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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.

November 22, 2009 - 9:36pm
A few alert readers called my attention to this post by Michael Berube, in which he attacks my response to the AAUP. He even goes so far as to "nominate DD’s post for the coveted Richard Cohen Award for Advanced Wrongheadedness." Clearly, a response is in order.
November 19, 2009 - 9:30pm
First, if you've ever wanted a sense of academic hiring, read Profgrrrrl's post. Now. Slowly. It's all true.Worse, it doesn't stop at the department level.Let's say, for the sake of argument, that your dean/vp didn't just fall off the turnip truck. Any chances that s/he might be wise to some of these factors? (Hint: Yes.)
November 18, 2009 - 9:42pm
An occasional correspondent writes: At one of my adjunct gigs (where I teach just once a week) the HR department has sent me a 45 minute online training video about harassment in the workplace complete with a quiz I have to pass. Is this a reasonable thing to ask of a very part time employee? They tell me it's mandatory.None of my other jobs make me do this kinda thing. I mean if it was one video that would be one thing, but I have a sneaking suspicion that an HR department that does this once is liable to do it repeatedly.
November 17, 2009 - 9:41pm
Yesterday a reader commented that "[y]our blog paints such a sad portrait of a cc." I didn't think that was true, but if it is, then I need to issue a correction.
November 16, 2009 - 10:24pm
I graduated into a recession, but went to graduate school instead, where poverty was less 'cyclical' than just 'the way things are.' When I emerged, the rest of the economy was moving along nicely, even though higher ed had long since adopted a much lower level of new normal than just about any other industry outside of print journalism and maybe typewriter repair.
November 15, 2009 - 10:01pm
Last week I had a chance to speak with some local employers who occasionally hire our graduates. They were gracious and supportive, but when asked about our grads' primary deficiency, the feedback was quick and uniform: speaking skills.
November 12, 2009 - 10:58pm
A regular correspondent whose chief academic officer abruptly stepped down writes:
November 11, 2009 - 9:48pm
Although speed dating came along late enough that I missed it, I'll admit being fascinated by it as an intellectual exercise. How much can you actually determine about someone in five minutes? Apparently, the President of the University of Toledo thinks he can judge the tenure-worthiness of a candidate in thirty minutes.
November 10, 2009 - 9:42pm
Apparently the AAUP is launching a new campaign in recognition of the rocky judicial climate for its conception of academic freedom. I couldn't agree more. In fact, I agree so strongly that I wonder if it has thought through its position completely.
November 9, 2009 - 9:32pm
I discovered yesterday that my college is even more representative of its community than I had thought.


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