One of the problems with having teaching evaluations at the end of a semester is that you really don't get to see if what you're doing in the classroom will have a long-term impact on the students. Sometimes though you get feedback that makes you feel that you have been able to add value to a student's career. The following is an unsolicited recommendation from a former student of mine at Drake University that he posted on LinkedIn. Wow. This has made my day!
"During the Fall of 1999, Professor Delaney Kirk taught Human Resource Management (MGT 282) at Drake University, and I was very fortunate to be a student in her classroom, pursuing a Master of Public Administration. Without question, Professor Kirk was a masterful professor with incredible subject matter expertise in her area; I suppose we demand this expertise as students. There were several things that separated Professor Kirk from many of the professors, and made her stand out as one of the best professors I have had.
First, Professor Kirk was exceptionally enthusiastic. She truly believed that the information that she was teaching would make a difference in the lives and professions of her students, and ultimately in the world itself. I suppose all professors feel this way to a degree, but there is no question that Professor Kirk carried herself in such a manner.
Second, Professor Kirk was an outstanding time-manager. You would not want to walk in late to her classroom, or you would definitely miss something – and that something would probably be important. While she ALWAYS kept the class the entire three hour period, I don’t recall any of that time being wasted, but rather I really saw it as time invested. Professor Kirk was incredibly well-organized; her skills in this area should be modeled by others.
Lastly, Professor Kirk was very demanding of TEAMWORK in her class. The team requirements were challenging. It was not feasible to split up the topic area for each team member to research and provide feedback to others. In order to be successful in her team projects, the team would need to work together to achieve a quality product. I found that this team effort resulted in one of my more favorable learning experiences at Drake University.
I was thinking of Professor Kirk the other day when attending a seminar recently, where the topic of “being organized” was discussed. Professor Kirk was among the people who came to my mind at that time – so much in fact that I decided to find out if I could find her on Linkedin. I am glad to re-connect with such an outstanding professional."