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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 10, 2011 - 11:56pm
I read with interest the exchange Historiann had with Anthony Grafton, the new President of the American Historical Association. It had an otherworldly quality to it that took me a while to pin down. I think I’ve got it.
January 9, 2011 - 10:22pm
Dear Ed.D.’s,I know y’all have it a little rough. Many academics don’t take your credentials terribly seriously. Until recently, I gave this very little thought.Over the past year or so, though, I’ve been contacted by email a series of times by various Ed.D. students doing surveys of college administrators. And I’ve been struck, consistently, by just how off-base the surveys are.
January 6, 2011 - 11:49pm
This time of year, I take a break from my higher-ed wonkery and indulge in gadget wonkery. It’s the Consumer Electronics Show! (Sadly, I’m not there. Just musing...)Unfortunately, the folks at CES seem to be obsessed with the wrong problems. I’m not waiting with bated breath for the forty-seventh variation on an Android tablet. I don’t especially care about 3D tv, and all the cool 4G stuff just serves to remind me that my neck of the woods barely has 3G. Any time y’all would like to leave to cozy confines of New York City and San Francisco, feel free...
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.

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