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 14, 2008 - 8:54pm
A regular reader writes:
July 13, 2008 - 9:49pm
An occasional correspondent writes:
July 10, 2008 - 9:25pm
How do you make new-student orientation actually work? I've seen this tried in any number of ways, and it nearly always falls prey to some or the other of the following:
July 9, 2008 - 10:21pm
A left coast correspondent writes: What constraints do people serving on hiring committees work under? In an attempt to make the hiring process as fair as possible-which translates as avoiding lawsuits-my California community college district requires that a Hiring Compliance Officer (HCO) sit on every hiring committee. The HCO is sometimes an administrator, but because there aren't enough administrators to go around, the HCO is more and more likely to be a lawyer or a consultant from off campus.
July 9, 2008 - 5:32am
When do we get snacks? Now? Now? Stand up? Aw, man... I can do an armpit fart. Watch! Oh, yeah? Mine's better! (Dancing) Hot dogs! I have to go to the bathroom. Me too! I'll go with you! (Cartwheels in the men's room. Literally.) I want popcorn! I want ice cream! (Dancing) (Climbing railings) Ice cream! (celebration ensues) I have to go to the bathroom. Me too! I'll go with you! (Urinal bumping. Don't ask.) Seventh inning what?
July 7, 2008 - 9:03pm
I had a conversation this week with a colleague at whose college, as at so many others, the level of benefit an employee gets is based on her hire date. The farther back you were hired, the better your benefits. This isn't just a matter of, say, compounding interest; it applies to things like health insurance and retirement account contributions. Newer hires pay larger percentages of salary for retirement, and have larger payroll deductions for health insurance, than do their coworkers the next office down.
July 6, 2008 - 9:38pm
Before my sojourn, I asked folks to contribute any tips for academic job candidates going out on interviews. Lo and behold, they did! (The generosity of the blogosphere continues to amaze me.) A few highlights, qualifiers, and afterthoughts:
June 27, 2008 - 8:49am
This week a correspondent sent some good interview tips for faculty candidates, asking that I gather more from my wise and worldly readers and compile them. So, wise and worldly readers, if you have any specific and useful tips, please either comment here or email me, and I'll put together a 'best of' tips post. Thanks!
June 27, 2008 - 8:48am
Next week...Roadtrip! I'll be channeling Clark W. Griswold as we give 'affordable gas' a Viking funeral by heading hither and yon. If you happen to be hither, or maybe yon, I'll be the pseudonymous guy in the dorky shirt. Normal blogging resumes July 7.
June 25, 2008 - 10:51pm
This article had me laughing, smiling wistfully, and pulling what little hair I still have. It's frustratingly true.

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