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Resource Handbook

handbook cover New! The third edition of the handbook written for and by academic deans. Since the publication of the second edition, higher education has changed significantly and as a result, so has the role of the dean. This new edition addresses the work of a dean, from building a relationship with the president to deciding when to leave an institution. Many of the changes to the Handbook are based on input and surveys from ACAD members about what issues are most important to them.


Job Center

ACAD provides a job listing service for members and the public. We invite anyone to view the current listings. ACAD accepts job listings from members, non-members and search firms. Get rate information or submit a job online. Or for more information, contact the ACAD offices at or telephone 202-884-7419.

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ACAD 70th Annual Meeting

The ACAD Annual Meeting Educating Engaged Citizens: The Dean’s Role in the Advancement of Liberal Education, held in conjunction with the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) meeting Quality, E-Quality, and Opportunity: How Educational Innovations Will Make—or Break—America’s Global Future, held on January 22-25, 2014 was a great success.  ACAD had over 300 members present and our sessions during the program were consistently well attended.  We also successfully launched the third edition of the Resource Handbook for Academic Deans and had the most well attended reception on Friday evening.  Click here to view the final ACAD program.

One highlight for the meeting was the ACAD Keynote Luncheon presentation by Dr. Cecelia Conrad.  Dr. Conrad spoke on Inspiring Creativity in Higher Education and it’s importance to a liberal arts education.  Click here for the podcast of her presentation.

And last, but not least, the biggest highlight for the meeting was our sold-out, 3rd annual Deans’ Institute.  With more than 140 participants–despite the weather–the Institute was an incredible success. Click here to view the Institute program.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this event.

For more information about the annual meeting or other ACAD programming initiatives, please contact the ACAD office.

ACAD and PBK Joint Conference

The American Conference of Academic Deans and the Phi Beta Kappa Society hosted our fifth biennial conference “Is There a Case for the Liberal Arts?”  October 17-19, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee.  With over 125 attendees, the conference was a great success and we thank everyone for their participation.   We extend a special thank you to our featured plenary speakers  Dr. Christopher Nelson, President, St. John’s College-Annapolis, Dr. David Anderson, President, St. Olaf College and Dr. Princilla Evans Morris, Executive Vice President and Provost, Fisk University.

Click here for a full conference program.

If you have any questions about the conference please contact the ACAD office at 202-884-7419 or via email at