Tuesday, January 19, 2016
This is one of the best articles I've seen capturing the leadership realities of deaning today, from my view as an Associate Dean.
Chronicle HE, So You Want to Be a Dean?
I started out idealistic, and adamant that I could develop a better model of a school of education. What could be so hard, I thought, in "operationalizing" one’s ideas? What I have since learned: Nothing is more exciting or complicated in higher education as turning ideas into reality. It is way harder than rocket science.
So for any of you faculty members considering moving into administration, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that your background may be your greatest asset. The bad news is that it may also be your undoing as a capable administrator.