For the information of whoever wants wants it, I have posted to the Teaching Hub student evaluations for the various courses I have taught over the years. This is by happenstance a rather incomplete collection, as I have taught at a number of different universities and community colleges, and only some of this material is in electronic form. As such, the only evaluations up currently are the ones from my last year at Grand Valley State University. Hopefully I will be able to fill in the blanks on some of my past teaching experiences over the next month before school starts again, but I can’t guarantee anything.
What exactly has possessed me to do this? Well, again, it comes down to me wanting to embrace a more productive transparency in my teaching. There has always been a part of my professional personality that has bought heavily into this idea of an academic as independent, untouchable auteur beholden to no one; what I did in my classroom, so this thinking went in my head, was my business and no one else’s (if I wanted to poke a few people with sticks, I suppose I could label this attitude as “Tenured Egotist,” made all the more ironic in that I’m not tenured in the slightest, but I digress…). Lately, I have grown rather bothered by this attitude. The Teaching Hub itself is one aspect of me attempting to move beyond this academic bitchiness about openness in teaching; posting my teaching evaluations is the next step in the process.
Also, last week, I found myself pinging back through a series of ProfHacker posts on the merits and uses of teaching evaluations (see here and here) until I came across a post from last year by Brian Croxall that really planted the seed in my head. As usual, the digital humanities borg infects my meatspace computer without even trying.
Anyway, the die is cast, and from now on, I will post my course evaluations to this site, warts and all. If nothing else, you can all be entertained by the amusingly obnoxious comments some students feel the need to make (although I have nothing that tops a comment my Wife once received regarding an improvement she could make to her English composition class: “Teach in mini-skirt!” I mean, really…).
You can find the evaluation page located as a subpage to the Syllabus Archive in the nav bar above or by clicking here.
6 Aug 2010 Update: I have posted some more course evaluations, mostly from 2007-2008 when I was teaching for Central Michigan University. Have finally developed a good and relatively quick method for digitizing these files, so hopefully I’ll get these up quicker than I had anticipated.