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Department Vision, Mission, and Goals

The Syracuse University public health programs’ vision is to be a leader in leveraging public health research and education to create the greatest impact on global health.

The program’s mission is to improve the health for all people through scholarship, education, and service; thereby creating exceptional leaders who will impact public health, promote individual and community well-being, and effect change among local, national, and global communities.

The program’s goals to accomplish our mission:

  • Prepare practitioners and leaders in the field of public health to have a positive impact on public challenges.
  • Achieve excellence in teaching and scholarship.
  • Foster a richly diverse and inclusive community of learning and opportunity in our students, faculty, and curriculum.
  • Inform the practice of public health through local, national, and global partnerships.

Department Overview and Organization

Organizational Chart

Chair, Department of Public Health: Position Description and Responsibilities

Adequacy of Resources

  • Evaluate the adequacy of faculty, staff, financial and physical resources to accomplish the mission of the public health program.
  • Advocate in collaboration with the directors of undergraduate and graduate programs for improvements in faculty, staff, financial and physical resources to accomplish the mission of the public health program.
  • Submit proposals for new faculty to the Dean following Department rules, regulations, and procedures on faculty hiring.
  • Submit proposals for new staff to the Dean.
  • Submit requests for additional financial resources to the Dean.
  • Submit requests for additional physical resources to the Dean.

Program Management/Course Maintenance

  • In consultation with the directors of undergraduate and graduate programs in public health and the faculty concerned, schedule courses to meet academic program requirements for students.
  • In consultation with the directors of undergraduate and graduate programs in public health and the public health faculty, identify faculty to teach public health course offerings and assign faculty advisors.
  • In consultation with the directors of undergraduate and graduate programs in public health and the public health faculty, assist in the development and maintenance of non-academic public health-related activities and experiences (for example: Advisory Council, learning communities, SOPHE and I.P.E. activities, provision of continuing education).

Program Assessment/Evaluation

  • Assist with periodic assessment of curriculum quality lead by the directors of undergraduate and graduate programs in public health.
  • Ensure with the collaboration of program directors, coordinators, faculty, and staff the development of program evaluation plans, submission of program reviews, and other reporting requirements as required by the College, University, and accrediting body.
  • In consultation with the directors of undergraduate and graduate programs in public health and the public health faculty, ensure currency of web-based and print public health information, manuals and handbooks.
  • Ensure with the collaboration of program directors, coordinators, faculty, and staff the accreditation of Public Health programs with Middle States, C.E.P.H., and other professional certification bodies.

Faculty & Staff Evaluation

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of faculty teaching, advising, service, and scholarship.
  • With input from the director of undergraduate and graduate programs and public health faculty, conduct annual evaluations of staff.

Student Recruitment

  • Assist the Falk College Admissions Office in the recruitment of students to public health programs.

Teaching/Advising

  • Teach assigned courses.
  • Advise students in public health.

Reports to:

Dean, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

Term:

3-year, renewable term (subject to majority vote by faculty and affirmed by the dean).

Approved by faculty May 13, 2019.

Director, Undergraduate Programs in Public Health: Position Description and Responsibilities

Adequacy of Resources

  • Evaluate the adequacy of faculty, staff, financial and physical resources to accomplish the mission of the undergraduate public health program.
  • Advocate in collaboration with the Chair and director of graduate programs for improvements in faculty, staff, financial and physical resources to accomplish the mission of the public health program.

Program Management/Course Maintenance

  • In consultation with the Chair and director of graduate programs in public health and the faculty concerned, schedule courses to meet academic program requirements for undergraduate students.

  • In consultation with the Chair and director of graduate programs in public health and the public health faculty, identify faculty to teach public health undergraduate course offerings and assign faculty to serve as undergraduate student advisors.
  • Provide oversight to the maintenance of service-learning and senior internship experiential learning opportunities and approve H.T.W. 422 internship site options and opportunities.
  • Assist and supervise the development and maintenance of non-academic public health-related experiences (for example: learning communities, SOPHE activities).
  • Maintain an electronic resource that keeps public health faculty appraised of course offerings, course schedules, curriculum changes (e.g., changes in courses for concentrations), and advising requirements in a timely fashion.

Teaching/Advising

  • Teach assigned courses
  • Advise undergraduate students in the public health major.
  • Advise undergraduate students in the public health minor.

Student Recruitment

  • Assist the Falk College Admissions Office in the recruitment of students to the public health major.
  • Conduct interviews with Syracuse University students who wish to declare public health as their major, change majors to public health or pursue a minor in public health.
  • Ensure currency of web-based and print program level recruitment media.

Program Assessment/Evaluation

  • Lead periodic assessment of undergraduate curriculum quality.
  • Coordinate implementation of the public health undergraduate program evaluation plan.
  • Ensure currency of web-based and print public health undergraduate information, manuals and handbooks.
  • In collaboration with the Chair, director of graduate programs, and faculty, assist with the development of program evaluation plans, submission of program reviews, and other reporting requirements as required by the College, University, and accrediting and certification bodies.

Reports to:

Chair, Department of Public Health.

Term:

3-year, renewable term (subject to majority vote by faculty and affirmed by the department chair and dean).

Approved by faculty May 13, 2019.

Director, Graduate Programs in Public Health: Position Description and Responsibilities

Adequacy of Resources

  • Evaluate the adequacy of faculty, staff, financial and physical resources to accomplish the mission of the graduate public health programs.
  • Advocate in collaboration with the Chair and director of undergraduate programs for improvements in faculty, staff, financial and physical resources to accomplish the mission of the public health program.

Program Management/Course Maintenance

  • In consultation with the chair and director of undergraduate programs in public health, schedule courses to meet academic program requirements for graduate students.
  • In consultation with the chair and director of undergraduate programs in public health and the public health faculty, identify faculty to teach graduate course offerings and assign faculty to serve as graduate student advisors.
  • Maintain an electronic resource that keeps public health faculty appraised of course offerings, course schedules, curriculum changes (e.g., changes in courses for concentrations), and advising requirements in a timely fashion.

Teaching/Advising

  • Teach assigned courses.
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students in public health programs.

Student Recruitment

  • Assist the Falk College Admissions Office in the recruitment of students into graduate programs in public health.
  • Along with the Graduate Admissions Committee, review and vote on admission for all applicants to graduate programs in public health.
  • Ensure currency of web-based and print program level recruitment media.

Program Assessment/Evaluation

  • Lead periodic assessment of curriculum quality.
  • Coordinate and implement evaluation plan for graduate programs.
  • Ensure currency of web-based and print graduate program information, manuals, and handbooks.
  • In collaboration with the Chair, director of undergraduate programs, and faculty, assist with the development of program evaluation plans, submission of program reviews, and other reporting requirements as required by the College, University, and accrediting and certification bodies.

Reports to:

Chair, Department of Public Health.

Term:

3-year, renewable term (subject to majority vote by faculty and affirmed by the department chair and dean).

Approved by faculty May 13, 2019.

Coordinator of Addiction Studies Programs in Public Health: Position Description and Responsibilities

Recruitment

  • Assist the Falk College Admissions Office in the recruitment of students to the C.A.S. in Addiction Studies.
  • Conduct interviews with students who wish to declare a minor in Addiction Studies.
  • Provide informational meetings with prospective graduate students for the C.A.S. in Addiction Studies.
  • Collaborate with the Chair, Undergrad and Grad Directors to ensure currency of web-based and print recruitment media.

Program Planning and Assessment/Evaluation

  • Collaborate with the Chair, Undergrad, and Grad Directors on the sequencing and scheduling of A.S. course offerings.
  • Collaborate with the Chair, Undergrad and Grad Directors in the periodic assessment of addiction program quality.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the addiction programs’ evaluation plan.
  • Preparation and submission of reports as required for University level regional accreditation.

Program Credentialing

  • Oversee curriculum to ensure content meets New York State and I.C.&R.C. prevention credential requirements.
  • Serve as faculty liaison to New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (O.A.S.A.S.).
  • Preparation and submission of applications to O.A.S.A.S. as needed/required.
  • Maintain and renew O.A.S.A.S. Certified Education and Training Provider (E.T.P.) Certification Application and Agreement designation for Syracuse University.
  • Serve as faculty liaison to the International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium (I.C.&R.C.) to facilitate credentialing for students outside of New York state.

Professional Advising

  • Advise addiction studies students on matters related to professional credentialing/licensure and career paths.

Academic Advising

  • Advise undergraduate students enrolled in the Addiction Studies minor.
  • Advise graduate students enrolled in the C.A.S. in Addiction Studies. 

Reports To:

The Coordinator reports to the Chair and works collaboratively with the Undergrad and Grad Directors. 

Term: 

2 year, renewable term (subject to majority vote by faculty and agreement by the Department Chair and Dean).

Approved by faculty May 13, 2019.

Faculty Roles

Faculty roles include teaching and advising, scholarship, community engagement and service to the program, department, college, larger university, and community. All faculty teach at least one undergraduate course and provide advisement to undergraduate students.

  • Full-time tenured and tenure-track professors teach 2 courses each semester unless they have administrative, community engagement, or research commitments which reduce that load.
  • Full-time non-tenure track teaching professors teach 3 to 4 courses each semester.
  • Full-time non-tenure track professors of practice teach 2 to 3 courses each semester.

Quorum and Voting Procedures

Voting by department faculty members shall be conducted as follows:

  • All members of the faculty exercise the right to vote.
  • Voice votes shall ordinarily be the method of recording decisions. However, special circumstances may demand that individual votes of members be counted either by show of hands or by secret ballot (paper or electronic).

Advisory Council, Department of Public Health  

Mission:

The Department of Public Health Advisory Council brings together program stakeholders and public health experts to advise and support the Department of Public Health at Syracuse University. The Department of Public Health Advisory Council provides guidance and feedback to the department on academic issues to strengthen the relevance and quality of academic programs including curriculum, planning, student outcomes, program strengths, and program weaknesses. The Department of Public Health Advisory Council champions the program to prospective supporters, students, public health professionals, and the community.

Membership and Member Composition:

The Advisory Council will consist of 6 to 10 individuals from the following groups:

  • program alumni
  • public health practitioners (regional and national)
  • public health researchers
  • community stakeholders
  • a member of the Falk College Board of Visitors shall be invited to serve
  • attention to diversity across many dimensions, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender, social class, disability, and type of professional and academic degree.

Advisory Council members will serve renewable three-year terms. Any public health faculty member can bring forward for nomination a potential member, with a vote to confirm the membership of the Advisory Council during a departmental meeting annually. During the first meeting, the Advisory Council will take nominations for a Council chairperson, followed by a vote to elect a chairperson. The chairperson will serve a renewable term of three years, with nominations and election taking place every three years during the yearly meeting of the council. The chairperson of the Department of Public Health (or alternative faculty representative) will attend all Advisory Council meetings.

Member Expectations

Active Participants:

The Public Health Advisory Council meets annually. We anticipate that each Advisory Council member attends a minimum of one meeting every other year and agree to participate in conference calls as requested. Realizing that attending all meetings is a challenge, we encourage members to attend as often as possible.

Visible Champions:

As Advisory Council members, we expect that each member champion the cause of the program to external constituencies.  Examples of this would include: help place students in internships; hire program graduates; recruit students; gain visibility for programs; lend endorsement to initiatives; provide enrichment programs for students and faculty (e.g. researcher or service collaboration, professional developmental opportunities, special project funding). Council members will also be asked to help assist in recruiting future Advisory Council members.

Faculty Governance and Procedures

Hiring of Faculty

The chair and program directors regularly evaluate the adequacy of faculty resources to meet the scholarly, teaching and advising mission of the programs. The Chair shares these initial findings with Department faculty and seeks approval by a full vote of Department faculty of the proposed types of faculty hires at a faculty meeting.  The chair and program directors will also annually update and maintain a tentative list of approved faculty hire needs so as to take quick advantage of opportunities that may arise for potential hires. Requests for faculty needs with associated justifications are then forwarded to the Dean.  The decision to hire adjunct and non-tenure track faculty ultimately rest with the dean. The decision to hire tenure-track faculty ultimately rests with the vice-chancellor and provost and/or the Board of Trustees.

When hiring proposals are approved for adjunct positions, the program directors and chair are responsible for recruiting potential hires, evaluation of applications, and interviewing the top candidates. The chair makes the final recommendation for hire to the Dean.

When hiring proposals are approved for non-tenure-track or tenure-track faculty positions, a public health faculty search committee is formed. The committee is comprised of 3 faculty members, at least 2 of which must be tenured faculty members. The committee decides a committee Chair with approval of the department Chair. The committee is charged with the recruiting of potential hires, evaluation of all applicants for the purposes of identifying the top candidates, interviewing the top candidates (including screening interviews and onsite interviews), and soliciting feedback from Falk College students and faculty members. Department faculty are expected to play an active role in evaluation of potential hires (reviewing submitted materials, attending talks, interviews, and meals with candidates, etc.). The committee presents a rank-ordered recommendation for hire (or to reopen the search) to the public health faculty who then vote on a rank ordered recommendation for hire. The committee then presents a rank-ordered recommendation for hire (or to reopen the search) to the dean who is responsible for the final hiring recommendation to the vice-chancellor and provost.

All recommendations for the hiring of new faculty whether as a result of other means (e.g., target of opportunity hires, spousal hires, signature hires, cluster hires, etc.) should be subject to a full faculty vote at a faculty meeting. Faculty will have the opportunity to review the credentials and expertise of faculty being considered for hires from alternative means. This review can take the form of access to relevant materials (candidate C.V.s, teaching dossiers etc.) and when possible a meeting with Department faculty. The Chair will communicate the faculty vote to the Dean.

Any changes in faculty status (e.g., move from adjunct to teaching professor) should be subject to approved faculty hiring processes as specified from Faculty Affairs and a full faculty vote at a Department faculty meeting. The Chair will communicate the faculty vote to the Dean.


Approved by Faculty December 6, 2019.

Curriculum Development and Changes

The public health faculty are responsible for the overall development and integrity of the public health programs. Individual faculty members or groups of faculty members are responsible for course development. Curriculum changes and new courses are initially vetted within the public health faculty before being addressed by Falk College’s curriculum review process. All curriculum and program changes should be discussed and voted on by the full faculty at a Department faculty meeting. 

Procedures to Process Curriculum Changes

  • Proposals for additions, changes or deletions to courses or programs shall be initiated by faculty, program directors or the department chair. The required standard forms are available from the Syracuse University Committee on Curricula Website.
  • The initiating faculty member shall review forms for course title, course description, rationale for course, course objectives, assignments, and course outlines consistency with University policies.
  • The course initiator will prepare all supporting material required, for example, side-by-side comparison tables and revised syllabi.
  • Once all curriculum forms and supporting materials are completed, the initiator submits materials to the directors and chair for initial review.  If materials are incomplete or revisions suggested, the chair advises the initiator of the same. In the event that the Chair, Program Director, Addiction Studies Coordinator, and the faculty course/program initiator cannot agree on suggested curricula changes, the faculty initiator has the option to present his/her proposed curricula changes to the faculty for a full faculty discussion and vote at a Department faculty meeting.
  • The course initiator in collaboration with the College Librarian shall review the adequacy of library resources in relation to the course.
  • The chair or director in collaboration with the Falk College Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will seek consultation with other university department chairs for courses in which potential content overlap exists.
  • Curricula materials such as changes to courses, changes to program curriculum, new courses, new programs, recommendations to close programs, etc., once approved by the chair and program director, shall be sent to the full departmental faculty for discussion and approval.
  • Curricula materials, once approved by the full faculty, shall be sent by the Chair by posted deadlines to the College Curriculum Committee Chair and support staff.

Approved by Faculty May 13, 2019.

Committees

The Department of Public Health has two (2) standing committees: (1) Graduate Admissions and (2) Promotion and Tenure. The Department establishes search and other committees, or task forces, as needed. 

Graduate Admissions Committee

Committee Bylaws

Responsibilities of the Public Health Graduate Admissions Committee: The Graduate Admissions Committee is a standing committee within Public Health. The specific responsibilities of the Graduate Admissions Committee are to:

  • Schedule meetings on an as-needed basis.
  • Review and evaluate applications to Public Health graduate programs and make decisions on acceptance.
  • Make decisions on the awarding of graduate scholarship credits and T.A./G.A.s based on established procedures and priorities.
  • Make decisions on the allocation of these T.A./G.A.s positions to faculty based on an application submitted by the P.H. faculty to the committee.
  • Recommend students for public health scholarships and assistantships.

Composition and Selection of the Graduate Admissions

      The Committee is comprised of three members:

  • The Director of Graduate Programs in Public Health serves as a standing member of the Graduate Admissions Committee.
  • The remaining 2 committee members are elected to serve by the department faculty.
  • Committee members may be professors of practice, tenure-track faculty or tenured faculty.
  • Committee members serve a three-year term.

The composition of the Graduate Admissions Committee shall be as follows:

  • A faculty member shall serve as chairperson of the Graduate Admissions and shall serve a 2-year term (to be staggered with committee member term).
  • The chair is elected by the members of the Graduate Admissions.
  • The chair may be re-elected to consecutive terms.

Procedural Guidelines of the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Procedural guidelines shall be as follows:

  • The Graduate Admissions business shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order.
  • A written notice of each meeting along with all relevant paperwork shall be provided at least two days in advance of the meeting.
  • A recording secretary shall record the meetings and provide, within the week in which the meeting was held, a written record of Graduate Admissions meetings.
  • Minutes are distributed to committee members and the department chair and are available upon request to all other department members.

Procedure for Award and Assign Scholarship credits and/or G.A. positions.

  • This committee will review applications for admission to P.H. graduate programs (M.S. or M.A. only) and decide on which applicants will receive offers of a G.A. award.
  • Proposals from P.H. faculty requesting T.A./R.A. support will be reviewed by the committee; each year, the committee shall bring recommendations for T.A./R.A. assignments to the full P.H. Faculty for a vote.

Voting Procedures of the Graduate Admissions Committee

Voting by Graduate Admissions members shall be conducted as follows:

  • All members of the committee exercise the right to vote.
  • Voice votes shall ordinarily be the method of recording decisions. However, special circumstances may demand that individual votes of members be counted either by show of hands or by secret ballot.
  • A quorum shall exist when two members of the Graduate Admissions membership are in attendance. The Committee Chairperson must be one of the two members in attendance.

Responsibilities of the Graduate Admissions Committee Chairperson

The responsibilities of the Graduate Admissions Committee Chairperson shall be as follows:

  • Conduct Graduate Admissions meetings as needed.
  • Assist initiating faculty with applications for a T.A. and/or G.A.
  • Develop Graduate Admission Committee meeting schedules based on the graduate school applications and corresponding timeline.
  • Review and approve meeting agendas & minutes of the Graduate Admissions meetings.

Approved by P.H. faculty March 30, 2017.

Revised and approved by P.H. faculty in December 2017.

Program Review and Assessment Committee

Charge: This is a standing departmental committee. The committee makes recommendations to the Department of Public Health with respect to the following responsibilities:

  1. Facilitates broad-based participation and deliberation by department faculty in the activities and outcomes of accreditation and programmatic assessment including providing need information
  2. Coordinates and maintains ongoing and systematic data collection, monitoring and assessment for program and regional accreditation standards
  3. Ensures the academic programs and minors are fulfilling accreditation and professional credentialing standards
  4. Annual review of program curricula including course syllabi to ensure compliance with university academic regulations and accreditation standards
  5. Provides input for and review of reports for accreditation, credentialing bodies, and university systematic review committees
  6. Form ad hoc working groups from the faculty at large, as may be necessary, to assist with the work of the committee
  7. Designates a committee member to represent the department on the Falk College Systematic Program Review Committee

Meetings

The committee meets monthly during the active accreditation or program review process and meets at least once per semester during non-reaccreditation or non-program review years. Minutes of meetings are responsibility of the Committee Chair or a designee. A prepared agenda is  provided to all committee members at least two business days prior to scheduled meetings of the committee. A copy of agendas, meeting minutes, and other pertinent written materials prepared by the Committee or Committee chairperson are maintained in the Department files. 

Committee Membership

The committee will be comprised of the undergraduate and graduate program directors, a minimum of two faculty/professional staff at large, and a graduate student representative. The chair of the committee will be elected from among the members of the committee. Committee members shall be a three-year staggered term with the exception of that for the student representative which will be one year in length. All terms are newable. 

Promotion and Tenure Committee

The Department of Public Health abides by the policies and procedures set forth in the Syracuse University Faculty Handbook and the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Policies & Procedures for Promotion and Tenure (appended).

Membership of Department Committee

The Department Promotion and Tenure Committee consists of three (3) tenured faculty who hold rank at the Associate or Professor level. At least one member from each rank will be represented. Only Full Professors can, however, vote in cases of faculty being reviewed for the rank of Full Professor.  When such reviews occur, additional Full Professors from the department or Falk College will be recruited to ensure that there are three Full Professors to complete the review of candidates under review for promotion to Full Professor. Committee members shall not have any conflict of interest (for example, joint authorship or mentoring relationship) or be in the position to influence the deliberations of the Committee.  In addition, departmental committee members may not be members of the College level committee; thereby avoiding participation in the promotion or tenure review or voting processes conducted across committee levels.  The Department Chair may elect to serve as an ex-officio member, without a vote.

Length of terms:  one committee member will be elected to a three (3) year term; the other two members are elected to two (2) year terms. These terms are renewable.

Relevant Department By-Law Provisions

  1. The Promotions and Tenure Committee shall conduct all 3rd-year pre-tenure reviews and provide formative and evaluative input to the department candidate, the department chair and the College Promotion & Tenure committee leader in the form of a written 3rd-year report.  A sub-committee of 2 may be formed for the purpose of conducting 3rd-year reviews.

    1. The Department Chair provides an independent written 3rd-year report

    2. Required elements for review:  Faculty will submit a full dossier as described in the 3rd Year Review Section of the Falk College Faculty Manual.  External evaluation of scholarship is not required for the third year tenure review.
  2. The Promotions and Tenure Committee shall examine the cases of all non-tenured and tenured faculty members who are eligible and have declared their intent to apply for promotion and shall recommend for or against promotion (based on a majority vote) to the College Promotion and Tenure Committee.   
    1.  The Department Chair provides an independent recommendation for or against promotion to the College Promotion and Tenure Committee
  3. The Promotions and Tenure Committee shall examine the cases of all currently non-tenured faculty members who are eligible to be considered for tenure and shall recommend for or against tenure to College Promotion & Tenure Committee. The candidates will be considered for tenure no later than the candidate’s sixth year of credited service. 

Voting Procedures

The Committee will vote at least twice on each application for promotion or tenure. The initial vote, which is referred to as a straw vote, should be taken after discussion of the merits of the application and dossier and deliberation by the full Committee. The final and, normally, the second vote is taken to recommend for or against tenure and promotion (for Assistant to Associate) or promotion (Associate to Full).

If the Committee identifies significant concerns by the straw vote, the Committee will seek additional consultation from appropriate sources who shall be informed of the particular matters under debate.  Sources may include the department chair, the candidate and/or a representative of the candidate’s choosing.

Any final decision taken by the Committee requires that all voting members be present.

Committee members who are present at the meeting during the vote who elect to abstain from the vote are counted in the quorum as a voting member. In situations where there is no significant discussion taking place and a vote is expected to occur, absentee voting is permitted for committee members who are unable to attend. In unusual circumstances, committee members may count as part of the quorum and may participate in the meeting, including voting, via telecommunications.

All voting is done by written ballot. 

Notification to the Department Chair and Candidate

When the Department Promotion and Tenure Committee has reached its recommendation for tenure/promotion or promotion, its Chair shall the department chair and the candidate of the recommendation by email. The email notification will be made within 72 hours of the Committee’s recommendation. Formal, written notification to the candidate shall be made within 30 days of the initial notification. Written notification shall include justification of the recommendation with regard to promotion/tenure or promotion.

The Department Chair provides an independent recommendation for or against promotion to the College Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Approved: May 13, 2019.

Academics

Admission to the major:

The public health Chair, Undergraduate and Graduate Program Directors and faculty are responsible for setting admission criteria for undergraduate students who wish to transfer to the major and for graduate students. For freshman and external transfer students, faculty are responsible for providing input regarding admission criteria to the dean who shares this perspective with the central admissions office.

Program Assessment:

The design of the public health program assessment plan is the responsibility of public health faculty. Student assessment instruments and processes are faculty designed and approved. The Chair, program directors and faculty members provide input into program level and course level student assessment measures at the time of new course approval and annual program review. The public health program assessment plan is periodically reviewed and modifications made if deemed necessary. The public health program directors coordinate the implementation of the assessment plan for the programs, majors, certificates of advanced study, and minors. Student assessment instruments and processes are faculty designed and approved. The program directors and faculty members provide input into program level and course level student assessment measures at the time of new course approval and annual program review.

Resource Allocation:

Faculty are responsible for identifying resources needed for the public health program. Requests for resources are sent to the department chair and dean for consideration and approval.

Cancellation of Classes: Faculty Directed

Protocol for canceling classes: Faculty must email students with cancellation information and also the respective department administrative assistant; Faculty using BlackBoard should also post an announcement to the class site. A sign will be posted on the classroom door providing notice of the cancellation.

Course Evaluations

The Department of Public Health participates in the online course evaluation process overseen by the Syracuse University Office of Institutional Research (I.R.).

Approximately one month prior to the end of each fall and spring semester faculty and students will start to receive e-mails regarding how to access the online course evaluation forms. Following the end of each semester, O.I.R.A. tabulates all results, which are then shared with the department’s administrative assistant who will, in turn, send individual reports to the faculty of record for a course via a P.D.F. document. Summer course evaluations are also conducted via an on-line process with a shorter timeline.

Exams

Make-up Exams

Are scheduled by the faculty member during regular business hours. Notify the respective administrative assistant that a student will be coming in to take an exam. Appropriate arrangements should be made in advance to ensure that there is a space for the student to take the test. In addition, if you are unavailable to monitor the student, arrangements must be made prior to the date of the exam for an administrative assistant to proctor the exam. Keep in mind that their lunch hours are scheduled between 12:00 and 2:00. Please provide staff with the student’s name, S.U.I.D., course name/number, faculty name, date/time of make-up exam and title/date of the original exam (e.g. Quiz #2, March 24), if the exam is open book and how much time the student will have to complete the exam.

Exam Scoring:

To learn more about the Office of Institutional Research and how to submit exams for scoring visit the IR Exam Scoring page or consult with the administrative assistant.

Forms

In support of the University’s Green Initiative and collaborative work done by the schools and colleges, academic forms are available online at Falk College Forms & Information page.

Grades

Grading:

The assignment of grades at S.U. is the responsibility of the faculty; once assigned by a member of the faculty, a grade cannot be changed without his or her consent, except by due process (as outlined in Syracuse University, Course Catalog, and Grade Appeals). A course grade is based upon the instructor’s professional assessment of the academic quality of the student’s performance on a body of work. Such assessments are non- negotiable, and disputes about them do not constitute valid grounds for an appeal. 

Valid grounds for a grade appeal may include when an instructor either (a) fails to provide or implement uniform and consistent standards, or (b) bases an assessment on criteria other than academic performance. Student concerns or questions regarding courses or grades should first be discussed with the instructor.  If differences are unable to be resolved, then appeals may be made to the undergraduate program director. Other concerns about the public health program should be directed first to the undergraduate program director, then to the department chair and finally to the Falk College associate dean of academic affairs.  Students retain the right to file a grievance with the University in the event the issue is not satisfactorily addressed at the program or department level.

Grading Options

Public Health majors must take All public health and liberal arts core requirements for a letter grade option.

Grievances

The Department follows the Falk College Grievance Committee Policy and Procedures.

Guest Speakers in Classes

The Department recognizes the value of guest speakers for classes. If you have a guest speaker coming to your class, please alert the respective administrative assistant so that they can help guide the guest speaker to your classroom if needed.

Requests for guest speakers who require payment of an honorarium must be made in writing two weeks in advance of the date the guest will speak and include the following:

  • Speaker’s Name and Affiliation
  • Course in which the guest speaker will lecture
  • Date of guest lecture
  • Proposes amount of honorarium

 If approved, the course faculty will be given written approval from the Dean’s Office. The course faculty will be responsible for having their guest speaker complete a W-9 form and Request for Payment of Professional Services Rendered by Non-Employee. 

Faculty do have the option of using their faculty discretionary funds (currently $500/yr.) to bring in guest speakers if departmental funds are unavailable.

To make arrangements for Parking, see Parking-Guests.

Syllabi

A program approved syllabus is available for all public health courses. With the exception of the text and other assigned readings and the course description, changes to the syllabi cannot be made without discussion with the respective program director. Learning outcomes, learning activities and assessment measures have been identified that reflect C.E.P.H. and Middle States accreditation standards and thus course level changes may disrupt our program evaluation plans. In addition, all syllabi must conform to the Syracuse University Senate Committee on Curricula requirements, including the standard policies on religious observances, disability accommodations, and academic integrity.

Each semester faculty must send an electronic copy of their syllabus for each class they are teaching to the administrative assistant in Suite 444 no later than August 20th for fall and January 10th for spring.

In order to conserve paper and energy, all syllabi are to be posted to Blackboard. Faculty should send an e-mail to their students prior to the first day of class instructing them that the syllabus can be found on Blackboard and hard copies will not be provided.

Department of Public Health Information

Conflict of Interest

All P.H. faculty and staff are asked to make themselves familiar with the S.U. Policy for Conflict of Interest and Commitment for Faculty and Staff Not on Sponsored programs. The Department asks faculty and staff to recognize possible conflicts that could affect the department and to place departmental obligations (teaching, advising, committees, etc.) above commitments within the University, as well as in the outside community. Any commitment that interferes with a faculty or staff’s contracted commitment to the department must be approved in advance by the department chair, and if necessary, the Dean.

Copying

In an effort to conserve paper and keep costs down, documents should be copied as two-sided. The College and Department’s policy strongly recommends that student academic materials (handouts, syllabi, …) be posted to BlackBoard. Print copies should be kept to a minimum.

Any large quantity copying must be done by the Cuse Copy Center. A department I.D. must accompany the order (you can get this from an administrative assistant). 

Expense Receipts

Expense receipts should be given to the administrative assistant monthly for processing. Receipts should be submitted with all necessary information—date, reason, and personnel associated with the expense if the receipt is for a meal. Receipts should be taped (all 4 sides) securely to an 8.5 x 11 white sheet of paper.

Mailboxes/Post Service

Regular and campus mail is delivered to a locked mailbox on the 1st floor of White Hall. Mail is dropped off and picked up once a day. Mail is then distributed into individual mailboxes placed within suites 344 and 444. All outgoing mail (campus or non-campus) may be given to the administrative assistants in Suites 344 or 444 White Hall.

Keys

The Building Coordinator will provide a key for your office. You will be asked to return the key at the termination of employment. Keys may not be shared and are the sole responsibility of the faculty/staff member. Students may not have copies of keys for labs, offices or other areas of the building. If you have a student assistant who needs access to your office/lab, please send an e-mail to one of the office staff in the department granting permission for the student to have access, and they will be let into the designated area. Your cooperation in protecting our mutual security by adhering to these policies is appreciated.

Paper Shredding

Any confidential materials that are in need of shredding may be dropped off in the shredding bin located in Suite 344, White Hall.

Public Health Suites Hours

The Department of Public Health offices are located in White Hall - suites 344 and the 4th-floor office corridor. The offices are staffed Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. fall and spring semesters and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. summer semester.

VIP Parking-Guest Parking

If you require visitor parking for a speaker for your class, etc., you will need to e-mail the respective administrative assistant with the following information 5 days in advance.  Please note that should your guest “No Show” or “Cancel” and we have not given parking services notice of the cancellation 24 hours in advance, the department will be charged the parking fee.

  • Name of Person
  • Date needed for Parking
  • Time needed for Parking
  • Garage or lot being requested
  • Reason for request

Parking arrangements cannot be made for faculty, staff or students working for or attending school at Syracuse University. Parking will be arranged for the Irving Garage as space permits. All parking requests are charged to the department of Public Health, parking is not freeIf the request is for speakers/guests pertaining to a grant, please let the administrative assistant know to ensure the grant is charged and not the department.

Room Reservations

The public health conference room may be scheduled through the public health administrative assistants. If you require a larger meeting room, you can schedule it through the administrative assistants.

Travel/Discretionary Funds

Refer to the College manual for information on annual travel/discretionary funds. In order to use your funds, you must complete a Request to Expend Funds or a Faculty Travel Request and have it approved by the department Chair before you make any travel arrangements (i.e. registrations, flight, hotel) or make any purchases. All requests require prior written approval from the Dean’s office. All administrative travel and/or expenses also require pre-approval. Completed requests for funds forms should be given to the administrative assistant, Mel Stoffel to obtain the proper approvals prior to making any travel arrangements or making any purchases.

Please Note: Department administrative staff must have your approved paperwork and request before the use of college funding. Transactions and reimbursement requests that occur without appropriate prior approval will not be processed.

College and University Information

Copyright & Information Policy Office

SU’s Copyright & Information Policy Office provides educational information to the Syracuse University community about copyright and other laws, policies, and regulations that govern information creation, use, retention, and adaptation for scholarly purposes. The website also hosts Using Copyrighted Works in Teaching: A Guide for Syracuse University Faculty.

Falk College Faculty Reference Manual

The Falk College Faculty Reference Manual can be accessed from the Dean’s office.

Syracuse University Faculty Manual

The Faculty Manual brings together information on the mission and vision of Syracuse University, on policies governing the faculty, and on the rights and responsibilities of the faculty of Syracuse University.

Department Leadership and Committee Membership

Department Leadership Team

Chair, Katherine McDonald, 2019 – 2022.

Undergraduate Programs Director, Maureen Thompson, 2018 – 2021.

Graduate Programs Director, Lutchmie Narine, 2019 – 2021.

Addiction Studies Coordinator, Dessa Bergen-Cico, 2019 – 2021.

Ignatius Ijere, Interim Addiction Studies Coordinator, Spring 2020.

Graduate Admissions Committee

Chair, David Larsen, 2017 - 2020.

Graduate Program Director, Lutchmie Narine, Standing.

Member, Brooks Gump, Spring 2020.

Promotion and Tenure Committee

T.B.D. 

Faculty Council Representative

David Larsen 2019 - 2022.

Advisory Council

Nader Atallah-Yunes, Ivan Castro, Indu Gupta, Kennedy Hagens, Timothy “Noble” Jennings-Bey, LaTisha Marshall, Andres Moreira, Megan Wagner-Flynn.


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