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.

August 2, 2007 - 7:21am
A new correspondent writes:
August 1, 2007 - 7:07am
A returning correspondent writes:Well, here I am having just completed my first year as a tenure track faculty member at a community college and excited for next year. I've accomplished a lot last year and I had a very positive first year review (thanks for the help on writing my tenure plan last year, by the way, and thanks to your readers too!). I feel like I'm ready to have another good year but I figured that since you've given such good advice in the past I might be due for a check-up.
July 31, 2007 - 7:16am
I don't usually do back-to-back posts on the New York Times, but this Sunday's issue provided atypically fine fodder.According to this article, more colleges and universities are setting different tuition levels for different majors.
July 30, 2007 - 8:32am
According to this article in the New York Times, the question of nerd-dom is finally starting to receive a tiny fraction of the attention it deserves.
July 27, 2007 - 6:45am
A tenured, Canadian correspondent writes:
July 26, 2007 - 6:52am
A grad student in psychology writes:
July 25, 2007 - 6:52am
One of the less lovely aspects of my job is talking with faculty whose promotion applications have been denied. There's usually some bitterness, occasionally some self-awareness, and, in a few blessed cases, a pragmatic approach to determine what would make a successful application the next time.And there's a lot of defensiveness.The most common defensive line is “but I've done everything you've asked me to do!” Well, yes. And that's the problem.
July 24, 2007 - 6:45am
An already-employed correspondent (it's relevant) writes:----------
July 23, 2007 - 6:48am
I work hard at my job, but after this weekend, I'm looking forward to returning to work so I can get some rest.We worked for it this weekend.TW set a goal of giving the kids a great summer, and she's doing just that.Between the beach, the pool, the hayride, and the science museum, the kids barely broke a sweat. I'm pretty much done. Photos taken this weekend include:
July 20, 2007 - 6:44am
An adjunct, and returning correspondent, writes:

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