Robert Chiles

This professor has taught: HIST200, HIST201, HIST222, HIST266, HIST353, HIST354, HIST355, HIST356, HIST357, HIST408L, HIST466, HNUH238Z, HONR239G, HONR259J, HONR299G, IMMR200, IMMR400
Information Review
Robert Chiles
HIST200

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
08/05/2022
Professor Chiles is a great lecturer! While most of us took American History in high school, HIST 200 goes into greater depth on the founding of America through the Civil War period. Some of the material was familiar, but other bits of information came as a surprise. Fair warning, Professor Chiles speaks quickly during lectures. If you're stressed about taking notes, don't be. Chiles posts all his lectures on Canvas Elms. Even better, Professor Chiles hands out study guides for all his exams, so you know what to study for. The TAs are very nice, but discussion sessions were boring at times. Assignments include two exams, one paper, and weekly discussion board posts.
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Anonymous
05/28/2022
overated professor
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Anonymous
05/14/2022
Dr. Chiles is an amazing college professor and I highly recommend him if you are planning on taking any history classes. The midterm was online for me and I was having technical issues and he was very lenient about it so I was still able to take the midterm.
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
03/23/2022
Top 5 lecturer at UMD. Take this class, you won't regret it.
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/24/2022
Great professor
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Anonymous
12/19/2021
Dr. Chiles is great. His lectures are engaging and you will not get bored. The midterm and final were very straight forward and easy to prepare for. He did sometimes go over the class time but overall amazing professor.
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Expecting an A
Anonymous
11/17/2021
Literally the best professor I've ever had at this University. I was ENGAGED every day in his content, and you can clearly tell he is too. I've never written a review and I probably never will again, but he deserves to hear this and people deserve to know. ALSO!!! One of the best books I've ever read in school was in his class. Driving While Black. Absolutely highly reccommend to read. Simply put, thank you Dr. Chiles. Truly the definition of an increbile educator.
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Anonymous
11/15/2021
Chiles is an absolute beast. The man is a living encyclopedia. He rolls up to lecture in a suit everyday and shoots endless information about any topic throughout history. If you want a professor that knows every single thing about the subject, take Chiles.
Robert Chiles
HONR239G

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
05/14/2021
Dr. Chiles is genuinely among the best lecturers in the entire university. He is humble and open, an extraordinary lecturer, incredibly thoughtful, and worldly and clever to boot. His typical history classes are more demanding than this, and they involve drier reading with lots more factual retention, but I know they too are great at expressing narratives. This class in particular is likely never being offered again, which is a shame, as it truly is remarkable. In essence, it is a book club wherein, through reading novels weekly and discussing them at length for two-and-one-half hours, you learn about the history of America through its stories and themes therein. It focuses a lot on humanism and the experience of the underprivileged in the nation, especially immigrants, beginning in our case from about 1850 until modern day. This is the only Zoom class I have been in where everyone always showed up, always had their camera on, and always participated, usually enthusiastically. Almost every student showed up to an optional, extra-credit class even, despite the average grade being an A-/A. If something like this is ever offered again and you enjoy or have enjoyed or think you might enjoy reading, then I would highly suggest it. It also helps you with communication skills and structuring arguments. (I would say writing, too, but the big term paper on the book/week you chose to lead the discussion was reduced in scope.)
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
04/08/2021
Chiles is GOAT plain and simple. Class has some writing and 2 books for reading but there used to be weekly reading which he got rid of. Exams were identifying major events and he gives you a study guide with ones that may appear. Overall very straightforward. However, TA has a lot to do with your grading.
Robert Chiles

Expecting an A
Anonymous
02/23/2021
Great teacher, amazing lectures, reasonable exams, and passionate about what he teaches. The best damn professor in ARHU/HIST
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
02/09/2021
Prior to taking HIST201 I read a ton of reviews on Chiles and HIST201 saying it would be one of the more interesting and easy geneds. I am here to warn you that this is definitely not the case. Chiles does put alot of effort into his video lectures but he should have added additional materials likes slides so that we could separate the important points from the trivial points instead of having to digest all the info from the entire video. I guess the grading depends on your TA but my TA was absolutely ruthless and nitpicky for even the smallest details on the exams and essays. I felt like she was doing this just to lower the average, even when my responses were detailed enough. You think your essay deserves a 100? Nah you're probably gonna get an 85, best case 90. There was busy-work every week in the form of discussion boards which did not help me learn or prepare for exams whatsoever. So the bottom line is if you hate writing, avoid this course. 3 stars for Chiles, 1 star for the overall way this course was set up, and -10 stars for the TAs for their grading style. A course that was supposed to be interesting was unnecessarily transformed into a super boring and tedious course.
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Expecting a C
Anonymous
01/08/2021
I had Mr. Chiles fully online this semester and all his lecture were through YouTube video which wasn't to bad because you could re-watch them as many times as you want. But since I had ADHD it was kind of hard to pay attention but the class was very flexible because you could watch the videos at anytime. Also the weekly writing discussion weren't to bad as long as you watch the videos and the class discussion with the TA were really helpful. Also if you participated you'll get all the points, if it's verbally or even through the chats. My TA was so nice too she's Ms. Kocher and I would contact her instead of Mr. Chiles If I wanted a faster response with my emails. She was also very understanding with my disability and my commendations when it came to the essays and the only reason I got a C was because I never completed one of the major essay's which was my fault. If I had done so I would've probably gotten a B or A but other then that this class was pretty nice and I really love history so other then that I would recommend it.
Robert Chiles
HIST200

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/21/2020
Very knowledgeable and the course load was expected. He is very animated and makes learning about history enjoyable. You can tell he is passionate about what he is talking about. During fall 2020, he held only asynchronous lectures. It would have been nice to have a real zoom meeting with him every now and then, but overall it was a solid class.
Robert Chiles
HONR299G

Anonymous
12/20/2020
Fantastic professor! So passionate about the material, really cares about his students. Makes his lectures really engaging, even when recorded! Few assessments, very fair. Participation in discussion is a must.
Robert Chiles
HIST356

Anonymous
11/05/2020
Excellent, extremely knowledgeable professor who cares deeply about your understanding in his course.
Robert Chiles
HIST356

Expecting an A
Anonymous
07/21/2020
Awesome!
Robert Chiles
HIST356

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/25/2019
Took HIST356 (Emergence of Modern America, 1900-1945) in Spring 2019 as an elective. Professor Chiles was very charismatic and his lectures were engaging, well-researched, and full of good material and helpful images. Midterm was an oral exam (20 mins discussion about the prompt), final was two essays with prompts given ahead of time. Lots of readings each week, short summary due every class. Two papers throughout the semester and optional third for extra credit. Would absolutely recommend Prof. Chiles' classes to anyone, history or not -- be prepared to participate in discussion and do work on par with other upper level history classes, and enjoy.
Robert Chiles

Anonymous
05/22/2019
Intelligent professor who knows history very well. However, extremely overrated. Don't get me wrong, he is a good professor but I will never understand the fan club that surrounds him.
Robert Chiles
HONR299G

Expecting an A
mechE98
05/20/2019
The best professor at UMD
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Expecting an A
rbeyene
11/29/2018
Great professor that keeps you engaged in the subject.
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Expecting a B
Anonymous
09/06/2018
One of my favorite professors at this school. He has so much charisma. Go to discussion and participate. Learn the term definitions for the tests, and you will receive a B even if your writing skills are terrible (like mine are).
Robert Chiles
HIST357

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/22/2018
Literally the greatest professor ever. He makes every class so engaging; it's just like hearing someone tell you a really interesting story, but that story is actually history! He really understands his students and makes an effort for everyone to be seen and have a chance to succeed. Take as many of his classes as possible!!
Robert Chiles
HIST201

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/23/2018
Greatest professor of all time.