Partnerships with other professional schools within a university can help to prepare future leaders who will find their ministries in a wide variety of settings. The Vanderbilt Divinity School dean tells why the promise of such partnerships was a significant lure to the deanship.
Seminary deans and other senior academic leaders enhance their abilities to manage from the middle, navigating between the president and the faculty, through participation in the Chief Academic Officers Society (CAOS). Annual conferences, webinars, a listserv (exclusively for chief academic officers of ATS member schools), and other resources focus on issues of academic administration, curriculum, academic leadership, teaching and learning, personnel, and educational evaluation. In addition, opportunities for peer interaction enhance this community of practice.