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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How to Scare a Law Professor

In honor of Halloween--and as my farewell guest blog--I want to add a little scare (and levity) to your day.  If you are faint of heart, you may want to skip to the next post.  But if you are of a heartier constitution, read on.  Today I propose the scariest of activities . . . reread your . . . Teacher Evaluations and (as if that's not sufficiently terrifying) . . . share them with me!  Muahaha!!

Now if you are pre-tenured, the terror elicited by teacher evaluations is self-explanatory (a little thing called self-preservation) but, I submit that dark monsters lurk in those pages for tenured professors as well.   Such as: irrefutable evidence that your brilliant teaching of [place issue of choice here] for two days left no impression; the fact that few students seem to realize that "ru" is not actually a word; and, the realization that no matter how important the subject/issue/process you taught and how creatively/well/in-depth you taught it, students base their evaluation of your teaching skills on complete non sequiturs. 

Therefore, for a little terrifying fun, I invite you to share your most choice teacher evaluations here.  It would not be right if I didn't offer myself as the first public sacrifice.  Here are a couple of jems . . .

             Please let students use computers in class.  Also, professor has great taste in shoes.
             Great shoes. ;-)

Oh yeah, those comments will get me tenure. 

Looking forward to hearing from you!  To those on the East Coast (including my own family in New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland), know our thoughts and prayers are with you--we all hope you are well, keep safe and please call when you can.  A big thank you to PrawfsBlawg for the guest spot and, to all, Happy Halloween!

Posted by Babette Boliek on October 31, 2012 at 09:25 AM in Life of Law Schools, Teaching Law | Permalink


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How about "taught things that are not in E&E." (!).

Posted by: anon | Nov 1, 2012 9:15:51 AM

I just took a look, and students have variably called me "brilliant," "likable," "badgering," and "intimidating." Spooky, indeed!

Posted by: SecondYearProf | Oct 31, 2012 3:38:31 PM

From my first year of teaching Crim Law:
"A chip on her shoulder the size of Long Island."

Posted by: Anonymouse Prof | Oct 31, 2012 3:30:46 PM

"A dictator with a sense of humor."

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Oct 31, 2012 1:18:17 PM

Last semester, Con Law II, for three different groups of students I was variably "disrespectful and rude with my obvious liberal bias" and "great with how I maintained a neutral and unbiased approach to teaching," and I "was too measured, hid my liberal politics, and should have let" my liberal flag fly. Scary!

Posted by: Steve-o | Oct 31, 2012 12:05:18 PM

"Professor [me] is a manic a--hole. He couldn't care less about students, which wouldn't be so bad except that he masquerades as a nice guy."

Posted by: TM | Oct 31, 2012 12:01:54 PM

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