The dean chairs the Faculty Board. The name derives from the Latin decanus: ‘chief of ten’.
A full professor and employed at the faculty of which s/he is dean, the dean is appointed by Maastricht University’s Executive Board (usually for four years). At the end of this term the dean can be re-elected.
The dean is answerable to the Executive Board on behalf of the Faculty Board, and in this capacity supplies the Executive Board with the requested information about the faculty.
The current dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (since 1 January 2009) is Bernadette Jansma, PhD, professor of Essentials in Cognitive Neuroscience.