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.

August 4, 2008 - 11:23am
A returning correspondent writes: I have a "student as consumer" question for your blog. Our students have been able to register for fall classes for months now and all of the prime sections are full, but many have not yet paid their fees. In a week or so the ones who have not paid will be dropped from their classes, opening up those sections to kids who put off registering until now. The deadline is in the dead time between semesters, before most students come back to town. The questions are
July 31, 2008 - 9:00pm
A regular correspondent writes: Like most places, our screening committees don't hire. They send a list of three candidates (unranked, in alphabetical order) to the college president who then makes the final recommendation to the Governing Board. A good president will meet with the screening committee before s/he makes his final choice, but it's not required.
July 30, 2008 - 8:53pm
A new correspondent writes:
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.

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