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ERIC Number: EJ972320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Lodestar of the Faculty: The Increasingly Important Role of Dean of Faculty
Zilian, Fred
Independent School, v71 n4 Sum 2012
In the tight budget atmosphere of recent years, schools may have chosen to do without a dean of faculty or, at best, to double- hat another middle manager with this responsibility. This is a mistake. That all private schools do not have a dedicated dean of faculty suggests a lack of emphasis on the very component of the school--the faculty--that research has shown to be most important to student performance, satisfaction, and enthusiasm. Since the Great Recession of 2008, which placed increasing stress on heads of school to find development dollars and new students to maintain enrollment, a quality dean of faculty can be a critical player in the head's middle management team. While the over-pressured head of school can outline the school's mission and vision, the dean of faculty can play a critical role in ensuring the school delivers on its promises. Schools that have a dedicated, full-time dean of faculty will generally have the strongest faculty cultures, a clear sense of shared purpose among the faculty, high faculty retention, and a strong alignment between the school's mission and its program. This article discusses the six main roles of a dean, as well as important issues relating to the dean's role. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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