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.
This article shows findings that people of color and women receive lower scores than their white male counterparts in student evaluations of teaching. These evaluations must see reform to protect minorities teaching at universities.
“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.”‘
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.