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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.

June 15, 2009 - 9:19pm
We're pretty sure it'll be fiscal year 2011.This article struck a chord, since I've been hearing the exact same thing on campus.
June 14, 2009 - 10:02pm
The indefatigable Lesboprof has a thoughtful post up about whether salaries should be public information. She makes several great points in favor of publicity, including preventing discrimination and giving rookies a fair sense of the going rate.I agree, but will take it even farther.
June 11, 2009 - 9:23pm
Every summer, blog traffic slows down a bit, which usually occasions some musings on better marketing. So, some musings on titles...“The” is so much more powerful than “a,” or even a number. Compare:A List of Ways to Run Better MeetingsOkay, it's clear, but I'm bored before I even get to the end of the phrase.7 Ways to Run Better MeetingsThe '7' suggests at least some level of discipline (or finitude), but it still lacks a certain urgency.The 7 Secrets to Better Meetings
June 11, 2009 - 4:29am
Like Tolstoy's unhappy families, every bad meeting is bad in its own particular way. Some elements of lousy meetings are common enough to be recognizable from afar: domination by blowhards, poorly constructed agendas, leaders playing “guess what I'm thinking.” But even without the obvious hazards, meetings can go wrong in so many ways that those of us who endure more than most learn pretty quickly to lower our expectations.
June 9, 2009 - 9:53pm
This time of year brings with it the annual flood of program reviews, employee evaluations, and end-of-year wrap-ups. (Between the academic year and the fiscal year, we hit the 'reset' button on July 1.) That means that the second half of June becomes an exercise in speed reading and diplomacy.
June 8, 2009 - 10:24pm
The Chronicle and IHE each have articles about succession planning for college administrators. They're both relatively supportive of hiring internal candidates, and for many of the same reasons.
June 7, 2009 - 8:44pm
In discussing a nearby park, TG asked me “why did they put a hill there when they designed the world?” We saw Up on Saturday, and I have to admit, it's one of the best movies I've ever seen. Pixar has a high batting average anyway – Cars and Finding Nemo were nifty, and The Incredibles was flat-out great – but this one had a sweetness to it that the others lacked. There's a short almost-silent mini-movie in the beginning that traces a couple's lifetime together that almost stands as a movie in itself.
June 4, 2009 - 9:49pm
Most colleges set aside at least some 'professional development' money for faculty and staff. The idea behind it is that fields of expertise don't remain static, so for people to remain current, they sometimes have to be exposed to the latest developments. That can mean workshops, or conferences, or webinars, or subscriptions, or whatever, but the goal is to make sure that people don't rust in peace.
June 3, 2009 - 9:56pm
Via Cold Spring Shops, I ran across this quote from conservative commentator David Frum: Why are the wages of the college-educated declining? A big part of the answer is that the pool of college graduates is rapidly expanding. It’s not surprising that as college becomes more universal, the return on a college education falls.
June 2, 2009 - 10:07pm
A regular correspondent writes:What do you do when the combination of a dean with a tentative style and an associate dean with a bullheaded style leads colleagues to draw the wrong conclusion about institutional politics?

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