COURSE EVALUATIONS

My primary responsibility as a faculty member is to the students I teach – and by extension, to the patients and families those students will ultimately care for. Students are and will always be the primary reason for my existence as a professor – and for my School's existence as an institution of higher learning. Toward this end, I share my course evaluations publicly so that students and colleagues alike can see the quality of my teaching. Click on the name of a course to open the corresponding course evaluation.

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SPRING 2021: The COVID-19 Pandemic Continues, With Courses Online

"I initially believed that Professor Acquaviva would be intolerant or resistant to discussion about my points of view. Instead, she was truly inclusive and made me feel comfortable with the fact that we disagreed. I feel that academia should respectfully challenge how we think and this was very much an example of that....Professor Acquaviva navigated uncomfortable conversations gracefully and in a manner that was extremely productive, informative, and inclusive. The writer of this review is politically more "right" than the perceived average at UVA and I include this because I want to further emphasize her skill at creating an inclusive environment for those of all political beliefs."

 - Student in GNUR 6056, Spring 2021

"It was phenomenal. I actually feel guilty (the totally normal guilt haha) that I did not speak up much or email the professor just how much I appreciated her class, her teaching, and herself as a person. Dr. Acquaviva presented herself and her class as the most open, accepting, and safest space that I had EVER seen in an academic setting. I appreciated her comments, her assurances, how she spoke with my classmates when they presented any opinion (whether they agreed or disagreed), the brevity and humor, and the material she presented for teaching. I must also point out that I love it when professors use their classrooms to bring up topics of injustice against BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ because it makes me feel safe. I also really, really, REALLY LOVED how she asked how we were doing, asked for feedback, and then LISTENED to and CHANGED things (because I was incredibly stressed this semester) based on that feedback. It actually empowered me as a student and person and for once I felt like I don't have to accept things as is but can speak up and change things. I don't know if I can find the words to explain how HUGE that is, especially as a nursing student who was feeling very powerless myself. She listened and changed things and so weird as it is I trust her as a professor and a professional.'"

 - Student in GNUR 6056, Spring 2021

"I have had many classes during my time here... and I have yet to experience an online course like this–– where the professor is able to engage the entire class. Dr. Acquaviva is a great role model, I cannot find the words to describe how truly amazing she is. She is an example of a great leader. I have never met her but I feel like I know her so well by how real and transparent she is. There need to be more people like Dr. Acquaviva then maybe the world would be a happier place. WOW, I am lucky to have had her as a professor she is so understanding and easy to talk to. She responds to emails and grades in a timely manner(very fast)! During the course, I felt like there was a good balance in the amount of work we had to do each week. I love the enthusiasm she had in her emails, comments, and online video posts.... It is evident that she wants her students to be successful....She is incredibly knowledgeable and explains things in a simplified way–– she makes her passion for teaching noticeable. After taking this course, I realize how vital health policy is in the nursing profession. I cannot thank you enough for an enjoyable and different experience in my last semester here at UVA."

 - Student in NUCO 4056, Spring 2021

"Dr. Kim Acquaviva is truly an inspiring and passionate instructor. She created a safe space right from the beginning while encouraging us to challenge her and each other in order to developing our ideas and advocating for change. She offers so much to us students and always checks in with us, knowing and understanding that the pandemic has affected all of us in many different ways."

 - Student in GNUR 6056, Spring 2021

"She always welcomed feedback even if it meant that students in the class were giving her feedback in a way that was not polite. She remained calm and thanked them for their input and engaged in that conversation rather than become upset and react negatively. She also actively sought to foster communication between different perspective[s] rather than conflict."

 - Student in GNUR 6056, Spring 2021

""This class really made me think about public policy and how I could become more involved, not only in my future career but also as a normal citizen. I feel like this class was one of the first classes I have taken that I can see myself using all of the information I learned in the future

 - Student in NUCO 4056 Spring 2021

"I thought Professor Acquaviva was going to be another UVA "woke" faculty member with an agenda to push. She is the opposite. She values everyone's opinions and gives everyone equal respect. She challenges students to see other's points of view for professional and personal reasons."

 - Student in GNUR 6056, Spring 2021

JANUARY 2021 (J-TERM) : The COVID-19 Pandemic Continues, With Courses Online

"This class has been amazing in opening my eyes to new perspectives and insights on sex and intimacy. Kim was understanding, kind, and greatly knowledgeably about the topics discussed. She was very particular about making sure we were comfortable engaging with the material. There was never a dull moment in this class. She couldn't have been a better teacher. Even though this was an asynchronous class, we were able to have an open and honest dialogue about things that are rarely discussed in real life. All in all, this class has been my favorite and most engaging class at UVA and I hope that Kim continues to teach it."

 - Student in NUCO 4559, J-Term 2021

"This has been by far my favorite course at UVA. Professor Kim was absolutely amazing and was the best professor I have ever had."

 - Student in NUCO 4559, J-Term 2021

"I would highly recommend making this course a permanent staple course––far too many students leave the university not knowing how to adequately communicate about sex and intimacy, both of which are facets of life that reach us all."

 - Student in NUCO 4559, J-Term 2021

""Kim is a phenomenal professor and has a gift for teaching. Not only is she so well spoken and open about explaining things, she makes everyone else feel accepted and valued. I felt so safe in this class posting and speaking because of the environment she created and the warm reception."

 - Student in NUCO 4559, J-Term 2021

"Kim’s approach to online asynchronous learning ought to be canon."

 - Student in NUCO 4559, J-Term 2021

FALL 2020: The COVID-19 Pandemic Continues, With Courses Online

"I never in a million years thought that a graduate course would be this enjoyable. I came to this class not really knowing what to expect or what I would gain. Without a doubt, I am blown away by the way this semester turned out. This class is refreshing because it is different. I was given the opportunity to share my raw emotions which includes disgust, excitement, disappointment and fears knowing I will not be judged for it. During these unprecedented times, I needed a safe space and this class provided just that. This class taught me that it is okay to be angry, unsure, happy, dysfunctional and so much more. It taught me that my thoughts and way of viewing things are valid because there are reasons for it. Most importantly, this class taught me to always use my voice no matter the cost. That's powerful and life changing. This class rocks!"

 - Student in GNUR 6056, Fall 2020

"I believe that as an undergrad alumni and now graduate student at UVA, that this was my absolute favorite class I have ever taken at the university. I absolutely loved learning from Kimberly Acquaviva. The projects that we did were very helpful to our learning and I felt they allowed me to use my creativity to thrive and also learn better. Thank you for such an amazing class and semester."

 - Student in GNUR 6056, Fall 2020

SUMMER 2020: The COVID-19 Pandemic Continues, With Courses Online

"As a graduate student, I have had many professors throughout my academic career and she is EXACTLY the professor students want. She is the most inclusive professor I have ever had. She was very thoughtful in her approach to teach this course and set clear expectations for her students. A health policy class was not something I was super excited to take, however, after experiencing her class, health policy is something I want to be an active participant in! The way the discussion boards were formatted to allow for more natural conversations to happen versus the post and respond to your peers style was something I loved about this class. We were able to discuss difficult topics within a diverse group of students in the most respectful ways. I never thought I would say this, but I’m sad this class is over! I wish Dr. Acquaviva could teach every class at UVA! I definitely recommend taking a class with her if you have the opportunity to do so!  - Student in GNUR 6056, Summer 2020

"Dr Acquaviva is one of the most engaged professors I have had the pleasure of learning from at UVA. She provides timely feedback, that is actually helpful and insightful. She understands the demands on students and is willing to meet them where they are to be successful. I wish I had more classes with her!  - Student in GNUR 6056, Summer 2020

Dr. Acquaviva did a fantastic job of creating a welcoming learning environment embracing the views of all types of students. Dr. Acquaviva was always unbiased and objective, and supported all types of political views. I would absolutely recommend taking this class with her. This class was an outstanding experience and I learned much more than I thought I would have. - Student in GNUR 6056, Summer 2020

SPRING 2020: The COVID-19 Pandemic Begins, Shifting Courses Online 

"Kim is one of the most selfless, kind, accepting professors I have had the pleasure of learning from at UVA. She is ALWAYS actively listening to each persons thoughts and challenges us to see the other perspectives and varying points of view in the room. She is approachable, non judgmental, and has such a gentle spirit that is breath of fresh air in such a stressful program. I am going to miss her class but feel confident in sharing my voice, and my ability to compromise and hear other voices in my future career as a nurse. Thank you!" - Student in GNUR 6056, Spring 2020

"Dr. Acquaviva has absolutely changed the way I think about the world. I now strive to find similarities between myself and others, rather than dwell on our differences. I also better understand that a me vs. them mindset is not only challenging but completely unproductive." - Student in NUCO 4056, Spring 2020

"I found it difficult to participate on a daily basis in discussion boards. I brought this to the attention of Professor who quickly responded with some suggestions as to how I could participate effectively and in a timely manner. I also expressed to her some concerns for

submitting assignments due to connectivity issues and life circumstances. Not only did she provide leniency she provided hope and encouraging words which ultimately got me back on track mentally in my path for success and future endeavors. I have been so amazed in the efforts and support of all that I have encountered thus far in the school of nursing here at UVA. Professor heightened that to another level this semester. I feel it an honor to have been able to learn from her and am thankful for the opportunity to have been able to do so. I have grown both personally and professionally as a result of her instruction/ class."  - Student in GNUR 6056, Summer 2020

"I am so grateful for Kim's honesty and humor throughout the entire year, but especially once we transitioned online. She is so encouraging and upbuilding, and makes a task that feels impossible something that is actually achievable. It is so evident how much Kim cares about her students and wants to them not only do well academically, but to also do well as people–genuinely taking care of ourselves while doing hard work. I loved getting to learn from and work with Kim over the past year!" - Student in NURS 4951, Spring 2020

"This course is more than just a class on health policy. Professor Acquaviva encourages her students to consider what it looks like to be a responsible nurse and citizen of the world who engages with people, political issues, and everyday life respectfully and honestly, while teaching us (her students) health policy." - Student in NUCO 4056, Spring 2020

"I have never felt more empowered by a professor. Kim is such a great role model and is someone who leads by example. She is always challenging us to enter difficult discussions, to challenge policies that may hurt individuals, and to strive to change the way things are done. She has given me the confidence and the power of knowledge to seek out change in my community. Kim is respectful, supportive, and a phenomenal professor. UVA is lucky to have her and I am lucky to have been taught by her."  - Student in NUCO 4056, Spring 2020

I have tried to be a non-judgmental and patient person but professor Kim has set an example unlike any other of what kindness and non judgement looks like. I am so thankful to learn from her and even though I know I differ in politic views, her attitude to go about having difficult conversations is one to take as an example for Congress and the entire world. I have never met someone so willing to quietly listen to opposing political views from ones own and be so respectful and polite to any view. Even though I do not have the same views, I wish more people were like Professor Kim and this world would be a more understanding and kind place. Thank you for being my professor!" - Student in NUCO 4056, Spring 2020

"I felt that the shift to remote learning in this course was the most rewarding and I got the most out of it, as compared to the shift in other classes. Discussion boards were engaging and I really did feel like the prodding to post and read others' posts jump–started me into getting engaged, moreso than in other courses. Discussion boards were meaningful, and we covered a lot of new ground with person–to–person posts and deep dives into research. Early–semester policy projects were great ways to get out into the community or work in groups to apply our knowledge. I really liked course discussions as well, and am bummed, as I'm sure others are, that we didn't get the chance to end the semester in person." - Student in NUCO 6056, Spring 2020

"Kim is the best professor I've ever had at the School of Nursing, and she cares so much about her students. Her actions prove that, and she treats everyone equally and equitably. This course is designed to make you questions your own sense of self and how that is correlated with American politics and consequential health disparities and implicit (sometimes explicit) discrimination. Not all courses are designed with this kind of humility, so I think we should all learn from that."  - Student in NUCO 4056, Spring 2020

"Kim has empowered me to start the conversations I used to shy away from. She has shown me that it is not only important to discuss issues like policy, power, race, justice but to bring them to the forefront of other people's minds. I am grateful to her and to this course for giving me the confidence to enter these tough conversations."  - Student in NUCO 4056, Spring 2020

"This instructor made the MOST inclusive academic environment that I have been a part of. She made every student feel as though their input, views, positions were all important even if they did not align with hers and made sure everyone could learn even if it was differing from our own. She has empowered me to know that there are so many ways in which I can be involved and influence policy and the world around us. We decided to be nurses to help but we learned much more about ways we could help from that position of a nurse and with our own positions as our own person." - Student in NUCO 4056, Spring 2020

"Great class and great teacher! Professor Acquaviva graded assignments in a timely manner and enhanced our learning by giving constructive feedback in a positive and encouraging way. She's definitely very knowledgeable about the subject and you can tell she truly cares about her students and their success." - Student in NURS 6207, Spring 2018

"This professor was FANTASTIC. She was fair and ENTHUSIASTIC. I never really liked research before I took this class." - Student in NURS 6207, Fall 2016

"Nursing needs more positivity and she brings it each and every week! Some of her comments were the only nice things I heard about my nursing progression all week, and often all I had heard in over a month+. I wish more faculty brought her positivity and would really strive to create a love of learning like she does!" - Student in NURS 6207, Fall 2017

"Dr. Acquaviva is one of the best professors I've ever had in the graduate program. She respects students and her compassion for teaching is absolutely outstanding. She has her ways in igniting discussions, motivating and bringing out the best in each and every student. It was an incredible experience to have her as a Professor!" - Student in NURS 6202, Spring 2013

"Kim is a very special individual-she connects well with her students, freely shares her expert knowledge of research, offers helpful input, & and raises the level of intellectual discussions...She is supportive but doesn't spoon feed her students- she has a unique ability to inspire each student to reach their highest potential.- Student in NURS 8407, Summer 2010

"I cannot say enough about Dr. Acquaviva and her talent as a professor. Dr. Acquaviva is an open-minded instructor who genuinely welcomes feedback and is open to change. It has been evident throughout the semester that she is dedicated to us as students and in the learning process, and has treated us with a great deal of respect as adult learners. I have learned a great deal in her course and I cannot say enough about her openness, honesty, and quality as a professor. One of the best classes I have had here at GWU." - Student in NURS 6270, Fall 2012

"The excitement that Kim expressed when she communicated in either writing or verbally. She made me want to get in there and learn the concepts if they seemed difficult." Student in NURS 8403, Fall 2008

"I have been extremely pleased with the level of expertise and support that Dr. A[c]quaviva has shown throughout the entire course to the entire class. The mid-term exam was especially helpful because the exam not only tested knowledge gained, it also is a major teaching instrument as well. I think anytime a test can measure what's learned and also continue the learning process, that's a highly effective approach to teaching." - Student in HSCI 270, Fall 2007

"The instructor is too excellent. GWU is lucky to have such a talented and passionate, and really smart (brainy) instructor. The instructor is a perfect 10/10 in all aspects. PERFECT." - Student in NURS 8407, Summer 2011

"Dr. A. has been my favorite instructor in the GWU DNP program....Dr. A. is just great! GWU should clone her!" - Student in NURS 8498, Spring 2010

"Kim Acquaviva was one of the BEST professors that I have ever had in college. She was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was a fabulous teacher who was very informative and taught the subject of research very well. She was very accessible and always willing to help! When I was struggling, she even called me on the phone to help me work through the difficulties, rather than via email. It is clear that she has a great deal of knowledge in the field of research, and it shines when she is teaching!!! I wish that all professors were this interactive and helpful!" - Student in NURS 6270, Fall 2010

"The most positive aspect of the course is the instructor- Dr. Acquaviva possesses incredible knowledge and experience of grantwriting and she has an incredible ability to motivate students. She provides helpful feedback and direction and her enthusiasm for the subject and for teaching students is exceptional. She is an amazing instructor/ mentor! - Student in NURS 8407, Summer 2010

"One of the best classes I have had. Professor is an asset to the university. Would love to sit and have a cup of coffee with her and discuss some of the relevant subject matter." - Student in ELC 203, Spring 2007

"Dr. A[c]quaviva is one of the most knowledgeable, organized, enthusiastic, kind, and ego-preserving professors with which I have studied. Her feedback was always constructive and any corrective actions she made were done with the utmost respect and in the spirit of helping us be successful. Many thanks for a wonderful class!" - Student in NURS 8407, Summer 2009