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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.

October 2, 2007 - 6:37am
An alert reader noticed my passing comment in a post last week and wrote to ask why I would support a preference for Ph.D.'s when hiring faculty at a cc. After all, he noted, cc faculty are primarily teachers, and Ph.D.'s are really research degrees; there's no reason to believe that someone with a doctorate is necessarily a better teacher than someone with a Master's.It's a fair question.
October 1, 2007 - 6:12am
There's an eyebrow-raising discussion over at New Kid's, in response to a first person piece in the Chronicle.
September 28, 2007 - 6:14am
A returning correspondent writes:
September 27, 2007 - 6:29am
A new correspondent writes:
September 26, 2007 - 6:14am
(The confusion evident in this post isn't just a function of sloppy editing; it's an accurate reflection of my actual confusion on this issue.)The recent dustup over the hiring, then non-hiring, then hiring of a law school dean who had published an op-ed critical of the Bush administration got me thinking about academic freedom, and freedom of speech more generally, for administrators.
September 25, 2007 - 6:39am
Garrison Keillor recently wrote something to the effect that it's shocking to wake up one morning and realize that the guys you knew in school as “Lumpy” and “Numbnuts” are now running the country.I'm not there yet, but I'm starting to see my contemporaries pop up in some pretty prominent places. It's always a shock to see new pictures of folks you knew many years ago. They look so...grown up. Which means, by extension...Humph. Yes. Well.
September 24, 2007 - 6:02am
Evil HR Lady gave me a heads-up regarding a question she received about adjoining faculty offices, when the respective faculty have very different levels of noise tolerance. The original conversation is well worth checking out.It brought back memories.
September 21, 2007 - 6:09am
There's a great pair of posts up over at Bardiac's dealing with frustration over repeated overpromising (and selective guru loyalty) by administration. They're worth checking out.
September 20, 2007 - 8:43am
The Girl, her big pink teddy bear, and I are sitting on the couch in the family room.TG: Let's play hide and seek!DD: Okay.TG: I know a good hiding place!DD: Okay. I'll count! (I hide my eyes)TG: (giggles)DD: one...two...three...TG: (giggles)DD: nine..ten! (Eyes open) Ready or not, here I come!Next to me, I spy a recumbent girl with a big pink teddy bear covering her face. Her legs are crossed and knees up, so one foot is almost in my face.DD: (laugh out loud)DD: I WONDER WHERE TG COULD BE?TG: (giggles)
September 19, 2007 - 6:13am
A new correspondent asks for help decoding a job ad:I would like to solicit input from you and your audience concerning a position posted recently by my employer, a medium- community college in a rural area. They are looking for someone to coordinate services for adjunct faculty. This is a new position, so there’s not any track record about how serving in that capacity might affect one’s career path. Salary/benefits, while not great, are consistent (as near as I can tell) with other positions of similar rank/function at the college.


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