Saturday, March 01, 2008

Evaluations of Professors May Be Made Public

According to the Herald, Dongguk University publicized the evaluation scores of over 1000 professors. This act upset the teaching staff. (EFL Geek- I think my link works but I was unable to follow your instructions - right-clicking gave me no options regarding frames).

Songang U is considering following suit (publicizing evaluations, not getting upset - well, maybe getting upset, but that likely isn't planned).

Graduate business schools are also likely to make evaluations public.

I am a little torn on the idea. My evaluations have been uniformly good (Nothing like the Big Hominid's, but I don't bribe the students, either) but I have seen some strange comments from time to time. One student added a comment that I should have spoken more Korean in class- I can speak a little, but I am expected to stick to English in class. My classes start and finish on time (one of the criteria on our eval list) but sometimes my co-teachers do not. Do the students understand to score us differently?

Of course, my only job is to teach. I don't do research, nor am expected to. I make no publications in peer-reviewed journals. I was hired for my teaching ability and don't mind being evaluated on it.

North American university professors are expected to do research and, in some cases, the students are expected to be grateful to be near such a knowledgeable professor that they make the effort to learn the material themselves if the lessons are not clear. I am not sure if I was clear. If the animal behaviour professor, hired for his journal articles on the subject, isn't a great lecturer, the student should be motivated to do further study on his/her own.

My animal behaviour professor, by the way, was a great lecturer - the above was only an example.

I am not as brave as the Big Hominid and my classes are different and I have different limitations placed on me by my school. Still, I will post one class's evaluation of me per year (first year, second year and third year) and the average evaluation scores come June.

7 comments:

skindleshanks said...

Just curious--which university was it where you learned your animal behavior?

kwandongbrian said...

Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.
I wonder if I learned animal behaviour or if I simply studied it!

skindleshanks said...

I guess we'll have to let Alex be the judge of that!

kwandongbrian said...

Laugh Out Loud (I'm too unhip to abbreviate it).

Kevin said...

At Smoo, our evals are already made public, if by "made public" we mean "hung out in the hallway by the main office for any and all students to peruse."

As for bribes-- the students fill out their evals before the meal, but even the meal hasn't stopped some students from writing complaints.

I also usually give a "cover your ass" spiel before evals are filled out: students shouldn't write any complaints on the forms that they haven't voiced directly to me. Whether this spiel has had any effect is a matter of debate.


Kevin


Kevin

kwandongbrian said...

Kevin,

I'm sure your actions are completely above-board. I honestly think you are an excellent teacher ( this is based solely on what you post - who knows what you are hiding).

Every semester, though, I read about your fantastic final-class parties and wish I could be in your class to enjoy the food.

Kevin said...

Thanks, man. That was, unfortunately, my final jjong-party. A little more than six weeks hence, I'll be leaving the peninsula.

As to what I'm hiding... it's the farts. I fart out a mind-control gas.


Kevin