Campus mourns loss of a retired colleague

By Christine Bataille, May 25, 2023

Campus mourns loss of a retired colleague

Dear Colleagues:

The School of Business mourns the loss of Dr. Susan Rosenthal who passed away on Monday, May 15, 2023. 

Dr. Rosenthal was an Associate Professor of Management who joined the College in 1986. She served as chair of the Management Department, advised several student organizations, and helped to found the campus chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon, the student honors society of the Academy of Management. With her help, the chapter received multiple “chapter of the year” awards; she was honored by the national organization as Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year in 2006. She was also the faculty advisor for IC’s nationally recognized chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, “representing the best of the best in business.” Dr. Rosenthal retired from the College in 2019.

Dr. Christine Bataille, current chair of the Management Department, recalls her impact: "Susie was an extraordinary colleague and mentor. As a scholar of organizational behavior, she was deeply interested in emotional intelligence and organizational citizenship behaviors. That really informed how she was as a colleague and chairperson. Her grace, joy, and energy played a major role in my decision to join the faculty, and I remember with gratitude her patience in coaching me through the challenges I faced as a junior faculty member. She will be sorely missed.”

As a professor, Susie cared deeply about students, and her concern for justice and fairness informed her service to the College and her writing on legal, managerial, and ethical issues in the workplace (often with her friend, Dr. Eileen Kelly). She also conducted early research on human-computer interactions in the workplace.

For a more complete obituary or to share expressions of sympathy with her family, please use the following link to Sisskind Funeral Service. Her family asks that those wishing to honor her life consider a donation in her name to ORT America which provides educational programs to students in under-resourced Jewish communities worldwide.

On behalf of the School of Business and the entire Ithaca College community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Susie’s family as well as all who knew her at IC.


Michael E. Johnson-Cramer
Dean, School of Business