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Academic Dean Interview Questions

30 Academic Dean Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Why are you the best Academic Dean for us?

Academic Dean Interview Questions

  1. 1.

    Why are you the best Academic Dean for us?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know why you feel you are the best choice for this position. What makes you stand out from other potential applicants? Now is the time to brag about yourself and your abilities a little bit. Don't be shy! Highlight qualities that are unique.

      Answer Examples

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that I am the best academic dean for you because I am highly educated, having recently completed my Ph.D. in Education. I would be a diverse leader for the student body. I have traveled all over the world and also speak four languages. I also stand out because I have been a Professor at two of the most well-respected universities in the United States."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that being newer to my career as an academic dean gives me an advantage to many other applicants. I plan to carve a long-term career with your university while incorporating fresh perspectives that a more tenured dean will likely not possess."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I was recognized as the most effective academic dean in our state for four consecutive years. In my current school, I was able to cut out a great deal of overspend while increasing fundraising dollars a year over year. This has resulted in our university having a surplus of funds that the school has not seen in nearly 15 years. I look forward to doing the same for your school."

      Anonymous Answer

      "My skill sets and experience are the perfect matches for the job requirements. As a former Dean of the School of Business, my work ethic makes me an ideal candidate for the position. For example, I led my Business program through its reaffirmation of accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) single handily. Upon the review of the On-site Team of Evaluators, the program was reaffirmed of its accreditation. Moreover, I upgraded graduation requirements that gave confidence to our students that they could compete on the graduate level and I also mentored junior faculty to become Major Coordinator, Department Chairs as well as Deans."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Excellent response! It is evident that your professional experience aligns very well with this role, and you're able to provide specific examples to illustrate this.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I could say that I am the best Dean for you because of my in-depth knowledge of curriculum at all levels, or my experiences in serving language learners at all levels, but that is not the best reason I'm your person. What makes me the best is my passion and love of instruction. My excitement and my ability to motivate others, as well as my ability to think outside the box to meet student needs, are qualities that will make me a great Dean."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Highly impressive how you solidified the fact that you're qualified through experience, while adding in more heartfelt reasons why you're the best for the job. This answer is well rounded and will make an impact on the interviewer.

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