By Craig Vasey
As the new chair of the AAUP’s Committee on Teaching, Research, and Publications, I asked the committee members what we could do this year to be of service to the AAUP and to the profession. One theme that emerged was the impact that teaching evaluations can have on careers; we reviewed the AAUP’s 1975 Statement on Teaching Evaluation and 2005 observations on that statement, and found the principles continue to be sound. However, a lot has changed in the use of the web since 2005, and we thought it would be useful to get a sense of how faculty are feeling about how they are evaluated today, and what use is made of the data collected.
This theme also appealed to us because it affects contingent faculty as much as, and perhaps more than, full-time tenure-track faculty. We decided to develop a survey on practices and…
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