Letter to the editor: Some professors need help


    Gary A. Christopher

    I am writing in regard to the Student Alumni Association’s Teaching Week Proclamation.

    It is necessary that exemplary faculty be recognized for their contributions to our education. Since we can’t raise their pay, public awards are the next best alternative. On the other side of the coin, however, are teachers who are neither respectful nor accessible, who use class time to read their lectures to students (as if we can’t read on our own), or other poor teaching practices. I wish there was something that could be done about these professors.

    Short of sending blistering student evaluations, what can be done to inform, educate, discipline or remove a professor who abuses his or her position? What can be done about the individual who thumbs his or her nose at the student evaluations, with the attitude that the evaluations have no meaning because he or she has tenure or continuing status?

    Not only do these indivuduals stifle learning, but they communicate their pride through their teaching methods. This is clearly not in the spirit of the Honor Code. What can we as mere students do?

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