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How to Be a Dartmouth Man (identified)
I would have thought that understanding one’s masculinity (or femininity) was one of the goals of a liberal arts education. But no, it seems that the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) is seeking to hire a specialist in the subject. Yet another staffer. Are the budget cuts well and truly over?
Salary will be $31,969-$54,469, plus a 9% pension contribution, plus lavish family health benefits, and approximately six weeks of vacation.
Addendum: As if on cue, Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the the corruption of the academy that the above, well paid position represents:
After the housing collapse, and the state- and local-government crisis, the indebted-student/broke-college meltdown seems next.
During the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s, traditionalists in the arts and humanities made the argument that the race/class/gender industry that gave us classes like “Queering the Postmodern Text” or “Constructing Manhood in a Post-National World” did not prepare the student to think, talk, or write in an inductive, disinterested fashion, much less to become familiar with great works of literature or art. Be that as it may, the campus wars have now mostly left the realm of curriculum and ideology and have become financial. Strapped parents and students, with diminishing public- and private-scholarship funds and ballooning student loans, simply can no longer afford the traditional four-year college education paradigm, whose spiraling costs reflected huge increases in administrative staff, expanded but mostly irrelevant or peripheral courses, generous compensation, and new social and culture responsibilities (called “Centers for…”) that went well beyond a college’s traditional mission to educate students.
Apart from Ivy League-like brand-name schools whose arts and humanities/social-science degrees are not so much proof of education as social stamps to the fast-track good life, we are going to see either colleges cut back their offerings, faculties, and administrative staffs, and go back to what they used to do — or see still more of the new model in which strapped students go first to 2-year junior colleges, or enroll exclusively online, or become certified in technical expertise from for-profit trade schools that don’t bother to budget for an Assistant Provost for Diversity Affairs or an Asian American and Pacific Islander Resource Center.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…