Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Who Grades Deans?

Inside Higher Ed
February 10th, 2015

Academic deans straddle two realms: those of the administration and the faculty. While they’re supervisors to faculty members in a sense, they’re also colleagues and collaborators, and many professors view deans as representing academic interests up the hierarchy to provosts and presidents. So it’s probably unsurprising that faculty members play a role in reviewing deans’ performance at most institutions. But just how big a role should they expect to play, and what mechanisms are in place to make sure that professors understand higher-level administrators’ ultimate decisions about deans’ jobs? Two recent cases in which faculty members have expressed concerns about the transparency of personnel decisions about deans raise those questions, among others.

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