Jonathan Eisen has been ripping on RateMyProfessors lately with a hashtag, #BoycottRateMyProfessors. Good.
RMP is a terrible source for any kind of evaluation of professors — it’s more of a place where disgruntled students can vent, which is fine. I do pay attention to complaints, since they’re information I can use to improve, but they’re more useful when they’re on an evaluation form rather than on a website I don’t read.
But there are two big problems here. One is that Google algorithms take RMP seriously as a source for information on academics.
Send this message to @Google, which continues to use its algorithms to put RMP high on almost any search for an academic. The embedded racism and sexism of these evaluation systems must be acknowledged and challenged.
— Monica H Green (@monicaMedHist) June 28, 2018
But worst of all…the goddamn chili peppers. You’re supposed to rate your professors on their “hotness”. It’s flamingly sexist.
And before the sniggers come in about me being jealous because my students definitely do not rate me as “hot” — I’d be even more annoyed if they had put one of those stupid red peppers next to my name. Sorry, students, “eye candy” is not and never has been in the job description.