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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 23, 2008 - 9:48pm
A rising young correspondent writes:I am a newish faculty member at a large community college. During a recent interview, I made a positive impression on our division's Vice Chancellor, and he has decided to groom me for a dean position that he plans to create in the next year or two. Of course, I wasn't sure he was serious at first, but after a long conversation with him a few days ago it seems this is not a cruel hoax. If everything goes well and I get this position, I will be the youngest dean on campus and will have been promoted to my boss's boss's job.
June 22, 2008 - 10:17pm
Judging by the comments, Friday's post really set some people off. Rather than responding to each attack – and 'attack' is the right word – I'll just make a few observations and move on.A disturbing number of commenters went right to 'intention,' implying variously that I was finally showing my nefarious true colors, my 'roots' in a proprietary college (!), or some other variation on the Dark Side. Others detected a note of satire, with multiple references to Swift.
June 19, 2008 - 9:45pm
A commenter to yesterday's post about compensating staff made a point I've wondered about before. It's worth contemplating – not advocating, just contemplating – at some length.Given the crazy-high ratios of applicants to full-time faculty jobs in many disciplines, why not lower the wages to a 'market clearing' level?
June 19, 2008 - 5:39am
A returning correspondent writes:
June 17, 2008 - 9:36pm
According to this article in IHE, the state of Florida is trying to get its community colleges to offer the four-year degrees that its upper-level schools can no longer afford to offer.According to this article in IHE, the major points of discussion seem to be:
June 16, 2008 - 9:58pm
A new correspondent writes:I'm in my first tenure track job in my mid-40s. I just got my Ph.D. this last December. College faculty is definitely a "second career" for me. As I was having some trouble landing a job, I was arranging some "fall back" positions with some well-known-distance-learning companies.I pursued one and not the other. Here I was, in my first gig, trying to do another job and arranging some free-lance journalism jobs from myself.
June 15, 2008 - 8:21pm
Although I kinda expected it to suck – which it did – this weekend I took TW to see the new Indiana Jones movie. She's had a thing for Harrison Ford ever since Star Wars, and she loved loved loved the first three Indy movies.Nobody warned me that it was a comedy. I actually laughed out loud, hard, at this one:The Dean: It's the FBI. They've ransacked your office!Indy: But you're the dean of the college! Couldn't you stop them?Me, in audience: HA!Nobody else in the theater laughed. I thought it was the highlight of the movie.
June 13, 2008 - 5:00am
With gas around four dollars a gallon, the seventies-era idea of colleges closing on Fridays to reduce travel is making a comeback. The idea, which I've already heard from several people on my campus and read about in a few places, is that switching to a four-day workweek will reduce commuting by twenty percent, thereby reducing the college's carbon footprint and the cost to employees of gasoline and/or mass transit fare.It would also (theoretically) allow colleges to save on HVAC, lighting, and other utilities on Fridays.
June 11, 2008 - 10:41pm
Without so much as warning me, The Boy has started to move from small child to proto-tween.
June 11, 2008 - 5:03am
A new correspondent writes:
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