Faculty Affairs
503 Crouse-Hinds Hall

Photo of Associate Provost LaVonda ReedLaVonda N. Reed

LaVonda 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 Syracuse University’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 recognition, awards, and honors. Reed identifies opportunities designed to facilitate and support faculty success in academic life including professional development of Syracuse University’s faculty as well as support for and advancement of faculty research and teaching. Read more.


Photo: Executive assistant Christine KshynaChristine Kshyna

Christine is the Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost. She is responsible for oversight of day-to-day office operations, providing direction on processes as needed. She is also responsible for managing Faculty Affairs’ administrative processes including: faculty leaves, requests for tenure and promotion, tenure clock stops, faculty search requests, faculty full-time appointments, faculty retirements, and assisting with faculty development events and new faculty orientation.


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Maxwell Awando

Maxwell is the faculty affairs specialist in faculty affairs. In this role he will be responsible for faculty relations, coordinating with the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS) and University counsel on faculty litigation and resolution, faculty policy development, providing counsel on interpreting the Faculty Manual, promotion and tenure, reviewing annual reports for non-tenured faculty and assisting with faculty awards and honors. He also serves as a liaison with various offices and committees for the associate provost for faculty affairs.


Center for Faculty Leadership and Professional Development
335 Link Hall

Marie Garland

Marie serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Faculty Leadership and Professional Development. In this role, she designs, develops and manages programs to support and recognize faculty in their multi-faceted institutional roles and as academic leaders. Specific initiatives include information and guidance on faculty search processes, orientation and mentoring for new faculty, programs that support work/life and wellness and coordination of development opportunities for department chairs and program directors. Her academic training and expertise is in organizational and workplace communication.

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Sharon Alestalo

Sharon is a Program Director in the Center for Faculty Leadership and Professional Development. In this role, she supports the program development of the Center, as well as works directly with faculty who are underrepresented in their disciplines or fields. Her continuing work with the Women in Science and Engineering program specifically supports women faculty and students in STEM disciplines. Ms. Alestalo also works with review committees for various faculty awards.

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Roseann Presutti

Roseann is an administrative assistant supporting a wide variety of initiatives in faculty affairs. She coordinates events for the Center for Faculty Leadership and Professional Development and assists with financial reporting for the Women in Science and Engineering program. She also manages the faculty affairs website and assists with production of faculty profiles for various media outlets.


Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
335 Link Hall

photo of Martha DiedeMartha Diede

Martha is the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE). She supports faculty in exploring new teaching, learning, and assessment methods and in refining or re-designing courses. The services of the CTLE include individual and group consultations around best pedagogical strategies, including inclusive practices, syllabus construction or revision, course design, alignment between course objectives and program outcomes; support for the scholarship of teaching and learning; and other programming.