Andria Costello Staniec was named Associate Provost for Academic Programs for Syracuse University in July of 2012, becoming the senior leader in Academic Affairs charged with ensuring the quality and effectiveness of academic programs and the academic success of SU students, including the collaborative development of policies and programs that promote instructional quality, advising effectiveness and student success.
Dr. Staniec’s efforts and skills tie directly to the most important priority for the associate provost—the creation and maintenance of supportive pathways for a diverse SU student body that will lead to graduation and further success, beginning with a robust and meaningful first-year experience and continuing with close support inside and outside of the classroom focused on retention. As associate dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (LCS) since 2010, Staniec demonstrated a single-minded focus on student success both through the development of structured retention programs and through one-on-one interventions with students. She melded her working knowledge of student development with sophisticated data and trend analyses and worked with faculty and staff to improve the retention of LCS students, and these efforts have become one of her scholarly pursuits, along with her scholarship in applied environmental microbiology.
Her direct reports include the Academic Integrity Office, the Office of Disability Services, Project Advance, Student-Athlete Support Services, the Tutoring and Study Center, and the Office of Undergraduate Studies. View the division’s organizational chart. Dr. Staniec is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science and the academic affairs director for the University’s Learning Communities.
Dr. Staniec holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biology with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology. She is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society for Microbiology, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and the Society of Women Engineers. She was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2001 for her work with methane oxidizing bacteria in the Adirondacks.