Academic administration

Image of Jeffrey StantonAcademic Affairs
Jeffrey M. Stanton
is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.

He was appointed associate provost for academic affairs effective July 1, 2016. Stanton is also a professor in the University’s School of Information Studies, where he most recently served as interim dean from January 2015 to May 2016.

A member of the iSchool faculty since 2001, Stanton has served in a variety of roles at the University. Prior to his appointment as interim dean, he served as the iSchool’s senior associate dean and chair of the University’s Institutional Review Board. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was a fellow of the American Council on Education in its emerging leaders fellowship program. He is also a graduate of the EDUCAUSE/CLIR Leading Change Institute. In 2011, he was named the University’s first associate vice president for research, a rotating position intended to strengthen the connections between the Office of Research and researchers in the schools and colleges. He also helped design the iSchool’s Innovation Studio, a classroom environment supporting hands-on, problem-focused learning.

Stanton’s academic specialty is organizational psychology, including personnel assessment systems, employee surveys, coaching, and institutional change processes. He served as action editor for the journal Human Resource Management from 2004-2011 and served on the editorial board of Organizational Research Methods, the premier methodological journal in the field of management, from 2003-2013. He has published research in job satisfaction, work-related stress, psychometrics, and statistics with a particular focus on self-report techniques. He has conducted numerous research projects that have applied organizational theories and research toward understanding the interactions of people and technology in institutional contexts. Two particular areas of focus include information technology workforce equity and behavioral information security.

Stanton’s record of scholarship includes three books, 46 peer-reviewed journal articles, dozens of book chapters, and more than 50 refereed conference papers. He also has obtained more than $5.5 million in extramural funding, including the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award. In addition to his academic career, he worked for more than a decade in business—both at established firms and at start-ups—as a software engineer and manager.

Stanton has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology from University of Connecticut and a B.A. in computer science from Dartmouth College.

Photo: Interim CIO Scott ScozzafavaVice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Samuel Scozzafava is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology Services. Sam provides day-to-day leadership and administration of the Information Technology Services (ITS) department, and develops and implements strategies to ensure that ITS is providing central technology support across both the academic and administrative operations of the University. As CIO, Sam provides leadership and acts as a catalyst for unifying the various information technology visions across campus into one, and is the main consensus builder in coordinating technology acquisition and deployment at Syracuse University. Sam can be reached at (315) 443-3814.


Jeffrey HooneCoalition of Museums and Art Centers (CMAC)
Jeffrey Hoone is the Executive Director of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC). The mission of CMAC is to celebrate and explore the visual and electronic arts through exhibitions, publications, public presentations, education, and scholarship. Syracuse University provides the infrastructure, educational platform, resources, and influence to make the Coalition possible while expanding the role and responsibility of the university in the Central New York community and beyond. Jeffrey can be reached at (315) 443-1300.


Photo of Associate Provost LaVonda ReedFaculty Affairs
LaVonda N. Reed is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Law. She is a senior leader in Academic Affairs charged with a wide range of matters relating to faculty across SU’s schools and colleges and plays a key role in faculty searches and appointments, new faculty orientation, promotion and tenure, research and administrative leaves, retirements, as well as faculty recognitions, awards, and honors.  Reed identifies opportunities designed to facilitate and support faculty success in academic life including professional development of SU’s faculty as well as support for and advancement of faculty research and teaching. She is a tenured professor of Law in the College of Law, having joined the SU faculty in 2006. Her areas of scholarly expertise include communications regulatory law and policy, property law, and wills and trusts. Prior to entering academia, she was an attorney in private practice with the international law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker, LLP and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. She can be reached at (315) 443-5525.

Elizabeth "Libby" BarlowInstitutional Research and Assessment
Elizabeth “Libby” A. Barlow is Assistant Vice President of Institutional Research and Assessment. The office provides leadership in developing and implementing the University’s institutional research and assessment plan to support institutional planning, policy analysis, and program improvement. It also conducts and coordinates research and assessment, including the implementation and reporting for national studies and University and school/college accreditation and retention efforts.



HimleyInternational Education and Engagement
Margaret Himley
Associate Provost for International Education and Engagement. She leads the critically important international education initiatives and programs, supporting the global ambitions of the University, infusing international perspectives throughout the curriculum, and through SU Abroad giving students a chance to become global professionals and citizens, able to address urgent issues from interconnected global perspectives, work with people from other countries and cultures (and time zones), and move ethically across borders. She is a professor of writing and rhetoric, and has published many books and articles about curriculum, pedagogy, and progressive education. The Prospect series from Teacher’s College Press, co-edited and co-authored with Patricia Carini, has influenced a whole generation of teachers, both inside and outside the academy. She was the founding co-director of the LGBT Studies Program. Margaret has more than 30years at SU and served in many leadership roles to help SU address issues of teaching and learning, while also introducing vibrant new areas of scholarship to the University. Margaret can be reached at (315) 443-1137.

Interim Graduate School Dean and Vice President of Research Peter VanableResearch
Peter Vanable
was appointed Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School on January 6, 2017. He assumed the role of Interim Vice President of Research on January 1, 2016. Vanable is a professor of psychology and adjunct professor of medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Vanable served as chair of psychology for six years, an appointment that began in August of 2009.

Vanable has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters on topics related to HIV risk reduction, coping with chronic illness, and substance abuse. He has been principal investigator or co-investigator on more than $8 million in research grants from the NIH, including funding for Project iMPPACS, a four city health promotion intervention for at-risk adolescents. Vanable is a regular reviewer for the NIH and is currently an Associate Editor at the journal AIDS and Behavior.

Vanable is the past recipient of an excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award (2013) and was elected to Fellow status by the Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2012.

Vanable served on Syracuse University’s Institutional Review Board for seven years and was appointed to serve as chair in 2014. Vanable is a past member of Syracuse University’s Senate Budget Committee and was recently appointed to serve on the Chancellor’s Steering Committee for oversight of the University’s Fast Forward Syracuse initiative, designed to improve operational efficiencies and leverage funds to enhance investment in high impact research.
Vanable earned an undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in 1990 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Prior to joining the faculty at Syracuse University, Vanable completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago.

Bobbi JonesStrategic Planning and Budget

Roberta “Bobbi” Jones is the Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and Budget. Her primary responsibility is to serve as chief budget officer for Academic Affairs and to serve as advisor to the Vice Chancellor and Provost on strategic planning and initiatives. She can be reached at (315) 443-2055 or by mail at 323 Crouse-Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244.




Sherburne AbbottSustainability Initiatives
Sherburne “S
here” Abbott is Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives and University Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy. She works with faculty, staff, students, and the wider community to strengthen connections between scholarship and practice and forge new institutional collaborations that create integrated approaches to sustainability and advance the University’s commitment to leadership in sustainability in higher education. She serves as co-chair of SU’s Steering Committee for the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and provides oversight of the Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Shere earned an A.B. from Goucher College and an M.F.S. from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is recognized as an internationally known expert in sustainability and comes to SU after serving in the Executive Office of the President as Associate Director for Environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Shere can be reached at (315) 443-5506.

Photo: Library Dean David SeamanUniversity Libraries
David Seaman is Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University. He leads a talented library staff to deliver the services and collections necessary to drive 21st-century research, teaching, and learning, and to provide innovative spaces for study, collaboration, and innovation. David comes to Syracuse after library leadership positions at Dartmouth College, The Digital Library Federation, and the University of Virginia. He has lectured and published extensively in the fields of humanities computing and digital libraries, and for many years has taught at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. He can be reached at (315) 443-5533.