ERIC Number: ED362079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-15
Academic Deans: An Analysis of Effective Academic Leadership at Research Universities.
Martin, Judith L.
This study sought to understand the roles and characteristics of individuals identified as effective academic deans at public research universities. The study used an inductive grounded theory approach guided by a broad conceptual framework and was guided by the broad constructs of quality/culture, teamwork/governance, and analysis/knowledge. In particular the study conducted five case studies of effective academic deans through interviewing key informants, acquiring supportive documentation, and identifying patterns, themes, and categories. Each dean was from a different university and represented a different discipline area (education; engineering; science, mathematics, engineering and technology; social sciences and the related professions; and music and the performing arts). The deans were selected by asking the vice president, provost, chancellor, or president on five campuses to nominate an effective academic dean in a school or college that offered both undergraduate and graduate programs. Data collection involved 1-week site visits and 16 to 22 interviews for each case in an open ended format. The case studies indicated that effective leaders are defined by five areas of expertise. First, they are cultural representatives of their colleges and universities. Second, as communicators they are continually striving for more efficient and more inclusive communication structure, networks and processes. Third, the successful dean is a skilled manager and, fourth, he/she is a planner/analyst. Finally, successful deans are advocates for the institution and cultivate relationships with various groups and individuals on campus. (Contains 60 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 1993).