IHE comment to Dean Dad
Dean Dad, when you write, "But a generation or two of adjuncting-out the faculty has left the pipeline thin," you seem to argue that adjuncts are incapable of stepping into administrative roles. Usually I would question your low opinion of adjuncts' capabilities, but in all honesty, you're completely right. In the current higher ed framework, adjuncts are treated like mushrooms: keep 'em in the dark and feed 'em (excrement). My administrators don't even look me in the eye when I ask about the fairness of the adjunct system. How could I talk to them about becoming a dean when I clearly cannot get a full-time job or even health insurance?
After trying to juggle three or more jobs for years, the best practices for hiring, firing, budgeting, faculty relations, and curriculum development are the things furthest from my mind -- the central tasks for working as an administrator. You write, "It’s alarming, because in many areas, there’s really nobody in the pipeline to come next." No, the talent is there, but we've been actively suppressed by your generation of academic administrators.
Clearly there are disadvantages to the corrupt class system at work in higher education; what does one do when the slave who's been bowing his head for decades needs to take charge? Dean Dad, you needn't look far for who is to blame for this problem.
No profanes - sacred