You’re invited to our final Psychology Speaker of the fall term ~ Thursday, October 25, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

You’re invited to our final Psychology Speaker of the fall term ~ Thursday, October 25, in Karp 105 at 12:45 pm

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The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium, with support from the “Our Shared Humanities” grant to Union College by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, welcome

Bob Uttl, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology, Mount Royal University

for a public lecture entitled

Student evaluations of teaching ratings do not measure teaching effectiveness and are not suitable for evaluation of faculty

Thursday, October 25, 2018
12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Student evaluation of teaching (SET) ratings are used to evaluate faculty’s teaching effectiveness based on a widespread belief that students learn more from more highly rated professors. However, using SET in high stakes personnel decisions such as hiring, firing, promotion, tenure, and merit pay decisions is fatally flawed. First, SET do not measure faculty’s teaching effectiveness; students do not learn more from more highly rated professors. Second, SET measure students’ perceptions or students’ satisfaction with something but this satisfaction depends on many teaching effectiveness irrelevant factors (TEIFs). Third, SET are influenced by attributes of professors that universities would be ill advised to consider in high stakes personnel decisions. In summary, SET measure student satisfaction rather than faculty’s teaching effectiveness, are influenced by TEIFs, are subject to a number of biases, and are ultimately unsuitable for evaluation of faculty.

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