Academic journal article Journal of Financial Education

Addendum - Student Evaluations of Finance Faculty: Perceived Difficulty Means Lower Faculty Evaluations

Academic journal article Journal of Financial Education

Addendum - Student Evaluations of Finance Faculty: Perceived Difficulty Means Lower Faculty Evaluations

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In the original paper published in the spring/summer 2014 issue of the Journal of Financial Education an important table did not reproduce in the printing process and that table and it's discussion is provided in this addendum. That paper compares student ratings of finance professors to faculty ratings in other academic disciplines and identifies some of the factors responsible for those differences using data from RateMyProfessors.com. Empirical results show that students in finance classes perceive their classes as significantly more difficult than students in many other disciplines do and that these different perceptions are associated with significantly lower teacher evaluations for finance faculty. These results indicate that lower teaching ratings may be more a function of discipline based student perceptions of class difficulty rather than a function of professor teaching ability. These findings are important for any finance faculty member who must provide teaching evaluations as part of annual reviews and tenure and promotion applications. The results should also serve as a warning to administrators and committees that comparison of teaching ratings across disciplines is often an invalid basis for assessing relative teaching proficiency and effectiveness. …

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