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What is a "dean" at Dartmouth, and what do deans do?

Last updated 07/25/07

At Dartmouth, the title "dean" is typically held by individuals who have academic, co-curricular, or student life responsibilities.

These include the Dean of Faculty (who oversees all matters relating to undergraduate faculty and academics); the Dean of the College (responsible for overseeing programs involved in students' out-of-classroom life) and Dean of the Tucker Foundation (responsible for Dartmouth's many community service initiatives and the spiritual life of students). There also is a Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, and a Dean of the Libraries, whose titles speak for themselves. All of these deans are supported in their work by assistant and associate deans. Over the last thirty or so years some positions have had their titles changed from director or program officers to dean.

The Dartmouth Medical School, Thayer School of Engineering, Tuck School of Business, and Graduate Arts and Sciences Program also are each overseen by a dean. These deans, supported by assistant and associate deans, have responsibility for the graduate students, and in the case of the professional school deans, the faculty and programs in these areas.

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Last updated: 07/25/07