I seek out frequent opportunities to assess my teaching effectiveness . I request feedback on my teaching from professors, and gain ongoing student evaluation throughout the semester through class discussion, email check-ins, and anonymous mid-semester surveys, in order to adjust my teaching approach as necessary. This page provides quantitative and qualitative assessment from students who completed end-of-semester evaluations of my teaching. These evaluations show that I have continually improved my teaching, particularly my engagement with students (as seen in the increased scores on engagement from the 2010-11 courses, to the recent courses).
“Alice, as a TA and burgeoning scholar, exemplifies what it means to lift students beyond their perceived ability to learn.”
“Alice was a great TA, we were lucky to have her. She helped me a lot to understand some key concepts, and clearly went out of her way to contact any of us that she could tell were struggling with some of the material.”
“Alice was a thoughtful, helpful TA who was always willing to meet me extra to go over material and help with projects. She understood all of the material and was able to explain it in such a way that was comprehensive to every student. I am confident she would be able to teach this course alone and possibly organize it better than the professor did himself! What I learned from this course and my personal growth and fondness for the subject material was largely due to her assistance!”
Teaching Assistant: Undergraduate study abroad course on “Chinese Empire and the Cambodian Experience” (Winter 2015)
Class Size: 12 students. All 12 students submitted evaluations.
Students in this course were asked to submit qualitative comments on my performance as a Teaching Assistant. I have included highlights from the comments here.
All students were very positive. Five students said “Alice was the best TA I have ever had”.
“Alice was the best TA I have ever had as an undergrad. She was pivotal to the success of Cornell in Cambodia.
“Never before at Cornell have I had a teaching assistant so consistent in their excellence as Alice Beban-France. She played an enormous role in making my experience with Cornell in Cambodia one of the best educational and personal experiences of my life.”
-Knowledge of the Material:
“Her wealth of knowledge in Cambodian society helped all students further understand the depth of our field research. She would perfectly fill in the gaps from lectures and our everyday questions. I did not see Alice as just a TA but a professor I wish I could work with throughout my undergrad career.”
-Ability to lead discussions:
“During discussion, Ms. Beban-France was always extraordinarily prepared and helpful, and always made an effort to make sure we had a thorough grasp of the topics being discussed. I am being perfectly honest when I say that many of my classmates (including myself) wish our discussion sections could have lasted longer the two hours allotted for them.”
-Involving everyone in class
“She ensured that everyone had the chance to participate and was at all times extremely professional, friendly, and approachable.”
--Stimulating deeper thinking and challenging assumptions
“She was approachable, easy to talk to, and brought unique perspectives to conversations and challenged me to rethink my frame of mind in countless situations.”
-Helping students outside of class
“She would always check in on us as a group and as individuals. During our one on ones, she was interested in learning about our academic and social backgrounds to make sure the trip could meet all of our interests and needs.”