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.
May 11, 2008 - 10:12pm
A friend who works at a respected public research university just sent me a copy of an all-campus email he received in which the Business Services department reminds everyone that, due to budget constraints, nobody is allowed to use university money to buy bottled water. (The only allowable exceptions would be when either the tap water supply to a building or campus has been cut off altogether, or when it has been diagnosed as unsafe. Naturally, the memo goes on to detail the multiple reports the university files annually to attest to the safety of its water.)
May 9, 2008 - 4:58am
Several months ago, I stopped working out at my college's gym and joined a Y not far from home. We got a family membership, so TW can work out duringthe day, and I can take TB and TG to the pool every once in a while.
May 7, 2008 - 10:31pm
A lucky correspondent writes:
May 6, 2008 - 7:28pm
With finals just about to start, nearly everybody on campus is on her worst behavior. The students are jumpy, what with legitimate pressures (final exams, papers, and projects) and self-imposed ones (missed deadlines have a way of catching up to you). The faculty are visibly strained, with grading pressure combining with student begging combining with end-of-year events. The administrators are exhausted, since we do all of the end-of-year events, and we deal with the conflicts that don't get resolved at the departmental level. (I'll admit to giving thanks that I don't work at Dartmouth.
May 5, 2008 - 9:34pm
Over at the FACE blog, there's a worthwhile question about the impending drop in the number of 18 year olds. Given FACE's concerns, it's focused on adjunct percentages, though the issues run deeper than that.
May 4, 2008 - 8:37pm
A returning correspondent writes: First I want to thank you and your readers for responding to a couple of different questions I've submitted in the past few months about applying for jobs and moving from a faculty position at a community college to a faculty position at a four-year college. It appears everyone's advice and my efforts paid off and I am going to be offered the position I want. Second, I want to ask a couple more questions.
May 1, 2008 - 9:34pm
There's a provocative piece in yesterday's IHE about a study on per-student spending at various levels of higher ed, and a basic breakdown of instructional vs. non-instructional costs.
April 30, 2008 - 9:37pm
A new correspondent writes: I've been a faithful reader for a while now ... an issue has been brought to my attention recently regarding my alma mater.
April 29, 2008 - 8:13pm
My brother -- who sometimes comments as "brother of dean dad" -- sent me an email yesterday about rhetorical moves that set off his internal crap-o-meter. I responded with a few of my own, and thought it might be fun to throw it open to my wise and worldly readers. First, the exchange: From "Brother of Dean Dad":