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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 18, 2008 - 10:02pm
A longtime reader and correspondent writes:
March 17, 2008 - 9:41pm
TB attended a birthday party on Saturday with a Star Wars theme.
March 16, 2008 - 9:48pm
A new correspondent writes:I read your blog, and now I have a question. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at the local CC (English dept.) -- for the past two years, I have worked at the Regional University in a series of "temporary full time" positions, and when no temporary positions were open this year, I went adjunct.
March 13, 2008 - 8:43pm
You get back from an interview for a job you really, really want, only to realize that you completely misinterpreted a question? And that the answer you gave to the question they meant, rather than the one you heard, almost certainly came off as colossally nuts? And that nobody around the tablebothered to stop you, or to clarify the question, or to provide context, or even to make a facial expression that might alert you that you were doing the equivalent of saying "why yes, I do like to club baby seals in my spare time, thanks for asking"?Me, too.
March 12, 2008 - 9:42pm
This story caught my eye. According to a study by the National Center for Educational Statistics, the percentage of full-time employees in higher ed classified as 'faculty' is decreasing, and the percentage classified as 'administrators' is increasing. The IHE summary doesn't define 'administrator,' so it's tough to interpret - it appears to be a catch-all for full-time non-faculty -- but what caught my eye was the distinction between one sector of higher ed and the rest.
March 11, 2008 - 10:47pm
A new correspondent writes:Within the last year I've completed my PhD in English. In thinking about future jobs, I think I'd be a good fit either at a CC or at a teaching-centered institution with undergraduate education as it's main mission (SLAC, regional state, etc). Here's the catch: I likely won't actually be looking for that job for 8, 10, or even 15 years.
March 10, 2008 - 9:36pm
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March 9, 2008 - 9:31pm
A returning correspondent, who works at a cc, writes:
March 7, 2008 - 5:08am
My cc is dealing with a statewide initiative that may or may not succeed at its intended goals. It's fairly high-stakes, it's mandated by legislation that says 'what' but not 'how,' and it would involve - if it succeeds - upending some longstanding local political compromises.I'm in the enviable position of being my campus's rep to the statewide committee working on this. Which means that I'm also the translator, updating my college on the project as it unfolds.
March 6, 2008 - 5:01am
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