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The Essential Academic Dean: A Practical Guide to College Leadership Paperback – November 9, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0470180860 ISBN-10: 0470180862 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470180862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470180860
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The role of an academic dean is extremely complex, involving budgeting, community relations, personnel decisions, managing a large enterprise, mastering numerous details, fundraising, and guiding a school or college toward a compelling vision for the future. But no academic dean can quickly master all of the intricacies involved in this challenging position. For instance, how do you build support for a shared vision of your unit's future? How do you interact effectively with all of the different internal and external constituencies that a dean must serve? How do you set, supervise, and implement a budget? How do you handle the volume of documents that cross your desk? How do you fire someone, ask a chair to step down, respond to a reporter on the telephone, and settle disputes about intellectual property rights? How do you know when it's time to consider leaving your current position for another opportunity?

The Essential Academic Dean is about the "how" of academic leadership. Based on a series of workshops given by the author on college administration and management, each topic deals concisely with the most important information deans need at their fingertips when faced with a particular challenge or opportunity. Written both as a comprehensive guide to the academic deanship and as a ready reference to be consulted when needed, this book emphasizes proven solutions over untested theories and stresses what deans need to know now in order to be most successful as academic leaders.

About the Author

Jeffrey L. Buller is dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University.


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Jeffrey L. Buller was born in Wisconsin and has held academic or administrative positions at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, and Florida Atlantic University in Palm Beach County, Florida. Known to different publics as a classicist, scholar of Wagnerian music drama, and expert in academic administration, Dean Buller has lectured and performed consultancies all over the world. From 2003-205, he served as the English language lecturer at the International Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany. Since 2009, he has worked closely with King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals and the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia, providing administrative training and helping to create a new Academic Leadership Center.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Langari on September 22, 2009
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This is a well written text on academic administration. While the focus of the book is on the role of the dean in an academic institution, the book is a resource for just about every college administrator. It is both thought provoking and insightful in its treatment of it subject matter: from dealing with faculty and department heads to budgetary maters. All in all this is a great book and well worth reading.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nina on October 18, 2009
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This book is an excellent reference for aspiring and current deans. It provides comprehensive coverage of the various issues that confront deans. There are 60 chapters grouped in 9 parts. Each chapter provides a concise coverage of a particular aspect of the dean job.
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By Pam Gouner on November 4, 2013
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practical and necessary. If anyone is aspiring to this role or is new to it, this book is a must have.
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By ozjg on September 17, 2012
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This is an excellent, detailed introduction to key issues for Deans. Written in a really practical, accessible style. I found it very helpful.
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