Confessions of a Community College Dean

Confessions of a Community College Dean

In which a veteran of cultural studies seminars in the 1990s moves into academic administration and finds himself a married suburban father of two. Foucault, plus lawn care.

January 26, 2009 - 9:44pm
A new correspondent writes:
January 25, 2009 - 6:56pm
A new correspondent writes: After six years of teaching and academic administration at two proprietary schools (neither one being your Proprietary U unless you've disguised it incredibly well), I am applying for a position at a local community college. As someone who has made the transition, what concerns do you think I should be prepared to address on the off chance I get an interview?
January 22, 2009 - 11:45pm
A regular correspondent makes an interesting point about "retention" in a different sense of the word: Every time you write about remedial classes, retention, or the K-12 preparation your comments seem to get thread-jacked with folks who basically say that the K-12 system sucks...Maybe it would be worth trying to host a slightly different conversation on your public forum... The nugget of my question, "What do you do to ensure that students retain their knowledge and skills from a class?"
January 22, 2009 - 12:47am
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January 21, 2009 - 1:12am
A hat-tip to Sherman Dorn for pointing out this story in IHE that I had missed.
January 19, 2009 - 9:36pm
When Barack Obama was born, his parents' marriage would have been illegal in Virginia. This Fall, he carried Virginia. I've been accused of being just a little cynical. (TW mentioned that this marks the end of the 8 year long relationship between her butt and President Bush's face. No more annual state-of-the-mooning.) Today, I'm glad to put that aside. We need hope, and we need it now.
January 16, 2009 - 4:40am
A new correspondent writes: I have a question to ask you and your "wise and worldly readers." :) I'm a PhD candidate in an evergreen social science, and I just taught for the first time last semester. While I loved many things about teaching, the biggest surprise for me was how much I loved teaching writing. I loved marking student papers, trying to teach them about how to structure an argument, working with them on how to craft a better piece of writing and thinking.
January 14, 2009 - 9:47pm
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January 14, 2009 - 4:52am
There's a fairly wide, if shallow, literature out there on different generations in the workplace. It's often fun to read, if of limited usefulness. This week I finally realized what's missing. What are the effects when a workplace skips a generation? In the community college world, this seems distressingly common. In discussion with a contact at another cc this week, where the same phenomenon holds, I realized that the reasons for the gap are more complicated than I had initially thought.
January 12, 2009 - 9:35pm
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