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.

June 19, 2008 - 5:39am
A returning correspondent writes:
June 17, 2008 - 9:36pm
According to this article in IHE, the state of Florida is trying to get its community colleges to offer the four-year degrees that its upper-level schools can no longer afford to offer. According to this article in IHE, the major points of discussion seem to be:
June 16, 2008 - 9:58pm
A new correspondent writes: I'm in my first tenure track job in my mid-40s. I just got my Ph.D. this last December. College faculty is definitely a "second career" for me. As I was having some trouble landing a job, I was arranging some "fall back" positions with some well-known-distance-learning companies. I pursued one and not the other. Here I was, in my first gig, trying to do another job and arranging some free-lance journalism jobs from myself.
June 15, 2008 - 8:21pm
Although I kinda expected it to suck – which it did – this weekend I took TW to see the new Indiana Jones movie. She's had a thing for Harrison Ford ever since Star Wars, and she loved loved loved the first three Indy movies. Nobody warned me that it was a comedy. I actually laughed out loud, hard, at this one: The Dean: It's the FBI. They've ransacked your office! Indy: But you're the dean of the college! Couldn't you stop them? Me, in audience: HA! Nobody else in the theater laughed. I thought it was the highlight of the movie.
June 13, 2008 - 5:00am
With gas around four dollars a gallon, the seventies-era idea of colleges closing on Fridays to reduce travel is making a comeback. The idea, which I've already heard from several people on my campus and read about in a few places, is that switching to a four-day workweek will reduce commuting by twenty percent, thereby reducing the college's carbon footprint and the cost to employees of gasoline and/or mass transit fare. It would also (theoretically) allow colleges to save on HVAC, lighting, and other utilities on Fridays.
June 11, 2008 - 10:41pm
Without so much as warning me, The Boy has started to move from small child to proto-tween.
June 11, 2008 - 5:03am
A new correspondent writes:
June 9, 2008 - 10:00pm
A longtime reader writes:
June 8, 2008 - 8:53pm
A new correspondent writes:
June 5, 2008 - 9:16pm
From the 'Signs of Hope' department: apparently, the top-selling vehicles in America for the last fifteen years have been trucks. In May, they were the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic. In my mind, the change is an unambiguous good. Now if the American carmakers could get their stuff together and produce some well-made, small, efficient cars that don't suck, we'd really be in better shape. From the 'Time Passes' department, an actual exchange with The Boy yesterday: TB: Dad, what's a Walkman? (pause) DD: It's like an ipod.

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