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Getting Good Student Teaching Evaluations


The best way to get good teaching evaluations from students is to be a good teacher. Good teaching involves both content mastery and interpersonal rapport. Jed Lyons shares responses from veteran faculty about how to maintain rigor in course content in such a way that the students are educated as well as engaged. Required and suggested methods for student feedback on instruction are also discussed.

About the Facilitator

Jed Lyons is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and Computing. He is the recipient of USC's Michael J. Mungo Teaching Award, Joseph Biedenbach Distinguished Service Award, and Samuel Litman Distinguished Professor Award, and was elected Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.


"This was an excellent activity.  I am glad that it was offered and plan to use the information as a new instructor." – Health Services and Policy Management

"Thank you for this great professional development activity! Very useful for graduate teaching assistants who may focus more on teaching and maybe less on students’ feedback and course evaluations. Excellent opportunity to realize how important these are in our teaching!" – Educational Studies

"This was a very helpful workshop for me because I am teaching for the first time this summer and learning how to get good evaluations was one of the main things I wanted to learn before I start." – Statistics

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