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The Office of Academic Administration is responsible for maintaining the University’s academic standards in collaboration with the Schools and Colleges and their respective faculties. Academic Administration supports faculty hiring, professional development, and recognition, providing information, resources, and guidance across the academic career. The office also provides programs and services to support faculty success in teaching, research, and scholarly excellence.

Office of Faculty Development sponsors events, provide resources, and offers consultation services in support of faculty professional development. The office coordinates a three-year program of events and activities for new faculty beginning with New Faculty Welcome each August. For more information, contact Bron Adam at beadam@syr.edu.

Office of Academic Human Resources facilitates faculty search and hiring processes andresponds to faculty leave of absence requests (administrative, research, parental) and phased retirement plans. The office conducts informal investigations and mediation sessions in response to faculty grievances or concerns. For more information, contact Sonya Williams at sywillia@syr.edu

Kal Alston is Senior Vice President. Her responsibilities include academic resource planning, faculty services and support, and academic policy development. She is invested in helping academic units leverage all resources and create fruitful collaborations, inside and outside of the University, to broaden the academic impact on and for faculty and students. She is senior advisor to the Provost and academic liaison to business, legal, and public affairs units in the University. She is also a Professor in Cultural Foundations of Education and Women’s and Gender Studies. Kal received her A.B. from Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. in philosophy of education from University of Chicago.  Kal can be reached at (315) 443-5525.

Bronwyn Adam is Director of Faculty Development. She is responsible for coordinating activities and services for faculty including new faculty welcome and orientation, support for faculty success in teaching, scholarly and creative work, and on-going professional development opportunities for faculty, including department chairs, and recognition and celebration of faculty work through University award programs. Bron’s experience at Syracuse includes teaching in the University Writing Program and work as a teaching and evaluation consultant in the Center for Support of Teaching and Learning-now the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse. Bron can be reached at (315) 443-5413.

Sonya Williams is Executive Director of Academic Human Resources Services in Academic Administration. Sonya acts as the liaison between Academic Affairs, academic departments, and the Office of Human Resources on matters relating to academic personnel issues such as faculty hiring, phased retirement, leaves of absence, and conflict resolution. Sonya also serves as a University representative in managing the relationship with Adjuncts United part-time faculty union. She can be reached at (315) 443-9095.

Lisa Cregan is an Academic Human Resources Generalist. Lisa is responsible for maintaining and updating faculty data. She tracks data related to searches, leave of absences, retirements, and tenure and assists with the processing of faculty leave requests. Lisa can be reached at (315) 443-2744.