My term as associate dean (research) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary is coming to an end. When we were considering replacements, I wrote some "notes on being an associate dean." I circulated it to the person who will soon be my replacement, and a couple of other people who asked about it. Now, the internet being what it is, there's a scanned version that has been passed around.
In the spirit of transparency, here's are my notes. The redacted bit was just to eliminate a few names of the people I work with (nice things). Enjoy and let me know if you have questions or need elaboration.