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Evaluations [May. 25th, 2007|01:41 pm]
Academics On or Near the Tenure Track


One of my goals this year was to walk away from my current 1-year position with at least one set of great teaching evaluations. The ones from last fall had some issues (the word condescending showed up twice, very frustrating), but this spring's batch are pretty good. One student was disgruntled in one class, ruining that set, but the other two classes were all glow-y.

Given the insanity of this semester - birth of my son, his diagnosis with Down's Syndrome and all that entailed, job hunt (successful), marriage, and with 2 of the 3 classes new ... I'm thrilled.

[User Picture]From: kataplexis
2007-05-25 08:12 pm (UTC)
I haven't even looked at mine. I figure my Chair will look at them at some point and tell me if there is anything I need to know. Perhaps this isn't the best attitude, but it is all I can muster up.

Also, I wouldn't say a batch is ruined because of one bad eval. Everyone knows you can't please everyone and that some students will take out frustrations on you in evals that have nothing to actually do with you. I have a 100+ student lecture course and I am sure I will have a couple of bad ones in there. But that won't ruin the overall value of the evaluations on the job market.
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[User Picture]From: fountaingirl
2007-05-25 10:02 pm (UTC)
That one person who was evil? It will be clear to anyone reading the results that s/he is an outlier with an axe to grind. That one will be excluded in readers' minds as fairly meaningless.

(congrats on doing quite well despite unusually high stressors)
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