Academic deans

Dean Michael SpeaksSchool of Architecture
Michael Speaks was named dean in 2013. He was dean of the College of Design at the University of Kentucky from 2008-13 and director of the graduate program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles from 1998-2005. Speaks has taught in the graphic design department at the Yale School of Art and in the architecture programs at Harvard University, Columbia University, The University of Michigan, UCLA, the Art Center College of Design, the Berlage Institute, and the TU Delft in the Netherlands. Speaks was founding editor of the cultural journal Polygraph, and former senior editor at Any where he also edited two books in the series, “Writing Architecture,” published by MIT Press. In addition, he served for many years on the editorial advisory board of a+u in Japan, and as a contributing editor for Architectural Record.

Speaks has published and lectured internationally on contemporary art, architecture, urban design, and scenario planning. Speaks has played an important role in recent debates about city branding and alternative models of city planning, authoring a number of essays and advisory studies, as well as overseeing scenario studies commissioned by city and regional governments in the U.S. and in Europe. Speaks earned his B.A. from the University of Mississippi and his Ph.D. from Duke University.

Photo: College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean Karin RuhlandtCollege of Arts and Sciences
Karin Ruhlandt was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on February 2, 2015. A renowned chemist, Ruhlandt joined Syracuse University’s Department of Chemistry in 1991. In 2009, she was appointed Distinguished Professor—the only female on campus to receive such an honor in the sciences—and chair of the Department of Chemistry, the latter of which she held until July 1, 2014. Ruhlandt received the Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in 2012 and a Fulbright Fellowship in 2013, enabling her to spend a year at the Technical University of Graz (Austria).

Ruhlandt is an inorganic chemist and crystallographer, with more than 150 papers, book chapters, and reviews to her credit. Her research specialty is the chemistry of highly reactive metals and their applications in areas such as computer memory and bone therapeutics. At Syracuse University, she has trained more than 20 Ph.D. students and dozens of master’s students, has worked one-on-one with nearly a hundred undergraduate students, and has overseen more than 10 Honors capstone theses. As a principal or co-principal investigator (PI), she has brought more than $10 million in sponsored research to Syracuse University.

For the past 15 years, she has served as director and PI of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, sponsored by the National Sciences Foundation (NSF). Ruhlandt also oversees an undergraduate exchange program in chemistry between Syracuse University and the Graz University of Technology. She is currently developing similar programs for undergraduates in technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Ruhlandt is co-author, co-principal investigator, and an executive board member of Syracuse University ADVANCE, a $4 million NSF program that seeks to increase the number of females in the STEM disciplines. She also is co-PI of Syracuse University’s first Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program, an interdisciplinary NSF-funded graduate training program in the sciences and engineering.

Joanna Masingila, dean of the School of EducationSchool of Education
Joanna Masingila was named dean of the School of Education on March 18, 2015. She is a professor of mathematics and mathematics education, and was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence in 2003. She has been at Syracuse University since finishing her Ph.D. in mathematics education at Indiana University-Bloomington in 1992. Prior to her doctoral work, she taught secondary mathematics for six years.

Her research interests include teacher development, teacher educator development, mathematical knowledge for teaching teachers, and students’ out-of-school mathematics practice.  She is or has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on approximately $5.6 million in grants, including six from the National Science Foundation and two from the United States Agency for International Development.  Masingila has published widely in journals and books, and has developed a number of multimedia case studies examining issues in teaching practice. In 1998, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, and also spent Fall 2011 on research leave there.

Interim Engineering Dean Can IsikCollege of Engineering and Computer Science
Can Isik is the interim dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University, beginning in January 2019. He has been a faculty member at Syracuse University since 1985, currently a professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

His previous administrative appointments include Senior Associate Dean (2004-2017), Acting Dean (Summer 2008), Associate Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department (2001-2004) and Electrical Engineering Program Director (1998-2004).

His research areas and publications focus on applications of controls and artificial intelligence in indoor environmental control, smart grid systems, financial systems, medical instrumentation, process control and robotics. He has been the PI and co-PI of a number of research grants by NSF, Department of Energy, other federal and state agencies, as well as the industry.

Isik received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida in 1985. He is a senior member of IEEE, and a member of Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi, Honor Society in IEEE areas Eta Kappa Nu, and AAUP. His honors include Outstanding Service Award, Syracuse University College of ECS (1997), Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher, Eta Kappa Nu Syracuse University Chapter (1998), North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society K.S. Fu Award (1997) and University of Florida Presidential Recognition (1983).

Falk College Dean Diane Lyden MurphyDavid B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
Diane Lyden Murphy was appointed dean in May 2005, following a 17-year appointment as Director of the Women’s Studies Program. She joined the faculty in the School of Social Work in 1978.

Her academic specializations include Social Welfare Policy and Services; Social Policy Analysis/ Legislative Analysis; Macro Practice –Community Organization, Planning, Administration; Human Diversity –Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Differently Abled; Women’s Studies –Feminist Analysis/Social Policy; Women’s Issues in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and; Feminist Psychological Theories.

Her many contributions include co-authoring Syracuse University’s sexual harassment policy, developing studies of gender pay equity, developing adoption and domestic partner benefits and creating a family-friendly environment. Her contributions have been recognized with the Excellence in Graduate Education Award, the Francis McMillan Parks Women of Influence Award, and a Chancellor’s Citation. In 2005, the Women’s Studies Program established the Diane Lyden Murphy Women’s Studies Activism Award.

As dean, she established a College Research Center, and launched new undergraduate majors and minors and several graduate programs. Her commitment to global education has resulted in study abroad opportunities throughout the Falk College. She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in social science, a Master of Social Work (M.S.W) and B.A. in sociology, all from Syracuse University.

David SeamanSchool of Information Studies (iSchool)
David Seaman is the interim dean of the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, beginning in May 2019. Seaman is also dean of Libraries and university librarian.


Photo: College of Law Dean Craig BoiseCollege of Law
Craig Boise began his tenure as the 14th dean of Syracuse University College of Law on July 1, 2016. He is an innovative legal educator whose focus has been successfully navigating the technology and human resources disruptions that are occurring in legal services and in legal education.

Before coming to Syracuse, he was dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland–Marshall College of Law, where he established one of the country’s first solo practice incubators, developed a master’s degree in legal studies, and launched the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, among other student-focused initiatives.

Boise has held faculty positions at DePaul University College of Law, where he was also director of the Graduate Tax Program, and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and was a visiting professor of law at Washington & Lee University School of Law. His scholarship has focused on U.S. corporate and international tax policy and offshore financial centers, and has been published in the Texas International Law Journal, the George Mason Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review, among others. He has taught International Tax, Corporate Tax, International Tax Policy and Federal Income Taxation.

Before beginning his academic career, Boise practiced law for over eight years at law firms including Cleary Gottlieb and Akin Gump, in New York, and Thompson Hine, in Cleveland. Before entering private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman II, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Boise earned his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law (1999) and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School (1994). He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1991), where he also completed substantial coursework toward a degree in piano performance at the University’s Conservatory of Music.

Boise is a member of the New York and Ohio Bars. A fellow of the American Bar Foundation, he is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Standards Review Committee, and has served as co-chair of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law School’s Deans’ Section.

Martin J. Whitman School of ManagementGene Anderson, Dean, Martin J. Whitman School of Management
Gene Anderson is dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He is responsible for enhancing the school’s research and educational programs, building its reputation and strengthening its finances.

Anderson is a widely cited scholar with 15 years of academic leadership experience. He is passionate about student and alumni success; high-impact research and education; diversity and inclusion; and the potential for business schools to advance the economic, social and overall health of communities worldwide.

Previously, Anderson was D. Maynard Phelps Professor of Business at the University of Michigan, serving in a series of roles including senior associate dean for academic affairs. Most recently, he was dean and Schein Family Chair in Business at the University of Miami School of Business.

Anderson has collaborated with faculty and staff to launch more than 20 new degree programs – the majority interdisciplinary or online/hybrid; to revise existing programs to be more global, experiential and relevant; and to significantly enhance enrollments, placement, diversity, research support, fundraising, revenue and rankings.

His research on marketing and business performance has been published in all four premier academic marketing journals and he has served on their respective editorial boards. In a recent study, three of his papers ranked among the Top 50 most impactful articles on research and practice. One is the second most cited article in Marketing Science. Overall, his work has received more than 4,000 SSCI citations and 30,000 Google Scholar citations.

Anderson holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.

Photo: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Dean David M. Van SlykeMaxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
David M. Van Slyke is dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy. Prior to becoming dean on July 1, 2016, Van Slyke was associate dean and chair of Maxwell’s department of public administration and international affairs, home to the country’s #1 ranked graduate degree in public affairs. He is a tenured, full professor of the Maxwell School and the College of Arts and Sciences and a two-time recipient of the Birkhead-Burkhead Award and Professorship for Teaching Excellence.

Van Slyke is a leading international expert on public-private partnerships, public sector contracting and contract management, and policy implementation. He is director and fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation. He also sits on the editorial boards of several top-ranked public affairs journals. He has provided expert guidance to the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the World Bank. As part of his work and research he has worked extensively with senior leaders in government, nonprofit and business organizations in China, India, Peru, Singapore, Thailand and many other countries through the Maxwell School’s Executive Education program.

Van Slyke’s most recent book, Complex Contracting: Government Purchasing in the Wake of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program (Cambridge University Press, 2013) is the recipient of the American Society for Public Administration Section on Research Best Book Award for 2014 and honorable mention for the Public and Nonprofit Section of the Academy of Management best book award for 2016. He is winner of the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus in Public Administration and Policy award from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and the 2007 Beryl Radin Award for Best Article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Van Slyke earned a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communicationsheadshot of Interim Newhouse Dean Amy Falkner
Amy Falkner was appointed interim dean in April 2019, after serving as acting dean since August 2018. Falkner joined the Newhouse School full-time in 1998 as an assistant professor in advertising and became chair of the advertising department in 2004. She was made associate dean of academic affairs in 2006 and senior associate dean of academic affairs in 2013.

Falkner’s senior associate dean portfolio included oversight of course planning and scheduling, curriculum development, including the design of the school’s online digital communications master’s program, and finalizing steps in the merger of the school’s Newspaper and Magazine departments into the Magazine, News and Digital Department. She has overseen all faculty searches for 13 years and has been a dedicated supporter of increasing faculty diversity.

Noted for her work in the classroom, she is a two-time winner of the Newhouse Teaching Excellence Award, which is chosen annually by students. She was also honored with the Meredith Teaching Recognition Award from Syracuse University.

Before entering higher education, Falkner worked for 10 years in the newspaper industry in both editorial and advertising. During her newspaper career, she was named to PRESSTIME magazine’s “20 Under 40” list, which honors young professionals in the newspaper business.

After earning her master’s degree in magazine journalism from the Newhouse School, Falkner was a fellow at the Poynter Institute for media studies in its media management and entrepreneurship program. She holds a bachelor of arts in communications/journalism from St. John Fisher College.

Photo: College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Michael S. TickCollege of Visual and Performing Arts
Michael S. Tick joined Syracuse University in June 2016 after serving six years as dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Kentucky (UK). He was chair of the Department of Theatre at Louisiana State University (LSU) from 1999-2010, where he also served as artistic director of Swine Palace, Louisiana’s premiere professional theater company. During his tenure, Swine Palace produced several regional and American premieres, including the world premiere of Cocktail by Ping Chong. Tick’s production of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, the first professional production of a Wasserstein play in Asia, was staged in Shanghai and Beijing. His production of Antigone was staged at the Young Theatre Festival 젊은 연극제, Seoul, Korea.

At UK, Tick oversaw the Departments of Arts Administration and Theatre and Dance, the Schools of Art and Visual Studies and Music, the Singletary Center for the Arts, and the UK Art Museum. During his tenure more than $30 million in capital projects were realized, including a new home for the School of Art and Visual Studies and a Creative Arts Living Learning Community, the centerpiece of a new 900-bed residential hall opening fall 2016. Shortly before relocating to Syracuse, Tick and his colleagues launched a capital campaign for a new music education building to support UK’s Wildcat Marching Band.

Before joining LSU in 1999, Tick served on the planning committee that established the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) in 1985, a regional secondary arts school sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and affiliated with the Virginia Stage Company, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Virginia Ballet Theatre. As founding chair of the GSA Department of Theatre, Tick also served on the faculty of Old Dominion University. He has taught and directed at the University of Rhode Island, Northwestern University, Harvard University Extension School, Rend Lake College (Illinois), the University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas), and Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds.

Tick received the M.A. in performance studies from Northwestern University and the Ph.D. in theater from New York University (NYU). He began his professional career working as an actor on the long-running sitcom M*A*S*H.

Raised in Newport, Rhode Island, Tick spent many years associated with Providence’s Trinity Repertory Company, the Newport Music Festival, and the Newport Jazz Festival. While an adjunct professor at NYU, Tick worked on Wall Street as a trading support specialist with Merrill Lynch’s High Yield Bond Group. He is a proud member of AEA (Actors’ Equity Association) and SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society).

Photo of Michael FrascielloUniversity College
Michael Frasciello has been with Syracuse University since 2000, when he joined University College to launch the Syracuse University Technology-enhanced Instruction business unit. Over his next 13 years with the College, Frasciello served as director of information and learning systems, and as assistant dean of online learning, where he provided campus-wide leadership in support of Syracuse University undergraduate and graduate online and continuing education initiatives.

In 2013, Frasciello was appointed director of online learning at the College of Engineering and Computer Science. In this role, Frasciello directed the launch of five online graduate programs and related activities, including strategic marketing planning and implementation, enrollment and inquiry management, faculty training and preparedness, course design and development, instructional facilities design and management, program administration, and course and program evaluation.

In 2016, Frasciello was appointed interim dean of University College. In his current role, Mike leads a talented and dedicated staff who support a portfolio of high quality continuing education and summer programs, including credit and non-credit undergraduate and graduate studies, online programs, the English Language Institute, the Veterans Resource Center, and Summer@Syracuse programs.

Prior to joining the University, Frasciello served for 10 years in the United States Air Force, and later worked as a technical communications developer. Frasciello conducts research in continuing education and online learning, and has designed and taught many courses in residential, online, condensed and blended formats. An experienced presenter on topics of digital learning and instructional technology, he is involved with several professional and academic organizations, including the American Society for Engineering Education, the Association for Continuing Higher Education, the Online Learning Consortium, the Institute for Engaged Leaders in Online Learning, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

Frasciello earned a doctorate of philosophy in composition and cultural rhetoric from the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, a master of professional communication from Westminster College, a bachelor of science in political science and government from the University of Maryland, and an associate of applied science from the Community College of the Air Force.