Karen Bull, a recognized leader of instructional excellence in online and continuing education, has been named associate dean of Academic Affairs for the college. The appointment is effective immediately.
“Karen has anchored the college’s academic programs and faculty through a year of dramatic and important institutional changes,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of University College. “Her background in continuing adult education, assessment, and evaluation will be critical as University College transforms to positively impact and sustain the Syracuse University academic strategic plan.”
Bull has served as interim associate dean of University College since 2016. Prior to accepting the position as interim associate dean, Bull served as manager of online programs for the college. In that role, she modernized the college’s interface with Syracuse University academic departments and functional units to identify high-priority online learning opportunities for conversion of existing courses and developing new credit and non-credit courses. Additionally, Bull designed and launched the University Partners for Online Education Strategies (UP Online) conference. Now in its fourth year, UP Online is a gathering of regional colleagues working in online education to share ideas, address common problems, build a network, and support professional development. Prior to joining University College, Bull served as assistant director of Online Learning and later as director of Program Evaluation at Onondaga Community College.
Bull holds a doctorate of philosophy from the School of Education at Syracuse University, a master of education in instructional technology from the University of Maine, and a bachelor of science in computer science from Allegheny College.