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 & 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.

Photo: Engineering Dean Teresa DahlbergCollege of Engineering and Computer Science
Teresa A. Dahlberg was named dean of Engineering and Computer Science in August 2015. Prior to joining Syracuse University she was dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering and chief academic officer of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (2013-15). Dahlberg also served as associate dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte (2011-13).

At UNC Charlotte (1995-2013), Dahlberg attracted more than $20 million in sponsored research as principal or co-principal investigator.  She established the Wireless Networking Research Lab and focused on resource management, routing and fault tolerance. She established the Diversity in Information Technology Institute, a center for action research, and served as Director.

She co-founded the STARS Computing Corps, a National Science Foundation alliance for broadening participation in computing.  As STARS Director (2005-13), Dahlberg led creation of a service-learning program and oversaw adoption of the program by 50 colleges and universities nationwide. Dahlberg created an REU Site on Visualization, Virtual Environments, Gaming and Networking; the Pathways from Community College to Graduate School program; and PhD Fellowships programs. University-wide, Dahlberg focused on campus diversity, serving as the Provost’s faculty fellow (2005) and co-PI for an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award.

Dahlberg served with the National Science Foundation as an expert in the Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate (2011).  She was a member of the CISE Advisory Committee and co-chair of the CISE Education Workforce Committee (2011-14).

Dahlberg was a staff engineer in the Banking Systems Division at the IBM Corporation, where she was awarded the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for development of an image capture module for document readers/sorters.

Dahlberg earned a bachelors of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her M.S. degree and a Ph.D. in computer engineering at North Carolina State University.

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.

Photo: iSchool Dean Elizabeth D. LiddySchool of Information Studies (iSchool)
Elizabeth D. Liddy was named Dean of the School of Information Studies (iSchool) in February, 2008. She had previously served as Interim Dean of the iSchool beginning in February, 2007. In January, 2015, she temporarily left the iSchool to serve as Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost. She was appointed to the position by Chancellor Kent Syverud, and served until May, 2016, when she returned to her post at the iSchool.

Prior to her initial appointment as dean, she had spent 20 years as a faculty member and researcher at the iSchool. Liddy has presided over the iSchool during a period of tremendous growth for the school, including the addition of New York State’s first graduate certificate program in data science.

Professionally, Liddy has been elected chair of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group of Information Retrieval (ACM-SIGIR), is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society, and Sigma Xi, the international honor society of scientific and engineering research. Liddy was Chair of the iSchool’s Caucus from 2012 to 2014, an organization that includes over 75 information schools around the globe.

In 1994, Liddy founded and led a software startup company, TextWise, and as CEO grew it to 50 employees, winning the prestigious National Tibbetts Award from U.S. Small Business Administration. She was the founding director of the iSchool’s Center for Natural Language Processing, which advanced the development of human-like language understanding software capabilities for government, commercial, and consumer applications. The holder of eight software patents, Liddy has led 70 research projects, authored more than 110 research papers and given hundreds of conference presentations on her work.

Liddy has taught graduate courses in information retrieval, natural language processing, and data mining, and was the founding faculty advisor of Women in Information Technology (WIT), a student group that supports and mentors female IT students. She is an active member of NCWIT, the National Center for Women in Information Technology, and is involved in the Syracuse community. She is currently serving on the board of the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College, and was previously a member of the board of the Crouse Health Foundation. She holds a BA in English from Daemen College, and an MS in library science and a Ph.D. in information transfer from the Syracuse University iSchool.

Photo: College of Law Interim Dean William C. BanksCollege of Law
William C. Banks assumed the role of interim dean of the College of Law on August 1, 2015. The founding Director of the interdisciplinary Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University, Banks is an internationally recognized authority in national security, counterterrorism, international humanitarian, and constitutional law.

By co-authoring the textbooks National Security Law (Aspen, 2012) and Counterterrorism Law (Aspen, 2011), he has helped set the parameters for these fields of study, and he is the author and/or editor of numerous other books, including Counterinsurgency Law: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare (Oxford UP, 2012) and New Battlefields/Old Laws: Critical Debates on Asymmetric Warfare (Columbia UP, 2011). His current research interests include cybersecurity/cyberespionage, the military use of drones, domestic and international terrorism, and emergency and war powers.

Banks is a graduate of the University of Nebraska (B.A. 1971) and the University of Denver (J.D. 1974; M.S. 1982). He joined Syracuse Law in 1978. In 1998, he was also appointed a Professor of Public Administration in SU’s Maxwell School. In 1998, he was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, and he became the first College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor in 2008.

Among his public service appointments, Banks has served as a Special Counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee (during the Supreme Court nomination of Stephen G. Breyer); on the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security; as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy; and as a Distinguished Fellow of SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

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 2005-08, 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.