Friday, January 27, 2006

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Shamelessly stolen from New Kid.

The Good
* Recipes from the Moosewood cookbook (Moosewood Cooks at Home, I think). Last night we made the Penne with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Capers (with a few substitutions--canned tomatoes instead of fresh, and spaghetti instead of penne). Yummy! and it was even better as leftovers today at lunch.
* Today I did one of my favorite lectures, which has a really cool demo that I made up. I've used this lecture/demo in several classes at various levels with lots of success, and the students enjoyed it today too.
* Supportive girlfriends. 'Nuff said.

The Bad
* Not being listened to in meetings, especially when it happens in department meetings.
* Writing letters of evaluation. I'm sooo sick of this right now!
* Grading. 'Nuff said.

The Ugly
Student evaluations. As part of the review process, I get to see all of my evaluations sliced and diced in various ways. And aye caramba! I've always heard that there is gender bias in student evaluations, particularly for women in male-dominated fields...I now know that this is in fact true. I never really picked up on it until I saw everything compiled together, but it was pretty obvious. Hopefully the tenure and promotion committee will recognize this too...but this will certainly make the review process more, um, "interesting".

3 comments:

Lisa, Paper Chaser said...

Gosh, I thought I was the only one buried in writing letters!!!!

Evals suck.

FemaleCSGradStudent said...

Gender-biased evaluations. I'm sorry. That IS very, very ugly. I am not looking forward to getting irate about that when my time comes.

btw...how ugly?

Jane said...

FCSGS, it was very, very ugly. As in the gender disparity was so patently obvious that it even shocked me. And I'm very, very angry about it.