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Dean of Academic Affairs

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Oversees academic programs at a college or university, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Makes decisions and recommendations to institutional leadership regarding academic course schedules, faculty, and space allocation; oversees budgeting for academic departments.

Job Outlook

There were 45 Dean of Academic Affairs job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1538 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the College / University Administrator industry, which includes the Dean of Academic Affairs career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Dean of Academic Affairs jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,932.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $75,889.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Dean of Academic Affairs postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $61,108.

Education and Experience

Posted Dean of Academic Affairs jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree19%
Master's Degree58%
Doctoral Degree23%
Other1%

Posted Dean of Academic Affairs jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years12%
3 to 5 years57%
6 to 8 years17%
9+ years15%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Dean of Academic Affairs positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (56%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (47%)
  • Research (42%)
  • Planning (41%)
  • Creativity (21%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Teaching (49%)
  • Budgeting (45%)
  • Strategic Planning (22%)
  • Scheduling (22%)
  • Academic Advisement (15%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Staff Management (20%)
  • Administrative Support (10%)
  • Project Management (8%)
  • Supervisory Skills (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Fundraising (6%)
  • Institutional Effectiveness (6%)
  • Policy Development (5%)
  • Grant Writing (5%)
  • Program Evaluation (4%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Osteopathic Medicine (2%) – marginal value $6,761
  • Veterinary Medicine (1%) – marginal value $5,740
  • Strategic Leadership (4%) – marginal value $3,125
  • Student Learning Outcomes (4%) – marginal value $3,011

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Dean of Academic Affairs skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Dean Of Academic Affairs
  • Vice President For Academic Affairs
  • Vice President Of Academic Affairs
  • Director Of Academic Affairs
  • Associate Vice President For Academic Affairs

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Dean of Academic Affairs jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • University Of California (31)
  • Louisiana State University (26)
  • University of Illinois (17)
  • Harvard University (17)
  • University of Pennsylvania (14)

North Carolina

  • East Carolina University (9)
  • University of North Carolina (6)
  • North Carolina State University (5)
  • Wake Forest University (3)
  • Duke University (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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