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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.

April 13, 2010 - 9:01pm
The Boy has his mother's spatial sense and a touch of my nerdiness, so he was all over the science fair. He loves bridges and earthquakes, so this year he decided to do a project that combined them. His project involved building bridges of two different designs -- 'beam' and 'suspension' -- and subjecting both of them to simulated earthquakes while supporting weight. The idea was to see whether one design would hold up better than the other.It takes a village to do a science fair project.
April 12, 2010 - 10:51pm
In a meeting today, I heard a smart person use "wi-fi" as a verb, as in "we wi-fi'ed the room, and now it's functional." I died a little inside.
April 11, 2010 - 9:24pm
I love this question. A returning correspondent writes: A month or two ago, I wrote and asked for advice about a phone interview with a local community college for a faculty position. Yesterday, I had the on campus interview. I have never experienced anything like that before (even with all my interviewing in industry) and I'd like to get your take on this.
April 8, 2010 - 9:55pm
An alert reader sent me this story from Time. Apparently, Lansing Community College (MI) is guaranteeing students in certain pre-career certificate programs that they'll get jobs within a year of graduation, or they'll get their tuition back.Gotta admit, I never thought of that. Of course, there's a reason for that.
April 7, 2010 - 9:12pm
I have to admit getting a good laugh from this.Apparently, there's a company that employs people in India with graduate degrees to grade papers for American professors. For twelve bucks a paper, they'll give not just a letter grade, but comments. The idea is to free up faculty to focus on instruction (or, more accurately, research), rather than grading. It also saves the university money, since outsourcing the grading allows you to run classes at much larger sizes.
April 6, 2010 - 9:52pm
A self-identified Gen X correspondent writes
April 6, 2010 - 4:27am
My new co-blogger at IHE has a nice piece on job titles that raise more questions than they answer. It's basically a call for titles that describe at least something about the duties of the job.
April 4, 2010 - 9:34pm
My friend and erstwhile colleague Lesboprof has a wonderful, thought-provoking post up about deciding not to take a shot at a job she wanted for fear that she wasn't ready, only to discover that her record would have stacked up well against the finalists. It's worth reading, and it got me thinking about the whole "I'm not ready" kind of hesitation.
April 1, 2010 - 9:13pm
The "what ten books have influenced you?" meme is making its way around the blogs, and while I don't usually do memes, this one is just too much fun to pass up. In fairness, I have to admit that I've interpreted "books" pretty liberally below.In roughly chronological order, defined by when I read them:
March 31, 2010 - 9:39pm
A new, but beleaguered, correspondent writes:

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