Michael Tick, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, who is also a professor of drama, came to Syracuse University in 2016 after serving six years as dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Kentucky and 11 years as the chair of the Department of Theatre at Louisiana State University. While at Louisiana State University, he was also the artistic director of Swine Palace, Louisiana’s premiere professional theater company. Tick earned an M.A. in performance studies from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in theatre education from New York University. He began his professional career working as an actor on the long-running sitcom “M*A*S*H.”
Under Tick’s leadership as dean, the college created the Office of Student Success to support expanded services for students, including professional academic advisors and career services. He created the Office of Communications, supported by professional staff members who specialize in writing and editing, website content management and development, graphic design, and social media. With the University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the School of Education, and the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, he is working with the faculty to launch the Department of Creative Arts Therapy, which will offer online graduate programs in art therapy. Tick is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and recently served on the board of directors for the International Council of Fine Arts Deans.
Tick will serve the second year of his two-year term as dean representative for the upcoming academic year. He participates, ex officio, on the Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee, and reports to the board at its Executive Committee and full board meetings.