Also known as Academic Affairs Vice President, Academic Dean, Admissions Director, College President, Dean, Financial Aid Director, Institutional Research Director, Provost, Registrar, Students Dean
Also known as Academic Affairs Vice President, Academic Dean, Admissions Director
Academic Deans plan, direct, or coordinate student instruction, administration, and services, as well as other research and educational activities, at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.
Academic Deans are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Academic Deans. More generally, Academic Deans are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Academic Dean is $97,500, and the average salary is $115,200. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Academic Dean salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Academic Deans earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Academic Deans earn less than $56,310 per year, 25% earn less than $72,030, 75% earn less than $139,220, and 90% earn less than $199,400.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Academic Deans is expected to change by 7.5%, and there should be roughly 14,500 open positions for Academic Deans every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Academic Dean are usually higher in their Enterprising, Conventional, and Social interests.
Academic Deans typically have very strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Also, Academic Deans typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Academic Deans typically have moderate Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an Academic Dean tend to value Independence, Relationships, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Academic Deans very strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Academic Deans very strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Academic Deans very strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Academic Deans must consistently demonstrate qualities such as initiative, integrity, and leadership.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Academic Deans, ranked by importance:
Many Academic Deans have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Academic Deans may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Academic Deans may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as administration and management, education and training, or customer and personal service knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Academic Deans might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Academic Deans must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Academic Deans need abilities such as problem sensitivity, written comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Academic Deans, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Academic Deans frequently use skills like critical thinking, reading comprehension, and writing to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Academic Deans, ranked by their relative importance.
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