Communicating the changing roles of deans: a content analysis

Gibson, Jillian B. (2014) Communicating the changing roles of deans: a content analysis. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This qualitative study examined the changing roles and requirements for deans as educational leaders at Canadian post-secondary institutions. A content analysis approach was used to capture, code and analyze 248 job advertisements for the position of dean in Canada from 1970 to 2011. The findings show that in many cases the role of post-secondary deans as advertised in recruitment efforts is evolving to reflect the nature of service systems. With respect to the role of fundraising, only 23 job advertisements mention fundraising as either a duty that the dean would perform or as pre-requisite experience. This research points to a need to focus our communications to future educational leaders on the skills that will enable them to excel in a dynamic environment.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 6267
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 83-95).
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: May 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Deans (Education)--Job descriptions; Educational fund raising; Educational leadership; Postsecondary education; Content analysis (Communication)

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