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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.

February 3, 2008 - 9:35pm
A new correspondent writes: I'm a graduate student in a field that's lucky enough to not have that many people clamoring for faculty positions. In fact many small universities are so desperate that they're willing to accept faculty with only an MS in the field.
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.

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