Dean Dad

From Confessions of a Community College Dean, in which a veteran of cultural studies seminars in the 1990’s moves into academic administration and finds himself a married suburban father of two. Foucault, plus lawn care.

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February 21, 2008
The Girl is the cutest, most angelic looking three year old on the planet. But don't be fooled. Yesterday morning, as The Wife and I were upstairs getting ready, and The Boy and The Girl were downstairs, finishing their breakfast: TB: *Mo-ooooommmmm*! TW (sighing): What? TB: TG said I *suck*! DD: (stifled laugh) TW: TG, did you say that? TG (brightly): Sow-wy! TW was mortified, but I was a little proud. TG may look like a girlie girl, but she takes no crap. Over time, this will be a good thing.
February 20, 2008
A new correspondent writes: I read your blog daily and know there are many wise readers who help those seeking knowledge. I am in search! Our Biology instructor is taking a class to the gulf coast for a week long Marine Biology trip. They will spend one night in a hotel both coming and going to the coast. While there, the students will be staying in apartment-style housing where everyone will have their own bed. However, at the hotel, that option is not available.
February 19, 2008
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February 18, 2008
According to this blurb in IHE, Career Education Corp is shutting down nine of its campuses, all in the Northeast. McIntosh College, Lehigh Valley College, and a bunch of Gibbs and Katharine Gibbs campuses will 'teach out,' closing in 2009. As a veteran of a proprietary college in the Northeast, this really struck me.
February 17, 2008
A befuddled correspondent writes:
February 14, 2008
Every parent's nightmare happened again, this time at NIU. My condolences to the students, faculty, and families there.
February 13, 2008
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
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
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
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.

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