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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 22, 2009 - 11:45pm
A regular correspondent makes an interesting point about "retention" in a different sense of the word:Every time you write about remedial classes, retention, or the K-12 preparation your comments seem to get thread-jacked with folks who basically say that the K-12 system sucks...Maybe it would be worth trying to host a slightly different conversation on your public forum... The nugget of my question, "What do you do to ensure that students retain their knowledge and skills from a class?"
January 22, 2009 - 12:47am
A new correspondent writes:
January 21, 2009 - 1:12am
A hat-tip to Sherman Dorn for pointing out this story in IHE that I had missed.
January 19, 2009 - 9:36pm
When Barack Obama was born, his parents' marriage would have been illegal in Virginia. This Fall, he carried Virginia.I've been accused of being just a little cynical. (TW mentioned that this marks the end of the 8 year long relationship between her butt and President Bush's face. No more annual state-of-the-mooning.) Today, I'm glad to put that aside.We need hope, and we need it now.
January 16, 2009 - 4:40am
A new correspondent writes:I have a question to ask you and your "wise and worldly readers." :) I'm a PhD candidate in an evergreen social science, and I just taught for the first time last semester. While I loved many things about teaching, the biggest surprise for me was how much I loved teaching writing. I loved marking student papers, trying to teach them about how to structure an argument, working with them on how to craft a better piece of writing and thinking.
January 14, 2009 - 9:47pm
A returning correspondent writes:
January 14, 2009 - 4:52am
There's a fairly wide, if shallow, literature out there on different generations in the workplace. It's often fun to read, if of limited usefulness. This week I finally realized what's missing.What are the effects when a workplace skips a generation?In the community college world, this seems distressingly common. In discussion with a contact at another cc this week, where the same phenomenon holds, I realized that the reasons for the gap are more complicated than I had initially thought.
January 12, 2009 - 9:35pm
A new correspondent writes:
January 11, 2009 - 10:00pm
As the soufflé of an overleveraged economy collapses, it's easy to focus on the negative.I spent most of December writing variations on "now maybe we can finally start to rethink how we do business" posts, so I won't rehash that. I'll just note that it would be criminal to let a perfectly good crisis go to waste, and leave it at that.Instead, this one's about psychology.
January 8, 2009 - 9:17pm
A new correspondent in a humanistic discipline writes:I'm now three semesters into a permanent position at a lower-mid-range research institution with aspirations to become something better. Said institution has no strength in my specialty, but gives me an absurdly low teaching load (2-1), generously supports research travel, and is even located in a nice town. One can always find something to kvetch about, but I'm basically delighted.

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