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Explaining teaching evaluations to my first-year students

“How many classes,” asked a faculty at the end of a committee meeting three years ago, “is a tenured professor at Stanford required to teach each year?” None of us gave the correct answer, which is one. The same is probably true at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, and other top Research I universities in America. I have no idea how teaching is evaluated among these folks—or if it is a category for evaluation. I’d guess, however, that teaching evaluations matter little or not at all at these institutions.

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Pepperdine’s memorial service for Alaina Housley

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A former student’s reflective essay on Plato and exercise

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September 2014: Grace Vitek, second from right, and several peers performing a scene from Aeschylus’ The Persians.

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My students on Langdon Gilkey’s Shantung Compound

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This student counts Gilkey’s book among her handful of favorites in the Great Books sequence. ~ pc Cate Chapman

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Bài ca dành cho những xác người: Song for the human corpses

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Tet Offensive. The event has generated perhaps more publications in the English language – government reports, media accounts, academic studies, amateur histories, memoirs, etc. – than any other from the Vietnam War. A sucker for anniversaries of publications and releases of films and music, I wish to commemorate it by inviting non-Vietnamese to listen to a very well-known song among Vietnamese.

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I know what you watched last summer #2: my dancing portfolio

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During the week in Buenos Aires, we visited a milonga where the locals danced the tango into the night.

I was on campus today for my first meeting of the new school year.  It was the first time back since late May, meaning that yesterday was the unofficial last day of my summer.  Like last summer, I worked at home and it gave me more downtime and a chance to catch up with popular culture.
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Break from blogging

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Parodies of The Brothers Karamazov

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The teaching life & student evaluations

Having entered academia in my thirties, I sometimes wondered what it would have been like had I begun graduate school not long after college.  It was, after all, the pattern for the majority of my academic friends, peers, and colleagues.  I couldn’t help wondering where I’d be on the academic ladder as people of my age now.  Yet each time that I thought about it, I always concluded that, most likely, it’d have been a disaster.

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