ERIC Number: ED292432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Pieces of Eight: The Rites, Roles, and Styles of the Dean, by Eight Who Have Been There.
Appleton, James; And Others
Eight nationally known deans (chief student affairs officers), all past presidents of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), collaborated on this book about the role and style of the dean of student affairs by drawing upon their experience and collective knowledge. In spite of different leadership styles, there are many commonalities such as high energy levels; ability to initiate; effective coping with daily pressures; high regard for competence in integrity; and good relations with students, staff, faculty, and colleagues. Historical forces and issues that have affected the profession are discussed, followed by a description of "deaning" and learning. Other chapters consider such authority (given, earned, presumed, and lost); organization and relationships; the importance of planning; discipline; decision making; staff training and development; dangers (ducking, being a load, bad judgment, and various personality factors); personal style; and the future of higher education. A memo to the president from a staff member of a task force on student life is included. The appendix offers the story of writing this book. (SM)
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.