Syracuse University’s College of Professional Studies continues to grow as it welcomes its first faculty cohort.

Stephen Wallace, D.Prof and Mirza Tihic, Ph.D. join the College of Professional Studies full-time faculty, bringing a plethora of professional expertise to the classroom. The College of Professional Studies aims to continue establishing a diversified faculty in order to support its evolving programs and course offerings.

“These two individuals bring a broad range of academic and practical experience to the College of Professional Studies,” says Ryan O. Williams, associate dean at the College of Professional Studies. “As our faculty of in-house experts continues to grow, so does the learning experience for our students.”

Stephen Wallace | Program Director and Professor

As the former program director for the Master’s in Information Systems at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, Dr. Stephen Wallace brings exceptional knowledge of data analytics, software engineering, information security, and IT leadership. Wallace will serve as the program director for the BPS programs in applied data and predictive analytics, knowledge management, cybersecurity administration, and computer programming.

Additionally, Wallace’s leadership expertise offers a unique perspective into the ever-changing IT industry. Wallace is the founder and president of Bizlitics, a consulting firm specializing in business analytics, predictive analytics and machine learning. Prior to that, Wallace spent 30 years in information technology leadership roles ranging from IT director to vice president and CIO at multi-national companies. Wallace provides the knowledge needed to instruct and inspire the next generation of IT specialists.

Wallace received his doctorate of professional studies in computing from Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. He holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management, and a B.S. in operations management from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.

Mirza Tihic, Ph.D. | Assistant Teaching Professor

Dr. Mirza Tihic joins the College of Professional Studies as an assistant teaching professor with a strong entrepreneurial and education portfolio. As the post-doctoral entrepreneurship researcher at the Whitman School of Management, Tihic manages the National Survey of Military-Affiliated Entrepreneurs, a joint effort of the Whitman School of Management, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Tihic previously served as the assistant director for the Office of Vice Chancellor for Veteran and Military Affairs. Tihic oversaw programs supporting veterans, military members, and members of military families on campus. Prior to that, Tihic served as the program manager for the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management where he supported the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans, inclusive entrepreneurship through Start-Up NY and SBA PRIME, the Syracuse Entrepreneurs’ Bootcamp, the Panasci Business Plan Competition, the South Side Entrepreneurship Connect Project, and the D’Aniello Entrepreneurial Internship Program.

Tihic has taught at the Whitman School of Management since 2010. Additionally, the Syracuse University alumnus received his doctorate in cultural foundations of education at the School of Education and his MBA in entrepreneurship and marketing at Whitman School of Management. He also holds an M.S. in neuroscience at the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Originally from Bosnia, Tihic planted roots in Syracuse where he operated Tihic Construction LLC, a residential remodeling company since 2002, and in 2009, he co-founded Syracuse’s North Side Learning Center, a family literacy center that helps immigrants and destitute individuals in the community.

“It is an honor to have Stephen and Mirza join us at a pivotal moment. As the College of Professional Studies rapidly evolves, it is vital our faculty aligns with our academic goals,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of the College of Professional Studies.

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About the College of Professional Studies

The College of Professional Studies is a global, inclusive and future-facing college, providing access to diverse students and learners seeking a Syracuse University degree, credential, certificate or education experience.