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The Essential Academic Dean: A Practical Guide to College Leadership

reviewed by Joni Mina - April 10, 2008

coverTitle: The Essential Academic Dean: A Practical Guide to College Leadership
Author(s): Jeffrey L. Buller
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0470180862, Pages: 431, Year: 2007
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It was with some trepidation that I approached reviewing Jeffrey Buller’s Essential Academic Dean; anything that touted itself as a “practical guide to college leadership” surely could not make any sense of that middleness within which deans must exist or prescribe a balm to that seeming chaos within which they must operate. The deanship has existed since ecclesiastic colleges and has been honed to a special place in academe, one that brings special issues and often requires special resolution. Indeed, it is the academic administrative position that exists in a seemingly indefinable limbo, one characterized only by the specific circumstances and the personnel who must function under them.    How-to books are invaluable; how else could we build a fence around our back yards? Or replicate that wonderful crème brûlée that was whipped up on one of the food networks? But a “how-to” for such a complex position? All too often,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 10, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15205, Date Accessed: 6/13/2021 8:39:18 PM

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  • Joni Mina
    Lewis-Clark State College
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    JONI MINA (formerly Montez) is a professor in Legal Support Programs at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. She holds a B.A. in humanities and a Ph.D. in education from Washington State University. More relevant, however, is the fact that she spent almost 30 years as a litigation paralegal and law firm administrator, "doing" what she teaches. She connects her students to the work world by emphasizing competence, professionalism, critical thinking, and relevance to practice; by providing them with stimulating and challenging curricula; and by encouraging balance in their professional and personal lives.
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