This study proves there is tangible room for improvement on the bias problem with student evaluations of teachers. Changing the language of the evaluations themselves can help mitigate this issue, though of course, this is only a piece of the puzzle.
This article explores anecdotal evidence from the diverse instructors who suffer from the biased, discriminatory nature of student evaluations of teaching.
This study demonstrates that the amount of uncontrollable bias in student evaluations of teaching are so extreme that more effective instructors will obtain lower student evaluations than less effective instructors due to discriminatory bias from students. Student evaluations of teaching actually do not primarily measure teaching effectiveness, but are much more demonstrative of student perceptions of instructor identity.
While not nearly the entire equation when it comes to bias in student evaluations of teaching, gender bias plays a significant role. This article examines students at a French university who evaluate their teachers. The results showed male students have a clear bias in favor of male professors, and that all students, regardless of gender, give more favorable reviews to male professors.
“President Kate Birdsall of the Union of Non-Tenure Track Faculty, or UNTF, spoke to the board about contract changes this new year. She discussed the collective bargaining agreement with the university and a salary proposal in the best interest of the UNTF’s members. She also said the union has a high turnover rate as a result of a lack of human resources work from the university.
“We believe in point one: of the mission of this university which is to provide outstanding education to promising, qualified students in order to prepare them to contribute fully to society,” Birdsall said. “We believe. Unfortunately, we aren’t sure that Michigan State believes in us.”‘
Tune in bright and early Friday morning at 8 a.m. to watch our President, Dr. Kate Birdsall, address the MSU Board of Trustees about who we are, what we do, and why our 2022 contract campaign is so vital to the campus community.
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Following nine months of negotiations, the University of Michigan Lecturers’ Employee Organization approved a three-year contract with 96.6% of union members voting to ratify. The contract outlines a rise in minimum salary to $51,000 by the 2023-24 academic year for lecturers on all three of the university’s campuses.
Many lecturers expect an over $12,000 increase to their salary thanks to this contract.
Other wins include benefits, longevity raises, increased job security, enhanced sick pay, title changes, and annual raises.
Organizers tell us Employees at 54 Starbucks stores across 19 U.S. states are pursuing union elections. This comes following the successful unionization of workers in Buffalo who are now beginning negotiations with Starbucks.
In November 2021, over 10,000 John Deere employees, unionized through United Auto Workers, ended a strike to vote in a valuable new contract including protections from management schemes to eliminate pension plans, preserved benefits, and large pay raises and bonuses.