February 18, 2020
KACA is officially endorsing the statement issued by the American Sociological Association with the other 21 scholarly associations about the current use of student evaluations as a primary measure of teaching effectiveness of the faculty in colleges and universities in North America.
Several patterns were identified in previously published research, cited in the ASA’s official statement, exhibiting that SETs systematically disadvantage women and minority faculty.
Students rate female instructors lower than male instructors even when they
both exhibit the same teaching behaviors (e.g. Boring, Ottoboni, and Stark
2016; MacNell, Driscol, and Hunt 2015).
Students evaluate Black and Asian faculty members less positively than White
faculty, particularly among White male students (e.g. Bavishi, Madera, and Hebl
2010; Reid 2010; Smith and Hawkins 2011).
Faculty ethnicity and gender also influence how students evaluate instructor
characteristics like leniency and warmth (Anderson and Smith 2005).
official stands are following:
We strongly oppose using SETs as the primary measure of teaching effectiveness
in faculty review processes, and
We strongly encourage colleges and universities in North America to consider
holistic methods of evaluating one’s teaching effectiveness, providing fair
opportunities for women and minority teachers to advance their careers and be
compensated for their achievements.
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