Lessons for Aspiring Deans Seminar

November 11-12, 2021 | Virtual Offering

Lessons for Aspiring Deans Seminar

November 11–12, 2021 | Virtual Offering

Each day 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
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The role of a business school dean can be both challenging and rewarding. Before embarking on your professional journey, you will have many unanswered questions that need to be answered prior to developing the most efficient strategy.

Join a cohort of aspiring business school deans in two live sessions on the role and core competencies of a dean and how to navigate the dean search process. The Lessons for Aspiring Deans Seminar clearly describes what a deanship entails, from the rewards to the not so obvious challenges, and how to select the most complementary school environment for your skill set.

You will learn the most effective interviewing tips and strategies from a facilitator who has navigated the process multiple times and knows what qualities are considered important for a dean candidate. You will get an insider view of what to expect, how to avoid being overwhelmed by the diverse duties, and what is critical in the first 90 days as a new dean.

This unique, interactive seminar will provide you with the necessary tools to navigate the career search process, achieve success, and thrive in your new role.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what a deanship entails, including rewards and challenges
  • Identify important skills necessary for ideal candidates and how to present them in a compelling manner
  • Learn how to compare schools and ask the best questions to ensure the school is the right fit for you
  • Acquire the necessary tools to navigate the entire process from career search to negotiating a mutually beneficial contract

Who Should  Attend

Faculty, department chairs, associate and assistant deans, business professionals, and those who aspire to be dean of the business school.


Gain actionable insights in three, three-hour live lessons with a cohort of your peers and facilitators. Pre-and post-work will allow you to maximize your time in the classroom. This course will be delivered via AACSB's Brightspace learning platform and Zoom. You will have access to the event for 90 days from the seminar date. 


"The content was excellent, relevant, and extremely helpful. I would recommend this seminar to anyone thinking about being a dean."

— Wendy Boland, Associate Dean, Kogod School of Business, American University

"Attending the AACSB Lessons for Aspiring Deans Seminar was a transformative experience for me, as it provided me with a balanced and realistic perspective of the challenges and opportunities inherent in the Dean's job in an AACSB-accredited business school. Attending the seminar helped me to get two dean position offers from AACSB-accredited schools."

—Avinandan Mukherjee, Dean, College of Business, Clayton State University

"This was the very best seminar with AACSB I have ever attended."

—Leslie K. Wilson, Dean, College of Business Administration, University of Northern Iowa

Contact Us

For more information, please contact events@aacsb.edu