Erik S. Farley ’03

Erik S. Farley ’03

Dean of Student Leadership & Community Engagement
Position Type
- Present

As Dean of Student Leadership and Community Engagement, Erik Farley is responsible for leading students, staff and faculty in efforts to imagine, build and sustain a strong, healthy and dynamic community on Denison’s campus. He provides supervision and support to key offices (Alford Community Leadership and Involvement Center, Office of Gender and Sexuality, Residential Communities and Student Housing Operations and Planning) that cultivate Denison’s legacy attributes of leadership, civic engagement and appreciation of diversity among our students. He contributes to and guides strategic and operational decision-making as a member of Student Development’s leadership team. Prior to this role, Farley served for 9 years as Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement at Denison.

Farley is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His commitment to students is informed by the mentorship he received from countless teachers and community leaders–people who demanded that he produce his best work. Farley’s dedication stems from the assumption that all students have the potential to effect positive change within their sphere of influence.

In his free time, Dean Farley enjoys gardening, running and spending time with his family.

B.A., Denison University; M.A., Eastern Michigan University



Farley, E. S. & Witherspoon, T.L. (2019). Building capacity for understanding and mitigating unconscious/implicit bias. Presentation delivered at National Association for Campus Activities National Convention, Columbus, OH; and Remix Entrepreneurship Summit (2018), Granville, OH

Farley, E. S. (2019). Building capacity for Inclusive Student Leadership. Diversity Keynote delivered at National Association for Campus Activities National Convention, Columbus, OH.

Farley, E. S. (2018). Building capacity for effective cross-cultural communication and equity-mindedness. Presentation delivered at Arcadia University, Spring Faculty Workshop, Glenside, PA.

Farley, E. S. (2018). Liberal education in national and global contexts. Panel delivered at the Global Alliance Institute: Leadership and Liberal Arts: A Foundation for Social Good, FLAME University, Pune, India.

Anderson, I., Farley, E.S., Henson, Nguyen, C. (2015). Building Capacity for Managing Controversy: A Lesson in Effective Student Leadership. Presentation delivered at the Alliance for Black Student Leadership Conference, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, OH.

Farley, E.S. (2014). Building Capacity for Cross-Cultural Understanding. Keynote speaker at the Columbus College of Art and Design’s Diversity Retreat, Mt. Sterling, OH; Presentation also delivered at Capital University’s Orientation Leaders’ Summer Training Institute (2013), Columbus, OH.

Adejumo, L., Capo, J., Farley, E.S., Johnson, A., Johnson-Richardson, L. (2013). Black Greek Letter Organizations: Incubators for Future Scholar-Activists (Panel). Presentation delivered at the Great Lakes Colleges Association Students of Color Leadership Conference, Granville, OH.

Farley, E.S., Kennedy, L.B., & Pariano, N.K. (2013). Finding Comfort with Discomfort: Listening as an Instrument of Change. Presentation delivered at the Ohio College Personnel Association Annual Conference, Worthington, OH; National Association for Campus Activities Conference, Nashville, TN; and the American College Personnel Association Annual Convention (2012), Louisville, KY.

Farley, E.S. (2012). How Do We Build Communities in the Study Abroad Context (Panel)? Presentation delivered at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad International Educators Week, Copenhagen, DK.

Farley, E.S. (2012). Blivet: An Effective Communication Experience. Presentation delivered at Urbana University’s Faculty Mentor Orientation Program, Urbana, OH.

Farley, E.S., Henry, J., Jackson, J., King, T., & Waters, A. (2010). It Can’t Be a Melting Pot: Carving Out a Third Space Between Domestic Diversity and Globalism in Liberal Arts Education (Panel). Presentation delivered at Remapping the Terrain: ‘Our American Stories’ Conference, The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH.