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The academic dean: a position in need of a compass and clock

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posted on 2024-06-03, 17:32 authored by JC Sarros, WH Gmelch, George TanewskiGeorge Tanewski
This study examines the changing and multifaceted roles and responsibilities of academic deans in Australian universities. A total of 195 deans from the population of 287 in Australia responded to the survey. Most were male, around 50 years old, married, with fewer than 5 years' experience as dean. One quarter of the sample had more than 5 years' experience as dean. About one third indicated a desire to move on to a higher academic position at the end of their contract with another third interested in returning to their previous academic duties. Deans indicated they are moderately satisfied with the clarity of their role, but more dissatisfied with the pace of work and their workload. The level of stress experienced by deans was moderate, although around 60% of stress in a dean's life arose from the job. Generally, experiences of role-conflict and role-ambiguity were consistent across the sample. The varied role of dean is examined in terms of its daily tasks, sources of stress, and leadership attributes and behaviours. The article also includes an analysis of comments provided by deans regarding their major work challenges, perceived effectiveness in dealing with these challenges, and observations on other issues of importance to their role.

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Journal

Higher education research and development

Volume

17

Pagination

65-88

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1522-6514

eISSN

1549-7879

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

1

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

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