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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 11, 2012 - 10:18pm
If you had to apply for the job you have now, under current criteria, would you be qualified?
January 11, 2012 - 4:25am
The rise of Super PACs and the glorious display of democracy that is the Republican primary season got me thinking about attack ads in other contexts. What if colleges ran attack ads?
January 9, 2012 - 10:18pm
Apparently,  a few California community colleges have taken to rationing seats. Since their funding is entirely disconnected from their enrollments – astonishing, but true – the only way the colleges can make do on shrinking state allocations is to turn people away.  While most campuses have resorted  to the easy and time honored  “first come, first served” method of allocating seats, a couple campuses have started consciously rationing seats, giving priority to ent
January 8, 2012 - 9:40pm
Just in case my nerd cred needed any burnishing, I devoted part of the break to reading On Being Presidential, by Susan Resneck Pierce.
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.


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