Susquehanna’s Provost and Dean of Faculty Dave Ramsaran plans, implements and coordinates all academic programs. He fosters faculty development and scholarship while preserving the academic integrity of the university. He leads the university as a vibrant community of inquiry focused on the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning.

Priorities of the provost include building upon academic innovation and deepening intellectual engagement, furthering global engagement, excelling at inclusive excellence and expanding diversity.

A member of the president’s Senior Leadership Team, the provost oversees:

This is a photo of Dave Ramsaran speaking at the 2021 mid year celebration.

Meet the Provost

Dave Ramsaran joined Susquehanna in 2000 as assistant professor of sociology and anthropology. He was named provost and dean of the faculty in 2019.


Learning Goals

The learning goals of Susquehanna University articulate a vision of our students as confident, liberally educated, and committed to multidisciplinary education as global citizens, working within and across their academic disciplines. They productively gather and apply all facets of their educational experience to personally and professionally frame their vocations, areas of study, and lives, demonstrating achievement, leadership, and service in the world.


SU students investigate the creative, natural, social, economic, and cultural forces that shape the world, and gain familiarity with:

the richness of human thought and expression across time and into the present;

the ongoing ways humans seek to explain the natural world; and

the breadth and depth of global human interactions, including belief systems, values, practices, and ways of organizing life.


SU students develop an integrated set of intellectual skills that empower them to:

think creatively and critically to analyze issues, consider solutions, and make effective decisions;

incorporate methods of analysis from a broad range of academic disciplines to understand and explore conflict, and solve problems;

engage effectively with others through gathering, evaluating, synthesizing, and articulating information to generate informed opinions and arguments through multiple avenues; and

work effectively within a team, function with professional and digital competency, and understand and navigate problems that often elicit complex and ambiguous responses.


SU students develop a mature, integrated sense of themselves through a holistic liberal arts experience, including:

appreciating the limits and contexts of their own experience, and the ability to value the experiences of others with diverse backgrounds;

critically examining their strengths and struggles, and realistically evaluating the potential positive or negative impact of inputs and activities; and

committing to ongoing development of one’s intellectual, physical, and spiritual life.


SU graduates develop and internalize their own integrated vision of the common good, and how to pursue it in the context of their lives, including:

pursuing sustainable relationships with their natural and social environments;

continued growth to discern and pursue improvement in themselves, their communities, and the world;

understanding and valuing both the universality and diversity of human experience; and

willingness to strive for responsible personal and interpersonal actions that serve the greater good.

Hasanthika Sirisena, assistant professor of English and creative writing

Essay Collection a Finalist for Lambda Literary Award

April 12, 2022

Hasanthika Sirisena, assistant professor of English and creative writing at Susquehanna, has been named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for her collection of essays titled Dark Tourist: Essays.

Caleb Stroman, assistant professor of theatre and lighting and scenic designer

Theatre Professor Wins Awards for SU Production

January 12, 2022

Caleb Stroman, assistant professor of theatre and lighting and scenic designer at Susquehanna University, recently won two Peggy Ezekiel Awards for Outstanding Achievement for his scenic and lighting design of Trifles.

Book Explores Study Abroad vs. Tourism

November 29, 2021

Drawing on experiences from the Arctic to Africa, Asia to the Americas, John Bodinger de Uriarte, professor of anthropology and chair of the Department of Anthropology & Sociology, has published Study Abroad and the Quest for an Anti-Tourism Experience, a collection of case studies that examines the culture and cultural implications of student travel.

Jeanne Tiehen, assistant professor of theatre

New Book Explores Theater of Nuclear Science

November 19, 2021

Jeanne Tiehen’s The Theatre of Nuclear Science: Weapons, Power, and the Scientists Behind it All delves into the theater’s role in documenting the history of nuclear armament.

French Professor Gains National Recognition for Translation

November 8, 2021

Lynn Palermo, associate professor of French studies, was shortlisted for the 2021 National Translation Award in prose for her translation of the novel Humus, a fictionalized account of the true story of 14 African women who in 1774 escaped the hold of a slave ship by leaping into shark-infested waters rather than face a lifetime of enslavement.

Glen Retief, associate professor of creative writing, presents a creative writing workshop for local teachers at the David Hellen Peta Se...

Professor Leads Creative Writing Workshop in South Africa

November 5, 2021

Glen Retief, associate professor of creative writing, is in South Africa on a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award where he recently participated in a U.S. Embassy workshop at the David Hellen Peta Secondary School in Pretoria.

Laurence Roth, Degenstein professor of English, assists students at Susquehanna's Publishing and Editing Institute summer pre-college pro...

Publishing & Editing Ranked No. 1 Nationally

November 3, 2021

Susquehanna’s No. 1 ranking on College Factual’s “Colleges Most Focused on Publishing in the U.S.” list recognizes the university as a destination school for prospective students who want to major in publishing and editing.

Adrienne Rodriguez, assistant professor of music, uses a guitar awarded through her modern band fellowship.

Music Professor Awarded Modern Band Fellowship

October 4, 2021

Adrienne Rodriguez, assistant professor of music and coordinator of music education, recently completed a fellowship in modern band instruction funded by the nonprofit Little Kids Rock.

Michael Ozlanski, chair and associate professor of accounting, leads a discussion on current business events.

Ozlanski Wins National Accounting Teaching Award

August 25, 2021

Michael Ozlanski ’05, chair and associate professor of accounting, was awarded the 2021 George Krull/Grant Thornton Teaching Innovation Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Pictured from left are Tammy Tobin, department chair and professor of biology; Rolfe Peterson, associate professor of political science; ...

Faculty Earn Awards for Teaching, Research, Advising

May 15, 2021

Susquehanna announced faculty awards for teaching, research and advising at its 163rd Commencement.

Imhoof Publishes Unique History Textbook

February 11, 2021

David Imhoof has published a different kind of history textbook, one that uses a funny and engaging style – and some salty language – to guide readers through the good, the bad and the indifferent of modern European history.

Scouts Illustration

Online Curriculum Teaches Brownies about State Civics

December 1, 2020

History Professor Karol Weaver, along with colleagues from the Pennsylvania Historical Association, created an online curriculum for Girls Scouts of Pennsylvania to teach them about civic involvement.

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