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Practical Interpretation of Student Evaluations for Starting Professors

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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New Faculty Development

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New Engineering Educators

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22.1163.1 - 22.1163.14



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Walter W. Schilling Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Walter Schilling is an assistant professor in the Software Engineering program at the Milwaukee
School of Engineering in Milwaukee, WI. He received his B.S.E.E. from Ohio Northern University
and his M.S.E.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo. He worked in the automotive industry as
an embedded software engineer for several years prior to returning for doctoral work. He has
spent time at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH and consulted for multiple embedded systems companies in the Midwest. In addition to one U.S. Patent, Schilling has numerous publications in refereed international conferences and other journals. He received the Ohio Space Grant Consortium Doctoral Fellowship, and has received awards from the IEEE Southeastern Michigan and IEEE Toledo Sections. He is a member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, and ASEE. At MSOE, he
coordinates courses in Software Quality Assurance, Software Verification, Software Engineering
Practices, Real Time Systems, and Operating Systems, as well as teaching Embedded Systems Software and other software and computer engineering courses.

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John K. Estell Ohio Northern University

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John K. Estell is a Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Ohio Northern University. From 2001 to 2010 he served as Chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department at Ohio Northern. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His areas of research include simplifying the outcomes assessment process, first-year engineering instruction, and the pedagogical aspects of writing computer games. Dr. Estell is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of ACM, ASEE, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon.

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Frederick Clayton Berry Milwaukee School of Engineering Orcid 16x16

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Practical Interpretation of Student Evaluations for Starting ProfessorsAbstractIn nearly all university environments, students evaluate their instructors. However, howthese evaluations are used varies greatly from institution to institution and from positionto position. Compounding this fact is the different expectations of students at differentcampuses.As students and graduate students, the goal for a class is always an A. However, with studentevaluations, consistently obtaining perfect evaluations is nearly impossible, even for the mostveteran instructor. This article provides practical ideas for interpreting student evaluations. Itincludes a summary of how evaluations are used at teaching oriented universities at both adepartmental and college level. It then provides a set of tips for interpreting student evaluations,and provides techniques for setting improvement goals.

Schilling, W. W., & Estell, J. K., & Berry, F. C. (2011, June), Practical Interpretation of Student Evaluations for Starting Professors Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18907

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