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Time for a New Faculty Dean
He’s a nice guy. He’s the wrong guy. Dean of the Faculty Mike Mastanduno was appointed by Jim Kim and Carol Folt on July 15, 2010 for a five-year term that began on August 1 of that year and will end in the summer of 2015. That’s too late.
Mastanduno’s term in office to date has been undistinguished. Of course, we can start with the presumption that anyone chosen by Kim/Folt is the fruit of the poisonous tree, though that might be overstating things somewhat. Mike is genial, friendly, but sadly enough, ineffective. The recent collapse of the student/faculty initiative to open course evaluations to scrutiny by undergrads is evidence enough of that proposition.
Phil should wish Mike well on the fourth anniversary of his term, and perhaps he can choose Mastanduno to head some lesser part of the College (Mastanduno was previously the head of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding). Then a new Dean can be chosen, a forceful innovator who can begin by arranging to allow voting on faculty issues to take place on-line rather than just by people in attendance at meetings. That move would be the first step in breaking the various logjams to change at Dartmouth.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
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…