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College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair [Kindle Edition]

Jann M. Contento , Jeffrey Ross
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Crisis in Community College Leadership: The Phillip Dolly Affair is literary in development but grounded in “chaotic” community college daily experience. The novel is comic, satiric, quasi-politically correct, edgy, and richly descriptive of community college life, leadership foibles, and cultural themes. This hyperbolic text is entertaining, edifying, and fun. Little community college fiction—comic or otherwise—exists—the authors are fearless in their humorous—and sometimes biting-- analysis of community college culture....

The “stereotype-busting” authors reacquaint readers with the [faded] ideals of the 1960’s social renaissance.

While community colleges are currently receiving heightened attention, this novel provides a behind-the-scenes analysis of many “whispered truths,” those simmering but unspoken workplace issues, behaviors, and machinations nearly every worker [Everyman] in America will recognize.

Product Details

  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press (December 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QM1IL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted, moving, thoughtful, comical, eye-opening January 25, 2012
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All are treated as equal in this humorous look at the characters that surround today's community college. Even Wilbur the Duck is not spared as the authors paint a hysterically honest picture of the human (and anatine) element that moves this novel forward so effectively. Much more than a commentary on the current politics driving the change in community college, it is a cohesive mix of poetic realism, surrealism, laugh-out-loud humor (If you must, read it solely for the Copperfield Community College Daily Email Post!), and unapologetic sarcasm. This reader was particularly moved by the story of Jack Frost, "Espanol Professor" and the great disappointments life has brought him, his unwanted isolation and the tender, private thoughts that are so heartbreakingly revealed. I recommend this book, not only for those involved in The Community College and what surrounds it: student, instructor, administrator or otherwise, but to all readers who are willing to see themselves in the quirky, lovable characters presented.
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The Philip Dolly Affair opens as a higher education satire, providing character studies of familiar academic colleagues, nemeses and campus idiosyncrasies. Soon, however, you're drawn into an Our Town-ish drama that spans beyond the community college political landscape into a tale of actual socio-political irony that provides context for the life and career of the eponymous President Dolly. Love him or hate him, you can't help but feel for him.

The story of Copperfield Community College is told through a melange of genres, including short biographical essays, poetry and even theatrical dialogue. If you're looking for straight prose, you may be pleasantly surprised with the mixed bag.

I was most drawn to the descriptions (regardless of genre) of the no-win conflict real life community colleges face between missions of vocational preparation and ambitions of higher learning. Both visions are ridiculed brilliantly though neither is without merit. Faculty, staff, students and townies are also held under the humor microscope. There's plenty to laugh and cry about as you recognize your community and yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Satire for Our Time June 12, 2012
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Charles Dickens once wrote, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." In many respects, life in America today might be described as the most "mundane" of times. College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair satirizes not only community colleges but contemporary America as a whole. The setting is a twenty-first century community college. However the novel's scope is actually much wider: this fictitious community college is a microcosm representing educational institutions, corporations, and America in general. The satirical targets are the "mundane-speak" heard in community college meetings everywhere, the failure to provide students with a sound education that will provide them with marketable skills, the frantic attempts to keep students in college at whatever cost, the obsession with technology, the extravagant waste of time and money on endless meetings and the latest fads, the gross inequities in salaries, and the inept leadership provided by administrators motivated primarily by their desire to continue receiving their highly inflated salaries. At one point, Glen Keynes (the college's director of institutional research) reflects upon the sorry state of affairs and determines that the college is serving not the students but the administrators: "Was this not a kind of exploitation? Were developmental non-transfer classes really `college'? Did the students represent a kind of proletariat, led to believe in delusional middle class dreams while Dolly and Preston fattened their purses and bought more lake front property? Dolly needed the students, but he needed them to fail and keep coming back." Contento and Ross have written a sharply satirical novel that exposes the ugly underbelly of the American community college--and American society as a whole.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Right on the mark December 6, 2013
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I lived through the community college experience. This story used cynicism to the extreme, but it was right on in portraying the issues.
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You can read a few of my op-ed pieces on, Times Higher Education, and in Academic Leader. I have also written several satirical pieces and parody poems for The Cronk of Higher Education. I suppose I see my self as a higher education reformer...sort of...


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