Optimize Your Success as an External Dean



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Gain valuable lessons learned and insights from other external deans to help you hit the ground running in your new role. 


As an externally appointed dean, you are expected to hit the ground running, making quick and impactful decisions from Day One. Leading through this change can be tricky, as you will often need to navigate conflicting perspectives from the administration and faculty on which direction to go, as you also define your role in shared governance, identify trusted allies, and make decisions even with incomplete information.

Join us for a 90-minute discussion that will provide you with insights and lessons learned from other external deans. Our instructor panel includes two different speakers — one who has served in a variety of external leadership roles at multiple institutions — and the other who just completed her first semester as external dean.

If you’ve been asking any of the following questions, this training is for you:

  • How do I research and understand the issues, challenges and opportunities within my college?
  • How do I determine my role in shared governance?
  • Who should I trust, and how do I figure that out as early as possible?
  • Where should I invest my time, and how do I balance listening and learning with getting important work done?
  • What are some of the considerations I need to make when it comes to assembling a leadership team?

Who Should Attend

Academic Deans who have been appointed from a different college or institution will benefit from this training.

If you are an external chair, you may be interested in this training instead: Your First Semester as External Chair: A Roadmap for Success

If You Can't Attend the Live Event

You can still register to receive a recording of the live session that you can access anywhere, anytime.

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


September 8, 2022

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

This virtual session will feature discussions around the following topics. The questions listed are meant to be illustrative and are not exhaustive:

The Immediate Needs: Hit the Ground Running
  • When and how do you make important decisions, such as budget cuts, when you don’t have all the necessary data?
  • How do you balance your time between executive activities and “keeping the lights on?”
  • How do you complete tasks, such as faculty evaluations, especially in cases where you don’t feel ready or well-informed?

The Longer-Term Needs: Build Trust and Cultivate Relationships
  • What kinds of meetings do you need to arrange and attend to better understand your internal and external partners?
  • How do you identify those whose opinions are student-centered?
  • How do you learn from and take accountability for your mistakes?


Professional portrait of Wade Weast

Wade Weast

Dean of the College of the Arts, Georgia State University

Bringing a wide range of experience in various areas of the music industry, Dr. Wade Weast became Dean of the College of the Arts at Georgia State University on July 1, 2016. Prior to his arrival at Georgia State University, he was Dean of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Director of the School of Music at the University of South Florida. He holds a doctorate from Stony Brook University with additional study at the Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Fredonia, and Tanglewood Institute.

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Portrait of Catherine Kaukinen

Catherine Kaukinen

Dean of the Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, Kennesaw State University

Catherine (Katie) is an award-recognized* scholar honored by her national disciplinary organizations. Her leadership experience includes numerous administrative assignments and higher-education leadership roles over the past 12 years, including department chair, graduate director, undergraduate director, internship coordinator, faculty senate president serving on the Chancellor’s Leadership Team and Provost’s Leadership Council, and most recently, Dean.

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