Spring break travel (sort of)

Hello, subscribers and visitors!

Instead of traveling this spring break, I decided to relocate the dean’s blog. Yes, you heard right. I’m leaving here, and going . . . there:

If you’re subscribed here, you needn’t do anything. I took you with me. In a little travel pouch full of subscribers. If you haven’t subscribed here, well—don’t.

Instead, go to the new site and subscribe there.

Why, you may ask? Well, because it’s there. And because LAHC deserves its very own domain.

After today, there’s going to be nothing more here, and in a couple of weeks, I’ll be taking this site off-line. But don’t worry. The Dean’s Blog lives on.


Yes, I did certify my attendance!

By now, we all know that we have to certify attendance for our classes at the beginning of each semester. And by now, many of us have gotten those irritating nag-emails about following through — even though we just got a confirmation email saying we certified! A pretty significant subset of those who have received one of those nags has insisted — rightly — that the attendance certification was done on time and blamed getting tagged with the “you didn’t follow through” message on technology — wrongly, it turns out. Continue reading “Yes, I did certify my attendance!”

Big Read Lead!

This year’s Big Read features Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. Here’s a brief introduction by Charlotte Gullick, department chair of creative writing.

Citizen: An American Lyric is an-award winning, cross-genre book and is selected for Austin Community College’s Big Read programming for Spring 2018. The New Yorker describes the work: “The poet Claudia Rankine’s new volume, her fifth, is “Citizen: An American Lyric” (Graywolf), a book-length poem about race and the imagination. Rankine has called it an attempt to “pull the lyric back into its realities.” Those realities include the acts of everyday racism—remarks, glances, implied judgments—that flourish in an environment where more explicit acts of discrimination have been outlawed. ‘Citizen,’ which has been short-listed for the National Book Award, suggests that a contemporary “American lyric” is a weave of artfully juxtaposed intensities, a quarrel within form about form.”

Are you interested in a more in-depth discussion with colleagues about Citizen? Would you enjoy sharing your time and expertise with our community?

I’m looking for five professors to participate in a mini-seminar on Rankine’s Citizen and share their thoughts and reflections with community groups as readers engage with this text. You will receive a modest stipend ($200) to thank you for your time, and you’ll commit to read Citizen,  participate in a two-hour faculty seminar early next spring semester, and lead at least two group discussions in April (most likely off campus, e.g., at local coffee shops, Foundation Communities, etc.).

You can help make the Big Read even bigger! Contact me if you’d like to apply.


HB2223 challenges and opportunities

For those who may not be familiar with HB 2223, let me start with a brief introduction.

There are many details in the bill, but we will be dealing with two key components. First, there’s a phased requirement to increase the percentage of developmental education courses that are co-requisite with college credit  courses. There’s a good bit of evidence that students achieve proficiency in Continue reading “HB2223 challenges and opportunities”

Convocation Redux

For those of you who weren’t able to join me for the Fall 2017 LAHC convocation, here’s a brief overview.

I am honored to have been appointed dean of our newly realigned division, Liberal Arts: Humanities and Communications, a position I assumed officially on August 1. Unofficially, I was occupied (until well into September) with my two-year process of moving fine and performing arts out of Rio Grande and into newly renovated space in Highland East. My thanks to Lyman Grant for Continue reading “Convocation Redux”