great moments in student course evaluations

“His elitism shines through, like the sweat stains under his arms.”

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

9 thoughts on “great moments in student course evaluations”

  1. A harsher indictment can hardly be imagined from that brave — some say fearlessly utopian — experiment in anarcho-socialist egalitarianism that is Northwestern University.


  2. I gather from my female colleagues that comments about physicality are quite common. It upsets me when I get them (that I dress “like a maintenance man” or am fat). I haven’t gotten anything about my sweating. But I’m a sweater. I can’t wait for that one.

    You know, Jeremy, it’s likely your background that has made you such an elitist. Growing up as you did, where you did, one can’t help but be at home with and express the finer things. It’s not something you can help. It’s just who you are; your habitus, as they say.


  3. I hope this is as humorous to you as it is to me.

    Elitism? YOU?

    Send that student down this way and I’ll show him/her how elite the people are.


  4. I’ve been called passive aggressive but never received a comment about my appearance. I think I might be better able to ignore comments about my appearance since I can’t do much about it. If somebody calls me passive aggressive I have to at least consider whether I should have done something differently.


  5. I’m at a non-elite school, so we don’t sweat. But for the most part, students here don’t comment about appearance (as department chair, I get to review all the student evaluations), nor do they go out of their way to be cleverly cutting. OTOH, on RateMyProfessors a student did once complain about my “bad breathe.”


  6. You could have your sweat glands removed. Or, you could put on your syllabus something like, “sweating is our natural cooling process. It is healthy.”


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