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Israel Galindo

Debbie, thanks for this insight. You've certainly "fleshed out" the content and scope of this fantasy curriculum. I missed the ATS school for deans, but have heard good things. Glad for it.

Yes, the whacky loopy world of endless and ever-changing legal and compliance matters of higher education opens up a whole universe for deans.

Thanks for your insight! There's evidence there that you indeed understand the job!


Debbie Creamer

This is a really nice list, and I really appreciate the affirmation that this isn't a "natural" transition for any of us (even folks who come from an ed background!). I was fortunate to participate in the ATS School for New Deans in Pittsburgh this past December, where some of this was covered in really helpful ways. I'd add something on budgeting -- both the small scale (how to propose, follow, and revise an annual budget, including keeping good records) and the big pictures (how to think of your budget in relation to the larger institution, how to think of budgets over time, how to think of budgeting as art as well as politics). Records management is also helpful within the context of supervision, as part of mentoring someone toward tenure and promotion is also the giving and recording of consistent feedback, a real challenge when you might not be the dean who hired someone nor the dean when they come up for advancement. At a smallish school like mine, something on compliance and regulation would be very useful -- either within assessment or supervision, I suppose -- but I suddenly oversee Title iX, VA benefits, DOE compliance, FMLA, and so on, with absolutely no training as a lawyer! Actually, full training as a lawyer, MBA, architect, marketing specialist, caterer, and more could be quite helpful :). I would hope DED104 would include how to be a wise institutional sage, motivating faculty (and other) colleagues without manipulation. And definitely a strong emphasis on self-care and whole-person stuff (including how to still do the things you love even if you can no longer make time to write books or travel as before). As part of that, you might rethink the DED designation, which is awfully close to DEAD!!!

Thanks, as always, Israel!

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