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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

About the Dean

Karin Ruhlandt

Karin Ruhlandt is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and a distinguished professor of chemistry. Named dean in 2015, she is the seventeenth person appointed to the position since the College’s inception in 1871.

As the head of the College, Dean Ruhlandt is responsible for the efficient and innovative operation of 16 academic departments within Syracuse University’s oldest and largest academic unit. Under her leadership, Arts and Sciences has introduced an integrated academic and career advising model, launched numerous initiatives to attract and engage a diverse and high-achieving student body, improved student retention rates, implemented systemic equity and inclusion training for faculty, and helped grow research expenditures to an all-time high.

At the heart of her efforts is a deep commitment to providing an excellent student experience that prepares graduates to be lifetime explorers—people who are professionally and personally adaptable, ethical and compassionate, and fearless in their pursuits. A former Fulbright Fellow, recipient of the Chancellor’s Citation of Excellence, and a native of Germany, Dean Ruhlandt is a passionate advocate for experiential learning, including study abroad and research across the disciplines. She is also unflagging in her belief that the best education is one that blends and balances the humanities, sciences, and mathematics. Says Ruhlandt, “Only when one has a strong ethical and intellectual foundation born of the liberal arts can one truly think freely, act ethically, and live decisively.”