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Top 30 Academic Dean Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
How do you like to encourage ideas in your faculty or student body?
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Question 2 of 30
How do you assess academic performance?
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Academic performance is a significant focus for Academic Deans. Talk to the interviewer about your areas of attention when it comes to assessing a student's academic performance.

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"If I have an under-performing student in my school I will sit down with them and first have them self-assess. The questions I will ask will include 'What are the personal factors affecting your academic performance?' and 'What are the academic factors affecting your performance?' When a student can be completely honest with themselves, it is usually pretty easy to uncover the issue causing the poor grades."
Entry Level Example
"I believe that students should be assessed three to four times per year. In our current school, our teachers administer academic evaluations after each module is complete. The evaluations are comprehensive and clearly show us where we need to focus further."
Experienced Example
"I assess academic performance through standard, state issued, evaluations. These happen at the end of every school year and give us a comprehensive overview of what is working and where we need to amp up our focus."
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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?
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As an Academic Dean, you will be exposed to a vast array of people and situations. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of handling this.

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"I have been in Education for the majority of my career teaching first in elementary, high school, and then universities across the country. I have also traveled much of the world. These experiences have shaped me greatly, and I am positive that I can interact with any person, and deal with any situation with professionalism and poise."
Entry Level Example
"I am certainly prepared to work in a diverse environment. In fact, I embrace it. I understood, before even applying here, that your university offers a diverse range of their student body and also their faculty. I find this to be very exciting and I look forward to learning more as the interview process continues."
Experienced Example
"I am well prepared to work in an environment that offers a wide range of people, and situations. I have worked as an academic dean for the past 15 years so I can confidently say that I have been a part of a great range of experiences and situations. I welcome even further diversity from this role with your school."
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Question 4 of 30
Why do you want a career as an academic dean?
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The interviewer would like to know why a career as an academic dean may interest you. You can add a personal touch when answering this question. Be sure that your passion for your job comes through in your answer!

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"I have set my sights on a career as an academic dean as soon as I began teaching at the university level. I feel that it will be a fulfilling way to compliment my career in Education, and is one of the primary reasons I completed my Ph.D."
Entry Level Example
"As an academic dean, I feel that I will be able to utilize my recently elevated education while making a bigger impact in the education industry by setting fresh academic policies, and better-overseeing budgets."
Experienced Example
"I have been in the role of academic dean for the past seven years. First, at the University of Georgia, and then transferring to Louisiana State. I wish to continue my career as an academic dean because I find it to be incredibly fulfilling work. With responsibilities that include the hiring of faculty, and setting policy, it's my way of ensuring that our students are receiving the level of education they deserve."
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Question 5 of 30
How would you handle a situation where one of your faculty members was causing difficulty in the workplace?
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As an Academic Dean, you are tasked with leading your faculty members. What would you do if one of those members caused you difficulty? Discuss with the interviewer how you would address a situation like this. Remain positive, factual, and avoid naming names in a case like this. You want to show the interviewer that you are an agent of change and not a petty individual.

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"I had a difficult faculty member a couple of years ago. He was quite unresponsive to change and unwilling to compromise when it came to the needs of the school in our proactive environment. I spoke with the faculty member one-on-one about three times before I began to take disciplinary action. Once more severe consequences were presented he began to comply with the policy changes our school was implementing. If this happened again, I believe I would take faster action right away. There is little room for someone who cannot appreciate positive change and progression within education."
Entry Level Example
"If I were to have a faculty member causing difficulty in the workplace I would first check in with their union representative to ensure that any course of disciplinary action fell in line with union regulations and policy. After that, I would schedule a one on one conversation with that individual with the goal of that meeting to be making a plan to rectify the situation. A clear plan of action and potential recourse would be outlined."
Experienced Example
"In my years as an academic dean, I have come to realize that there is almost always one faculty member that likes to ruffle feathers. I am a direct and to the point leader. I do not tolerate any situations that include workplace bullying or misappropriation of school resources. If a faculty member were acting out of line, I would have no issue initiating a stern conversation in which consequences would be outlined should the behavior continue."
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Question 6 of 30
Why are you the best Academic Dean for us?
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Question 7 of 30
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
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Question 8 of 30
How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
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Question 9 of 30
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Question 10 of 30
Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.
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Question 11 of 30
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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Question 12 of 30
Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?
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Question 13 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 14 of 30
How will you earn the trust of your faculty and coworkers?
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Question 15 of 30
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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Question 16 of 30
What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?
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Question 17 of 30
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 18 of 30
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
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Question 19 of 30
What motivates you to succeed?
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Question 20 of 30
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
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Question 21 of 30
What three words would you use to describe yourself as an Educator?
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Question 22 of 30
Outline your formal education and training.
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Question 23 of 30
Tell me about your exposure to budgeting and fundraising in your last position.
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Question 24 of 30
Give me an example of a new academic rule or regulation that you have created.
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Question 25 of 30
How active do you plan to be with your faculty?
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Question 26 of 30
Are you familiar with this States academic criteria?
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Question 27 of 30
What is your proudest moment as a teacher or leader?
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Question 28 of 30
Would you consider returning to school to complete your PhD?
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Question 29 of 30
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 30 of 30
What questions do you have for me in regards to this school, or position?
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About Academic Dean

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.

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