ERIC Number: ED454787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
The Disappearing Deans of Men--Where They Went and Why: A Historical Perspective.
Schwartz, Robert A.
This study explores the history of the position of dean of men to provide a greater understanding of college administration now and in the future. Over 50 years, the position of dean of men evolved from being a responsibility assumed by well-meaning faculty to a profession with numbers, eventually thousands, of officeholders. In the early 1900s, the early deans of men took the position that the "right" personal traits, interpersonal skills and a caring personality, would quality a man to be a dean. In contrast, early deans of women emphasized graduate training and a professional approach to the position almost from the beginning. Most successful deans of men in the early years of the profession saw the deanship as a calling more than an occupation. After World War II, as college enrollments increased dramatically and many male students returned form the war, deans of women were often replaced by male deans of students or vice presidents for student affairs. As universities increased in size, men continued to hold most of the deanships. The increase in educational technology would seem to favor the continuation of this trend. (Contains 30 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).