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Dean of the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library

Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY

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About Hofstra:

Hofstra University, a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, New York, invites nominations and applications for the role of Dean of the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library (main university library).

Hofstra enrolls over 6,000 undergraduate students and nearly 4,000 graduate and professional students in 13 schools, which feature a variety of departments, as well as a number of institutes and centers. Hofstra offers 180 undergraduate programs and approximately 190 graduate programs in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Health Professions and Human Services, Engineering and Applied Science, and Honors studies, as well as a School of Law and a School of Medicine. The student-faculty ratio is 13 to 1 and average undergraduate class size is 21. Athletics contribute to the vibrance of the Hofstra community, with 21 varsity sports teams that compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Hofstra 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 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 R2 university within the next 18 months. Significant investments are being made in student-centered facilities, including the library and athletics, and implementation of a new strategic direction for the university has recently commenced.

Position Title:

Dean of the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library

Position Number:



Library Operations


Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library

Full-Time or Part-Time:



The new dean will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, with overall responsibility for collection development and management; library services; budget and planning; application of emerging information technologies; personnel; fundraising and building partnerships with campus and community leaders. The dean will recruit, mentor, and retain an excellent team of faculty, staff and student employees while building upon the university’s priorities of diversity, equity, and inclusion as hallmarks of excellence.

The Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, the main university library, houses the circulating book and the journal collections, the Harold E. Yuker Reference Library, Curriculum Materials Collection, Film & Media Collection, and the John W. Wydler Government Documents Depository. It contains over 600,000 print volumes and provides 24/7 online access to more than 220,000 full-text journals, approximately 800,000 electronic books, and nearly 300 databases. The library is also home to the Special Collections division which is comprised of: The Rare Books and Manuscripts collections, University Archives, and the Long Island Studies Institute. The Hofstra University Law Library and Health Sciences Library report to the Deans of Law and Medicine, respectively.


The successful candidate must have a record of demonstrated leadership in an academic library, with increasing responsibilities. A distinguished record of librarianship, scholarly achievement, and professional accomplishments commensurate with an appointment of Faculty Librarian is required.

Special Instructions:

WittKieffer is assisting Hofstra University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 1, 2023. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Jessica Herrington and Cathryn Davis at


September 1, 2023

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.

Salary/Salary Range:

$200,000 - $230,000


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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