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.

Interim Graduate School Dean and Vice President of Research Peter VanableGraduate School
Peter Vanable was appointed Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School on January 6, 2017. He served as Interim Vice President of Research from January 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. 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 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.

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.

Photo: John LiuResearch
John Liu
was named Vice President for Research in June 2017 and assumed this role in September 2017. Liu came to Syracuse from Auburn University, where he served as Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Research. He previously served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agriculture and Assistant Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, and as distinguished Alumni Professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences.  Liu is an accomplished administrator, with demonstrated success in the areas of growing the university’s research enterprise, enhancing scholarship, promoting interdisciplinary collaborations, supporting research infrastructure, supporting graduate programs, enhancing faculty competitiveness through cluster hires and targeted hires, and developing international collaborations.

Liu has provided leadership for various national and international functions, including serving as the coordinator for Aquaculture under the USDA National Animal Genome Program NRSP-8, Administrative Advisor for NRSP-7, SERA 17, and multi-state project S-1042, and as a member of the ESCOP Science and Technology Committee of APLU.   He has served on various boards such as the Advisory Board of Oceans and Human Health of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Advisory Board for the National Laboratory of Qingdao Marine Science and Technology of China, and as a trustee member for Guangdong Ocean University.

Liu has served on numerous national grant panels for federal agencies such as NSF, NIH, USDA, NOAA, and for international funding agencies such as Genome Canada, EU Framework programs, Natural Science Foundation of China, Israel Natural Science Foundation, Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, Singapore R&D Foundation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, South Africa’s National Research Foundation, and CRB-Animal Network of France, among many others. He also served as panel manager for programs of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). He has served as Editor-in-Chief for Marine Biotechnology, associate editor for BMC Genomics, associate editor for BMC Genetics, academic editor for PLoS One, and on the editorial boards of Aquaculture, Aquaculture Reviews, Animal Biotechnology, Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering, Journal of Fishery Sciences of China, and Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology.

Liu is an international leader and a world authority in the area of aquaculture genomics and bioinformatics. He has trained over 100 Ph.D. students and postdocs, and served on over 100 graduate committees. During his lengthy academic career, he has obtained more than 80 grants totaling more than $47 million and has published over 300 papers with citations of more than 14,000. Liu has published four books: Aquaculture Genome Technologies, Next Generation Sequencing & Whole Genome Selection in Aquaculture, Functional Genomics in Aquaculture, and Bioinformatics in Aquaculture. He has served as organizer and session chair for numerous national and international conferences, and provided over 150 keynote and invited lectures in various countries in the world.  He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007 and a Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society in 2017. He is currently serving on the Steering Committee of USDA in developing the Blueprint for Animal Genomics and Genetics 2018-2027.

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 111 Waverly Ave., Room 220F, Syracuse, NY 13244.

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.