Scott Dalrymple has a Gotcha Test for Aspiring Deans which is a lot of fun -- try it even if you don't have any deanly aspirations.
2. As dean, do you plan to maintain an active research agenda?
□ YES -> Incorrect. You know you have to work summers, right? Besides, we need you to keep the trains running, not write about the epistemology of postcolonial fruit flies or whatever.
□ NO -> Incorrect. Have you no intellectual curiosity? How can you possibly oversee research faculty? They'll never respect you.