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.

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:
July 19, 2007 - 6:46am
A new correspondent writes:
July 18, 2007 - 6:41am
When they apply for admission at my cc, prospective students who haven't placed out already with SAT/ACT scores or AP credit have to take placement tests in math and English. The English exam includes a hand-graded essay. For simplicity, I'll just address the English.
July 17, 2007 - 6:40am
During the academic year, there's a pretty good degree of synchronization on campus. Most people are around frequently enough that it's not terribly hard to complete the usual bureaucratic errands, and getting in touch with folks is relatively easy. There's some stress around final exam time, when faculty are especially frazzled (and rightly so), but other than that, it isn't too bad.In the summer, though, even the simplest bureaucratic task falls victim to syncopated calendars.
July 16, 2007 - 6:46am
The Girl turned three last week.She's very different from her brother. With The Boy, you can see the man he will be. The adult is clearly visible in the child, and has been ever since he was just a wee sprout. With The Girl, it's harder to picture. She's more baby-ish than he was at this age, and also harder to read.

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