Those who know me know that I am gracious, modest, restrained, even diffident in triumph. I am not one to sing my own praises, to gloat, to make a great to-do when I succeed. But I’m about to throw that all away with the following:
Today I got the summary of my teaching evaluations from last quarter. Students gave me a rating from 1 to 7, 7 being excellent, in fifteen categories, and I got a sheet showing my averages in each category. Ladies and gentlemen, I destroyed teaching at UC Irvine last quarter. You might say I was teaching at UC Irvine last quarter. Check me out: I was rated higher than the average (for this course or for all writing courses) in every category. Only two of my scores were below 6. Some highlights: “Organization and management of class time”: 6.7; “Listened and responded to students’ comments”: 6.8; “Written comments on papers”: 6.5; “class started and ended on time”: 6.6 (what!!); “Overall”: 6.5.
Admittedly, there seems to have been a certain amount of grade inflation with these evals going on last quarter–the average overall rating was 6 for the course I taught, 6.1 for all writing courses. Clearly it was an enthusiastic fall. Nonetheless, I believe that with a 6.5 I beat the spread.
Okay, even I’m getting tired of my self-adulation here, so I’ll sign off. Still, though: I’m going to do this teaching thing. I am doing it, even.