Monday, April 18, 2016

Co-deans increasingly embraced in higher ed - Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Several university law schools have appointed co-deans in recent years, mostly on a temporary basis, but a few, including Case Western Reserve University Law School, have decided the co-dean approach is the way to go permanently. Inside Higher Ed reports Michael Scharf and Jessica Berg approach their co-dean positions at Case Western as a united front — sharing an email account, drafting formal statements together, jointly making big decisions, and supporting each other’s smaller decisions — which doesn’t give anyone room to divide and conquer. The co-dean position helps with isolation, giving those in it someone to talk to, it increases efficiency with fundraising and other duties, and, if the two deans split the standard dean’s supplement, it doesn’t cost any extra. But schools have to find the right people for the job.

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