Michael Frasciello

Dean, College of Professional Studies

Michael Frasciello

Michael Frasciello has been with Syracuse University since 2000, when he joined University College (now the College of Professional Studies) to launch the Syracuse University Technology-enhanced Instructional Solutions business unit. Over his next 13 years with the college, Frasciello served as Director of Information and Learning Systems, and as Assistant Dean of Online Learning, where he provided university-wide leadership in support of Syracuse University undergraduate and graduate online and continuing education initiatives.

In 2013, Frasciello was appointed Director of Online Learning at the Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science. In this role, he launched the college’s graduate online programs and directed all related strategic marketing planning and implementation, enrollment and inquiry management, faculty training and preparedness, course design and development, instructional facilities design and management, program administration, and course and program evaluation.

In 2016, Frasciello was appointed Interim Dean of University College and in 2017, Dean of the college. Frasciello now leads a talented staff of professionals in the College of Professional Studies who support a rapidly evolving portfolio of market-sensitive undergraduate and graduate programs, executive and professional accelerated education and training, language and culture programming for international students, and pre-college programs.

Frasciello also directs the Syracuse University Global initiative, serving as the institutional lead within Syracuse University responsible for achieving the University’s goals for digital and online program initiatives: expanding online education opportunities; growing enrollment nationally and internationally from a leadership position in online education; and leveraging collaboration among the University’s schools and colleges to develop online degrees, certificates, and alternative credentials.

As a first-generation college graduate completing all of his degrees while working full-time, Frasciello is passionate about improving and expanding access to Syracuse University. He aggressively supports the people, programs, and policies that make a college education possible for anyone wishing to transform their lives with a Syracuse University educational experience.

Prior to joining the University, Frasciello served for 10 years on active duty in the United States Air Force, receiving, among other awards and recognitions, the Air Force Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal (two oak leaf clusters), and the National Defense Service Medal for his service in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Frasciello conducts research in professional, continuing and online education. He has designed and taught innovative and experimental online and technology-mediated graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric, digital and business communications, creative and design thinking, composition, advanced technical communication, and informatics. Frasciello is an experienced educator and presenter on continuing education leadership, adult and non-traditional learner programming and support, extension campus design, and online and distance education. He is active in several professional and academic organizations, including the American Society for Engineering Education, the Association for Continuing Higher Education, the Online Learning Consortium, the Institute for Engaged Leaders in Online Learning, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

Frasciello earned a doctorate of philosophy in composition and cultural rhetoric from the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, a master of professional communication from Westminster College, a bachelor of science in political science and government from the University of Maryland University College, and an associate of applied science from the Community College of the Air Force.