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 Dean Craig BoiseCollege of Law
Dean 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.

Dean 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, Dean 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. Dean 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.

Dean 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.