Robert Farley says he gets good student evaluations, and does list three suspiciously positive ratings, but I’d guess that these so-called evaluations are actually part of an astro-turfed campaign to make him look good.

Anyway, the debate over whether student evaluations should influence merit pay is actually pretty interesting. I suspect that student evaluations work better in a setting where students actually care about the quality of their coursework. Handing out evaluations to a high school classroom or a freshman-level survey course would undoubtedly reward easy graders. Graduate students, on the other hand, are probably more inclined to judge professors on their actual teaching ability.


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