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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.

January 16, 2008 - 9:47pm
Thanks to everyone who answered yesterday's call! It helped, actually.Doc made a comment that particularly struck me, and that I didn't want to answer deep in the comments. (Doc is, himself, a former dean.) In drawing a distinction between managers in corporate settings and managers in higher ed, he noted that:
January 15, 2008 - 9:33pm
This one is intended for the faculty, though anyone with constructive ideas is welcome to participate.Think back to (or about) an academic administrator (dean/VPAA) you've liked and respected.What was/is it about that person that won your respect?
January 14, 2008 - 11:14pm
This story in IHE made me laugh out loud. Apparently, a community college in New Jersey briefly floated a policy to encourage "civility" that was anything but civil. The provisions were:
January 13, 2008 - 10:28pm
A new correspondent writes (edited for length and anonymity):[Her daughter] recently learned that the awesome, charismatic, incredible, passionate department head who always teaches [difficult subject] and whose name has been listed all along as scheduled to instruct both terms of the class will not actually be teaching the second term.
January 11, 2008 - 10:43am
I've been back in the office since January 2. Prior to that, I had nearly two full weeks at home, which was the longest uninterrupted stretch since, well, I don't want to think about that.Having nearly two full weeks at home without any early-morning obligations meant that my body was able to revert to its 'default' settings. And I've been forced to come to terms with a horrible truth.I am not a morning person.
January 9, 2008 - 10:43pm
Have a political conversation with Chuck Norris ***Camp outside in Buffalo in January ***Wash down a cold plate of lutefisk with a warm Genny Cream ***Watch the entire broadcast of the Country Music Awards ***Become the national spokesmodel for Preparation H ***Close-caption "The Osbournes" ***Tell the Evil Dentist to "shoot the works"
January 9, 2008 - 7:32am
Following on the heels of IHE, there's a story in the Chronicle about several universities (Northwestern and Arizona State among them) giving up their own internal email systems in favor of Google's gmail. I'll admit, it strikes me as one of the best ideas I've heard in a long time.
January 7, 2008 - 11:17pm
Although I've been doing this for some time, I still don't fully understand how course levels are determined. This is particularly true in the social sciences and humanities, where you don't have relatively hard and fast prerequisites to settle the question.Is "Women in Film" properly a 200 level course or a 300 level course? What about "Psychology of Aging" or "Civil Liberties"? More interestingly, how do you know?In my neck of the woods, this is becoming a high-stakes question.
January 6, 2008 - 10:03pm
A new correspondent, currently on the administrative job market, writes:
January 3, 2008 - 9:25pm
An occasional correspondent writes:I have an interview for a job. It will be a big change for me if it works out.Director of Academic (Support Function) at Nearby College. NC is a regional private school that has a good academic reputation. The position will report to the VPAA. I have a friend who teaches there and she likes the VPAA a lot and also knows the other folks the person will interact with and likes them as well. She inquired on my behalf and found that I was already on their short list and our connection helped.


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