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Inside the Role of Dean

International perspectives on leading in higher education, 1st Edition

Edited by Renee T Clift, John Loughran, Geoffrey E Mills, Cheryl J Craig


194 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Despite deans playing critical roles in education, little is known about the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for the job, or the practical dilemmas they face on an almost daily basis. Each chapter of this international collection opens the role up for examination and critique, developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be a dean, and offering insights into the transition into the role, managing the daily demands and expectations of it, and what it means to exit the deanship. The book brings being a dean and the leadership inherent in the position into sharp focus based on international perspectives on doing the job.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Becoming A Process of Change: The Transition to Becoming a Dean John Loughran. Becoming a Dean: The Journey Ric Hovda. A Dean’s Roles in Different Contexts: Simply a Matter of Boundary Crossing? Douwe Beijaard Part 2: Being The Dean as Cultural Leader Michael Schratz. Fortress Days―1278 of Them Peter Gronn. The Impossible Dream: Doing ‘Deanship’ with Pessimistic Optimism Jennifer M. Gore Part 3: Doing One Dean’s "External Experiences" and the Impact on College Priorities Donna L. Wiseman. At Your Service: An Associate Dean’s Contributions to Professional Education and Beyond Renée T. Clift. Towards a Shared Vision Annette LaGrange Part 4: Leaving Outside the Circle of Knowing: Life Beyond the Dean’s Office Geoffrey E. Mills. The art of Diplomacy: Looking Back at the Position as Head of Teacher Education Kari Smith. Deaning a Joy Forever? Theo Wubbels International Deanship: A Rear-View Mirror Analysis Cheryl Craig.

About the Editors

Renee Tipton Clift is Associate Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona, USA.

John Loughran is Foundation Chair of Curriculum and Pedagogy and has been Dean of the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia.

Geoffrey E. Mills is Professor and former Dean in the School of Education at Southern Oregon University, USA.

Cheryl J. Craig is Professor of Education at the University of Houston, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Leadership
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General