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 and 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.

Kelly Chandler-Olcott headshotSchool of Education
Kelly Chandler-Olcott is Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence and the Interim Dean of the School of Education. A former high school English and social studies teacher, she has taught English methods and content literacy courses to secondary and K-12 education majors for nearly 25 years. She has also served SOE as associate dean for research, chair of the Reading & Language Arts department, and coordinator of English Education programs.

With support from the National Science Foundation, the International Reading Association, and the Spencer Foundation, Chandler-Olcott has published six books and more than 120 book chapters, articles, and editorials. Her scholarly interests cluster in three areas: classroom inquiry by teachers, literacy across the curriculum, and preparing professionals to teach writing in diverse, inclusive classrooms. She identifies primarily as a design researcher, developing, testing, and refining instructional approaches in collaboration with school-based practitioners, university colleagues, and students themselves.

Her scholarship has been recognized with the International Literacy Association’s Computers in Reading Research Award (2019) and the Divergent Book Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies Research (2021). She served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Literacy Research Association from 2010 to 2013 and co-edited Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy with her RLA colleague Kathleen A. Hinchman from 2015-2021.

photo of J. Cole SmithCollege of Engineering and Computer Science
J. Cole Smith joined Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science as dean in October 2019. Smith came to Syracuse from Clemson University, where he had been associate provost for academic initiatives and previously served as chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering. His research focuses on integer programming and combinatorial optimization, network flows and facility location, computational optimization methods, and large-scale optimization due to uncertainty or robustness considerations.

When Smith began his tenure at Clemson in 2014 as chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering, the department was ranked in the mid-30s nationally. He implemented several initiatives to encourage and support innovative and relevant research, attract undergraduate and graduate students, and improve the department’s profile with respect to funding, diversity, and international distinction. The undergraduate population grew 50 percent over four years, and the department’s ranking is now No. 24 nationally. During his time at Clemson, Smith identified new sources of revenue to support departmental growth and opened a new building that was funded through online program revenue. He demonstrated his commitment to graduate education and research by serving as an advisor on 22 dissertations and helping to place graduates in tenure-track positions at the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Arkansas, the U.S. Naval Academy, Wichita State University and Bogazici University in Turkey.

Smith was inducted as a fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers in 2018 and has been recognized with awards for research publications and presentations. He has served in many leadership roles in his profession, including president of the Association of Chairs of Operations Research Departments (2016), chair of the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (2017), chair of the INFORMS Computing Society (2018-19), member of the board of trustees of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (2018-20) and member of the board of directors of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (first term encompassing 2019-20).

Before Clemson, Smith was a professor in industrial and systems engineering at the University of Florida (where he also served for one year as interim chair before leaving for Clemson) and the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences from Clemson.

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.

Raj Dewan portraitSchool of Information Studies (iSchool)
Rajiv “Raj” Dewan was named dean in January 2020. He previously served as the Xerox Professor of Business and the Director of the Master of Science Program at the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. Dewan held numerous administrative positions at Simon, as well as being a full-time faculty member in the area of computers and information systems. He was the Senor Associate Dean for Faculty and Research (2009-2014), Faculty Director of Graduate Programs (2007-2009) and the Chair of the Ph.D. program (2007-2012).  Dewan also taught at the Kellogg School of Northwestern University from 1987 to 1994.

Dewan’s teaching and re­search interests include business analytics, organizational issues in management of information systems, marketing on the internet, the internet industry, strategic use of technology, the use of standards in managing information systems, and accounting and financial information systems. His papers have appeared in the Journal of Computing, Management Science, Decision Support Systems and IEEE Transactions on Computers, among other journals.

Photo: College of Law Dean Craig BoiseCollege of Law
Craig 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.

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, 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. 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.

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.

Martin J. Whitman School of ManagementGene Anderson, Dean, Martin J. Whitman School of Management
Gene Anderson is dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He is responsible for enhancing the school’s research and educational programs, building its reputation and strengthening its finances.

Anderson is a widely cited scholar with 15 years of academic leadership experience. He is passionate about student and alumni success; high-impact research and education; diversity and inclusion; and the potential for business schools to advance the economic, social and overall health of communities worldwide.

Previously, Anderson was D. Maynard Phelps Professor of Business at the University of Michigan, serving in a series of roles including senior associate dean for academic affairs. Most recently, he was dean and Schein Family Chair in Business at the University of Miami School of Business.

Anderson has collaborated with faculty and staff to launch more than 20 new degree programs – the majority interdisciplinary or online/hybrid; to revise existing programs to be more global, experiential and relevant; and to significantly enhance enrollments, placement, diversity, research support, fundraising, revenue and rankings.

His research on marketing and business performance has been published in all four premier academic marketing journals and he has served on their respective editorial boards. In a recent study, three of his papers ranked among the Top 50 most impactful articles on research and practice. One is the second most cited article in Marketing Science. Overall, his work has received more than 4,000 SSCI citations and 30,000 Google Scholar citations.

Anderson holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.

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.

S.I. Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsMark Lodato portrait
Mark J. Lodato was appointed Dean of the S.I. Newhouse of Public Communications in July 2020. He leads a team that includes some 200 faculty and staff and more than 2,400 students.

Lodato joined the Newhouse School after more than 14 years at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he most recently served as associate dean and associate general manager at Arizona PBS. At ASU his portfolio included supervision of the Cronkite School’s broadcast and sports curriculum. A member of the leadership team, his duties also included undergraduate recruitment and retention, student services, establishing new media partnerships and development. He is the 2014 recipient of the ASU Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Curricular Innovation and a member of the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy class of 2013. Lodato has served on multiple site teams for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

At the Cronkite School, Lodato established new partnerships with leading media corporations including NBC News, ABC News, Meredith Corporation, Scripps Corporation, Fox Sports Arizona, Univision and Cox Communications. He supervised the Cronkite School and Arizona PBS broadcast news operations, including the national award-winning television newscast, “Cronkite News.” Under his leadership, Cronkite School broadcast students consistently ranked among the nation’s best in premier journalism competitions, including the Hearst College Journalism Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards and the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts awards.

Lodato joined the Cronkite School after working 16 years as an award-winning television reporter and anchor for television stations in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Phoenix and Ft. Myers, Fla. A native of Menlo Park, Calif., Lodato holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Arizona State University.

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).

Photo of Michael FrascielloCollege of Professional Studies
Michael Frasciello has been with Syracuse University since 2000, when he joined University College (now the College of Professional Studies) to launch the Syracuse University Technology-enhanced Instruction business unit. Over his next 13 years with the College, Frasciello served as director of information and learning systems, and as assistant dean of online learning, where he provided campus-wide leadership in support of Syracuse University undergraduate and graduate online and continuing education initiatives.

In 2013, Frasciello was appointed director of online learning at the College of Engineering and Computer Science. In this role, Frasciello directed the launch of five online graduate programs and related activities, including strategic marketing planning and implementation, enrollment and inquiry management, faculty training and preparedness, course design and development, instructional facilities design and management, program administration, and course and program evaluation.

In 2016, Frasciello was appointed interim dean of University College. In his current role, Mike leads a talented and dedicated staff who support a portfolio of high quality continuing education and summer programs, including credit and non-credit undergraduate and graduate studies, online programs, the English Language Institute, the Veterans Resource Center, and Summer@Syracuse programs.

Prior to joining the University, Frasciello served for 10 years in the United States Air Force, and later worked as a technical communications developer. Frasciello conducts research in continuing education and online learning, and has designed and taught many courses in residential, online, condensed and blended formats. An experienced presenter on topics of digital learning and instructional technology, he is involved with several professional and academic organizations, including the American Society for Engineering Education, the Association for Continuing Higher Education, the Online Learning Consortium, the Institute for Engaged Leaders in Online Learning, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

Frasciello earned a doctorate of philosophy in composition and cultural rhetoric from the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, a master of professional communication from Westminster College, a bachelor of science in political science and government from the University of Maryland, and an associate of applied science from the Community College of the Air Force.