College Math Teaching

May 4, 2015

Teaching evaluations ….

Filed under: academia, editorial — Tags: , , — collegemathteaching @ 4:48 pm

When I was in grade school, I was evaluated by people with undergraduate degrees.
When I was in high school, I was evaluated by people with undergraduate degrees, and occasionally by someone with a masters degree.
When I was an undergraduate, I was evaluated by Ph. D. holders and an occasional masters degree holder.
When I was a graduate student, Ph. D’s with impressive research credentials evaluated me. a college professor…I am evaluated by those with high school diplomas ….things have come full circle, huh? 🙂

In all honesty, at least my department does “peer classroom visits” at least with non-tenured faculty, and on occasion, with some tenured faculty (the latter is mostly voluntary).


  1. If you don’t know, there’s a ridiculous website called College Misery [THECOLLEGEMISERY.COM] where professors, all hiding behind phony names, make fun of students. It’s absolutely terrible. My parents assumed I was lying when I told them about it, but they checked it out and I know they’ve looked into the possibility of suing the writer who runs the journal. It’s despicable, and I’d like to know more about how professors would respond to something so hainous as this.

    Comment by Tad Campbell — February 23, 2016 @ 7:40 pm

    • Oh, Tad. That is so precious.

      If you don’t like what faculty say about their students, don’t go looking for blogs run by nurses. That’s some dark humor there.

      Comment by Beaker Ben — February 23, 2016 @ 11:11 pm

    • Would you also sue ratemyprofessor as well, since it basically performs a similar function? Or are you okay with students anonymously writing things like “my teacher is a douchebag” (which one review ACTUALLY SAID)? If not, then you’re a giant hypocrite.

      I would also point out that these professors are not writing about GOOD STUDENTS. They’re writing about the many people that clearly don’t belong in college.

      Here’s a scenario (a real one): One and a half months into a course, a student has come to a grand total of three classes. The student has handed in ZERO work and comes to class an hour late, even though she lives about a mile away. No excuses are offered at all; she just doesn’t want to do the work.

      Is this person deserving of respect? Have you ever had an incompetent coworker or boss you complained about?

      Comment by Peter Quint — February 25, 2016 @ 6:32 pm

  2. Suing someone because you don’t like what they write…hmmmm…. 🙂

    BTW, it is “heinous”.

    Comment by collegemathteaching — February 23, 2016 @ 7:45 pm

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