Faculty support

Welcome new faculty! Please join us for two events just for you:

New faculty welcome dinner Monday, August 24, 4:30-9 p.m. (location to be announced)
New faculty orientation
Tuesday, August 25, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center


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.

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.

Academic Human Resources facilitates faculty search and hiring processes and responds 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.

LaVonda N. Reed is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. She is a senior leader in Academic Affairs charged with a wide range of matters relating to faculty across SU’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 recognitions, awards, and honors.  Reed identifies opportunities designed to facilitate and support faculty success in academic life including professional development of SU’s faculty as well as support for and advancement of faculty research and teaching. She is a tenured professor of Law in the College of Law, having joined the SU faculty in 2006. Her areas of scholarly expertise include communications regulatory law and policy, property law, and wills and trusts. Prior to entering academia, she was an attorney in private practice with the international law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker, LLP and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. She 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.