Building the Academic Deanship: Strategies for Success

Hardcover | April 30, 2004

byGary S. Krahenbuhl

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Krahenbuhl explains with clarity how one can improve his or her chances for success in the role of dean. According to the author, the major key to success is preparedness. Those individuals who succeed in this role are not so much the benefactors of chance as they are those who are prepared. Thus, each chapter offers information, observations, and examples that give insight into the role of dean. Attention is given to the review of personal attributes, sound habits, essential understandings, and basic skills observed in successful deans, and more broadly in successful leaders. Krahenbuhl believes successful deans are those who are able to imagine the possibilities for growth and improvement that exist within their institutions, those with vision. Unlike many positions, there are no formal professional programs for those seeking positions of academic leadership. Promotions in all fields involve a period of learning. It is difficult to imagine anyone moving to a new leadership position and being fully prepared to perform from the first day. Colleges today, like corporations, operate in a competitive world and at a time of great change. Each decision made by a dean may reshape a college and affects its competitive advantage either positively or negatively. The purpose of Building the Academic Deanship: Strategies for Success is to acquaint individuals either who are newly appointed deans or who are about to become academic deans with the typical challenges that come with such leadership positions. What works in one setting is almost never immediately transportable to another setting. To be helpful, a book such as this is successful only if it helps the reader develop a mind better prepared to lead a college. The organization of Gary Krahenbuhl's book is clear and concise, and the amount of information presented is enormous when one considers the length of the book-it is all practical and helpful. Author Gary S. Krahenbuhl is perfectly suited to provide the key to success for the newly appointed dean,

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Krahenbuhl explains with clarity how one can improve his or her chances for success in the role of dean. According to the author, the major key to success is preparedness. Those individuals who succeed in this role are not so much the benefactors of chance as they are those who are prepared. Thus, each chapter offers information, obser...

GARY S. KRAHENBUHL has just retired as Senior Vice President and Deputy Provost at Arizona State University, Tempe. He was, for eleven years, a very successful dean of the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Krahenbuhl also served a term as president of the 570-member Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and served for fi...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.6 × 6.52 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 2004Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275983269

ISBN - 13:9780275983260

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Search Process Chapter 2 On Being Appointed As Dean Chapter 3 Improving the Abilities of Unit Heads Chapter 4 The Dean and the Faculty Chapter 5 Student Affairs Chapter 6 Development and External Relations Chapter 7 Research and Creative Activities Chapter 8 The Life of the College Chapter 9 Other Aspects of Deanship Chapter 10 Concluding Thoughts