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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.

June 21, 2007 - 6:23am
Antioch's demise has brought forth a great deal of ink, much of it smugly self-congratulatory, or bitter, or both.
June 21, 2007 - 6:22am
Although he gets a solid twelve hours a night (!), on some school mornings, TB really, really doesn't want to wake up. As the school year is winding to a close, it's getting worse.We've had to resort to drastic measures.Last week, when more traditional measures had failed, I resorted to the following, of which I am not proud:“Get up or I'll start singing Anne Murray songs, and nobody wants that!”(nothing)(In my best Peter-Brady-voice-changing delivery) “SPREAD YOUR TINY WINGS AND FLY AWAY...”(TB grunts, chuckles, and climbs out of bed.)
June 19, 2007 - 6:26am
A newly-chosen department chair writes (obfuscated for anonymity):------
June 18, 2007 - 6:32am
Our distance ed coordinator stopped me in the cafeteria last week to report that she's trying to enroll a student in an online class; the student in question is currently deployed in Afghanistan, and expects to be there for the next 18 months. He wants to take the class from there.
June 15, 2007 - 6:45am
A new correspondent writes:-----
June 14, 2007 - 6:34am
According to a piece in IHE, Democrats in Congress are considering establishing penalties for colleges that increase tuition by too high a percentage over any three-year period.To illustrate why this is a painfully stupid idea, I'll trot out some math. Assume 3 percent annual inflation, which is probably in the ballpark. The cap is twice the inflation rate, or 6 percent per year.
June 13, 2007 - 6:20am
A longtime reader writes:------
June 12, 2007 - 6:39am
A while back I posted a question from someone going for a department chair position.Check out the message she posted yesterday:
June 12, 2007 - 6:37am
There's a thought-provoking post over at Lesboprof's about career goals, timing, and the importance (and shock!) of counting backwards. It's about the shock of recognition when you say “I want to be in place x by year y. To do that, I'd have to get to x-1 by year y-5, which means...” and suddenly realizing that the seemingly endless expanse of time before you is, in fact, quite brief.
June 11, 2007 - 6:39am
Weirdly for this time of year, I've been getting a lot of questions about job interview etiquette. Excerpts from two of the better ones:


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