Teachers and Scholars

Maxwell’s Success Draws on a Classroom Ethos

The faculty of the Maxwell School is large, numbering around 155 active and emeritus professors. A high faculty-to-student ratio helps foster the substantive collegial relationships for which Maxwell is famous.

Faculty members are distinguished for their research and publications; many are nationally or internationally celebrated in their fields. The roster includes 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, nine National Academy of Public Administration fellows, one MacArthur fellow, and a Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Professor of the Year. Among faculty members are a former college president, former director of the United Nations World Food Programme, former public trustee of Social Security and Medicare, and recent U.S. Deputy Secretary of State.

What truly sets the School apart, though, is its emphasis on teaching, springing from the School's 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. SU also recognizes teaching excellence in the annual naming of two Meredith Professors; in just 18 years, nine Maxwell teachers have received this honor.