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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 31, 2008 - 9:22pm
A new chair writes:I am a first year chair of a medium sized department at a community college (college population 12-18,000 FTEs). My department has experienced a baby boom retirement wave; we have replaced four retirees in the past six years, and there are more retirements pending.
January 30, 2008 - 9:40pm
A new correspondent writes: I just started teaching part time for a local college and have applied for a full time position available this fall. Little birdies have told me I should be receiving an offer soon.great news! I am currently ABD, and will be finishing up my dissertation in the next 6 months or so. I have really enjoyed the department I am working in, and will be thrilled to be full time in the fall.
January 29, 2008 - 10:26pm
Clancy, over at Culture Cat, tagged me with this one, and I couldn't resist. She tried to peg her administrative persona based on some television characters, and wondered aloud how other folks (including yours truly) would peg themselves.
January 29, 2008 - 8:51am
Last night, in the car, just after I picked up The Boy at CCD on my way home from work: DD: What happened in school today? TB: Nothing. DD: Did you have gym or music? TB: Music. DD: What did you do in music? TB: Nothing. (pause) TB (earnestly): When I say "nothing," I don't mean we didn't do anything. I just mean I don't want to have a long conversation about it. Oh.
January 27, 2008 - 9:37pm
A nervous correspondent writes: I am a regular reader and occasional pseudonymous poster, and am faced with an ethical dilemma. I wonder if you and/or your readers have a suggestion:
January 27, 2008 - 8:37pm
A new and very perceptive correspondent writes: I'm a long-time lurker, writing now in hopes you and your readers can help explain academic funding models (ha!). I'm an ABD in a fairly highly ranked department at a large R1 university. Huge U. funds itsdepartments based on a formula in which the largest factor is the mean of undergraduate course enrollments over the prior small number of years.
January 24, 2008 - 9:52pm
A de-lurking correspondent writes:
January 23, 2008 - 6:53am
Just as public colleges were starting to recover from 2001 recession, the current economic crisis threatens to reverse gains, a new report finds.
January 21, 2008 - 11:01pm
I had a lightbulb moment this weekend. Simply put, there's a basic gap between the dialogue in higher ed, and the dialogue outside higher ed. It goes like this: In higher ed: "It's a shame how adjunct-heavy we've gone. We really need to hire more full-time faculty." Outside higher ed: "Tuition and taxes are too high, and going up too fast. Who do those people think they are?" They're both right.
January 21, 2008 - 5:48am
I can rattle off the many ways in which football is evil, but I still enjoy watching the very occasional game. (Where I grew up, the world was divided fairly clearly into two kinds of people: Buffalo Bills fans, and People Who Are Not From Around Here. I still shudder at the mere mention of the name "Scott Norwood.") Last night I finally got to watch my first game of the season. Last night's highlight reel, with the camera trained on the living room:

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