Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


The role of the academic dean is often a difficult one to describe. As a leader in higher education the dean has various responsibilities and many challenges to face that tend to evolve with the ever-changing face of higher education. The role of the academic dean is one that is multifaceted, challenging and often ambiguous. (Walker, 2000) The dean is a person the students could go to in times of trouble and in times of prosper, and to learn from the dean about life. It is essential that deans have the required knowledge base, skills and abilities to perform effectively in this demanding role.


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