I have a long history of teaching evaluations, having been a teaching assistant for most of time as a PhD student from 2005-2011, and a primary lecturer at UC Riverside in 2007 and again at Australian National University in 2012. In the following graph, you can see the trend in my average evaluations for each year I have taught:
On this graph, the year 2008-2009 does not appear, since I had a research fellowship for that year of my PhD, and the year 2011-2012 was the first year of my postdoc in Australia.
Of course, this is not a perfect analysis, but I would like to point out that after my first year, my average evaluation score has almost always been 4.5/5. The average over all terms is 4.2, and neglecting that rocky first year this rises to 4.4, narrowly peaked with a standard deviation of 0.3. Hiding inside Year 2 is a near perfect score of 4.9/5 for the first course I ever lectured. The last year, corresponding to my lecturing in Australia, was sadly a bit below my standard at 4.2, but I am told this is still excellent for that department. All of my teaching evaluations are below:
John was able to convey concepts to us in the simplest way he saw fit, which meant that the concepts learned were always clearer and described in normal english. Drawings and visualisations help a heap with linear algebra. John's concern for a quiet class and for individual student concerns was great.
Although last semester I didn't quite enjoy Linear Algebra because I thought that it wasn't very abstract and only consisted of row reduction, this semester I realised how wrong I was and how interesting Linear Algebra is, and this was thanks to the lecturer who taught the subject with a very different perspective to the way in which it was taught in MATH1115.
Great class, John. I understood every bit of the material, and that's more than I could say for my last 9C professor. Your examples were clear and easy to follow. Thanks for everything.
Math 4 - Precalculus
Math 5 - Precalculus
Math 8B - Introductory Calculus
Math 9ABC - Introductory Calculus
Math 10A - Vector Calculus
Math 10B - Vector Calculus
Math 11/CS 11 - Discrete Math
Math 22 - Business Calculus
Math 46 - Differential Equations
Math 131 - Linear Algebra
Math 132 - Linear Algebra
Math 144 - Set Theory
Math 151C - Advanced Calculus
Math 165AB - Complex Analysis
Math 171 - Abstract Algebra