Higher Education Webinars

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.

April 4, 2010 - 9:34pm
My friend and erstwhile colleague Lesboprof has a wonderful, thought-provoking post up about deciding not to take a shot at a job she wanted for fear that she wasn't ready, only to discover that her record would have stacked up well against the finalists. It's worth reading, and it got me thinking about the whole "I'm not ready" kind of hesitation.
April 1, 2010 - 9:13pm
The "what ten books have influenced you?" meme is making its way around the blogs, and while I don't usually do memes, this one is just too much fun to pass up. In fairness, I have to admit that I've interpreted "books" pretty liberally below.In roughly chronological order, defined by when I read them:
March 31, 2010 - 9:39pm
A new, but beleaguered, correspondent writes:
March 31, 2010 - 4:27am
According to this story in IHE, Bristol Community College in Massachusetts is partnering with a for-profit provider (The Princeton Review) to create what amount to express lanes in its Nursing program. The idea is that students who currently get waitlisted for the Nursing program at Bristol will have the option of paying more to get seats in the Princeton Review's program. It's a chance for students to substitute cash on the barrel for the opportunity cost of waiting.
March 29, 2010 - 11:31pm
A new correspondent writes:I'm wondering if you have any advice for those of us in school in "abstract" or "theoretical" fields who have seen the light and want to teach community college.
March 28, 2010 - 9:09pm
In a comment to my post asking why webinars always suck, Dr. Crazy brought up a great point:
March 25, 2010 - 9:46pm
The Boy complained again this week -- it's becoming pretty regular -- that he's bored with math, because it's too easy. Worse, he's frustrated with his classmates, since they keep needing to review stuff that he mastered two years ago. He's in third grade. Peer pressure is starting to kick in, too. A few days ago he got a problem wrong in class, and several of the other students did that "oooo" sound they do. He was embarrassed, and angry, and a little upset at the teacher for not doing anything about it.
March 24, 2010 - 9:44pm
In discussing with colleagues how some people do well as administrators and some don't, the same phrase keeps coming up. Dean x "gets it," and Dean y doesn't. I've used this description myself, but hearing it again this week, realized that it begs for definition.What does it mean to "get it"?
March 23, 2010 - 9:56pm
Why do webinars always suck?I've endured my fair share of webinars over the last few years, and anticipate enduring far more in the years to come. They're the poor man's version of travel, and in these budgetary times, there's something to be said for that. Given the ratio of filler-to-content in the average conference presentation, webinars seem like a reasonable bargain. And given both ever-improving technology and the increasing tech-savviness of the academic population, you'd expect webinars to be pretty good by now.
March 22, 2010 - 9:15pm
I know there's no good reason for it, but when I talk to someone on the phone repeatedly over time, I usually develop a mental picture of what s/he looks like.This week I actually met someone I'd been working with for about a year, and per usual, I wasn't even close.Do you ever do that? Is there some sort of capital-R Reason for it, or is it just a quirk?

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