What the hell does a Dean do?

So I started working in higher education in 1986 when I taught my first college class. I’ve been working in the California Community College system since 2002 and took my first dean’s position in 2005. I’ve been working as a dean ever since. When people ask me what I do for a living and IContinue reading “What the hell does a Dean do?”

Thank you Educators for an Amazing Year

Thank you Educators for an Amazing Year The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. ~ Aristotle Thank you educators, and let me be clear by educators that I mean everyone who works in education.  That includes instructors, aides, staff, groundskeepers, cafeteria workers, public safety, custodians and on and on.  Anyone thatContinue reading “Thank you Educators for an Amazing Year”

Strategies for Long-term Position Success

Strategies for Long-term Position Success   It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it. ~ Hans Selye Many positions in education can be highly stressful.  Particularly higher education management positions at the Director or Deans level.  These positions are very often your prototypical middle-management positions.  What that means is that these positionsContinue reading “Strategies for Long-term Position Success”

A Thank You to Educators

A Thank You to Educators Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~ Allan Bloom So for all educators from teachers to techs, lab aides, counselors, administrators and everyone else who works to make education happen including every type of support staff, thank you! While the end of the Spring 2020 semester was certainlyContinue reading “A Thank You to Educators”

Developing Work/Life Balance during COVID

During this extraordinary period of time in education it’s incredibly important not to lose a focus on keeping work/life balance. On my other blog, the Ministry of Happiness, I’ve written pretty extensively about work/life balance. We often give great lip service in education to work/life balance. We talk about how important it is and thenContinue reading “Developing Work/Life Balance during COVID”

It’s not ideal

It’s not ideal Originally posted September, 2020 So without a doubt, it’s not ideal, seems to be the motto for education in 2020.  It’s also the phrase that as a dean I’ve grown the most tired of hearing when talking with faculty.  I often remind people after hearing the phrase that I know, it’s notContinue reading “It’s not ideal”