The Dean’s Eight Compass Points to Navigate College Collegiality

The dean’s calling is to “build a community of scholars to set direction and achieve common purposes through empowerment of faculty and staff” (Wolverton and Gmelch 2002, 33). This presupposes three conditions deans must meet if they are to effectively lead their colleges: building community, setting direction, and empowering others. The first condition, building community, is the most difficult and potentially most enjoyable journey of the dean. The challenge is to create a dynamic, positive, productive, and collective culture in your college. This takes moving faculty in the direction so they are not only loyal and dedicated to their discipline but work equally hard for the cause of the college and their colleagues.

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