Monday, October 8, 2018

Yelp for Professors - A Guest Post & Giveaway

I'm happy to welcome Professor Molly Barda to Cozy Up With Kathy today. You can find her on the pages of the Professor Molly Mysteries by Frankie Bow. The Perfect Body is the eighth book in the series.

Yelp for professors.
By Professor Molly Barda

A few years ago, during a round of budget cuts at Mahina State University, our deputy assistant vice-chancellor of student experiences had a money-saving idea: getting rid of in-class teaching evaluations. Instead, students were directed to use a certain well-known online professor ratings site.

Because, as the deputy assistant vice-chancellor wrote in a campuswide email announcing the change, “Our student’s are the best judge of teaching.”

The site is real. It’s like Yelp for professors. Anyone can go on and leave anonymous feedback for the whole world to see.

Think about that for a minute. Anyone can rate anyone. You can post reviews of your friends, your rivals, even yourself.

It was Pat Flanagan, the comp instructor, who first came up with a way to make lemonade from these particularly sour lemons. Emma Nakamura (the biology professor who happens to be my best friend at Mahina State) and I caught on pretty quickly.

Our solution? Ratings party!

The three of us get together at my place, pull out our laptops or phones, open a bottle of wine, and post reviews for each other. (We draw the line at writing our own reviews. For some reason, that feels wrong.)

You would think that we would give each other—that is, ourselves—positive reviews. We don’t.

Our purpose is not to inflate our own egos or make ourselves look like beloved mentors. Instead, we want to resist administration’s push to stuff every classroom to capacity with warm (tuition-paying) bodies.

So we do our best to scare off the slackers. I’m not going to show you our exact reviews (in the unlikely event one of our administrators reads book blogs) but I am confident we’re not the only professors doing this.

We’re always up for new ideas, though. What would you put on a professor rating site to keep your classes at a manageable size?


The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries) by Frankie Bow

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 8th in Series  
Hawaiian Heritage Press Release Date - September 30, 2018 
Print Length: 203 pages  
When Professor Molly attends Mahina State University's exclusive donor dinner, she doesn't expect to have to share a table with the insufferable Stephen Park. Turns out it's one thing to invite your toxic ex-boyfriend to drop's quite another when he takes you up on it.

About the Author

Like Professor Molly, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining. In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the information on "The Perfect Body" by Frankie Bow and for being part of the book tour. Enjoyed reading the guest post with Professor Molly Barda. Can't wait for the opportunity to read the book.
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