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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.


Career Center

The new ACAD Career Center will help current, and future, academic administrators find their ideal job. more >>

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2017 Annual Meeting

The American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD) announces our 73rd Annual Meeting Telling Our Story, Making Our Case: from Classrooms to Constituencies. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting, January 25-28, 2017, in San Francisco, CA, which is focused around the theme of “Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence.”

Click here to view the full ACAD program.

ACAD is proud to host our sixth annual Deans Institute in conjunction with the meeting.  The Institute will be held on January 25, 2017 at the conference hotel.  Click here to view the Institute preliminary program.

Registration for the meeting opens September 15 and is run through AAC&U.  One registration fee covers both ACAD and AAC&U general sessions.  Other events such as the ACAD Deans Institute, ACAD pre-conference workshops and ACAD Keynote Luncheon require an additional fee.  Click here to connect to AAC&U for registration.


2016 ACAD/PBK Conference

ACAD and The Phi Beta Kappa Society (PBK) are happy to have collaborated on our sixth joint conference on the liberal arts and liberal arts education–Catching the Wave: Energy and Renewal in Liberal Arts Education. It was held June 23-25 in Milwaukee, WI and we are very pleased that it was a successful program.  We hope to continue with this type of programming in the future and we invite you back to our website to look for future conferences.    Click here  to view the final program for Catching the Wave.

Questions about the conference? Contact the ACAD office at 202-884-7419 or via email at