What does an Academic Dean do?

Deans are the heads of a significant collection of departments within a college or university system. They are responsible for approving of faculty hiring, setting the academic policies, overseeing a budget, fundraising, and other various administrative duties at the college or the university.

Deans are in charge of the financial management of faculty and community interaction. They promote the organization and provide supervision of staff and students. They mentor new teachers, monitor for student attendance, and stay mindful of any issues that may arise. Deans also decide the number and types of students the college will accept; they do this by reviewing prospective students' admissions applications. They offer advice to current students about what courses to take and possible future career choices for their majors. They establish a plan for student recruitment which allows for fiscal growth, and they evaluate instructors from their teaching methods and the materials that they use. Deans recommend specific professors for tenure and need a master's degree in education and previous professional teaching experience.

Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Academic Dean Salaries

Average Base Pay

$97,602 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $98K
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University of DenverUniversity of Denver
Assistant Dean
Mar 4, 2021

“benefits are good but not exceptional”

Summit Public SchoolsSummit Public Schools
Dean of Operations
Apr 9, 2021

“life balance and additional hours.”

Nash County Public Schools
Dean of Students
Sep 27, 2021

“Starting / base pay isn’t good”

Institute of Medical and Business CareersInstitute of Medical and Business Careers
Associate Dean of Online Academics
Feb 19, 2020

“Work/Life balance was not respected”

Saint Mary's University (Canada)Saint Mary's University (Canada)
Oct 24, 2020

“Decent opportunities to grow your career”

Hult International Business SchoolHult International Business School
Sep 12, 2020

“Great people to work with”

Albukhary International University
Jul 2, 2021

“No opportunity to develop your career”

Cuyahoga Community CollegeCuyahoga Community College
Associate Dean
Apr 11, 2020

“Great people to work with”

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