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.
February 10, 2008 - 11:39pm
A long-suffering correspondent writes: I have taught for now nearly two decades in a smaller field in liberal arts and sciences. In my first job, I was hired to increase enrollments and build up the department. We did that, increasing enrollments by 500% ... and then they shut the program down and dumped us in a department that had virtually no relation to what we did.
February 7, 2008 - 9:18pm
The Girl had a Little Gymnast class yesterday at the Y while I was at work. (TW took her, and TB tagged along.) It involved jumping on the "bounce-oline," as TG called it, and negotiating an obstacle course. (The class was in the gym, which was divided in half. On the other side a bunch of older kids were playing pickup basketball. TB managed to insinuate himself into the game, and the older kids treated him as a sort of mascot. He nearly burst into tears when it was time to leave!)
February 6, 2008 - 9:48pm
One of the real shocks in moving from Proprietary U to a cc was the change in budget rules. I ran into that yet again this week.
February 5, 2008 - 9:11pm
A new correspondent writes:
February 4, 2008 - 10:09pm
A new correspondent writes:
February 3, 2008 - 9:35pm
A new correspondent writes: I'm a graduate student in a field that's lucky enough to not have that many people clamoring for faculty positions. In fact many small universities are so desperate that they're willing to accept faculty with only an MS in the field.
January 31, 2008 - 9:22pm
A new chair writes:I am a first year chair of a medium sized department at a community college (college population 12-18,000 FTEs). My department has experienced a baby boom retirement wave; we have replaced four retirees in the past six years, and there are more retirements pending.
January 30, 2008 - 9:40pm
A new correspondent writes: I just started teaching part time for a local college and have applied for a full time position available this fall. Little birdies have told me I should be receiving an offer soon.great news! I am currently ABD, and will be finishing up my dissertation in the next 6 months or so. I have really enjoyed the department I am working in, and will be thrilled to be full time in the fall.
January 29, 2008 - 10:26pm
Clancy, over at Culture Cat, tagged me with this one, and I couldn't resist. She tried to peg her administrative persona based on some television characters, and wondered aloud how other folks (including yours truly) would peg themselves.
January 29, 2008 - 8:51am
Last night, in the car, just after I picked up The Boy at CCD on my way home from work: DD: What happened in school today? TB: Nothing. DD: Did you have gym or music? TB: Music. DD: What did you do in music? TB: Nothing. (pause) TB (earnestly): When I say "nothing," I don't mean we didn't do anything. I just mean I don't want to have a long conversation about it. Oh.