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Deans Academy at Annual Meeting to Offer Dedicated Programming for Administrators, Share Survey Results

You spoke, and we listened! Many of you have asked AACTE to add programming to the Annual Meeting for education deans. This year, we are pleased to do just that when we host a Deans Academy for education administrators during the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

This set of sessions, scheduled for 1:45-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, has been put together by member deans and staff at AACTE for the purpose of providing meaningful information, space for dialogue, and an opportunity to explore solutions to the problems of practice inherent in leading schools, colleges, and departments of education.

The agenda will address a variety of topics that are of high interest for deans, directors, and chairs as they negotiate their complex positions. Topics range from legislative updates and a conversation of law to work-life balance and other common challenges faced by administrators. The session will also highlight the findings from A National Survey on Education Deans’ Ways of Thinking, Being, and Acting, a study conducted with AACTE’s support by four researchers:

  • Bill Henk, Marquette University (WI)
  • Shelley Wepner, Manhattanville College (NY)
  • Sharon Lovell, James Madison University (VA)
  • Steven A. Melnick, Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The researchers were thrilled with the enthusiastic response to their survey, which is an outgrowth of their 7 years of prior research on the education deanship. Members of the research team will present and discuss their findings during the Deans Academy.

I encourage all deans, directors, and chairs to join us for this interactive set of sessions tailored to their work. Even if you can join only part of the Deans Academy, I think you will find it to be valuable professional development as you engage with colleagues around shared goals and challenges. The sessions will be followed by an AACTE-sponsored reception for attendees to continue the conversations and networking among peers.

No separate registration is required—simply join us in Grand Ballroom F at the Mirage Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. (Remember to add the session to your personalized schedule in our Online Event Planner!) Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please contact me at rlucero@aacte.org.

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Rodrick Lucero

Vice President for Member Engagement and Support