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The position of a university dean is an important role and one that requires a PhD for employment at a four-year institution. Sometimes a tenured professor advances to the role of dean. This position often requires many years of professional experience in order to successfully oversee students services, academics, and faculty research.
The responsibilities of a dean vary depending on the area of the college the manage. However, the most common duties typically include the following:
- Determine how many students to admit to a program or entire institution
- Work with marketing to prepare promotional materials about the school
- Meet with prospective students and their families
- Review applications for both students and faculty
- Analyze data about the student body and the classes at the school
Job Outlook and Salary
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.”
The BLS reported a median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators of $86,490 in May 2012. However, salaries vary depending on a number of factors. Some deans can make well over a six-figure salary. The top 10 percent in this role earned more than $168,330.