"[Moskos's] ego barely fits into the room."Those are some of the comments you can read about me at rateyourprofessor.com.
"His book which he wrote is not great at all, pretty boring, although he thinks its the best. He also has that 'oh, look at me, I went to Harvard, I'm so great' attitude at times."
"Doesn't really seem to connect with his students. I also found his way of lecturing rather disjointed."
"For the graduate level, his teaching is Amateur. . . . Pointless."
"He's a liberal, its all the same poor me i;m blacka and under privlaged stuff."
Students sometimes get asked if I read ratemyprofessor. Of course I do. But not too much. Still, I check every year or two because I want to know what other people can read about me. And if all the rankings were negative, then I would worry.
I do think the school's student-written evaluations of teachers are valid and useful. Professors, myself included, can always improve listening to constructive criticism. And I take my teaching seriously; I enjoy teaching and I want to be good at it.
But it's silly to get obsessed over website rankings because I have all of 19 comments on that website (and not one says I'm hot). And I've taught over 800 students. As any social scientists knows, a 2-percent response rate is worthless. In many ways, it's worse than worthless because people will draw false conclusions. Put another way, in hundreds of hours of classroom instruction: is that all you got?
Honestly, I'd be worried if none of my students didn't hate me. As everybody knows, you can't please all the people all the time. I'm happy to please most of my students most of the time.
What if the tables were turned? Honestly, I really like my students. All of them. Well, almost. But in seven years of teaching, I can only think of three students I did not like (And interestingly, all three were graduate students. One was emotionally unstable. And another later put me down as a reference, which was odd).