Because the Maxwell School’s mission is broad, its faculty is diverse and versatile. It includes experienced practitioners and prominent scholars, many of whom teach across the departments.
Among practitioners are a former deputy secretary of Health and Human Services and a recent deputy secretary of State; the former director of the United Nations World Food Programme; the co-founder of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center; and a former public trustee of Social Security and Medicare. Among scholars are seven Guggenheim fellows, six American Council of Learned Societies fellows, one member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 15 Fulbright research fellows, 10 National Endowment for the Humanities fellows, and one MacArthur fellow.
The faculty is large, numbering around 155; of those, well over a third teach in Public Administration and International Affairs. The resulting faculty-to-student ratio is high, fostering the accessibility and collegiality for which Maxwell’s faculty is famous.
What truly sets the School apart, though, is its emphasis on teaching, springing from the inherently multi-disciplinary structure. Professors infuse the classroom with the boundary-challenging approach that is Maxwell’s trademark. During the past three decades, nearly 40 Maxwell faculty members have been honored with Syracuse University’s highest award for teaching and scholarship, the Chancellor’s Citation. Syracuse also recognizes teaching excellence in the annual naming of two Meredith Professors; in just 17 years, nine Maxwell teachers have received this honor.