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Are student evaluations killing good teaching?

Posted by Christopher Shea  September 26, 2008 10:51 AM

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William Deresiewicz, until recently an English professor at Yale, and Mark Edmundson, an English professor at the University of Virginia, discuss the case of Annemarie Beane, who was recently denied tenure not rehired to a second one-year term at Wesleyan in part because "only" 75 percent or so of her students thought her teaching was either good or outstanding.

Ideas contributor Mark Oppenheimer tells Beane's full story (she's "a distant, poorer cousin of the family that owns the L.L. Bean clothing business") here. And the professors' full conversation is here. They also touch on "Why Marxist professors don't make Marxist students" and "The tragedy of overspecialization in academia."

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  1. I am trying to contact William Deresiewicz; Elisabeth Lenckos and I would like to invite him to submit an essay for a book on "Jane Austen and Aesthetics." Does anyone have his current email address?

    Posted by Natasha Duquette September 28, 09 04:05 PM
 
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