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Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY

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About Hofstra:

The Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS) at Hofstra University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean.

Hofstra University recently entered a new era with the appointment of its ninth—and first female—president, Dr. Susan Poser, in August 2021, as well as a new provost, Dr. Charlie Riordan, in July 2022. This new leadership at Hofstra is investing heavily in academic programs for students while also growing the scholarly and research enterprise and reputation of the University. Hofstra is expected to be officially recognized as a Carnegie R-2 university within the next 18 months. Significant investments are also being made in student-centered facilities and athletics, and implementation of a new strategic direction for the University has recently gotten underway.
HCLAS is the largest college at the Hofstra, with ~3,900 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree-granting programs, organized into four schools: School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs (which includes traditional social sciences departments); and the School of Education.

HCLAS houses 25 departments: Specialized Programs in Education; Teaching, Learning and Technology; Comparative Literature, Languages and Linguistics; Drama/Dance; English; Fine Arts, Design, Art History; Music; Romance Languages and Literatures; Writing Studies and Rhetoric; Biology; Chemistry; Geology, Environment and Sustainability; Mathematics; Physics; Psychology; Anthropology; Economics; Global Studies and Geography; History; Philosophy; Political Science; Religion; Reference Services and Collection; Sociology; and Military Science.
HCLAS includes 241 full-time faculty, 210 of whom are tenured and 19 of whom are tenure-track (125 full professors, 89 associate professors, 24 assistant professors, and 3 instructors), including seven endowed chairs. Faculty include Fulbright Scholars and numerous winners of DOE, NASA, NEH, NEA, NSF and NIH grants. There are 82 administrative and clerical staff. A comprehensive list of program offerings in HCLAS is available at Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Hofstra University. HCLAS has one of the top Music Business programs in the country (Billboard 2022), awards the international Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, and hosts the New Opportunities at Hofstra Scholars Program—a free, five-week, pre-freshman summer academy boot camp in the humanities and social sciences focused on the socioeconomic realities of the US, higher education, and justice-oriented change making.

Founded in 1935, Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, Long Island, 25 miles east of New York City. A Hofstra education combines an intimate learning environment with all the resources of a large university, including state-of-the-art facilities for academics and student life. The campus, a recognized arboretum and Tree Campus USA School, is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational, and professional opportunities. With 22 academic centers and institutes, a business incubator, a museum, a cultural center, legal clinics, the Saltzman Community Services Center, and the award-winning WRHU college station, Hofstra offers its students, community, and surrounding residents many opportunities for scholarship, resources, and engagement. Hofstra is also the only university to host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012, and 2016).
Moving into Fall 2022, the University maintains a strong financial position after years of stable financial management, increased ratings from Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s, and above benchmark growth in the endowment, which currently sits at $749 million.

Position Title:

Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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The HCLAS Dean reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and leads the College, working closely with their senior leadership team and department chairs. The next HCLAS Dean will provide leadership to create new programs, will provide a vision for building interdisciplinary programs within the College and with other schools at Hofstra, and will launch a College-wide strategic planning process to advance HCLAS’s stature and reputation. In addition, the Dean will recruit and retain the highest quality faculty and staff, will promote the College’s research enterprise and increase research expenditures, and will develop the financial resources of the College, especially through fundraising and external donor relations. The Dean will also lead the faculty in reimagining the General Education requirements for the contemporary world, will increase communications such that HCLAS’s achievements are appropriately highlighted, and will ensure a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of the College community.


Competitive candidates will demonstrate deep understanding of the value of a liberal arts education and will have credentials for appointment at Full Professor level, including Ph.D. or other terminal degree, in one of the disciplines represented by the College.

Special Instructions:

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred), a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:

Jett Pihakis, Ph.D.Consultant to the Search CommitteeRussell Reynolds AssociatesHigher Education
Though all materials received will be reviewed, please submit materials by November 14th for priority consideration.


November 14, 2022

Date Posted:


EEO Statement:

Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.


Working at Hofstra University

Hofstra University is a dynamic private university where students will benefit from large-university resources and thrive within a small college atmosphere.  At Hofstra, students can choose from 155 undergraduate and 170 graduate program options within the Frank G. Zarb School of Business; Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University and Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies at Hofstra University; Hofstra University Continuing Education; Honors College; Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; Maurice A. Deane School of Law; School of Education; School of Engineering and Applied Science; and School of Health Professions and Human Services. Students also benefit from small classes (student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1 and an average undergraduate class size of just 21 students), flexible schedules, and close proximity to the cultural and networking aspects of New York City.

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