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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.

February 13, 2008 - 10:02pm
A regular reader writes:A probationary faculty member in my college plagiarized his entire statement of teaching philosophy in his RST (Rank, Salary, and Tenure) file. Not just lifted a few phrases, but downloaded someone else's teaching philosophy from the Internet, omitted a few paragraphs that were too specifically about the actual author, and put it in his file.
February 12, 2008 - 10:47pm
Oso Raro has a thought-provoking, if maddening, piece up - check it out - on the changing role of the Student Life side of the house, or what he calls The Fifth Estate. In his telling, as I understand it, what he calls the Fifth Estate of Student Life professionals represents a liability-driven resource suck, a sort of brainless parasite growing fat on the diverted resources of its increasingly dessicated host. As he puts it,
February 11, 2008 - 11:11pm
As a political liberal -- and proud of it, thank you very much -- I believe that it's immoral for a wealthy country to leave tens of millions of its own without health insurance.That said, I find myself in the weird position of making decisions that effectively deny some people coverage. And I'm not even talking about adjuncts, a topic that has been amply covered here and elsewhere.I'm talking about students.
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
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February 4, 2008 - 10:09pm
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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.

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