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The selection of a dean in an academic environment: are we getting what we deserve?

The selection of a dean in an academic environment: are we getting what we deserve? Purpose – The purpose of the development of the paper was due to the seemingly endless searching for deans to replace the former dean of three to four years. Design/methodology/approach – The paper was developed around the present relevant secondary data. Findings – The key findings of the paper were that deans were being replaced due to the difference in expectation of the various constituents (e.g. students, faculty, administration, parents) in the performance of the SBA. Research limitations/implications – Limitations of the study were not providing primary data to support the theory based hypotheses of the study. Practical implications – Deans need to recognize that there will be conflicting expectations relative to the performance of the dean and that deans have a very short time to effectuate change in academic organizations. Social implications – Not having such high turnover in dean's positions should provide the stability of management to bring about change need in institutions of higher education. Originality/value – Identification of key mistakes made by deans as well as the mistakes made by faculty undermine the performance of deans. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Educational Management Emerald Publishing

The selection of a dean in an academic environment: are we getting what we deserve?

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0951-354X
DOI
10.1108/09513541311289800
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of the development of the paper was due to the seemingly endless searching for deans to replace the former dean of three to four years. Design/methodology/approach – The paper was developed around the present relevant secondary data. Findings – The key findings of the paper were that deans were being replaced due to the difference in expectation of the various constituents (e.g. students, faculty, administration, parents) in the performance of the SBA. Research limitations/implications – Limitations of the study were not providing primary data to support the theory based hypotheses of the study. Practical implications – Deans need to recognize that there will be conflicting expectations relative to the performance of the dean and that deans have a very short time to effectuate change in academic organizations. Social implications – Not having such high turnover in dean's positions should provide the stability of management to bring about change need in institutions of higher education. Originality/value – Identification of key mistakes made by deans as well as the mistakes made by faculty undermine the performance of deans.

Journal

International Journal of Educational ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 11, 2013

Keywords: Dean search process; Mistakes made by deans/faculty; Reference point theory; Dean candidate pool; Higher education; Performance management

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