The Academic Deanship: Individual Careers and Institutional Roles
August 2001, Jossey-Bass
Part 1 Becoming A Dean.
1 The Map and the Crossword: Ways to Think about Being a Dean.
The Crossword Puzzle.
Deaning as Part of an Ongoing Academic Career.
2 What It Takes to Be a Dean.
Relevant Credentials and Experience.
Necessary Skills and Expected Duties.
How Do I Match Up?
Do I Want a Deanship?
3 Finding the Right Position.
Dean of What?
What Is Available?
Application and Nomination.
Resumes and References.
Part 2 Administering the College.
4 The Shift to the Dean's Office.
Setting Up and Settling In.
Needing Immediate Attention.
The First Full Round.
5 Balances of Power.
The Office Staff.
6 Departments, Programs, and Their Leaders.
Dealing with the Multiple Identities of Departments.
Working with Departments and DEOs.
Supporting the DEOs.
Part 3 The Work of the Dean.
Where and How to Begin: Top-Down or Bottom-Up?
The Planning Committee.
Developing the Plan.
Refining the Plan.
Implementing the Plan.
8 Budgets and Resources.
When There's Month Left at the End of the Money.
Grants and Contracts.
9 Faculty Development.
Reward and Support System.
Dealing with External Offers.
Retooling and Retirement.
10 The Dean's Role in Academic Programs.
Types of Programs.
The Dean's Role.
Maintaining the Curriculum.
11 Working with Students.
The Dean's Responsibility to Students.
The Dean's Office and Students.
Learning from Students.
12 Legal Issues and Other Special Challenges.
Special Challenges for Women and Minority Deans.
Part 4 Beyond the College.
13 The Provost.
The Provost's Role.
Reporting to the Provost.
Establishing a Relationship with the Provost.
The Importance of Communication and Candor.
14 Other Deans and Directors.
Deans as a Natural Cohort.
Working with the Other Deans.
Cooperating on the Academic Agenda.
The Wider Community of Deans.
15 External Relations.
College Publications and Publicity.
16 Beyond Deaning: Building a Balanced Career.
Maintaining an Academic Identity.
The Decanal Afterlife.
David F. Bright is professor of classics and comparative literature at Emory University. He has held a variety of administrative positions ranging from department chair to vice president to dean of arts and sciences. He has held deanships at three institutions.
Mary P. Richards is professor of English at the University of Delaware. She has held six deanships or associate deanships at various institutions, most recently as dean of arts and science at the University of Delaware.