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SU’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics to focus on sport-related programs with new name

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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Syracuse University says its David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics will be renamed the David B. Falk College of Sport and focus on sport-related disciplines, such as sport management, sport analytics, exercise science, nutrition, and, jointly with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, esports. (Eric Reinhardt / CNYBJ file photo)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse University (SU) on Monday said it plans to rename its David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics as the David B. Falk College of Sport.

The decision comes two decades after the launch of its sport-management program and results from its significant growth, SU said in its announcement.

The college will now focus “exclusively” on sport-related disciplines, making SU the “among the leading academic institutions for preparing students to drive innovation among and lead in sport-related fields and industries,” the announcement contended.

The Falk College of Sport will house academic programs in sport management, sport analytics, exercise science, nutrition and, jointly with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, esports.

It will focus on four areas of academic excellence: sport business, human performance, sport technology and innovation, and community sport and wellness.

The college will also launch a new research institute focused on sport, which will leverage an interdisciplinary, cross-campus approach to drive innovation in sport and health outcomes and integrate expertise in business, digital media, and technology, among other areas of academic focus.

It may include creating new or expanding partnerships among the university’s schools, colleges, and academic units, such as the Newhouse School, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the College of Law, and others.

“Falk College has experienced extraordinary growth, particularly in its renowned sport management program, over the last 20 years, thanks in large part to its innovative faculty and the relentless energy and leadership of former Dean Diane Lyden Murphy,” Gretchen Ritter, SU vice chancellor, provost, and chief academic officer, said in the university’s news release. “With the growth of sport participation domestically and globally, there is unprecedented demand for talented practitioners and leaders. The Falk College of Sport will produce hundreds of students every year who are educated across multiple disciplines and well-prepared to lead in the burgeoning sports field.”

In addition to the Falk College name change, SU will also undertake a review of its human dynamics academic programs “with the goal of positioning them for future success and impact.”

Provost Ritter will convene a human dynamics task force to review the college’s human dynamics programs, “identifying future pathways for their growth and success,” SU said.

 

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