ERIC Number: ED216652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Academic Dean.
Bowker, Lee H.
Administrator's Update, v3 n2 Fall 1981
The role of the academic dean, role conflicts, and the occupational experiences and performance of deans are considered. Role conflict for academic deans is related to clashing constituencies, role ambiguity, lack of correspondence between organization requirements and the personalities of incumbent deans, changing organizational needs over time, and historical trends in the definition of the deanship. Less than half the deans are evaluated annually, usually by presidents, chancellors, vice-presidents, or provosts. While satisfactions of deans have been reported with respect to the raising of academic standards at an institution, contributing to curriculum development, and hiring qualified faculty, dissatisfactions pertain to situations in which the dean is the initiator of conflict, the dean is the defendant in an attack on the administration, or the dean is the conciliator. It is suggested that the role of the dean needs to be clarified with respect to planning, evaluation, resource allocation, and other administrative functions. Knowing what attracts individuals to the deanship and how the balance of satisfactions and dissatisfactions leads to the resignation of deans after a time would also be valuable. Mechanisms that would enable deans to maintain their scholarly interests so that they may return to teaching later in their careers may be important, along with research on the wisdom of retaining deans in their administrative positions. Since teaching is the primary activity overseen by deans, it is necessary to know more about how they might manage resources of all kinds (including symbolic resources) to stimulate and maintain teaching excellence in their academic units. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Deans, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Conflict Resolution, Employment Experience, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Problem Solving, Role Conflict, Teacher Administrator Relationship
American Association of University Administrators, 1000 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20005 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; American Association of Univ. Administrators, Washington, DC.