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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.

December 12, 2012 - 9:38pm
Legislators are masters of compartmentalizing. This law addresses this, and that law addresses that.  And much of the time, it’s possible to construct a reasonable argument for a particular decision, taken in complete isolation.
December 11, 2012 - 9:37pm
This blog doesn’t address car repair, the Twilight series, Hungarian food, or speculation about the next Secretary of State. Its set of topics is relatively defined, as regular readers know. That’s not because I adjudge those other topics unworthy or uninteresting; if any of them strike your fancy, there’s no shortage of other places to read about them.  It’s just that there’s a limit to the number of things I can address thoughtfully, and I don’t see much point in covering topics just to cover them. I’ve found a niche, and that’s where I work.
December 10, 2012 - 9:55pm
December is a cruel month for academics. More accurately, the stretch from Cyber Monday until Christmas is uniquely difficult.
December 9, 2012 - 9:32pm
It’s entirely normal for a tenure-track faculty search to take the better part of a year. The same holds for upper-level administrative searches. Within higher ed, it’s easy to take that for granted. It’s the way things have been for a long time, and some of us have never seen it any other way.  But in most industries, a timeline like that would -- rightly -- be considered insane. So why do our searches take so long?
December 7, 2012 - 3:57am
I have to admit finding the “fiscal cliff” debate a little bit silly, given that the “cliff” in question is entirely artificial.  But if you start pulling that thread, it’s not clear where it ends.  And even if the cliff is a figment of the collective political imagination, the harm that cliff-driven decisions could do is very real. If you swerve your car to avoid the unicorn you’re hallucinating, the tree you crash into isn’t a hallucination, and the damage done is real and potentially terrible.
December 6, 2012 - 3:42am
As regular readers know, I have a bone to pick with the “credit hour.”  Although it’s nearly ubiquitous in American higher education, its origins were pedestrian and it tells us nothing about actual learning.
December 4, 2012 - 9:12pm
This one’s a little bit self-indulgent, but I hope my wise and worldly readers will bear with me. I think the answers will be of wider interest.
December 3, 2012 - 9:23pm
What could public higher education do with a significant, sustained funding source dedicated specifically to innovation?
December 2, 2012 - 9:44pm
This just in: well-connected rich white kids who drop out of Princeton can still do well in life, and the New York Times is ON IT.
November 29, 2012 - 9:49pm
his did my heart good. Apparently, the academic major outside of STEM fields with the highest lifetime salary payoff is government. As a poli sci Ph.D., I say this news should be shared far and wide.


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