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.

July 30, 2008 - 8:09am
Last week I saw another iteration of something I still don't really understand. People who are perfectly civil in person are often capable of firing off incredibly nasty and hateful emails. Sometimes they'll do that with cc's all the way up the chain, as a way of spreading the manure over the most ground with the least effort. Yet, when confronted, they're surprised that anybody would take offense, and they revert to their perfectly civil selves. It's mystifying.
July 28, 2008 - 9:15pm
As a rule, I don't write in public. It's too exposed, a little pretentious, and just not me. Besides, when one tries to maintain the fig leaf of a pseudonym, it's probably best not to generate material where just anybody can see you. Today I'm breaking my own rule. Worse, I'm in a coffeehouse. For that, alone, I should incur some serious 'douchebag' points. Hey, everyone! Look at me! I'm writing!
July 27, 2008 - 8:34pm
It's a measure of just how far behind I've been lately that I didn't get around to this story until now. According to IHE, there's been another study documenting what many of us have suspected for some time; 'college service' gets badly under-rewarded relative to the other things that faculty do, so the people who often embrace service – usually women – suffer negative career consequences.
July 24, 2008 - 10:08pm
An occasional correspondent writes:
July 23, 2008 - 10:23pm
A Californian correspondent writes:
July 22, 2008 - 10:04pm
High School Friend on Right Ocean got married earlier this month, and it was a glorious day. He and I have seen each other through some challenging times. In high school, we were the guys the girls always thought of as "like my brother." We soldiered through as best we could, but at sixteen, patience isn't easy. Over the decades, we both made our share of perplexing choices. That's all I'll say about that.
July 22, 2008 - 4:55am
My cc is gearing up for yet another discussion of the proper 'cap' on the number of credits taught by an adjunct in a single semester. It's one of those awful cases in which every option is wrong.
July 20, 2008 - 9:28pm
A fellow blogger writes: Recently, a for profit school opened in our area, and seeing it here, where there's a fairly good state university and a quite good state technical community college in the city, and several other colleges and universities in the area, makes me wonder about how they do their business. I'm wondering what students would choose that school given the other options? Are they open enrollment?
July 17, 2008 - 9:55pm
If you're a full-time faculty member, and you get a courseload reduction in exchange for taking on some extra non-classroom assignment – be it chairing a department, working on a self-study, or whatever – are you 'double dipping' if you then teach the released course anyway for extra pay? I've always thought not, but some folks around here are quite adamant that you are.
July 16, 2008 - 10:48pm
A new correspondent writes:

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