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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, 2012 - 11:19pm
The Boy got a 1254 piece (honest!) milennium falcon Lego kit for Christmas. He disappeared into the basement at 2:00 on Christmas Day, and re-emerged six hours later with a fully built ship.
January 4, 2012 - 10:38pm
I’m working on the executive summary for an annual report on a major grant.  Much of the report involves importing budget numbers from wherever, and I have help with that, but the summary part is my own. Which means I have to write in the office.
January 3, 2012 - 9:47pm
I’m wondering if there are other productive ways of using January.
January 2, 2012 - 9:29pm
As a writer, I’m a little jealous of the folks who write business books. Most of them only need one idea to generate hundreds of pages. I have to generate five ideas a week just to blog!
December 22, 2011 - 10:38pm
1.  The Girl actually -- and I am not making this up -- asked for her two front teeth for Christmas.  As she put it, utterly deadpan, missing her front teeth “makes it hard to eat apples.”  I thought she had a pretty good point. 2. Some successful hires at the college.
December 21, 2011 - 9:44pm
It’s time for another round of every administrator’s favorite game, “Spot the Contradiction.” See if you can isolate the double bind that drives good people around the freakin’ bend.
December 20, 2011 - 8:53pm
Is a free textbook a good deal?
December 19, 2011 - 9:58pm
I don’t think of myself as Scrooge, but this time of year the endless questions around “secret Santas” and informal gift exchange always crop up.  Lesboprof’s take is particularly thoughtful.
December 18, 2011 - 9:10pm
It’s the end of the semester, which means it’s time for some students to figure out that they’ve taken the “wrong” courses for their programs.
December 15, 2011 - 9:50pm
I’ve never really come to terms with taking attendance in college classes.  Maybe it’s me.

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