learned more in his course than any other I’ve ever taken.

What I learned in this course was well beyond the textbook level.

By far my favorite professor. I learned more in this course because of Professor Jackson’s encouragement to learn than I did in my entire first year of college.

Took the time to learn everyone’s name, major, interests, etc.

This was my favorite class to attend and the professor made it enjoyable.

Solid, smart and influential instructor and push (sic) you beyond your limits to success. Best economics professor hands down.

By far the best instructor I’ve had at EKU. He teaches you things that will benefit our lives and the importance of those lessons. I would love to take all my classes from him.

This course pushes you more than any other 200 level class I have ever taken. But it forces you to become responsible for your own learning.

Invest in his students, pushing them to show what they are actually able to achieve is far greater than what they may have first believed.

As an education major, it is hard to believe that this turned out to be one of my favorite classes.

Principles of Microeconomics/TR: 12:30-1:45

Rating: 3.45 out of 4

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Thad was a wonderful professor. I would recommend a course of his to anyone…

Thad used slide shows that he made and spoke with passion. I found this to be quite refreshing as normally other professors used slides from the book and droned.

By far, Thad is my favorite professor this year. He took time in order to work with us, and he made students strive for greatness.

He is honestly a wonderful professor who actually cares and wants to see you succeed.

I would take him over and over again. 10 out of 10.

I really have enjoyed Professor Jackson’s class. If I could take another class with him, I would. He is a strong teacher, relatable, funny and easy to get along with in class. He seems to care about his students’ ability to learn.

The presentation was sometimes a little unorganized and off-topic, but I always felt like I was learning regardless.

Professor Jackson had firsthand knowledge with investing and supply and demand from previous working experience. He taught me a great deal about finance along with the studies of economics.

Professor Jackson will go above and beyond to help us learn.

I would recommend Professor Jackson to anyone taking his courses. I am sad to see EKU lose such an awesome professor.

Funny at times, tells it like it is, goes over real life situations and how pertains to real life. Did not care for subject but made more enjoyable that micro.

Professor Jackson is extremely knowledgeable and would explain things we didn’t understand or let us explain to him what we understood the explanation to be. He never put his beliefs on us and allowed us to make up our own minds.

I learned more in his course than any other I’ve ever taken.

What I learned in this course was well beyond the textbook level.

By far my favorite professor. I learned more in this course because of Professor Jackson’s encouragement to learn than I did in my entire first year of college.

Took the time to learn everyone’s name, major, interests, etc.

This was my favorite class to attend and the professor made it enjoyable.

Solid, smart and influential instructor and push (sic) you beyond your limits to success. Best economics professor hands down.

By far the best instructor I’ve had at EKU. He teaches you things that will benefit our lives and the importance of those lessons. I would love to take all my classes from him.

This course pushes you more than any other 200 level class I have ever taken. But it forces you to become responsible for your own learning.

Invest in his students, pushing them to show what they are actually able to achieve is far greater than what they may have first believed.

As an education major, it is hard to believe that this turned out to be one of my favorite classes.

Tests were challenging like they were supposed to be, but we were always well prepared.

Thad Jackson is one of the best professors I've had. He made a boring dry class interesting and fun.

Was good but we could have covered more material.

He was definitely unconventional, and I can't thank him enough for that. He really made us think and question things; very refreshing to not have yet another professor drone on like Ben Stein.

Professor Jackson is a rare breed. He really pushes his students to think and educate ourselves outside the classroom. I was very disappointed to hear he won't be returning next year.

Mr. Jackson has been the best professor (at EKU economics) and the most devoted teacher I have personally had.

Best professor I've had at EKU. He changed the way I think about learning and going to college.

He got confusing/hard at times. Felt like I learned some. Just not as much as I could have.

I loved coming to class and listening. He related everything to real life. It was easy to see that you would need to know what he was teaching and actually use it in the real world.

Principles of Microeconomics/MWF: 11:15-12:05

Rating: 3.9 out of 4

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His unorthodox approach really hit the lessons home.

He might be the best professor I’ve ever had.

His main goal was to make us learn. It’s not just a job to him, he cares about whether his students are learning or not.

He is one of the 2 greatest instructors I’ve ever had.

He knows how to make students understand the essential concept of daily economics—this class is economics for life.

Very few professors make any part of their life outside of class our lives. This was not the case. He wanted us to succeed and be motivated in his own way. He wanted us to learn.

I often left class inspired. Even though sometimes it was a little quirky it was alright. I wanted to see and learn.

He assigned way too much homework, did not follow the lectures or the chapters of the book very often, he liked to make fun of students a lot.

He taught better than the other professors I’ve had, but I probably learned the same.

Some of it was confusing because it wasn’t organized.

He is amazing at what he does. But college students want direct due dates and everything planned so they can plan accordingly.

The lecture is where I learned the most. It was just entertaining so I found myself listening more than I normally would.

Jackson has been one of the best professors I have had throughout college & the best professor I have had at this university.

He didn’t have to have slides, notes or anything to present the material. He knew what he was talking about and is very effective at getting his point across.

Thad went out of his way to give every student the opportunity to make sure everyone understood and always re-opened homework if extra help was needed.

Great. He is always kind, interested and engaging. He knows how to joke with us while still controlling the classroom.

Professor Jackson put a lot of effort into helping us learn, often repeating lessons or homework if we needed more help.

One of the best professors I’ve ever had. Very interesting, cares about students, and gives a lot of effort.

Best professor I’ve ever had. Made economics interesting.

Best professor ever. I would take gender studies if he taught it.

Principles of Microeconomics/MWF: 9:05-9:55

Rating: 3.5 out of 4

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Multiple examples, emails to help understand problems, clear explanation of content, and relating to real world scenarios.

Instructor was very encouraging and cares about students. Instructor gives lectures about how to succeed in life and not to accept failure.

Instructor went out of his way and did extra to help students. Instructor got to know students by asking questions about us. Also, related course material to our personal interests like hobbies, majors, and future careers.

Awesome professor. Would take him again.

I really enjoyed this class and the professor and I learned more in this class than I have in any that I have taken before.

Barely explained anything in class and expected us to teach ourselves the content and use google to help us as well.

If someone was not available during his office hours he would refuse to make a separate time for them and send them to the tutoring center.

He is nice but he needs to be working at a college like Harvard or Stanford for the way he teaches.

I really liked how he got students involved through examples and even making us come up with definitions and our own examples.

I liked his style of teaching very much and he helped me to actually learn the material. The only thing is sometimes we would get distracted in class and get off topic for a while but other than that he is a very good instructor.

He seemed to really know what he was talking about & was eager to share that knowledge with us. He incorporated the class & knew everyone’s name which made the learning environment more comfortable and beneficial.

Top notch instructor. If I had to take another economics class, I would definitely like to have him as an instructor.

If anyone had a problem then he would not give up until everyone understood the material.

We actually learned instead of just memorizing it for a grade. He put a lot of time and effort into making sure we understood everything.

He seemed very invested in our success, and he genuinely wants us to do well in life. I felt like he’s one of the few professors that actually take an interest in if we’re learning. He is very personable, approachable, and helpful. I really like how easy he is to talk to and how down-to-earth he is.

Too much work with limited amount of time.

His connections were memorable ones.

His lectures are usually interesting, sometimes he gets off topic or throws in a lot of personal opinion in there, but it is what it is.

He’s fair, probably too fair, not a jerk, the tests aren’t bad, the course load isn’t too much. The only complain I have would be the 100 question homework assignments. But still, A+.

Business Finance/University of Alabama

Effective Communicator: 4.94 out of 5

Effective Teacher: 4.78 out of 5

Overall Rating: 4.82 out of 5

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Mr. Jackson really impressed me with his availability and timeliness. Even sitting in the Baschinsky Computer lab at 9:30 at night I knew I could call him and he would literally come to me within minutes and help me out. I have never had a professor provide as much attention, advice, and explanations as I have received from Mr. Jackson.

He is a great teacher. Mr. Jackson during this summer term made us (the students) his life for a month. It was a great feeling to think that a teacher is doing all of this to make sure that we pass this course. If you put forth the effort to try he was there willing to help you through it. He scheduled sessions for us on the weekends and he would even meet us in the library. He was there around the clock. Mr. Jackson was a great teacher, if there were more teachers like him then I know a lot of subjects wouldn't have been as hard as they were..

One of the best teachers I have ever had. Easily the most dedicated and driven. He went way out of his way daily to make sure his students understood the material completely.

He was an excellent teacher! It is very obvious that he is very enthusiastic about the course subject and is very passionate about his students.

He was always ready and willing to help outside of class. He was clear about the expectations of the course and the large amount of effort necessary to do well. He always went above and beyond his responsibilities to ensure that his students succeeded to the best of their abilities.

Mr. Jackson is an excellent communicator and teaches the material very thoroughly. One of the top two teachers I have had while at UA.

I think Mr. Jackson should continue to be an energetic teacher, calling on everyone in the classroom to keep each student involved and make sure each student has a full understanding of the material. Also, the help available outside of the regular class was a tremendous help, making it possible for me to succeed in the most difficult class I have taken up to date.

Mr. Jackson did a great job of motivating students in a course that is very challenging. He has been a very influential instructor, because he never gave up on the class or any individual that was in the class. John was a wonderful instructor that took his job seriously and earned his pay by providing students with an understanding of material that is known to give students trouble. Mr. Jackson communicated well and was always available for extra instruction no matter what the situation. The one thing that Mr. Jackson could improve on is his sense of time. He was occasionally a little late or ran a little late, but when he went over class time it was usually for the classes benefit.

Mr. Jackson was a great instructor. He took extra time to help us, the students, with any problems we had with the course.

Thad Jackson was the best teacher I have had at the University. He learned everyone’s name in the class in less than a week, and he took the job very seriously. He wanted each and every student to succeed. He was there to help if we had any questions all day every day and he even conducted study sessions on weekends when students needed extra help. I have never met a teacher so passionate about the subject being taught, and it excited me to learn more about finance.

Mr. Jackson should continue his teaching style. He tried to prepare us for the tests, as well as teach us the essential parts of the class. In addition he tried to insert real world applications and knowledge to the class. In my opinion, it made concepts much easier to grasp, however the tests were still quite difficult. He also showed a caring attitude that is rare among teachers/professors. His determination for us lead all of us to work harder as well.