Professional Insecurity in a Fraught Environment | Inside Higher Ed | April 2017 One way of countering a campus culture in which everyone is afraid to speak is to stop relying on student evaluations to assess nontenured faculty, argues Robert Samuels.
Student evaluations of teaching are not only unreliable, they are significantly biased against female instructors. | London School of Economics | February 2016 Student evaluations of teaching (SET) are strongly associated with the gender of the instructor. Female instructors receive lower scores than male instructors. SET are also significantly correlated with students’ grade expectations: students who expect to get higher
The Frequency of “Brilliant” and “Genius” in Teaching Evaluations Predicts the Representation of Women and African Americans across Fields | PLOS ONE | March 2016 Abstract Women and African Americans—groups targeted by negative stereotypes about their intellectual abilities—may be underrepresented in careers that prize brilliance and genius. A recent nationwide survey of academics provided initial support for this possibility. Fields
College Students Are Not Customers | Slate | May 2015 If a university is a customer-service-oriented business—like, say, a restaurant—this means that the customer’s pleasurable experience (and thus continuing patronage) is the sole aim of the university. It does not matter, then, how much or how little the customer learns about a given area of study, because she is “always
Iowa Legislator Wants to Give Students the Chance to Fire Underwhelming Faculty | Chronicle of Higher Education | April 2015 The bill, introduced by Sen. Mark Chelgren, a Republican, would require the state’s public universities to rate professors’ performance based solely on students’ evaluations of their teaching effectiveness. Professors whose evaluation scores didn’t reach a minimum threshold would be automatically