Dean of Arts and Divinity

Dean of Arts and Divinity - Professor Paul HibbertThe Dean of Arts and Divinity is responsible for all Schools within the Faculties of Arts and Divinity, and represents all permanent members of academic staff within these Faculties.


  • Faculty leadership and representation.
  • School strategic planning.
  • Participate in academic promotions panels, academic appointments.
  • Lead the development of research initiatives within the institution.
  • Initiate and lead Faculty collaborations.
  • Lead the development, planning and monitoring of the academic portfolio.
  • Lead individual/capital projects as appropriate.
  • Lead and manage the decanal teams.
  • Ceremonial events (e.g. graduation, inaugural lectures).

Professor Paul Hibbert

The current Dean of Arts and Divinity is Professor Paul Hibbert.

Paul Hibbert came to academia after a career in industry and management consulting. He began his academic career as a Research Fellow at theUniversity of Strathclyde, where he also completed an MBA and a PhD (entitled The Past in Play: Tradition and Collaboration). As a Lecturer and subsequently Reader, his teaching contribution was centred on strategy, leadership, management practice and collaboration. He came to St Andrews in 2011; he is a Professor of Management and has previously been Head of the School of Management.

His research is principally focussed on collaborative and relational processes of organizing and learning. This research programme includes recent projects concerned with collaborative leadership, and how management and leadership learning can be conceptualised as processes of formation by drawing on philosophical hermeneutics. His work is published in leading journals in the field such as Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly, Management Learning, Organizational Research Methods, and Organization Studies. He has also contributed to a range of scholarly edited collections, such as the Oxford Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations. His research has also received awards from the Academy of Management, the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, and the British Academy of Management.

He is actively involved in service to journals and learned societies. He an Associate Editor of both Management Learning and the new journal Management Teaching Review, which focusses on the links between research and teaching. He has recently been elected to the leadership team of the Academy of Management’s Management Education and Development Division, and has previously led the British Academy of Management’s Inter-Organizational Collaboration group. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has contributed to their research in the fields of undergraduate management education, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

Paul has also been active in translating research insights to practice; he has provided developmental support and executive education for a variety of agencies in the local government and healthcare sectors, to help them to develop their capacity in collaborative leadership and partnership working.