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FAU’s best teachers … sort of

Teaching evaluations aren’t perfect, but here are SPOTs’ best teachers from each of the university’s seven undergraduate colleges

February 1, 2018

Relying on a numerical figure shouldn’t be a real way to measure a professor’s teaching abilities, said Richard Freishtat, teaching evaluations researcher and director of the University of California Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning.

But when determining promotions, the university looks at the average score to SPOTs’ sixth question — “Rate your instructor’s overall teaching effectiveness in this course: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor.”

Looking at over 6,500 classes from summer 2016-17, we put together a list of SPOTs’ best undergraduate teachers from each college, based on those whose classes had the most “excellent” response rates.

College of Arts and Letters: Julie A. Ward

Julie A. Ward received a score of excellent from 90 percent of her spring 2017 Topics: Sculpture Studio class.

She attributed this to her flexible teaching styles. 

> Continue reading about well-received professors in FAU’s seven undergraduate colleges

Joe Pye is the SPOTs special issue writer for the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @jpeg3189.  

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