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Become A Graduate School Dean

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Working As A Graduate School 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

  • $90,900

    Average Salary

What Does A Graduate School Dean Do At Appalachian State University

* Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Dean is the chief administrative officer of the School of Graduate Studies and has general supervisory responsibilities over all graduate work.
* The Dean oversees a comprehensive graduate school with 12 staff members who are responsible for recruitment, admissions, maintaining student records, certification of graduation, yearly allocation of over 3 million dollars of financial support, graduate student development, and approval of graduate faculty credentials.
* The Dean will work collaboratively with graduate faculty members, fellow deans, and the Faculty Senate in the development and approval of new graduate programs and curricular changes.
* Furthermore the Dean will partner with Enrollment Management, Institutional Research, and Distance Education in developing enrollment targets for the institution.
* The Dean must be familiar with
* national trends in graduate education and possess vision to propose responses to the trends in order to remain competitive with our peer institutions

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How To Become A Graduate School 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. 


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.


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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Graduate School Dean Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Filipino

  • Ukrainian

  • Czech

  • Dakota

  • Georgian

  • Ilocano

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

  • Hindi

  • Urdu

  • Polish

  • Thai

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Graduate School Dean


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Top Graduate School Dean Skills

  1. Curriculum
  2. Financial Activity
  3. Policy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create curriculum for the course.
  • Ensured students followed student handbook policy and procedures regarding academic progress, attendance/tardy and behavioral plans.
  • Inducted into the PhiKappa Phi Honor Society for maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
  • Supervised alternative school activities within the Dover school district.
  • Used a combination traditional classroom setting and blended online discussion and lessondevelopment.

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