Education Deans Sought for Focus Groups

UPDATE: Please sign up for a focus group by December 21.

What factors contribute most to the longevity of education deans in their positions? Are there optimal lengths of time for education deans to stay in their roles, and if so, how long and why? What are the personal and professional benefits of remaining in the role as education dean for an extended period?

We invite currently serving education deans who have at least 7 years of experience in this role to participate in one of several focus groups. These focus group sessions, supported by AACTE, will last 45 to 60 minutes and will be conducted during the weeks of January 8 and January 15, 2018, using electronic conferencing technology.

Questions like those above emerged as a result of a national survey on deans’ ways of thinking, being, and acting. Findings from the survey indicated that research is needed on factors contributing to longevity in the deanship so that critical initiatives can have a viable lifespan and deans and their stakeholders continue to be gratified. Such information can help deans reflect on their own characteristics and practices that contribute to their own success in the position. It can also assist prospective deans in understanding what may enable them to thrive in the role over the long term.

Conclusions gathered from these focus groups will be shared March 2, 2018, at the Deans Academy during the AACTE Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

Please indicate your willingness to participate in a focus group through this online form.

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Sharon Lovell

James Madison University (VA)

Shelley B. Wepner

Manhattanville College (NY)

Robin Anderson

James Madison University

William Henk

Marquette University (WI)