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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.

January 5, 2011 - 11:09pm
A new correspondent writes:What happens when a community college Human Resources department receives application materials for a job (in this case, a Deanship) and never passes them onto the respective hiring committee? I have evidence that this recently happened in my case, and have written to the office many times without a response. I even wrote the President of the college, whom I had met once about six years ago: no response there either.I mean, I might not have gotten the job anyway, but this seems . . . very curious. Do I have any recourse here?
January 4, 2011 - 9:08pm
According to IHE, Tiffin University and Altius Education -- the former a small traditional college, the latter a for-profit -- have combined forces to form a third entity (Ivy Bridge) that offers an all-online general studies Associate’s degree. The for-profit runs enrollment management and student services, and the traditional college is in charge of faculty and curriculum.
January 4, 2011 - 4:31am
The academic job market differs from most others in any number of ways. Salary ranges are one of the ways that nobody ever talks about.I'm not referring to the absolute level of salaries; everybody knows that teaching is not the path to great wealth. I'm referring to how 'salary ranges' are handled.
January 2, 2011 - 8:31pm
- Strange juju at home in the weeks before Christmas. A hard drive died, a radio died, the DVR developed a mind of its own, and a cellphone bricked. The electricity gods were clearly angry, though I know not why. (The dvr eventually returned to normal, and the cellphone and radio were still under warranty. The jury is still out on the hard drive.). Or maybe it’s all Comcast’s fault. I prefer that theory.
December 23, 2010 - 4:22am
The Boy and The Girl decided to write stories as Christmas presents to their teachers this year. They started on Monday at about 4:00. Other than a brief break for dinner, they kept writing until about 7:30. TB didn’t even want to stop then -- he mentioned that once he found his groove, writing was really fun.
December 22, 2010 - 3:49am
A new correspondent writes:
December 20, 2010 - 9:28pm
Last week we had parent/teacher conferences for The Boy and The Girl. We’re lucky enough that parent/teacher conferences pretty much consist of hearing how wonderful our kids are, how well they’re doing, and how much their peers like them. It’s not stressful.That happened again, and it never gets old. TB and TG are doing great, and we’re thrilled.That said, though, I heard a couple of things that gave me pause.
December 20, 2010 - 4:36am
This story about course repeaters in California struck a chord with me. We’re facing a similar question at my own campus.Apparently, California is considering amending its policies on allowing students to repeat courses as many times as they want. It’s looking at a cap. The idea is that seats in classes are not infinite, and once someone has whiffed several times, someone else should have a shot.
December 17, 2010 - 4:31am
Students say the darndest things. Just this week, before the official start of the final exam period, I overheard a cluster of students complaining about all the final exams they had already taken. One was especially miffed at having three exams on the same day.And I thought, hmm.
December 16, 2010 - 3:56am
Tis the season for student evaluations of their instructors, so I thought I’d share some thoughts on how best for administrators to read them.

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