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Top 30 Academic Dean Interview Questions
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How do you successfully motivate your team?
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List of Academic Dean Interview Questions
  1. How do you successfully motivate your team?
  2. How do you assess academic performance?
  3. As an Academic Dean you will be exposed to a wide variety of people, situations and environments. Do you feel prepared for this?
  4. Why do you want a career as an academic dean?
  5. How would you handle a situation where one of your faculty members was causing difficulty in the workplace?
  6. Why are you the best Academic Dean for us?
  7. What immediate changes would you like to see, if you were hired for this position?
  8. How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
  9. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  10. Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.
  11. When do you feel your leadership skills are most effective?
  12. What has made you ready for this responsibility?
  13. What are your salary expectations?
  14. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  15. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  16. What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?
  17. What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
  18. Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
  19. What motivates you to succeed?
  20. How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
  21. What three words would you use to describe yourself as an Educator?
  22. Outline your formal education and training.
  23. Tell me about your exposure to budgeting and fundraising in your last position.
  24. Give me an example of a new academic rule or regulation that you have created.
  25. How active to you plan to be with your faculty?
  26. Are you familiar with this States academic criteria?
  27. What is your proudest moment as a teacher or leader?
  28. Would you consider returning to school to complete your PhD?
  29. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  30. Would you consider returning to school to complete your PhD in Business or Education?
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Academic Dean Information
August 17th, 2017

An academic dean, also known as a dean of education, is an administrator who has significant authority over a specific academic department or unit (e.g. dean of the school of medicine, dean of boys/girls), typically in a college or university and to a lesser extent in high schools. They're typically highly involved with admissions and recruitment for their unit, as well as matters relating to graduation. Deans work in office settings and during normal business hours and may have reduced hours during the summer break. Education requirements vary. Sometimes a bachelor's degree may suffice, but a master's or PhD is often required.

Job openings for academic dean positions can be found through typical channels as well as career sites of academic institutions. As the dean, you'll be expected to maintain order and be responsible for admissions and graduation requirement, which is why previous experience in program administration will be important. The interview process will assess a wide range of skills including interpersonal, administrative, and leadership skills as it relates to your ability to manage relationships with students, parents, and staff. 

To prepare for an interview for an academic dean position, review your work experience and think of times when you administrated a program by planning courses and defining objectives and saw it through to a positive outcome. Think about times when you gave constructive criticism and how it resulted in something positive. Be prepared to give details on your teaching and leadership style as well as how you would handle chaotic situations. Deans are leaders in academic situations and need to demonstrate integrity and inspire respect while fitting into the institution's culture and needs.
Academic Dean User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 30
How do you successfully motivate your team?
Question 2 of 30
How do you assess academic performance?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
A good performance measure is the number of publications in refereed journals.
2.
How many students an instructor has engaged with.
Question 3 of 30
As an Academic Dean you will be exposed to a wide variety of people, situations and environments. Do you feel prepared for this?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Have taken on new direct reports--advising, career services--that used to report to student services; needed to learn about that side of the house. Deal regularly with student complaints, issues, etc., help faculty who ask for my advice, support or information. Have moved from faculty to DC to interim assoc dean role, w working with different populations of clermont along the way ( i. E., primarily student, s primarily faculty and now with both, but also with staff)
2.
For example, I have shown my ability to adapt to a wide variety of people, situations, and environments by working a special education teacher at the elementary and middle school level. I have served as a teacher leader within the special education department and within the regular education department I have served as a liaison to the principal when I was the LDC train the trainer representative at Eddy Middle school.
Question 4 of 30
Why do you want a career as an academic dean?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I enjoy administrating programs and people.
2.
To positively influence and affect change in the instructional program of a institute of higher learning.
3.
As an inside candidate, I have deep knowledge of the college, strengths and weaknesses. I believe I can help us move in a positive, forward direction. Really feel called to make it a better workplace where people feel valued and less stressed, which is better for students.
4.
Because I want to grow professionally within the educational area of teacher leaders, and I aspire to be resource for new incoming teachers and veteran's as well.
5.
I am looking for a new challenge in the field of education.
Question 5 of 30
How would you handle a situation where one of your faculty members was causing difficulty in the workplace?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have found when I have difficulties with a team member it is more than likely that something is going on in their personal life that they may be struggling with and what they need is someone to listen and offer support.
2.
Many people will never see Eye to Eye with your ideas especially if they are new or foriegn to them. When cases like these arise you must thoroghly explain what you want.
3.
Several situations like this; since they are internal, I can't go into much detail.
4.
I held many SWD meetings and sent several emails to get the team member to follow the suggestions I had in place for our department and they had fell to do so.
Question 6 of 30
Why are you the best Academic Dean for us?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would like to show that I am capable of just being a classroom teacher. I love to help others and learn from others as well. Being a academic dean would put me in a new role so that I can learn how to help a school maintain a school culture that will serve in the best interests of its students and parents.
2.
My experience covers all aspects of this poisition.
3.
My experience and knowledge in teaching and learning as well as integrating technology into the classroom.
4.
I have a record of improving schools and fostering collaboration that was previously non-existent. I am a Motivator and a Team Builder with a fundamental understanding that lives are at stake.
5.
Institutional knowledge, commitment to clermont, practical, like to get things accomplished, see a lot of potential int he place.
Question 7 of 30
What immediate changes would you like to see, if you were hired for this position?
Question 8 of 30
How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
Question 9 of 30
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
Question 10 of 30
Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.
Question 11 of 30
When do you feel your leadership skills are most effective?
Question 12 of 30
What has made you ready for this responsibility?
Question 13 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
Question 14 of 30
What work situations excite and motivate you?
Question 15 of 30
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
Question 16 of 30
What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?
Question 17 of 30
What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
Question 18 of 30
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
Question 19 of 30
What motivates you to succeed?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am motivated by that fact that I am learning how to do things of interest more proficiently so that everyone can benefit from the job that I do.
2.
I am a life long learner. I am always wanting to experience challenging assignments.
3.
The achievement of others that I work with.
4.
Service, a sense of feeling I can make an impact, intrinsically motivated by goals I set myself.
Question 20 of 30
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I bes decisions on the strategic plan already made.
2.
Requests from the board or a supevisor would have precedents over non-critical requests.
3.
Level of importance of the tasks, due date and the time to complete the tasks.
4.
Level of importance of the tasks, due date and the time to complete the tasks.
5.
Emergencies/crises get top billing, w hen they happen; otherwise, try to balance between longer-term projects and small managerial tasks like email, etc.
Question 21 of 30
What three words would you use to describe yourself as an Educator?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Problem-solver, friendly, and detailed-oriented.
2.
God-Fearing, Hard-working, Team-Builder.
Question 22 of 30
Outline your formal education and training.
Question 23 of 30
Tell me about your exposure to budgeting and fundraising in your last position.
Question 24 of 30
Give me an example of a new academic rule or regulation that you have created.
Question 25 of 30
How active to you plan to be with your faculty?
Question 26 of 30
Are you familiar with this States academic criteria?
Question 27 of 30
What is your proudest moment as a teacher or leader?
Question 28 of 30
Would you consider returning to school to complete your PhD?
Question 29 of 30
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Question 30 of 30
Would you consider returning to school to complete your PhD in Business or Education?
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