Orange Alert

Greenberg named associate dean of curriculum, instruction, programming in Arts and Sciences

Noted administrator, professor continues as The College's senior associate dean

July 20, 2010, by Rob Enslin

Gerald R. Greenberg, a noted administrator and Russian scholar and linguist at Syracuse University, has been named associate dean of curriculum, instruction, and programming in The College of Arts and Sciences. He replaces Susan Wadley, the Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies who has held the position since 2003. In addition to his new appointment, Greenberg will continue serving as The College’s senior associate dean for academic affairs and the humanities and as associate professor of Slavic and linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (LLL).

“I am pleased to appoint Gerry to this most important position,” says Arts and Sciences Dean George M. Langford. “He brings to The College rich administrative and academic experience together with outstanding service, scholarly accomplishment, a commitment to students and faculty, and a strong belief in the mission of the liberal arts.”

In his new capacity, Greenberg will oversee an array of graduate and undergraduate programs, including The College’s nearly dozen Interdisciplinary Programs. Also, he will serve as the primary liaison to University College and SU Abroad; will supervise College governance, including committee assignments, elections, Faculty Council, and faculty meetings; and will manage the Liberal Arts Core.

Central to Greenberg’s appointment are new signature programs that build on institutional strengths, while making The College more nationally competitive. Chief among them are Excellence Initiatives in forensic and national security sciences, clean water, and humanities in the digital age; Integrated Learning Majors in forensics, ethics, and neuroscience; and accelerated and professional master’s programs.

“I am proud to build on the foundation laid by Sue Wadley,” states Greenberg, who joined the SU faculty in 1985. “I have had the pleasure of working with her and with Dean Langford on many new initiatives, which have elevated us to one of the nation’s premier residential liberal arts colleges.” Wadley returns to the faculty in her home department of anthropology.

Greenberg came to SU from Cornell University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Slavic linguistics. He has since held nearly a dozen different appointments in The College, including acting co-dean; chair of LLL; acting chair of English, religion and LLL; and director of the Linguistics Studies Program. Recently, he led renovations of The Tolley Building, housing the SU Humanities Center, and of 805 East Genesee Street, containing the Community Folk Art Center. Also, Greenberg was part of the group involved in formation of The Andrew W. Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor, which coordinates efforts among SU, Cornell, and the University of Rochester, and in the relocation of the Imagining America headquarters from the University of Michigan to SU. He is a key member of SU’s bargaining committee, which negotiated the inaugural contract with Adjuncts United two years ago.

An expert in Russian and Slavic linguistics, Greenberg has published extensively on the subject and has taught more than 15 courses at graduate and undergraduate levels. He has judged the New York State Russian Language Competition and has refereed submissions to numerous scholarly conferences and journals.

Arts and Sciences is SU’s liberal arts college, emphasizing interdisciplinary learning, research, service, and enterprise. The College’s three academic divisions—sciences/mathematics, humanities, and social sciences—house 22 departments that offer more than 50 majors, 40 minors, and 30 master’s and Ph.D. programs.

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Rob Enslin