Thursday, February 23, 2012
Rating sites apparently even have the power to bring a well-known UNC Law professor to his electronic knees. It’s not every day that a torts professor sends his former students a “rather embarrassing request” to repair his online reputation. It’s also certainly not every day that the students respond en masse….
On Tuesday, Professor Michael Corrado sent the following email to 2Ls who took his torts class last year, basically pleading for their help. ...
I have a rather embarrassing request of you. An undergraduate brought something to my attention that needs to be fixed. It seems that there is a website, something like Rate My Professors, where my rating is so bad that he was uncertain about whether to take my course or not. I was puzzled, because my evaluations are generally not bad. It turns out that there are just a couple of responses on the site, and they are apparently from people who have a real grievance against me for some reason.
They are certainly entitled to their opinions, but it isn’t really a fair reflection of my teaching (I hope).
What I would like to ask of you is whether, if you are so inclined, you would go onto that site and write your own review of my teaching. I’m not asking you to write a favorable review, just to write an honest review. I think that overall I would get much better ratings if a number of people did this and just gave their honest views.