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 2008-2013 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 & 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 Interim Dean 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.

Image of Chilukuri MohanCollege of Engineering and Computer Science
Chilukuri K. Mohan assumed the role of interim dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science on January 1, 2015. A faculty member at the University for more than 25 years, Mohan has served as chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since 2009.

As a researcher, Mohan has made considerable contributions to several topics within the field of artificial intelligence, with current focus in social network dynamics. He has collaborated with University colleagues in multiple other disciplines, and currently applies his expertise to areas that include cybersecurity, bioinformatics and hydrodynamics. He is the co-editor-in-chief of a journal and serves on several conference committees. He has co-authored two books and about 190 papers and articles that have appeared in various journals and conference proceedings; he has also co-edited three books and advised/co-advised 23 Ph.D. students. His pioneering works include the first mathematical analysis of particle swarm optimization and several algorithmic innovations in artificial neural networks and evolutionary algorithms.

Most recently, Mohan led a team of six academic institutions in the development of Smart Grid curricula, including the establishment of a state-of-the-art Smart Grid and Power Systems laboratory at Syracuse University, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mohan holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur. At Syracuse University, he has developed and taught many courses in computer science, and considers the success of his students to be his greatest accomplishment. He has been an active member on several college and University-wide committees, and served as chair of the Senate budget and fiscal affairs committee from 2008-2010.

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.

Image of Jeffrey StantonSchool of Information Studies (iSchool)
Jeffrey M. Stanton, Ph.D. (Psychology, University of Connecticut, 1997) was named Interim Dean of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies in January of 2015. Stanton has served at Syracuse University since 2001, including roles as Associate Dean for Research, Senior Associate Dean, and Associate Vice President for Research. In addition, he has served the University community as Chair of the Institutional Review Board and Chair of the Senate Administrative Operations Committee. During 2012-2013, Stanton was a fellow of the American Council on Education in its emerging leaders fellowship program. During 2014, Stanton was a fellow of the Leading Change Institute (formerly the Frye Institute) sponsored by EDUCAUSE and CLIR.

Dr. Stanton is an active scholar who has received more than $5.5M in extramural support including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award for early career researchers as well as funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, NASA, the Department of Homeland Security, the KeyBank Foundation, and the SIOP Foundation. His research expertise is in research methods, psychometrics, and survey design. He is the author of three books, dozens of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed behavioral science and technology journals as well as numerous book chapters on data science, privacy, research methods, and program evaluation. He has won several best paper awards and several awards for graduate student mentoring. Stanton’s background also includes more than a decade of business experience in start-up and established companies.

College of Law Dean Hannah ArterianCollege of Law
Hannah Arterian was named dean in 2002. She received her bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Elmira College and her J.D. degree, with high distinction, from the University of Iowa. She was note and comment editor of the Iowa Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Dean Arterian was associated with the New York law firm of Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood, where she practiced corporate tax law.

Before coming to Syracuse, Dean Arterian taught at Arizona State, the University of Houston and the University of Iowa law schools. She served as associate dean at Arizona State for 10 years. Dean Arterian has written in the area of Title VII, particularly the dilemma of the employment of women in fetally toxic work environments.

Whitman School Dean Kenneth KavajeczMartin J. Whitman School of Management
Kenneth A. Kavajecz is the 17th dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Prior to coming to Syracuse University in July 2013, he was a professor of finance and chairman for the department of finance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kavajecz has focused much of his research on the structure of financial markets, with expertise in liquidity, trading, risk management, market structure and regulation. His work has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.

Academic awards received by Kavajecz include the 2000 Financial Management Association best micro structure paper award, the 2008 Gaumnitz Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award at the Wisconsin School of Business, and the 1998 David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching in the undergraduate division at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kavajecz holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. and Ph.D. in finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Kavajecz has served on the Economic Advisory Board for the National Association of Securities Dealers and has worked as an assistant economist at the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Maxwell Dean James B. SteinbergMaxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
James Steinberg is dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law.  Prior to becoming dean on July 1, 2011, he was Deputy Secretary of State, serving as the principal deputy to Secretary Clinton.  From 2005-2008, Steinberg was Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs; previously he was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he supervised a wide-ranging research program on U.S. foreign policy.  Steinberg served as deputy national security advisor to President Clinton from 1996 to 2000 and was the president’s personal representative to the 1998 and 1999 G-8 Summits.

Prior to becoming deputy national security advisor, Steinberg served as director of the State Department’s policy planning staff and as deputy assistant secretary for analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.  Previously, he was Senator Edward Kennedy’s principal aide for the Senate Armed Services Committee and minority counsel, U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.

Steinberg’s most recent book is Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power (2008) with Kurt Campbell.  He received a B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Newhouse Dean Lorraine BranhamS.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Lorraine Branham was named dean in 2008. Dean Branham has focused on developing strong industry connections and an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship in communications education and practice.

Under her leadership, the school established the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship; the Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation; and the W2O Group Center for Social Commerce. She also oversaw the development of a student-produced, Web-based news magazine, The NewsHouse, and the creation of Newhouse’s sports communications emphasis, and was a driving force behind the establishment of SU’s LA Semester.

A former newspaper journalist, she held positions at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore Sun and other papers. She was director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin before coming to Newhouse.

VPA Dean Ann ClarkeCollege of Visual and Performing Arts
Ann Clarke has served as dean of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts since March 2008. Dean Clarke has an extensive background as a higher education administrator and faculty member as well as a professional artist. She joined VPA in 1998 as a faculty member in the School of Art and Design’s fiber arts/material studies program, served as chair of the school’s Department of Art from 2005-07, and was named the college’s associate dean of the visual arts in 2007.

Dean Clarke has exhibited her work internationally, including at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, N.J.; gallery gen in New York City; Dongshin University in South Korea; and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. In her studio, Two Sticks Knitting, she creates one-of-a-kind art to wear, including coats, hats, and wall hangings. Her work is featured in many private collections and has been published extensively. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan and a master of fine arts degree in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Dean Clarke serves as the deans’ representative on Syracuse University’s Board of Trustees. She is also the deans’ representative on the Chancellor Search Committee to identify candidates for the University’s 12th Chancellor and President.

University College Dean Bea GonzalezUniversity College
Bea González has more than 30 years of experience in continuing education as well as a distinguished record of public service. González joined University College (UC) in 1984 as an academic advisor and quickly rose through the ranks. After serving as associate dean at UC, she was appointed interim dean in 2004 and dean 2007.

In addition to being recognized with numerous awards and honors for outstanding leadership in public and community service, González has been elected to public office three times. In fall 2001, González was the first Latina to be elected president of the Common Council for the City of Syracuse.

As dean of the University’s college of continuing education and summer sessions, González directly supervises the maintenance of program quality in continuing education, the English Language Institute, and summer programs.

González works closely with the Vice Chancellor and Provost’s Office,  academic deans, and faculty on a variety of program development initiatives directly related to the University’s effort to provide distance education, research, and consultative services to employers and government agencies.

She has served on and is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of University Summer Sessions, the Education Commission of the States, New York State Representative, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). The University Professionals of Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), the Washington, D.C.-based leading association for universities engaged in professional, continuing and online education, elected González to serve the association as 2013-14 UPCEA president-elect.

As a long-standing member of UPCEA, González has presented at many conferences/workshops, including UPCEA’s 95th Conference in San Francisco, CA in April 2009, the UPCEA Executive Committee on Diversity in Toronto, CA. in May 2011, and UPCEA conferences in Harrisburg, PA and Vancouver, British Columbia in 2007, to name a few.