College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair

College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair

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by Jann M. Contento, Jeffrey Ross
     
 
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,

Overview

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

ISBN-13:
2940013794337
Publisher:
Rogue Phoenix Press
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
299
File size:
788 KB

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Meet the Author

Jann M. Contento has a broad range of experiences in higher education including student affairs administration, athletics, and institutional research. He is currently working in a community college setting and has co- authored several articles on leadership and college culture.

Jeffrey Ross, who resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife and son, is a writer, rockabilly musician, and former full-time community college teacher. He has had four "Views" pieces published on InsidehigherEd.com since 2007, and has authored and co-authored several articles on community college identity, purpose, and culture.

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College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining.
Allworth More than 1 year ago
College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair is both entertaining and edifying. The authors strategically offer comment on early twenty-first century leadership, economic, social, and political ideologies using a keen, entertaining, and descriptive campus novel formula. Allegorical themes are artistically revealed through convincing satirical prose and playful poetic rhythmic verse. Foreshadowed imagery, casting historic early 1960’s cultural ideals and emerging cold war idioms, provide contrasting foil to the whimsical twenty-first century Copperfield College adventures. The compelling story is presented as an instructional parable ripe with conflict, romance, and situational irony. The main character, Dr. Philip Dolly, a perceived victim of professional ambitions, misdirected college mission, and egocentric leadership, is surrounded by a cast of playful characters who cleverly expose societal “whispered” truths. Delightful campus folks include the attractive and ambitious Counselor, Elena Vasquez; the lyrical philosophizing custodian, “Guitar” Bob Zontarg; the iconic academic fossil, Dr. Emmie Seemy; the bemusing, commanding Biology instructor, Dr. Deuce Darling; the moronic, imbecilic Dean Preston; and a fabled white duck named Wilbur. Narrative connotations also depict a deep, complex, historically romantic character named Jack Frost. Jack’s reflective poetic gifts offer escape from the mundane madness. Footwear is used symbolically in defining social class, metaphorically exposing the “soul” of the individual wearer. Luminaries enkindle priestly activities throughout the novel, weaving a homilist tapestry of hope and reconciliation. The first chapter, entitled “Wheat Germ”, serves as an appropriate starter for this fully baked humorously satisfying literary loaf. I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh and original work and unapologetically recommend its reading. - -Sir Albert P. Hamilton, Emeritus Faculty, EMI
allibump More than 1 year ago
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.