A faculty member recently asked me what the research recommends you do when you want students to effectively engage with supplementary reading material, such as a journal article, beyond the usual textbook readings students are assigned.
This double bind is unfortunately far from unique and it is consistent with several research findings, all converging on the idea that faculty of color and other minorities, and particularly women, are often penalized by students on end-of-semester evaluations.
Graduate students are some of the busiest people on a college campus. Aside from research and writing demands in their graduate program, graduate students are often trying to balance their responsibilities to family, friends, or employers as well.
After organizing events and workshops for part-time faculty over the course of the past three years, I hear some version of the same refrain following every event: “It was so great to meet and talk to other part-time instructors.” A recent survey conducted at KSU supported what I was hearing: 1.
Unfortunately, we don’t live in Lake Wobegon where all teachers receive above average ratings. Faculty who receive mean ratings below 3.50 are not necessarily perceived by students as ineffective teachers.