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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.

March 23, 2011 - 9:59pm
So Kennesaw State won't hire a strong candidate for provost because he once quoted Marx.Where do I start?
March 22, 2011 - 9:48pm
This piece in the New York Times -- motto: No Paywall ‘til Monday! -- and this post by Tenured Radical got me thinking about office phones. The Times piece suggests that voice calls are going extinct, and TR suggests sacrificing office phones as a budget cut that wouldn’t really hurt, since they’re mostly vestigial anyway.Do you use your office phone?
March 21, 2011 - 9:55pm
What follows is a revised email exchange I had with a frequent commenter. I’m posting it here because I think it speaks to issues of interest beyond the two of us.
March 20, 2011 - 9:10pm
A new correspondent whose wife, a teacher, is about to become a stay-at-home Mom writes:I have queried the Internet, and there really is no good, definitive advice article on the topic of "how to maintain a healthy marriage when transitioning from a dual income home to a single income". We are aware that having a stay-at-home-mother will ease a lot of stress and make life easier, but life assures us that every situation will have its obstacles. I am very curious on what your obstacles were, as well as your wife's.
March 17, 2011 - 10:42pm
Following up on yesterday’s post, a regular correspondent writes:
March 16, 2011 - 9:36pm
In most non-tenure based settings, managers use “progressive discipline” to address many employee issues. Progressive discipline is the practice of establishing a series of steps of escalating seriousness, starting with the minor (a verbal notice) and culminating in the major (termination). In most cases, the stages go something like this: verbal warning, written warning, written reprimand, suspension, termination. The idea is to give the employee ample opportunity to turn problems around. If it works, great.
March 15, 2011 - 9:42pm
For the benefit of those who wonder what administrators talk about in closed-door meetings, and why we come out looking annoyed, a multiple choice question based on an actual meeting this week:Which of the following represents the greatest danger to the equipment in high-tech “smart” classrooms?a. obsolescence, since technology moves so quicklyb. chalk dust getting in the ventsc. theft/vandalismd. ever-shifting ADA requirementsThe correct answer is b. But b is harder to remedy than one might think.
March 14, 2011 - 9:26pm
In the wake of yesterday’s post, which prompted notes from several alert readers reminding me that other states (such as Pennsylvania) were just as bad as those I named, I’ve been thinking about how the country would work if it simply gave up on the model of public higher education.
March 13, 2011 - 8:36pm
With Wisconsin and Ohio getting most of the national attention lately, I’ve been struck by the amazing goings-on in other states that seem to be flying below the radar.
March 10, 2011 - 11:06pm
--I’m officially tired of using the wet/dry vac on the basement floor. Anytime this winter would like to go away would be fine with me.

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