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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 8, 2011 - 9:04pm
My condolences, once again, to everyone at Virginia Tech.
December 7, 2011 - 9:28pm
A longtime reader wrote me a mini-rant occasioned by frustration at an overwhelming pile of applications for a faculty position at his university.  As he characterized it, the vast majority of the applications weren’t even vaguely appropriate for the position, and he resented the loss of time in filtering through them all.  As he put it,
December 7, 2011 - 3:45am
Reading the academic blogosphere, you’d think there were only two kinds of faculty: tenure-track (or tenured)  and adjunct. But that’s not true.
December 6, 2011 - 3:43am
In response to yesterday’s piece about the lack of generational turnover in college leadership, a particularly thoughtful comment deserved a post in itself. "Shannon" wrote:
December 4, 2011 - 9:08pm
As an industry, we’ll be in serious trouble as long as it’s taboo to speak the truth.  The responses to these two pieces suggest that we aren’t yet ready to come to grips with reality.
December 1, 2011 - 10:17pm
Lego League is in the home stretch. TB’s team has its big competition soon, so it’s ramping up the practice schedule. The team meets in the coach’s garage, in which he has a massive robot obstacle course where his car should be. The team consists of a half dozen boys, all around ten or eleven years old.
November 30, 2011 - 9:54pm
Meet Dave.  Dave doesn’t exist, but his real-life counterparts do. 
November 29, 2011 - 9:55pm
I suspect this one isn’t unique.  A new correspondent writes:I teach at a community college and find that many of my students text in the classroom.  My policy, which is stated on my syllabus, is that I ask students who use the phone to leave the class for the day.  This doesn't seem to discourage cell phone use.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
November 28, 2011 - 10:14pm
Culturally and economically, Buffalo is closer to Toledo than to New York City. But Buffalo is part of New York State, and its legal and political realities reflect that.
November 27, 2011 - 10:02pm
Joaquin Luna, a high school senior in California, committed suicide on Friday. He wanted to become an engineer to provide a better life for his mother, but realized that his status as an illegal immigrant made that impossible. Despondent over the failure of the DREAM act to pass, he dressed up in a suit and tie, said goodbye to his family, and shot himself in the head.

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