Course evaluations came in for my undergraduate course a couple days ago. Mine were good, not fabulous like the evaluations for the comparable course at Wisconsin, but certainly fine given my long layoff from teaching and ways that I already know I can make the course better.
Evaluations at Northwestern are online and include part that can henceforth be viewed by anyone with a Northwestern userid. (One’s salary is private at Northwestern but public at Wisconsin; one’s course evaluations are public at Northwestern but private at Wisconsin. Choose your poison.)
I did have one student who deeply disliked me and wrote at length for the public evaluation about aspects of my mannerisms that irked them. (Previous Me would post the evaluation here, as it’s ultimately kind of funny in its outlandishness; Present Me suspects that doing that would be too easily troll fodder.) Among other things, though, apparently I “smack my mouth” when I talk. I don’t exactly know what that means; someone who knows me as a speaking being should let me know so I can put it on my list of Things To Work On.
Curiously, despite this person going on about their dislike for me, they still gave me a 4 out of 6 as my overall evaluation. And luckily, their evaluation is in the middle of the list, so future prospective students who look up the evaluations for this course will have appropriate context to see it as an outlier.