Teaching Evaluations

Just a friendly reminder so you don’t forget (like I almost did): the online teaching evaluations are due tonight at 11:59pm, just under twelve hours from now. Which we should probably all go ahead and get done, both because they’re useful, and because having to wait through all of winter break for grades would be agonizing.

20 thoughts on “Teaching Evaluations

  1. Sam

    They were not due at 12pm. They are due at 11:59pm. Which is a minute before midnight. Tonight. December 10th.You’re fine.

  2. Sam

    They were not due at 12pm. They are due at 11:59pm. Which is a minute before midnight. Tonight. December 10th.

    You’re fine.

  3. Anonymous

    1:33 If you’re basing your objections on the NYTimes article about the weight given to evaluations be aware that that article was incredibly stilted towards the prof in question. Student evaluations matter but the school doesn’t base “most” of tenure decisions on them.Recommending that administrative staff sit in on classes is a poor solution IMO. Its a waste of resources and furthermore a class where a professor is being observed is rarely representative of how the class normally goes (for better and for worse). Also, someone who sits in on a class is only 1 opinion, having all the students in the class do evaluations gives a more representative view of that professor. Finally, there’s way more to a class than in-class performance (appropriateness of assignments, fairness of grading, how responsive the professor is to emails etc etc). Seeing as professors don’t see the evaluations until after you get grades I’m not sure why there is any tendency to be “nicer” to professors. Your experience is limited to what you’ve written in evals (unless you’re reading other people’s evals…in which case, not cool dude, not cool), so if in your experience they’re not filled out honestly maybe you should start being more honest?I for one would be really pissed if they took away student evaluations. I don’t think there is any better way to gauge student experience than student evaluations.

  4. Anonymous

    1:33

    If you’re basing your objections on the NYTimes article about the weight given to evaluations be aware that that article was incredibly stilted towards the prof in question. Student evaluations matter but the school doesn’t base “most” of tenure decisions on them.

    Recommending that administrative staff sit in on classes is a poor solution IMO. Its a waste of resources and furthermore a class where a professor is being observed is rarely representative of how the class normally goes (for better and for worse). Also, someone who sits in on a class is only 1 opinion, having all the students in the class do evaluations gives a more representative view of that professor. Finally, there’s way more to a class than in-class performance (appropriateness of assignments, fairness of grading, how responsive the professor is to emails etc etc). Seeing as professors don’t see the evaluations until after you get grades I’m not sure why there is any tendency to be “nicer” to professors. Your experience is limited to what you’ve written in evals (unless you’re reading other people’s evals…in which case, not cool dude, not cool), so if in your experience they’re not filled out honestly maybe you should start being more honest?

    I for one would be really pissed if they took away student evaluations. I don’t think there is any better way to gauge student experience than student evaluations.

  5. Anonymous

    1:33why do you think they’re not filled out honestly? even if you don’t take it seriously, please don’t project that lackadaisical attitude on others. i take evaluations extremely seriously, and most people i know do so as well. the truth is, that we are the ones taking the classes, not “administrative staff.” (who do you even mean? the deans? the deans don’t make hiring decisions, the decisions are made by department committees, aka other professors) also, sitting in on one class does not provide an accurate picture of a whole semester of learning. we are there every day. we deserve some say in who teaches us. use your privilege to make assessments of your professors wisely.

  6. Anonymous

    1:33
    why do you think they’re not filled out honestly? even if you don’t take it seriously, please don’t project that lackadaisical attitude on others. i take evaluations extremely seriously, and most people i know do so as well. the truth is, that we are the ones taking the classes, not “administrative staff.” (who do you even mean? the deans? the deans don’t make hiring decisions, the decisions are made by department committees, aka other professors) also, sitting in on one class does not provide an accurate picture of a whole semester of learning. we are there every day. we deserve some say in who teaches us. use your privilege to make assessments of your professors wisely.

  7. spazeboy

    You could probably just use the text of your comment to fill in the blanks on the evaluation, and not suffer the consequence of delayed grade viewing while still effectively boycotting the system.

  8. spazeboy

    You could probably just use the text of your comment to fill in the blanks on the evaluation, and not suffer the consequence of delayed grade viewing while still effectively boycotting the system.

  9. Anonymous

    i’m boycotting this evaluation system. It’s a piece of junk. Why don’t they have any administrative staff sit in on classes? I heard the school bases most of the tenure decisions on these student evaluations which, in my experience, are almost never filled out in honesty. Their is a tendency to be nicer to the professor than he/she sometimes deserves. Students should not be in charge of this.I don’t like it

  10. Anonymous

    i’m boycotting this evaluation system. It’s a piece of junk. Why don’t they have any administrative staff sit in on classes? I heard the school bases most of the tenure decisions on these student evaluations which, in my experience, are almost never filled out in honesty. Their is a tendency to be nicer to the professor than he/she sometimes deserves. Students should not be in charge of this.

    I don’t like it

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