Hi wiki folks - Seeking some advice on the best way to handle one set of not-so-good class evaluations in terms of presenting myself on the job market next cycle. Here's the background - I am currently visiting faculty at a SLAC and taught an upper-level seminar during winter term. As a result of it being my first time teaching a seminar (so encountering all the new class planning challenges) and being largely otherwise occupied by this year's interviews/job market (and thus not putting in as much planning as I would like), the end-of-term evaluations were not quite up to snuff. They were "ok" but are lower than other classes I've taught and point more towards adequate, rather than great/exceptional, teaching.
My concern is how to portray this on the next job cycle - Do I include these evals? Do I offer a blurb on why they aren't as high as the others, and if so do you think the reviewers actually read that blurb?
I am currently compiling a set of rec letters from fellow faculty and some of my students in other classes that support my efficacy as a SLAC instructor, and my other class evaluations are much better. I am just not sure how this one blemish will affect my attractiveness as a candidate on the job market, and how I should approach handling it should SCs review that set of evaluations?
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!