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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.

July 28, 2009 - 9:30pm
A flustered correspondent writes: I have a math PhD from a good midwestern university, good teaching experience in the past couple years where i have been a visiting assistant professor at a research university, and now i finally have a verbal tenure-track offer from one of its regional campuses (which is classified as a community college since it is a two-year open admissions institution).
July 27, 2009 - 9:22pm
This post of Aunt B's, over at Tiny Cat Pants, struck a chord.
July 26, 2009 - 8:55pm
A new correspondent writes:I just read your post on full-time English gigs. Is the picture any brighter for those of us with MBAs who want a full-time CC gig [teaching] business/management?Coming on the heels of the "don't do it!" advice I gave to the prospective English professor, this one is a bit different.
July 23, 2009 - 9:10pm
Anne Neal, President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, did a piece in yesterday's IHE that really requires a full post to answer.
July 22, 2009 - 9:31pm
With enrollment through the roof, any fallow space on campus is at a premium. Suddenly, spaces that have been kept open 'just in case' of future expansion is on the table. And long-standing historical gentlemen's agreements about who controls what are abruptly up for grabs. Through trial and error, I'm slowly discovering a method for handling these.
July 21, 2009 - 10:01pm
Sometimes, there are no words.
July 20, 2009 - 9:28pm
This article is one of those think-tanky pieces that manages to mix the correct, the nearly-correct, and the wildly wrong in a seemingly coherent gumbo of its own. (It's about the cost and productivity spiral in higher ed.) It's worth checking out, though not only for the reasons the authors intend. That said, though, there's an undeniable kernel of truth to its statement that
July 19, 2009 - 8:52pm
In a comment a few days ago in response to my misgivings about a national online database of classes, someone raised the question of why we still have a regional, as opposed to national, accreditation system.
July 16, 2009 - 9:29pm
A new correspondent writes:
July 15, 2009 - 9:21pm
In the discussion after the post about counteroffers a couple of days ago, several commenters raised the issue of salary compression. For the uninitiated, 'salary compression' typically refers to new hires coming in at salaries higher than those of people who are already working there. It can happen pretty easily if internal salaries are based on pre-set, lockstep raises, but the rate of change in the outside world has been faster. Incumbent employees usually perceive salary compression as unfair, since people with less seniority are getting more money.

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