So I got knocked because of my terrible - truly terrible - evals.
I was crying. I couldn't I believe that my students really felt I was a terrible teacher.
And then it struck me - I go no, not one 4 or a 5 on "personal interaction"?
Not one from the student I met with every week who called me her "best instructor ever"?
Not from the student I walked through every worksheet problem?
Not from any of the students who showed up to get their projects checked who I commended on their hard work and encouraged their confidence?
Not one - not a single one - from any of the students that I helped in lab hands on? That I smiled and held their spectrophotometers while they slid in the little piece of plastic? Not any that where we laughed when the magnet experiment went down?
And not one from a student I will call "S", who told me all her hopes and dreams, who called me her inspiration? I know she was there; I handed her my evals.
There was another instructor from physics who never once met with a student. He never responded to a single email. He said I was a "godsend" for this course. He couldn't teach it alone; he was spending half his time in Switzerland on research.
This... sounds really fishy to me.