Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private, coeducational, research institution in the heart of central New York, where students choose from more than 200 majors, 100 minors, and 200 advanced degree programs. Syracuse is a university of national stature and international opportunity, known for its professional programs, investment in research and innovation, and school spirit.
The School of Information Studies – known as the iSchool – is a globally recognized leader in advancing knowledge and developing creative, thoughtful, and technically capable leaders in the information field. The mission of the iSchool is to expand human capabilities by connecting people, information and technology. The faculty and staff of the iSchool are committed to preparing students to become leaders in the information field and using information to solve problems faced by individuals and organizations. Together, the faculty, staff and students of the iSchool impact research and the information profession through scholarship, rigorous education opportunities and commitment to service that advances science, improves professional practice and contributes to society.
The iSchool was the first information school in the nation and is now a premier institution for innovative programs in information management, behavior, organization, policy, systems, technology and services. Consistently ranked among the top five programs of its kind in the country by U.S. News and World Report, the iSchool offers degree programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels; master's programs are available both on campus and online.
The iSchool excels in educating students for a fast-paced digital future by teaching the technological, communication, management, research and design capabilities necessary to develop solutions for any domain. The iSchool’s approach stands out from programs that offer computer science, management and related programs in that the focus is on users and user information needs as the starting point for integrating information and information technology into organizations and society. Faculty members are active in research that reflects the diversity of their respective intellectual backgrounds and interests.
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will collaborate with the 12 deans of the other schools and colleges and with senior leadership of the University. The Dean will oversee 50 tenure-track faculty members, professors of practice and teaching faculty, and a staff of 50 and will be responsible for an operating budget of $62 million.
The next Dean will lead the iSchool at a time when its disciplines are in increasingly high demand by undergraduate, professional and graduate students. The Dean will have the opportunity to capitalize on this exciting information age by focusing on fostering academic excellence, advancing the research agenda, building institutional capacity, and raising visibility and resources. The Dean will be a leader in the field of information with the academic and/or professional experience needed to lead one of the top schools in its field during a time of rapid progress in the iSchool’s disciplinary areas of expertise.
Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law.