Friday, June 20, 2008

A Perspective on the Job of Dormitory Deans

Edit: I realise that the attached images are not clearly legible, So I 'll quickly type out the main sections of the article:

Adventist education includes boarding schools (9-12 and college level) with dormitories directed by professional personnel known as "residence hall deans," a job description with complex challenges. For the dean, every day is different and unique, but there are also predictable routines. Successful deaning requires a high sense of maturity and responsibility, flexibility, commitment, and skills development. While many have found great satisfaction in deaning as a long-term career, others have become disillusioned and quickly left the profession.

Historically, the abbreviated careers of deans have been a problem. In a 1969 study, Weir found the average tenure for an academy dean of boys to be about 2.5 years, and for a dean of girls, about 1.5 years. I do not know of any recent study about tenure and attrition, but there is still a sense that deans, especially academy deans, have short careers. It is also true that many deans were hired with the expectation that they would not last long. They were worked hard and much was expected of them; but not much value was placed in pre-service or in-service training. Many have believed that "deans are born, not made"; and while there may be some truth to that, both natural abilities and training are needed. ... (Article by Donald W. Murray in "The Dean's Column" Journal of Adventist Education. October/November 2007.

This is a perspective and the statistics might be a challenge for College administrators. It might also be important for prospective deans to keep this in mind as they plan their career. From my experience the work of a dormitory dean is an incredibly enriching work and it poses tremendous opportunities for personal formation and growth. Don't let the statistics put you off!

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