What does an Associate 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.

EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Associate Dean Salaries

Average Base Pay

$98,895 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $99K
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Associate Dean Career Path

Learn how to become an Associate Dean, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Associate Dean Insights

Read what Associate Dean professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
American Bilingual School
Dean of Students
Nov 20, 2019

“There was zero focus on rigor; high academic outcomes and:or preparing these young people for college and career.”

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”

Albukhary International UniversityAlbukhary International University
Jul 2, 2021

“No opportunity to develop your career”

Ivy Tech Community CollegeIvy Tech Community College
Dean of Nursing
Jul 11, 2021

“Staff is good to work with”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an associate dean

When working as an associate dean, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are French Spanish, Excellent Customer Service, Technical Leadership, CCAR, and Pays Attention.

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The most common qualifications to become an associate dean include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.