external teaching assessments
Washington University in St. Louis: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Spring 2016- Faculty Assessment
As a requirement for obtaining the Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, I taught a section of the introductory course, WGSS 100B, Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. In order to support professional development, the Chair of the WGSS Department and/or the department coordinator of the 100B sections observed each graduate student instructor once during the semester and provided comprehensive feedback. I have included my letter of assessment below from Mary Ann Dzuback, Chair of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Professor Dzubak highlights the following strengths demonstrated in my teaching:
- Clear respect for students and the creation of a class environment that allows students to share their ideas and interact with each other, in addition to with the instructor.
- Effective use of my own research to inform my teaching in a way that was informative and accessible to students. This also helped to develop the students' "critical sensibility" as they engaged with issues in a non-Western context.
- Impressive grasp of the day's material and a critical feminist perspective, which it was clear the students had begun to adopt.
Areas for improvement:
- The students needed more time for the group activity and several of the quieter students did not participate in the full group discussion.