Faculty Experts

Kenneth Marfilius

Director of Online and Distance Education; Assistant Teaching Professor Social Work


Ken Marfilius is the Director of the Falk College Office of Online and Distance Education and is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work.

Prior to his new appointment at Syracuse University, Marfilius served as the School of Social Work’s Undergraduate Program Director and a Visiting Teaching Professor in Falk College’s School of Social Work. He has taught courses on topics such as social work intervention, military culture and social work practice, psychopathology, and others. While active duty, Marfilius served in the U.S. Air Force Biomedical Science Corps in multiple roles: active duty clinical social worker, mental health therapist, family advocacy officer in charge, and as manager of the alcohol and drug prevention and treatment program. He was commissioned in 2012 and was discharged in 2016 having obtained the rank of captain. At the Barksdale Air Force Base, Marfilius served in a variety of mental health roles related to sexual assault prevention and response, suicide prevention, and traumatic stress. Marfilius has also worked for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs at the Syracuse VA Medical Center in the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program, and as a Disruptive Behavior Committee Member.


Military mental health, military families, veteran social work, homelessness, domestic violence, suicide prevention, substance use prevention and treatment, and military culture and social work practice