Roles and Responsibilities of an Academic Leader

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    Educational leadership is not easy.

    Anyone who has held the position of an academic dean in a theological college knows this very well.  That is why it is important to have some guidance on what academic leadership entails and how you can facilitate quality learning by knowing what good educational leadership looks like and by and maintaining relationships.

    This ICETE Academy course on the role and responsibilities of an academic dean is drawn from the popular series of workshops called the ICETE Programme for Academic Leadership (IPAL) that have subsequently been published in a Langham Publisher series (from which you will be asked to do some reading).

    Course Outcomes

    This course is primarily designed for academic deans with a view to equip them and help them evaluate their roles. 

    Course content
    • Introducing Academic Leadership
    • The President and Dean as Partners
    • The Profile and Calling of an Academic Leader
    • The Roles of a President
    • The Roles of an Academic Dean
    • Another Way to See It
    • A Self-evaluation by an Asian Dean
    • Evaluating your job description


    This course is authored by Dr Fritz Deininger and by Dr Steve Hardy as a summary of the IPAL workshops that they have led with many academic deans all over the world. The course also draws on the IPAL book Leadership in Theological Education Vol 1 (eds Fritz Deininger and Orbelina Equizabal (Langham, 2017).

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, review your own job description as you reflect on your relationships and responsibilities as an academic leader within your institution and pass a short quiz.

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