Pressed to please

When a professor is desperate for a good course evaluation, it’s hard to resist the pressure to please, reports The Onion, a satirical online journal.

Alan Gilchrist, an associate professor of English literature at the University of Arkansas infamous for his tough grading standards and dry lecturing style, was coerced into sleeping with an undergraduate on Monday in order to earn a good course evaluation. “My tenure’s on the line here, so I allowed a student to take advantage of me,” said an emotional Gilchrist of the experience, which he hopes will earn him at least six “very much enjoyed” responses on the eight-item evaluation form. “I told myself it would be just this once, and that it would be over soon, and that it wouldn’t be that bad, but I was used. And I can’t stop showering.”

Via Virginia Postrel.

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  1. SuperSub says:

    A professor regrets sleeping with a coed? Wow.

  2. Um, “a satirical journal” should be enough to tell you all you need to know about it.

    IOW, rubbish.

    Frequently funny rubbish, but still rubbish.

  3. If only it were so easy.

  4. Contrary to popular belief, propogated largely by poor teachers in the university faculty who believe they are above teaching, one does not have to pander in any way to one’s students to get good evaluations. Students appreciate a good teacher who tells them exactly why they are learning what they are learning, shoots straight, and treats students with respect, even if he is a hard grader and his course is difficult.