Roli Varma

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Regents’ Lecturer, 2003─2006

University of New Mexico

School of Public Administration MSC053100
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131, United States
Telephone: (505) 277-7756
Fax: (505) 277-2529



Graduate Courses Taught

  •  Analytical Research Methods (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)
  • Managing Diversity in the Workplace (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)
  • Pro Seminar in Public Policy (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)
  • Technology Management (Empire State College, Saratoga Springs)

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Technology in Society (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)
  • Science and Technology in Society (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)
  • Science, Technology and Society (Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi)
  • Public Policy Analysis (Russell Sage College, Albany)
  • Comparative Politics (Russell Sage College, Albany)
  • The United Nations (Russell Sage College, Albany)
  • Introduction to Public Policy  (College of Saint Rose, Albany)

Sections of Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (with Prof. Langdon Winner, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy)
  • Appropriate Technology (with Prof. Richard Worthington, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy)
  • Arms Control and Disarmament (with Prof. Richard Worthington, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy)
  • Introduction to Public Policy (with Prof. Walter Goldstein, State University of New York, Albany)
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics and International Relations (with Prof. Carl Lankowski, State University of New York, Albany)

Peer Evaluation

  • "She has a good rapport with students, conveys an impressive presence, provided a creative format for the class (involving current issues and a broad range of discussion approaches), and demonstrated good command of the subject matter" (Associate Dean Kenneth Baker, PUB AD 570, Spring 02).
  • "There was a substantial amount of interaction between the students and Professor Varma. She invited student participation, responded to student's questions well, asked students to respond to their peer's comments and questions, and used humor appropriately to create a relaxed atmosphere in the classroom. Throughout the class, she was aware of and respectful of student's needs...Professor Varma illustrated her points with real-world examples. She was careful to use multiple illustrations from multiple settings and domains for each major theme or point made during the lecture" (Dr. Anthony G. Cahill, PUB AD 596, Fall 01).

Recent Student Evaluation Scores

  • IDEA (Based on a range of 1 to 5, where 1 = no progress, 5 = exceptional progress)


Course Number




Fall 2009

PADM 590




Spring 2009

PADM 596




Fall 2008

PADM 596




IDEA was not done with ENG 200.

Selected Students' Comments

  • “She is great. She knows a lot” (PADM 590, Fall 2009).
  • "Excellent job of applying material...Overall thank you Prof. Varma" (PADM 596, Fall 2008).
  • "Dr. Varma made this class enjoyable even though it is a difficult class. I was very happy I got to take this class under her instruction" (PUBAD 596, Spring 2008).
  • "Very well organized. Brought to class interesting topics" (PADM 570, Fall 2007).
  • "Strength is lecture. Weakness is none" (ENG-200, Fall 2007).
  • "No stress on rote learning. The instructor's approach was very pragmatic. I really liked the different way of teaching the course. Would like to do more courses under this instructor" (HUL 273, Fall 2006).
  • "UNM is lucky to have such a knowledgeable scholar" (PUB AD 570, Spring 2006).
  • "She is knowledgeable of subject; very personable and respectful; willing to make accommodations when necessary for students" (PUB AD 596, Fall 2005).
  • "Varma has a complete mastery of this subject. She shares her knowledge willingly and provides an excellent resource to field questions" (ENGR 200, Fall 2005).
  • "I felt meeting one on one with the instructor concerning our topics for proposal was very helpful. She was very encouraging towards our research and always encouraged us to keep trying and not give up. Thank You!" (PUB AD 596, Fall 2004).
  • "Dr. Varma is an excellent instructor. She provides materials and practical experiences that students can use" (PUB AD 590, Spring 2004).
  • "Strength: Knowledge of cultural elements of policy issues" (PUB AD 570, Fall 2003).
  • "She has a strong knowledge of the course material and valuable insights that made the course interesting" (ENGR-F 200, Fall 2003).
  • "Dr. Varma always brings a lot of knowledge & history to her courses. She is very real in the sense of what appeals to policy & students. I find her challenging in a very positive sense. Her strength is in her ability to engage students and make them think" (PUB AD 570, Spring 2003).
  • "The professor seemed to be in tune with the ideas of the students" (ENGR-F 200, Spring 2003).
  • "Dr. Varma always presented the class with methods that were very useful, allowed for interaction, and provided practical examples" (PUB AD 596, Fall 2002).
  • "This was a great course and is definitely well suited for helping to make well rounded engineers...Engineers typically want to remain in their isolated 'bubbles' and ignore the world around them" (ENGR-F 200, Fall 2002).
  • "Dr. Varma is awesome. She encourages discussion and welcomes all points of view" (PUB AD 570, Spring 2002).
  • "She is excellent. Her teaching style is easy to understand and follow" (PUB AD 596, Fall 2001).
  • "The exam policy lets students focus on material and be interactive rather worried about catching all the facts" (ENGR-F 200, Fall 2001).
  • "It provided a global view of what Public Administrators must endure to provide service, future planning, maneuvering the obstacles and financing needed policy. The presentations were insightful and well researched contributing to a further understanding of the complex issues involved in Local, State, National and even International policy issues" (PUB AD 570, Spring 01).
  • "Excellent teaching abilities. Understands course and well versed throughout the discipline. Makes class fun and interesting. Stimulates intellectual thinking through discussion and Socratic questioning" (PUB AD 596, Fall 00).
  • "Knows her stuff + no nonsense" (PUB AD 596, Spring 00).
  • "She was very knowledgeable. She had a great deal of enthusiasm & was energetic" (AM ST 321, Fall 99).
  • "Strengths I see is that Prof. Varma is an expert at her field as a social researcher. Weaknesses are that sometimes Prof. Varma assumes that we are at a higher level or more experienced than we are" (PUB AD 596, Fall 99).
  • "Excellent preparation for a student without much research knowledge" (PUB AD 596, Spring 99).