By Nazanin Shahrokni, SWS Member and Spyros Sofos
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As defenders of Honduran forests die, a drug trafficking trial opens in New York for the brother of the country’s president.
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS SPECIAL ISSUE OF GENDER & SOCIETY: “Gender Transformations of Higher Education Institutions”
Special Issue of Gender & Society: “Gender Transformations of Higher Education Institutions”
Guest Editor: Julia McQuillan (University of Nebraska)
Guest Deputy Editors: Sheryl Skaggs (University of Texas, Dallas) and Kevin Stainback (Purdue University)
Completed manuscripts, due February 1, 2020, should be submitted online to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gendsoc and should specify in the cover letter that the paper is to be considered for the special issue.
Barbara J. Risman
Department of Sociology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60607
By Stacy Torres, SWS Member
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OUT OF THE CLASSROOM AND INTO THE WORLD
A TALK ABOUT “DOING SOCIOLOGY” WITH DR. MINDY FRIED
University of Michigan – Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128, USA
3rd Floor Mardigian Library
September 18, 2019
SWS ENDORSES STATEMENT FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION ON STUDENT EVALUATIONS OF TEACHING
Washington, DC: A formal statement issued by the American Sociological Association (www.asanet.org/studentevaluations), and endorsed by 17 other scholarly associations, describes the current use of student evaluations of teaching as “problematic” and identifies ways to use student feedback appropriately as one part of holistic assessment of teaching effectiveness in institutions of higher education.
A large body of research has demonstrated that student evaluations of teaching (SETs) are weakly related to student learning and are often biased against women and people of color. In this statement, the ASA provides a brief summary of the current research and notes that SETs systematically disadvantage faculty from marginalized groups. This has consequences for who gets hired, who gets tenure, and whose contracts are renewed.
The statement encourages colleges and universities to consider different methods of evaluating teaching and also highlights several institutions that are exploring alternatives. These include renaming SETs to indicate that student feedback is important, but not determinative of teaching quality or effectiveness, and initiating processes that include or heighten the importance of peer review and self-evaluation.
“ASA encourages institutions to use evidence-based best practices for collecting and using student feedback about teaching. Our hope and expectation is that this statement will be used as a resource by faculty and chairs to begin conversations on their own campuses,” said Nancy Kidd, Executive Director of the ASA. “Particularly at a time when faculty are facing new challenges to their work and their job security, they deserve a fair, accurate and balanced evaluation process.”
About the American Sociological Association
The American Sociological Association, founded in 1905, is a non‐profit membership association dedicated to serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions to and use of sociology by society.
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