Faculty Affairs
503 Crouse-Hinds Hall

Photo of Associate Provost LaVonda ReedLaVonda N. Reed

Professor Reed 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 of Melissa McCurdyMelissa McCurdy

Ms. McCurdy is the office coordinator for faculty affairs. She is the primary front office contact and supports multiple team members, providing prompt and seamless responses to inquiries by members of the University community.

Center for Faculty Leadership and Professional Development
335 Link Hall

Marie Garland

Dr. Garland 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

Ms. Alestalo 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

Ms. Presutti 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

Dr. Diede 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.

photo of Jeanine IronsJeanine Irons

Dr. Irons is the faculty developer for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE). She collaborates with colleagues across the University to implement and support instructional methods supportive of and inclusive to a diverse student body. She also consults and strategizes with individual faculty members and instructional teams about inclusive pedagogical and climate goals and needs specific to program, department, and course contexts.

Nicholas Bennett

Mr. Bennett is the program support coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE). He coordinates workshops and events for the CTLE and assists the director with resource development. He also manages the CTLE website and assists with various faculty award and recognition programs including the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorship for Teaching Excellence and the Teaching Recognition Awards.