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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.

March 2, 2008 - 4:00pm
The League for Innovation conference has a very different feel than the conferences I used to attend in my scholarly discipline. It makes sense, given that it serves such a different purpose, but I was surprised at how immediately noticeable the difference was.
February 29, 2008 - 5:03am
This story made me smile. Someone out there in the real world actually knows how to use a semicolon! Never mind that the use is inelegant; it's technically correct, unpretentious, and practical.
February 27, 2008 - 10:47pm
This weekend, TW and I are flying out to Denver, where I'll be attending and blogging the League for Innovation in the Community College conference. It's my first 'roving reporter' gig, which I think means I have to buy a brown fedora and a tan trenchcoat. (Any regular correspondents or commenters who plan to be there and want to arrange a meetup, shoot me an email!) I'll be posting my reports on my IHE site, so readers who usually read me on my original site will have a chance to check that out.
February 27, 2008 - 5:18am
A canny correspondent writes: I work for a community college system and am working on an Ed.D. in leadership. I am casting around for research questions and wondered if you had any thoughts regarding useful research questions centering around community colleges, systems and educational leadership. Ooh, I like that.
February 26, 2008 - 3:51am
A new correspondent writes: I am currently an associate professor at a community college. I have applied for several positions in four year institutions. My applications are in and now I am waiting to see if I will get any interviews. I'm a perfect fit for several of the positions I've applied for and, I think, a decent fit for the others, so I am expecting to interview at several institutions. Here are my questions:
February 24, 2008 - 9:34pm
As my college stares down the barrel of a nasty external funding cut for the coming fiscal year, and a strong likelihood of another one after that, it's becoming clear to me that higher ed is in a really lousy position for dealing with recessions.
February 21, 2008 - 9:48pm
The Girl is the cutest, most angelic looking three year old on the planet. But don't be fooled. Yesterday morning, as The Wife and I were upstairs getting ready, and The Boy and The Girl were downstairs, finishing their breakfast: TB: *Mo-ooooommmmm*! TW (sighing): What? TB: TG said I *suck*! DD: (stifled laugh) TW: TG, did you say that? TG (brightly): Sow-wy! TW was mortified, but I was a little proud. TG may look like a girlie girl, but she takes no crap. Over time, this will be a good thing.
February 20, 2008 - 9:45pm
A new correspondent writes: I read your blog daily and know there are many wise readers who help those seeking knowledge. I am in search! Our Biology instructor is taking a class to the gulf coast for a week long Marine Biology trip. They will spend one night in a hotel both coming and going to the coast. While there, the students will be staying in apartment-style housing where everyone will have their own bed. However, at the hotel, that option is not available.
February 19, 2008 - 9:25pm
A new correspondent writes:
February 18, 2008 - 9:42pm
According to this blurb in IHE, Career Education Corp is shutting down nine of its campuses, all in the Northeast. McIntosh College, Lehigh Valley College, and a bunch of Gibbs and Katharine Gibbs campuses will 'teach out,' closing in 2009. As a veteran of a proprietary college in the Northeast, this really struck me.

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