What five words best describe you?
Well, this is what I would hope for: Kind, empathetic, fun(ish), focused, humble.
Three fun facts about yourself that others may not know?
I have run 12 marathons and 25 half-marathons. I love live music and try to go to as many concerts as a I can. One of my favorite places to visit is Japan—I love the people and the culture.
Do you play a sport or follow a sports team?
During COVID I bought a Peloton bike, so now I spend a lot of time riding a bike that goes nowhere. After living in Philadelphia for 15 years, I tend to root for the Phillies and Eagles.
Pearl Jam, I am old.
Favorite podcast, book, movie or hobby you’ve enjoyed recently?
I have been reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. It is a unique book that I have enjoyed quite a bit. Fun that he is a faculty member at Syracuse.
Most interesting travel experience you’ve had?
I love to travel abroad and experience all that is available at the destination, especially the food. The most epic travel day I have had was in Tokyo. The day started with a bike tour through the city where we stumbled upon one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations I have seen (it was in May by the way). The day ended with some amazing street food and a visit to the robot bar. I got to share this day with my spouse, Laurel, and a good friend, which made it even more special.
Best advice you’ve received?
Listen more, talk less.
What most appeals to you about living in Central New York?
I have really enjoyed learning about all the different outdoor activities and festivals.
How do you bring out the best in your students?
Understanding their academic and career aspirations and making sure we provide the necessary support and resources for them to be successful. We work collaboratively with our students to help them achieve their goals.
What do you look most forward to in your role as dean?
Working with the faculty and staff to provide a transformational experience for our students. We will tell the story of Falk, in part, through the outcomes of our students.