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.

Matthew Neill Null, assistant professor of creative writing at Susquehanna University

Professor wins prestigious Pushcart Prize

November 14, 2023

Matthew Neill Null, assistant professor of creative writing at Susquehanna University, was awarded the prestigious Pushcart Prize for his short story, The Dropper.

Collection of four headshots

Faculty musicians to debut compositions at international showcase

November 9, 2023

Gail Levinsky, professor of music at Susquehanna University, and her trio have been invited to perform at the prestigious World Saxophone Congress in Spain where they will premiere original music by university composers.

Dam good engineering! Beaver dams the blueprint for conservation

November 7, 2023

Faculty and students at Susquehanna are taking their cue from the animal kingdom, building beaver dams for stream maintenance.

Katt Teles '24, a neuroscience major, and Stephen Robertson, assistant professor of psychology, work together in the lab.

Studying the impacts of eating ‘just one more chip’

November 2, 2023

Susquehanna’s Department of Psychology is conducting research to determine the neurobehavioral consequences of the chronic consumption of a high-fat, high-sugar diet, and whether that’s why humans have such a hard time sticking to a clean diet.

Unlocking the power of light: Inside Susquehanna’s laser research suite

October 16, 2023

Students in Susquehanna’s laser lab are using campus ginkgo leaves and other natural ingredients, such as rosemary and eucalyptus, to create iron nanoparticles and determine the particle’s ability to generate a powerful chemical.

Susquehanna awarded $200k grant from the National Science Foundation

September 27, 2023

Susquehanna University has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation Program to help support undergraduate research and training while expanding collaborative research opportunities throughout the region.

Won’t you be my neighbor?

September 19, 2023

New research from the Department of Psychology’s Nick D. Ungson and his Social Identity and Group Processes Lab examines how individuals responded to the stress of the global Covid-19 pandemic and the factors that predict resilience.

Susquehanna awarded $3 million climate change research grant

August 30, 2023

Susquehanna is one of several recipients of a $3 million National Science Foundation grant that will leverage an existing study into the adaptation abilities of the red-backed salamander to train the next generation of scientists to advance climate change research.

Research uncovers legacy, prompts renaming a subset of Susquehanna River islands

August 7, 2023

Jennifer Elick, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, and two of her students are studying how fish weirs contributed to the formation of islands within the Susquehanna River.

A students stands in front of a mosaic in Philadelphia.

Students study confluence of art and activism

July 27, 2023

Two art history students are spending their summer with Izabel Galliera, assistant professor of art history at Susquehanna, researching art activist practices in Philadelphia and New York City in the last decade.

Susquehanna hosts Landmark Research Symposium

July 25, 2023

Susquehanna University hosted more than 100 students at the 14th annual Landmark Research Symposium students presented their research to their undergraduate peers and faculty mentors.

You scratch my back…

July 12, 2023

Continuing research looks into the criminal infrastructure that emerged with the advent of cars – this time looking into the role jitney busses and drivers played in rum running.

Contact Us

Office of the Provost

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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