Teaching

Class Evaluations

All courses at UCLA are evaluated by students at the end of each quarter. These class evaluations consist of seven questions on a 1-9 scale and the option to write additional comments. They are handled by a centrally administered organization, the Office of Instructional Development, that is independent of all departments at UCLA.

The second of these seven questions which asks the student to evaluate lectures or class presentations is the single most important question dealing with the preparation and quality of a lecture. Dr. Lavelle has taught at UCLA since 1997. Below are his yearly averages for all of his UCLA classes from 2001 to the present - a total of 18,988 student evaluations with an average lecture quality of 8.1 on a 1-9 scale.

Lecture Quality
Average score out of 1-9
Number of students
completing a course evaluation
2016- 8.38 629*
2015-16 8.00 1934*
2014-15 8.13 878*
2013-14 8.04 1042*
2012-13 8.03 1118*
2011-12 8.02 1096*
2010-11 8.20 1550
2009-10 8.04 1568
2008-09 8.13 1616
2007-08 8.29 1410
2006-07 8.20 1289
2005-06 8.29 1349
2004-05 8.23 1106
2003-04 7.93 854
2002-03 7.84 1062
2001-02 8.23 487
8.12 18,988

*Online evaluation during last 3 weeks of class. Prior to 2011 evaluation done in class.

 

Courses Taught at UCLA

Chem-10A (General Chemistry for Life Science Majors)
Chem-14A (Atomic and Molecular Structure, Equilibria, Acids and Bases)
Chem-14B (Thermodynamics, Electrochemistry, Kinetics, and Organic Chemistry)
Chem-19 (Fiat Lux Seminar: Chemistry as Foundation for Research)
Chem-20B (Chemical Energetics and Change)
Chem-89 (Honors Seminar)
Chem-89HC (Honors Contract)
Chem-99 (Student Research Program)
Chem-156 (Physical Biochemistry)
Chem-192C (Undergraduate Assistant Education Practicum)
Chem-192D (Undergraduate Assistant Education Practicum)
Chem-196A (Research Apprenticeship in Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Chem-196B (Research Apprenticeship in Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Chem-199 (Directed Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Chem-375 (Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship Practicum)