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December 14, 2006

Bribery

Yesterday was my last day of teaching. I'll still be grading right through the twenty-fourth, mind you, but the classroom component of the semester is over. Because yesterday was the last day of class, I had my students fill out evaluations. As a GSI, evaluations matter. They go into my personnel file and get dragged out every time I apply for a teaching position, either here or elsewhere. And I'm not above bribing my students with food in order to get good evaluations. It's actually a pretty common tactic; many of my professors used to bring food in on the last day of class as well and, as I was walking in yesterday morning, I ran into a fellow GSI who was bringing cookies for her students. I didn't quite stoop that low: it is one thing to bribe them and another thing to get them strung out on sugar, so I brought in clementines. Apparently, however, fruit is not as popular as candy. I brought in two crates of clementines, thinking that everyone would have one and that some people would have two or three, but I ended up with a whole crate left over. Oh well, more for me.

Posted by eklanche at December 14, 2006 07:44 AM

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My wife just started a tenure track job in the humanities. Apparently, none of the departments asked for her teaching evaluations and only one asked for some comments students had given.

My wife is also crazy about clementines. In describing them over the weekend, she said "they're just a party sort of thing." Needless to say, she did not have a normal upbringing.

Posted by: lwinling at December 20, 2006 09:45 AM

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