Syracuse University - Dean, Falk College

NY, Syracuse

Syracuse University, a private, student-focused, and globally engaged R1 research university, invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of dean of the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

Falk College offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in health and exercise science, food studies, human development and family science, marriage and family therapy, nutrition science, public health, social work, sport analytics, sport management, and sport venue and event management. These offerings include three doctoral programs. Falk’s mission is to provide instructional and research excellence and leadership in its fields of study through scholarship, practice, civic engagement, advocacy, and entrepreneurial endeavors to promote the health, performance, and well-being of individuals of all ages, their families, and their communities within the framework of social justice principles and the highest standards of professional competence. Falk College’s signature theory-to-practice academic model includes intensive hands-on and experiential learning. As the chief academic and executive leader of the college, the dean is expected to provide the collaborative leadership and vision that unify and define its direction, advance its excellence and impact in research and interdisciplinary endeavors, foster vibrant undergraduate and graduate educational programs and opportunities, prioritize strategic investments, and improve operational efficiencies. The dean is also expected to serve as a strong and valued partner to the deans of Syracuse University’s other schools and colleges, as well as to the vice chancellor, provost, and chief academic officer, to whom the dean reports.

The new dean should be a strategic, inspiring, dynamic, and visionary leader with strong constituent management skills and the administrative experience appropriate in scope to enhance Falk College’s research and public engagement contributions. Candidates should show evidence of an ability to create cohesiveness and synergies among diverse disciplines, foster academic and research excellence, mentor faculty and staff, unify and build the college’s capacity and core identity, support innovation and expansion, and focus the college’s efforts and initiatives. The successful candidate will possess a vitae with experience and accomplishments in education and scholarship; demonstrated success in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; a record of achievement in collaborative leadership and institutional change; and administrative experience within a complex environment. The scholarly credentials to be appointed at the level of full professor with tenure in one of the college’s disciplines or interdisciplinary fields is strongly preferred, though all candidates with significant professional achievements and involvement with higher education will be considered.

Located in the geographic heart of New York State, Syracuse University strives to advance academic excellence and be a welcoming place for all, and offers world-class programs across the natural and social sciences; liberal, visual, and performing arts; and professional studies through its 13 schools and colleges; numerous centers, programs, and institutes that facilitate cross-disciplinary activity; 200 majors and 100 minors; robust study abroad and study away programs; and online degrees and certificates. Syracuse University has retained WittKieffer, a national and global executive search firm, to assist in this search.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Syracuse University in this search. Application review has begun and will continue until the position has been filled. Candidates are urged to submit their materials as soon as possible, using WittKieffer’s candidate portal, via the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Robin Mamlet, Sandra Chu, and Luis Bertot

Falk College would like to acknowledge with respect the Onondaga Nation, firekeepers of the Haudenosaunee, the indigenous peoples on whose ancestral lands Syracuse University now stands.

Syracuse University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.