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Working As An Associate Dean

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $88,580

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Dean Do

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, the office of the registrar, or student affairs.

Duties

Postsecondary education administrators who work in admissions decide if potential students should be admitted to the school. They typically do the following:

  • Determine how many students to admit to the school
  • Meet with prospective students and encourage them to apply
  • Review applications to determine if each potential student should be admitted
  • Analyze data about applicants and admitted students
  • Prepare promotional materials about the school

Many admissions counselors are assigned a region of the country and travel to that region to speak to high school counselors and students.

Admissions officers often work with the financial aid department, which helps students determine if they are able to afford tuition and creates packages of federal and institutional financial aid, if necessary.

Postsecondary education administrators who work in the registrar’s office, sometimes called registrars, maintain student and course records. They typically do the following:

  • Schedule and register students for classes
  • Schedule space and times for classes
  • Ensure that students meet graduation requirements
  • Plan commencement ceremonies
  • Prepare transcripts and diplomas for students
  • Produce data about students and classes
  • Maintain the academic records of the institution

Registrars have different duties throughout the school year. Before students register for classes, registrars must prepare schedules and course offerings. During registration and for the beginning of the semester, they help students sign up for, drop, and add courses. Toward the end of the semester, they plan graduation and ensure that students meet the requirements to graduate. Registrars need computer skills to create and maintain databases.

Postsecondary education administrators who work in student affairs are responsible for a variety of cocurricular school functions, such as student athletics and activities. They typically do the following:

  • Advise students on topics such as housing issues, personal problems, or academics
  • Communicate with parents or guardians
  • Create, support, and assess nonacademic programs for students
  • Schedule programs and services, such as athletic events or recreational activities

Postsecondary education administrators in student affairs can specialize in student activities, housing and residential life, or multicultural affairs. In student activities, they plan events and advise student clubs and organizations. In housing and residential life, they assign students rooms and roommates, ensure that residential facilities are well maintained, and train student workers, such as residential advisers. Education administrators who specialize in multicultural affairs plan events to celebrate different cultures and diverse backgrounds. Sometimes, they manage multicultural centers on campus.

Postsecondary education administrators can be provosts or academic deans. Provosts, also called chief academic officers, help college presidents develop academic policies, participate in making faculty appointments and tenure decisions, and manage budgets. Academic deans direct and coordinate the activities of the individual colleges or schools. For example, in a large university, a dean may oversee the law school.

Education administrators’ duties depend on the size of their college or university. Small schools often have smaller staffs who take on many different responsibilities, but larger schools may have different offices for each of these functions. For example, at a small college, the Office of Student Life may oversee student athletics and other activities, whereas a large university may have an Athletics Department.

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How To Become An Associate Dean

Although a bachelor’s degree may be acceptable for some entry-level positions, a master’s or higher degree is often required. Employers often want candidates who have experience working in the field, particularly for occupations such as registrars and academic deans. 

Education

Educational requirements vary for different positions. A bachelor’s degree may be sufficient, but a master’s degree or Ph.D. is generally required. Degrees can be in a variety of disciplines, such as social work, accounting, or marketing.

Provosts and deans often must have a Ph.D. Some provosts and deans begin their career as professors and later move into administration. These administrators have doctorates in the field in which they taught. Other provosts and deans have a Ph.D. in higher education or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Employers typically prefer to hire candidates who have several years of experience in a college administrative setting. Some postsecondary education administrators work in the registrar’s office or as a resident assistant while in college to gain the necessary experience. For other positions, such as those in admissions and student affairs, experience may or may not be necessary.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Postsecondary education administrators often need to be adept at working with computers so they can create and maintain databases and use computer programs to manage student and school records.

Interpersonal skills. Postsecondary education administrators need to build good relationships with colleagues, students, and parents. Those in admissions and student affairs need to be outgoing so they can encourage prospective students to apply to the school and existing students to participate in cocurricular activities.

Organizational skills. Administrators need to be organized so they can manage records, prioritize tasks, and coordinate the activities with their staff.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators often need to respond to difficult situations, develop creative solutions to problems, and react calmly when problems arise.

Advancement

Education administrators with advanced degrees can be promoted to higher level positions within their department or the college. Some become college presidents, an occupation which is discussed in the profile on top executives.

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Associate Dean Demographics

Gender

Female

54.1%

Male

43.2%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

79.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.0%

French

8.4%

German

8.4%

Korean

4.8%

Italian

4.8%

Russian

3.6%

Portuguese

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Mandarin

2.4%

Greek

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Czech

2.4%

Dakota

2.4%

Marshallese

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Norwegian

1.2%

Afrikaans

1.2%

Filipino

1.2%
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Associate Dean Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.1%

Nova Southeastern University

7.8%

Capella University

7.3%

New York University

5.7%

University of Pennsylvania

5.7%

University of Iowa

4.7%

Walden University

4.7%

Northcentral University

4.7%

Texas Tech University

4.1%

Harvard University

4.1%

Ohio University -

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

Troy University

3.6%

West Virginia University

3.6%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.6%

Syracuse University

3.1%

University of Alabama

3.1%

Vanderbilt University

3.1%

Northwestern University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

18.5%

Educational Leadership

14.4%

Education

8.5%

Law

7.1%

English

5.6%

Management

5.2%

Communication

4.2%

Nursing

4.1%

Psychology

3.9%

Elementary Education

3.4%

Political Science

3.3%

Human Resources Management

3.1%

School Counseling

2.9%

Public Administration

2.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

History

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Social Work

1.8%
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Degrees

Masters

38.7%

Doctorate

26.5%

Other

15.8%

Bachelors

13.1%

Certificate

3.4%

Associate

2.3%

License

0.1%

Diploma

0.1%
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Real Associate Dean Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Dean University of Kentucky Lexington, KY Jan 07, 2016 $274,500
Professor and Associate Dean University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, NJ Jun 01, 2013 $220,000
Associate Provost & Dean of Hybrid Design Studies The New School New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $200,000
Associate Provost & Dean of Hybrid Design Studies The New School New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $200,000
Professor and Associate Dean California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA Jan 22, 2012 $188,800
Associate Dean of The Graham School of Business York College of Pennsylvania York, PA Jan 08, 2016 $175,000
Associate Dean for Research University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND Jan 07, 2016 $155,000
Associate Dean Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI Apr 01, 2015 $138,000
Associate Dean State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, NY Jun 28, 2010 $120,192
Associate Dean and Associate University Librarian The Florida State University Tallahassee, FL Jan 06, 2016 $120,000
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Academ North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC Jul 01, 2011 $120,000
Associate Dean North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC Nov 17, 2011 $120,000
Associate Dean Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA Jul 01, 2010 $120,000
Associate Dean University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jan 04, 2016 $117,000
Associate Dean of Marquand Chapel Yale University New Haven, CT Jul 01, 2011 $105,000
Associate Dean and Director Texas A&M University College Station, TX Jul 21, 2014 $104,000
Associate Dean, Baking & Pastry Arts The Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, NY Apr 12, 2010 $103,227
Associate Vice Dean for Scientific Computation Temple University--A Commonwealth University Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2011 $100,000
Associate Dean Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH Feb 13, 2014 $95,506
Associate Dean Suny Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY Sep 04, 2012 $90,000
Associate Dean of Academics Savannah College of Art and Design, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 01, 2015 $86,861 -
$95,000
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA Jun 24, 2010 $82,506
Associate Dean of Stem Leap Academy University Charter School Camden, NJ Aug 23, 2011 $81,078
Associate Dean for Global Initiatives/Special Advisor The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Aug 15, 2016 $80,163 -
$230,000
Associate Dean of Stem Leap Academy University Charter School Camden, NJ Aug 23, 2011 $79,862 -
$119,793
Associate Dean of Academics Savannah College of Art and Design, Inc. Savannah, GA Aug 01, 2015 $74,693 -
$95,000

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Top Skills for An Associate Dean

CurriculumDevelopmentOnlineCoursesEnsureComplianceUndergraduateProfessionalDevelopmentActivitiesAcademicAffairsOversightSuperviseFinancialDeansFacultyMembersResourceFacultyDevelopmentGeneralEducationAlumniCollegesStudentServicesCommunityOutreachMedicineStudentLearning

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Top Associate Dean Skills

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Online Courses
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Budget reviews, and research analysis within degree program development, institutional advancement and curriculum development.
  • Hired and trained faculty for online courses, and assisted with course development and redesign.
  • Conduct annual site visits to ensure compliance with University policies, State requirements and relevant SACS recommendations.
  • Collaborated with admissions department on establishing prerequisites for undergraduate students.
  • Maintained records of training and professional development activities.

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