Fall 2018

The University continues to thrive despite the challenging climate for private higher education. During this past year, the University successfully completed its capital campaign, raising over $230 million, largely for scholarships, capital projects, and other initiatives. We continue to enhance Hofstra’s brand with increasing recognition and improved rankings in a variety of areas. The new home for the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, a modern, state-of-the-art, 52,000-square-foot building, will open this winter, and we expect that the new building will be transformative in the school’s future. The University continues to seek alternative revenue streams and is in the final phases of negotiating a long-term agreement with an international pathway provider. This new avenue is expected to provide, over time, an increased number of international students, who have proven their ability through successful completion of a pathway program and will matriculate and retain as University students.

Set forth below is a brief summary of the past year.



The University experienced a very successful fundraising year in 2017-2018, which included the completion of a multiyear capital campaign raising a total of $232 million (including New York state grants) based on a $225 million goal. 

Begun in 2011, the campaign resulted in the naming of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law; the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science; and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. The campaign produced substantial funding for student scholarships, a vital resource to keep college affordable and to attract and retain the most talented scholars in the nation. In addition, the campaign supported continued investments in Hofstra facilities, technology, and academic programs.

Hofstra Gala 2018 050318-40

On May 3, 2018, Hofstra hosted its annual Gala, honoring Steven Witkoff, two-time Hofstra alumnus (BA, ’80; JD, ’83) and member of the University Board of Trustees. Mr. Witkoff is chairman and CEO of the Witkoff Group, a global real estate development and investment firm. He has been a regular supporter of the University and, specifically, its Honors College, providing financial resources to permit students to work with faculty on research projects over the summer, thus enhancing the students’ educational experience as well as career credentials. The Gala raised more than $1.2 million for student support.

The Office for Alumni Affairs has created a multitude of ways to engage alumni and grow leadership among its participants. In 2017-2018, alumni continued to come back to campus in significant numbers to speak to students about career preparation and career paths as well as assist with résumé critiques and interviewing skills. They have also participated as leaders for all the alumni groups operating under the Hofstra Alumni Organization. 


With the passage of Excelsior (free tuition in New York state public colleges and universities for students with family incomes under $115,000, rising to $125,000 this year) and the expectation of further international student declines, the University, anticipating enrollment fluctuations, built into the budget a larger than usual contingency to protect against changes in yield and retention rates. This enabled us to reduce the enrollment budget to reflect fewer anticipated first-year and transfer students. As of census, undergraduate fall enrollment was approximately at budget in the aggregate, with shortfalls in continuing and first-year student enrollment, offset by gains in transfer student enrollment and in our English Language Program. First-year students, while fewer than last year, were of higher quality, with higher GPAs and test scores than last year’s class. The number of New York students increased overall compared to last year, with most of this gain at the top of the class, but with decreased enrollment from those eligible for free tuition. There were also declines in our secondary market, with competition in all surrounding states intensifying and certain schools offering much larger scholarship awards, fearing a decline in New York enrollment due to Excelsior. Finally, international students in the first-year class also declined significantly, as part of the general decline in international students seen across the nation.

2018 Welcome Week

The fall 2018 entering class was one of the most highly accomplished classes in our history. Quality as measured by GPA, the variable we find correlates most with success at Hofstra, was 3.64 (highest in our history), as compared to 3.60 in 2017. The entering first-year class has an overall average SAT of 1240 as compared to 1222 last year, and an average highest converted SAT/ACT of 1259 as compared to 1242 in fall 2017. Our Physician Assistant Studies program continues to attract candidates from across the country, enrolling 58 students this fall with an average combined SAT/ACT of 1387, compared to 50 last year with an average combined test score of 1357. And our very prestigious dual-degree program with the Zucker School of Medicine enrolled 10 students compared to six last year.

Our enrollment team has worked diligently over the last several years to increase interest and enrollment in more distant states where there is potential for growth based on high school demographic projections, and we continue to do so. Moving forward, we are reviewing and revising our leveraging model, under the direction of a new statistician, to redeploy funding in ways that will maximize enrollment and quality of the entering class.

The fall 2018 entering class of graduate students came in below the revised budget, with the majority of the shortfall attributable to international student declines in the Zarb School of Business. However, the entering class did exceed last year’s enrollment, with increases in all areas other than business.

With the approval of the Board, the University has been exploring a long-term agreement with a for-profit pathway provider that would recruit international students who would spend one to three semesters at Hofstra taking English classes and other credit-bearing courses, and upon successful completion would matriculate into Hofstra graduate or undergraduate degree programs. Only Hofstra faculty would teach the courses, with strict adherence to established academic standards. Direct-entry international students will be recruited as well. We expect this partnership to bring in additional international students from a broad variety of countries, with increases in enrollment and additional housing revenue over time.

Retention and Satisfaction

Retention has improved due to a number of initiatives implemented over the past years and efforts by all members of the Hofstra community. Matching our highest rate of retention in recent history, 82 percent of new full-time first-year students who entered Hofstra in 2017 retained to their second year, compared to 78 percent of those entering in 2012, and significantly higher than the retention rate of 74 percent in 2001. Since the credentials of the class entering in 2018 are higher than in prior years, we anticipate that there could be further retention gains in the future.

2018 Midyear Commencement

Assessment of student experiences at Hofstra shows that student satisfaction is again higher than the 10-year and 2004 baseline benchmarks on satisfaction measures, including overall satisfaction, likelihood to recommend Hofstra, and choosing to attend Hofstra again. Students rate the academic quality, campus atmosphere, quality of student life and on-campus activities, and overall value of Hofstra higher than in the past benchmarks. Hofstra students report that they are experiencing personal growth and gaining lifelong learning skills. Socially, Hofstra students rate their experiences highly, including having social interactions with a wide array of people, and making friends. 

Academic Initiatives and Enhancements

During the past year, the University community has been actively engaged in preparing for our decennial Middle States Review, which will take place March 31-April 3, 2019. Co-chairs Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gail Simmons and Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration Pat Adamski organized a steering committee as well as individual standard committees for each of the seven standards, including a mix of faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and Board members. The steering committee (which includes two members of the Board of Trustees) has met several times, and the standard committees spent last fall and spring collecting information and drafting their chapters. We are preparing the new Strategic Plan 2018-2023 in connection with the self-study review and report. The final self-study is due in mid-February, with the accreditation team visit scheduled for March 2019.

Spring at Hofstra University

In the Undergraduate Academic Affairs area in the Provost’s Office, academic year 2017-2018 saw the rollout of a new advising and data analytics platform, known on campus as Student Success CONNECT, which better integrated Hofstra’s dual-advising model with student support provided by both advising deans and faculty advisors. CONNECT permits all advisors to have real-time access to information and communications on each student, which facilitates better coordination and support. In addition, the faculty adopted an early advisory system by which faculty give an electronic indication of a student’s progress toward a passing grade early in the semester; if a student is marked at risk for whatever reason, the Center for University Advising reaches out to the student.

Research at Hofstra continues to make progress. The Provost’s Office is working closely with the Office of Financial Affairs and the General Counsel’s Office to enhance policies and procedures related to grants and contracts. For the first time in history, five Hofstra faculty submitted Career Award Proposals to the National Science Foundation: Drs. Jase Bernhardt, Lian Duan, Roche de Guzman, Kathleen Lynch, and Nathan Rigel. In addition, one of our newest faculty members, Dr. Jessica Santangelo, and a team consisting of Drs. Lisa DeTora, Lisa Filippi, Behailu Mammo, and Emily Mundorff, received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation that seeks to improve student success in the sciences.

In the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, in addition to the dual-degree program with Dongbei University and the Entrepreneurship in South Africa course, an Entrepreneurship in Israel course was added, as well as a course studying the ecosystem of Silicon Valley. In 2018-2019, courses on Entrepreneurship in Ireland, Entrepreneurship in South Korea, and Luxury Marketing in Switzerland will follow. Full-time MBA students received the option of adding a co-op experience, adding to the attractiveness of the program, and an MS program in Analytics has begun. The new and striking state-of-the-art Business School Building will open this winter; the building will provide for faculty offices; incubator space for the Center for Entrepreneurship; student lounge, study, and club space; and a sophisticated behavioral market research lab.

The DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science experienced a record number of graduates during the 2017-2018 academic year and was ranked 35th out of 205 non-PhD-granting engineering schools in the 2018 rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The academic year was capped by the most successful operation of the Advanced Summer Program in Research (ASPiRe) during summer 2018, in which 60 percent of full-time faculty enlisted 25 of the top students in the school, each of whom were awarded 10-week stipends, to work on cutting-edge projects in all the academic disciplines represented in the school.

The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication welcomed a new dean, veteran producer, journalist, and media executive Mark Lukasiewicz, who helped pioneer the network’s multiplatform storytelling and produced live coverage of major news events, including four presidential elections and 10 presidential debates. Amid the sweeping changes that continue to affect the communication industry, the Herbert School’s new leadership is focused squarely on strengthening the school’s position and widening its reach as a leading national institution of learning in journalism, public relations, media studies, radio, television, and film. In the space occupied by the school’s multiple award-winning, student-run radio station, WRHU-88.7 FM, its two studios were renovated, and technology was upgraded to state-of-the art digital equipment. 

In fall 2018, Hofstra University Honors College enrolled 249 first-year students with an average SAT score of almost 1400 and average GPA of 3.98. Almost 60 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school class, with half coming from outside of New York state, and 10 international students. With funding from Trustee Steven Witkoff, a Research Assistant program was established, permitting 20 students to earn stipends while serving as research assistants to Hofstra faculty in humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, communications, health professions, and business. 

The School of Health Professions and Human Services has continued to broaden its offerings in behavioral health, receiving approval from New York state to offer an Advanced Certificate in Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling program. The school also launched a BA in Psychology/MA in Mental Health Counseling accelerated dual-degree program; students in this program will graduate with undergraduate and graduate degrees, be licensure-eligible, and have an option to complete the educational component of the CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor).  In addition, the first class of MS in Occupational Therapy graduates received a 100 percent pass rate on their boards.


Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was very active in curricular innovation in 2017-2018. The Biology Department is in the process of a full-scale reconceptualization of its undergraduate curriculum, piloting new introductory courses this fall and new intermediate courses in fall 2019. In recognition of the growing demand for quantitative reasoning skills to succeed in college and beyond, beginning with the fall 2018 cohort, students who earn a BA must successfully complete at least one quantitative reasoning course (increasing to two courses in two years). The school created a collaboration with The Career Center for a course titled Careers in the Liberal Arts, to be offered for the first time in spring 2019. In the past year, the college has made progress toward developing a process for the external review of undergraduate degree programs, to be piloted this coming year, as well as the implementation of a collaborative program linking liberal arts courses with courses taught at institutions overseas and a new interdisciplinary sophomore seminar.

The School of Education conducted a yearlong review of curricular and promotional strategies and selected a few projects to focus on in the 2018-2019 year. The school reviewed accreditation options, concluding with a faculty vote in September 2018, recommending a shift in accrediting agencies from CAEP to AAQEP. 

In May 2018, the nursing program in the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, after an excellent review by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education), received its initial five-year accreditation (the maximum allowable) for the master’s programs in Nursing. The New York State Education Department approved Advanced Certificate programs in Registered Nurse First Assistant, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The Physician Assistant Studies program also continues to excel, with its students scoring well above the national average on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam, with pass rates for the last five years ranging from 95 to 100 percent, and with a 100 percent pass rate for the classes of 2016 and 2017. The Physician Assistant Studies program’s application for program expansion was approved by the accrediting body (ARC-PA), permitting an expansion from 50 to 75 students in the entering class over the next four years.

During 2017-2018, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law was honored to host Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer on separate occasions. The Law School also announced the hiring of two new faculty members, Brenner M. Fissell and Matthew A. Shapiro. Professor Fissell previously worked as an appellate defense counsel at the Guantanamo Military Commissions, and Professor Shapiro is a former law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., on the Supreme Court of the United States. Funded by a $512,000 state grant, the Law School formed a medical-legal partnership with Northwell Health focused on serving underserved children and adults whose well-being is affected by social challenges and who can’t afford legal intervention. 

In addition, the Law School extended a now six-year trend of improved employment outcomes, which ranks the Law School 5th in New York state and 42nd nationally for “Gold Standard Job” placement. And the admissions credentials of the incoming class, both LSAT score and GPA, improved for the second consecutive year.

During 2017-2018, faculty experts at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell shared their curriculum development and teaching strategies at a variety of academic conferences, including as the chosen host site of the NEGEA 2018 (Northeast Group on Educational Affairs), one of four regional groups of the Associated American Medical College focused on advancing methods for learning and training in medicine. The meeting welcomed participants from 10 northeastern states and 36 medical schools. The Zucker School of Medicine is also among the first medical schools in the region to incorporate approaches to treating addiction into training by instituting a comprehensive substance use workshop for third-year medical students in clinical rotations. Together, faculty and students have contributed to many areas of scientific/clinical research and have published 1,533 unique articles, book chapters, textbooks, and abstracts, including 122 journal articles with an impact factor of 10 or above.

This academic year, the Zucker School of Medicine facility was the site for nearly 300 events in medicine, education, government affairs, and community outreach, including the Long Island Brain Bee regional science competition for high school students and the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program (MSPP). To date, the Zucker School of Medicine MSPP has nearly 200 current students and 100 graduates who have matriculated at leading universities, an achievement that includes three MSPP alumni enrolled as students at the Zucker School of Medicine. In May 2018, the Zucker School of Medicine graduated its fourth class featuring 84 MDs, three PhDs, and two MD/PhDs (the institution’s first dual-degree recipients). The school’s newly minted physicians were successfully placed into residency programs in 15 states and 22 specialty areas, including nearly 30 positions at Northwell Health. In addition, we are pleased to report that the Zucker School of Medicine has yielded the lowest debt level at graduation of any medical school in New York state and remains in the top 20 percent nationwide.

Center for Entrepreneurship

Since its launch in 2015, Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship has led a dramatic increase in student engagement in entrepreneurial activities and has established Hofstra as a leader in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. The work of the Center for Entrepreneurship was recognized on an international level this past academic year, with the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, a group of more than 225 university entrepreneurship centers, naming Hofstra a global “Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center.” The Center for Entrepreneurship serves as a multidisciplinary resource for students in all of the schools at Hofstra. In just three years, the Center for Entrepreneurship has welcomed almost 10,000 visitors to the ideaHUb incubator; hosted 589 mentor sessions with entrepreneurs-in-residence; tested over 100 prototypes; and received almost 1,000 applications to competitions and programs.

Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge Semi-Final Round

The student-run record label, Unispan Records, released an extended-play record and music video for its first artist and signed its second artist, both of whom are Hofstra alumni. Students from Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, and the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science participated in the label and were involved in every aspect of the production and release process, receiving guidance from executives-in-residence who are major figures in the music industry.

The Center for Entrepreneurship also coordinated the sixth iteration of the University’s signature business plan competition, with $75,000 in prizes for Hofstra students, sponsored by Hofstra Trustee Mike Seiman, CEO of Digital Remedy. Over 100 students applied, representing almost every school at the University. 

Diversity Initiatives

Hofstra was pleased to award Faculty Diversity Research and Curriculum Development grants to the following faculty:

  • Craig Burnett, PhD, Department of Political Science: Ranked-Choice Voting in the United States: Does it Limit Minority Representation
  • Sharryn Kasmir, PhD, Department of Anthropology: Food, Labor, and Memorialization: The Caribbean Center on the Expression of Memory of Slavery and the Slave Trade at Guadeloupe
  • SM Rodriguez, PhD, Department of Sociology: Imagining African and Africa-Diaspora Centered Organizing
  • Jingsi Wu, PhD, Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations: Interracial Communication, or its Lack of, in Post-racial America
No Hate at Hofstra

The University continues to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts with the creation of a new position, chief diversity and inclusion officer, who will serve as the champion for the University’s overall diversity and inclusion agenda by developing and facilitating strategies, decision making, priority setting, and actions necessary to advance diversity and inclusion at all levels. The search to fill this new position is underway. The Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice remains very active on campus and recently initiated a new colloquium series to augment its other programming.

The University also recently launched a campaign called No Hate at Hofstra to reaffirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to creating an environment that promotes opportunities for all members of the campus community to learn about and from one another. The multifaceted, multiplatform effort kicked off with the installation of a mural in the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center displaying visual highlights of Hofstra’s rich diversity, and the various ways the University has celebrated diversity over the years. The mural, 8 feet wide by 7 feet long, in the center of the Student Center, is a mix of photos and news clippings of programs, speakers, protests, and events – on and off campus – that reflects the varied experiences, practices, beliefs, ideas, faiths, worldviews, cultural traditions, and identities that comprise the Hofstra community. The campaign will also include a robust calendar of events.

Increasing Recognition

The University continues to distinguish itself in national and program-based rankings, appearing on the best college lists for U.S. News & World Report, Times Higher Education, The Princeton Review, Fiske, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Monthly. In the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, Hofstra University ranked 140th among National Universities; 77th in Best Value; as an A+ school for B students; 127th in Best UG Business Programs; and 35th in Best Engineering Programs among non-doctoral engineering programs, an increase of three spots (U.S. News & World Report, 2019 edition). The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell was ranked 70th nationwide for Best Medical Schools: Research (U.S. News & World Report, 2019).

Campus Trees and Blooms

Our ranking improved in the global Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking, from 257 out of 1,054 colleges last year to 231 out of 968, improving significantly in Outcomes and Resources. In the 2018-2019 PayScale College Salary Report, Hofstra was among the top 6 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for mid-career salary of alumni with only a bachelor's degree, top 8 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for mid-career salary of all undergraduate alumni, and top 13 percent nationwide for return on investment. PayScale also lists Hofstra as a best school in the nation for Business Majors (top 4 percent), Humanities Majors (top 15 percent), and Communication Majors (top 20 percent) for mid-career salary of alumni with only a bachelor's degree.

The Zarb School is listed among The Princeton Review’s 267 Best Business Schools in the U.S. for 2018, as well as one of the Best Business Schools in the Northeast. Zarb’s Online MBA program also received national recognition, placing 17th in The Princeton Review’s 2019 Top 25 Online MBA programs, 9th in Poets & Quants’ ranking of U.S. Online MBA programs, 24th in the QS World University 2018 Rankings of Distance/Online MBA, and 36th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Online MBA Programs.

For the 10th consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual report on The Academic Workplace has named Hofstra University a “Great College to Work For.” Hofstra was recognized for excellence in eight categories: Collaborative Governance; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect and Appreciation; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; Teaching Environment (Faculty Only); and Tenure Clarity & Process. Because it was rated highly across multiple categories, Hofstra was also named a 2018 Honor Roll institution.

College Factual ranked Hofstra in the top 15 percent for best overall quality. Hofstra was ranked in the top 10 percent for the health professions and business/management/marketing, and top 5 percent for education. In the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the finance and marketing programs ranked in the top 10 percent, while the accounting and business administration/management programs ranked in the top 15 percent nationwide – making Hofstra “one of the top programs in the U.S. to study business administration and management,” according to College Factual. The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication’s journalism program was ranked 16 out of 184 nationwide, and as one of the top three in New York state.
In addition to being ranked highly for its academic programs, Hofstra was recognized by College Factual as being among the top 15 percent of schools for international students, veteran students, and diversity (taking into account ethnic, geographic, and gender diversity). Hofstra was designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a national program honoring colleges and universities that make a commitment to promoting healthy trees on campus and in surrounding communities. This is the second consecutive year that Hofstra has received this distinction.

Our student-run ratio station, WRHU-88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University, was named the nation’s best college radio station for 2018 by The station won the honor based on the quality and diversity of its programming, the support it receives both on campus and in the community, and the educational platform it provides to students. WRHU was once again listed as a top 10 college radio station in the nation, according to The Princeton Review’s 2019 Best College Radio Station list.

Hofstra’s Student Access Services Parent Support Network received an award for “Best Institutional Initiative for Mid-Sized Universities” at the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals (AHEPPP) 2017 National Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Hofstra University’s 2018 Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize was awarded to a nonprofit organization that promotes religious understanding in schools, workplaces, health care settings, and regions of armed conflict across the globe. The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, founded 25 years ago and based in Lower Manhattan, offers programs and resources providing educators, physicians, and corporate leaders with practical tools for addressing religious differences and creating cultures that respect religious diversity.

Hofstra University’s Cheer and Dance teams brought home the gold in several categories in the 2018 Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association College National Championship in Orlando, FL, including a sixth world victory for Cheer and third consecutive national title for Dance. Dance’s national title came in the Division I Pom category and was the team’s sixth overall national.

Jessica Kurtz ’19, a double major in English and education, received a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Swahili in Arusha, Tanzania, in eastern Africa. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is part of a government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages. CLS scholars gain language and cultural skills that enable them to contribute to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.

A team of Hofstra University chemistry students placed first at the 18th annual Chemistry Challenge on April 27 at Queensborough Community College. Hofstra seniors Kalista McCauley, Matthew Saleem, and Anthony Sica were members of the winning team. Also competing from Hofstra were Joseph Aquino, Maddie Currie, Andrew Ko, Gianna Kroening, Joseph Mancuso, and Vincent Zhang. They were accompanied to the competition by Hofstra Adjunct Professor Ronald D’Amelia.

Three students from The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication won a total of four national Gracie Awards for excellence in news programming for their work on campus radio station WRHU-88.7 FM. The prestigious honor, given annually by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, recognizes work by, for, or about women in television, radio, and online media on the national, local, and student levels. The 2018 honorees, who competed in student categories with peers from across the nation, are: Maria Santana ’18, WRHU station manager; Emily Sauchelli ’19; and Danielle Zulkosky ’19.

Sofia B. Pertuz, PhD, assistant vice president and dean of students, has been named to a national committee created by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to develop innovative policy proposals addressing college affordability and the future of federal student aid. Called Forward50, the group is composed of college presidents, board members, and students and leaders from admissions, financial aid, bursar, and other offices at public and private institutions nationwide.

Congratulations to the following faculty on their recent publications, awards, and leadership appointments.


  • Robert Brinkmann, Professor of Geology, Environment and Sustainability; Vice Provost for Scholarship and Research; Dean of Graduate Studies
    Sandra Garren, Assistant Professor of Geology, Environment and Sustainability; Director of Sustainability Studies
    Editors, The Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability: Case Studies and Practical Solutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
  • Alafair Burke, Professor of Law
    The Wife (HarperCollins Publishers, 2018)
  • Craig Burnett, Assistant Professor of Political Science
    Government and Politics in New York State (Sage Publishers, 2018)
  • J. Scott Colesanti, Professor of Legal Writing
    Oral Advocacy: Style and Substance (Carolina Academic Press, 2017)
    Fairness, Inc.: The Origins (and Billion-Dollar Bonuses) of Rule 10b-5 as America’s Insider Trading Prohibition (Carolina Academic Press, 2018)
  • G. Thomas Couser, Professor Emeritus of English
    A Letter to My Father: A Memoir (Hamilton Books, 2017)
  • Deborah Dolan, Associate Professor of Library Services
    A Research Guide to Psychology: Print and Electronic Sources (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018)
  • Eric M. Freedman, Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Rights
    Making Habeas Work: A Legal History (NYU Press, 2018)
  • Robert Guttman, Professor of Economics and Geography
    Eco-Capitalism: Carbon Money, Climate Finance, and Sustainable Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
  • Howard Hausman, Adjunct Professor of Engineering
    Microwave Power Amplifier Design with MMIC Modules (Artech House, 2018)
  • Roberto Joseph, Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology (Co-editor, with Angela D. Benson and Joi L. Moore)
    Culture, Learning, and Technology: Research and Practice (Routledge, 2017)
  • Andrea Libresco, Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology
    Notable Books, Notable Lessons: Putting Social Studies Back in the K-8 Curriculum (ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2017)
  • Vicente Lledó-Guillem, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
    The Making of Catalan Linguistic Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Times (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
  • Kelly McMasters, Assistant Professor of English
    Co-editor, with Margot Kahn, This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home (Seal Press/Hachette Book Group, 2017)
  • Alexander Mihailovic, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Russian
    The Mitki and the Art of Postmodern Protest in Russia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018)
  • George J. Papaioannou, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Finance
    Ahmet K. Karagozoglu, C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Finance and Investment Banking
    Underwriting Services and the New Issues Market (Academic Press, 2017)
  • Andrea Perkins Nerlich, Associate Professor of Counseling and Mental Health Professions; Director, Rehabilitation Counseling Programs
    Co-editor, with Kathleen M. Glynn, Psychology of Disability (Aspen Professional Service, 2018)
  • Stanislao Pugliese, Professor of History; Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian-American Studies
    Co-editor, with William J. Connell, The Routledge History of Italian Americans (Routledge, 2017)
  • Katie Sell, Associate Professor of Health Professions; Director, BS in Exercise Science Program
    Co-editor, with Brent A. Alvar and Patricia Deuster, NSCA’s Essentials of Tactical Strength and Conditioning (Human Kinetics, 2017)
  • Alan Singer, Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology; Director, Social Studies Education Programs
    New York’s Grand Emancipation Jubilee: Essays on Slavery, Resistance, Abolition, Teaching and Historical Memory (SUNY Press, 2018)
  • Yuki Terazawa, Associate Professor of History
    Knowledge, Power, and Women’s Reproductive Health in Japan, 1690-1945 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
  • Martin Wind, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
    Released his 11th album, Light Blue (Laika Records, March 2018)


  • Robin Akselrud, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy; Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Occupational Therapy Graduate Program
    Appointed Leadership & Management Coordinator, Home & Community Health Special Interest Section Standing Committee, American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Jase Bernhardt, Assistant Professor of Geology, Environment and Sustainability
    Received Dissertation Medal in Applied Climatology, American Association of State Climatologists, 2018.
  • Craig Burnett, Assistant Professor of Political Science
    Named Howard J. Samuels State and City Policy Center Fellow, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College.
  • Ben Burrington, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
    Named to Scholar Program, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2018-2021.
  • Julie Byrne, Professor of Religion; Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies
    Named National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar, 2018; received Religion News Association Award for her book The Other Catholics: Remaking America’s Largest Religion, 2017.
  • Chandler Carter, Professor of Music
    Awarded a commission by Opera for All Voices, a consortium of regional opera companies, to complete his opera This Little Light of Mine.
  • Ronald J. Colombo, Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Distance Education
    Author, beginning with 2017-2018 edition, of annual corporate law treatise Liability of Corporate Officers and Directors.
  • Gregory DeFreitas, Professor of Economics; Director, Labor Studies Program; Director, Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy
    Elected Chief University Representative, United Association for Labor Education.
  • Susan Drucker, Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
    Received Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship, Media Ecology Association, 2018; named Lawrence Stessin Distinguished Professor of Journalism.
  • Johanna Franklin, Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Received Distinguished Teaching Award, Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America.
  • Nicole Franklin, Assistant Professor of Radio, Television, Film
    Received Lifetime Achievement Award, Reel Sisters of the African Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series, 2017.
  • Russell Harbaugh, Assistant Professor of Radio, Television, Film
    Director and co-writer of feature film Love After Love; theatrical opening, IFC Center, New York City, March 2018.
  • Dyane Harvey-Salaam, Adjunct Associate Professor of Drama and Dance
    Received Bessie Award for outstanding performance during Dance Africa’s 40th Anniversary Season.
  • Howard Kassinove, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
    Received Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award, 2017.
  • Jim Lee, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Design, Art History
    Presented his fourth exhibition of work at The Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York City, titled “Half Off.”
  • Marilyn Lehman, Adjunct Professor of Music
    Honoree, Usdan Summer Camp for the Creative and Performing Arts 50th Anniversary Gala.
  • Theo Liebmann, Clinical Professor of Law; Director of Clinical Programs
    Reporter, Ethics Compendium, American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  • Valeria Luiselli, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
    Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award, for Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions; received Arts for Justice Fund Bearing Witness Fellowship, to write about mass incarceration.
  • Walter Markowitz, Assistant Professor of Health Professions
    Appointed to Oyster Bay-North Hempstead Workforce Development Board.
  • Joseph Masheck, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts, Design, Art History
    Received Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art, College Art Association.
  • Dennis Mazzocco, Professor of Radio, Television, Film
    Re-elected, National Board of Directors Guild of America; received Emmy Award for work as stage manager on ABC’s Good Morning America, 2017.
  • George Nicholas, Assistant Professor of Radio, Television, Film
    Cinematographer and producer of feature film 7 Splinters in Time; received Jury New Vision Award, Cinequest, March 2018 (also world premiere); theatrical release, New York City and Los Angeles, July 2018.
  • Christine Noschese, Associate Professor of Radio, Television, Film
    Director and writer of the film Brooklyn Roses, which won Best Documentary Feature, FIC Autor (Author’s International Film Festival), Guadalajara, Mexico, 2017, and Best Documentary, Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival, Italy, 2018; U.S. premiere, Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, 2018.
  • The Honorable Gail A. Prudenti, Dean, Maurice A. Deane School of Law
    Honoree, We Care Golf and Tennis Classic, We Care Fund of the Nassau County Bar Association, 2018.
  • Cindy Rosenthal, Professor of Drama and Dance
    Author of Ellen Stewart Presents: Fifty Years of La MaMa Experimental Theatre (University of Michigan Press); received 2017 George Freedley Memorial Award Special Jury Prize for an exemplary work in the field of live theatre or performance.
  • Alexander J. Roskin, Professor of Fine Arts, Design, Art History
    Ongoing exhibit, Todd Merrill Studios, New York; exhibited, Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2017; Design Miami, Miami, FL, 2017; and Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland, 2017.
  • Michael Salzman, Adjunct Associate Professor of Music
    Named President, New York State School Music Association, 2018-2020.
  • Anthony Santella, Associate Professor of Health Professions
    Appointed to Board of Directors, United Way of Long Island and The HIV League.
  • Wendy C. Silverman, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences; Director, Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center
    Appointed Secretary, Greater New York Council of Academic Clinical Educators in Communication Disorders and Sciences.
  • John Vaccaro, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    Named Vice Chairperson-elect, Long Island Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2018-2020.
  • Ellen Yaroshefsky, Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics; Executive Director, Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics
    Received Founders Award, Center for Constitutional Rights, 2018.

Student Affairs

Continuing our efforts to support and enhance student academic success, the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) launched and enhanced several initiatives. The new Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) collaboration, study, and tutoring space on the third floor of the Axinn Library makes the functions of the department both accessible and highly visible to students, allowing staff to make connections with a larger number of student visitors than in any previous year. In addition to success advisor and tutoring appointments, CAE welcomed over 4,000 visitors each semester to the space to study and collaborate with other students.

Spring at Hofstra University

The new web-based student success software platform (CONNECT) saw a year of great traction, providing the highest level of academic support to date. In its first year, students attended over 23,000 appointments with CAE, the Center for University Advising, The Career Center, and Student Access Services combined. Advisors also worked closely with students who were having difficulty in classes, reaching out to students who received early advisory reports from their faculty indicating that there were concerns with students’ progress and to students who were at risk for losing scholarships, creating action plans to help them improve.

The University added part-time counselors to the Student Health and Counseling Center to complement the current staff at the busy start of the fall semester. In response to student feedback, the University removed the $30 fee that had previously applied to counseling visits over a certain limit.

Given the increased emphasis on awareness of sexual assault and sexual harassment, Student Affairs, through our Title IX officer for student issues, has enhanced our efforts to educate and inform students about Hofstra’s policies and available resources. We have increased programming for students and employees alike (including through our Human Resources Department), including additional training for student leaders and student athletes, and the creation of a student-led committee to discuss proactive approaches on these issues.

The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement continued to engage students in leadership and involvement opportunities. The Student Government Association had the largest voter turnout during the spring 2018 semester, with an 82 percent increase compared to spring 2017. In addition, the Hofstra Student Leadership Awards had an overwhelming number of nominations acknowledging all the great work of students on campus, and we had our highest attendance at the event, as we recognized 68 award winners.

Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion engaged students in a variety of multicultural and educational programs throughout the year, facilitating 150 programs during 2017-2018, including the Defamation Experience and the Unity Project. For the third consecutive year, Hofstra’s team for the NYC Pride March included over 130 students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni.

International Student Affairs expanded its peer Global Mentor program to include 23 mentors to provide more personalized attention to incoming international students, along with redesigning its New Student Orientation program to ensure that new international students are better integrated with domestic students participating in Welcome Week programs and activities. In addition to the new living-learning community for first generation in college students, Residence Life has created a new living-learning community for students interested in living with and learning about our international students, as well as a gender-inclusive housing option.  
In 2017-2018, The Career Center continued to create exclusive networking opportunities for Hofstra students to connect with top employers, hosting over 400 employers on campus throughout the year. A site visit program was introduced, which provided students with tours of companies such as BuzzFeed and Goldman Sachs, with Hofstra alumni who work at those companies. The inaugural Engineering & Computer Science Career Fair was held on campus, which exceeded corporate and student participation goals.

During the summer of 2018, the University launched “Hofstra Votes,” a civic engagement campaign to educate members of the campus and surrounding communities about important political issues and encourage them to register and vote. The effort began when Hofstra, in partnership with WCBS-2, hosted the Democratic gubernatorial primary debate between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon. During that week, my Newsday opinion piece, as well as several television and print stories in the New York metropolitan area, ran about the importance of encouraging young people to vote, and Hofstra’s campaign to encourage civic engagement. Speakers such as Jonah Goldberg of National Review, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Paul Krugman, Mike Birbiglia’s Stand-Up & Vote! comedy tour, and panels on election districts, the environment, trade agreements, tax policy, and immigration have taken place. The University partnered with the Board of Elections and the Student Government Association to register people to vote and to educate people on absentee voting, and has to date registered about 275 people to vote. The Hofstra Votes website has a Rock the Vote tool that helps people register or get absentee ballots in all 50 states, as well as other voter resources, videos, and a calendar of events. More than 3,500 students and community members participated in Hofstra Votes events.

Enhanced Campus Facilities

We are committed to enhancing our campus through important investments in our physical facilities. This year the University completed a five-year, $25 million major capital improvement project to fully renovate and enhance our Netherlands and Colonial Square residential townhouses. The townhouse improvements include upgraded common lounges, new kitchen appliances, fully renovated bathrooms, new suite and lounge furniture, and energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the building. In addition, the University completed a multiyear capital initiative to renovate all residential tower bathrooms, with the last two towers – Enterprise and Constitutionrenovated this past summer.

New School of Business Building

The University is completing construction of the new four-story School of Business Building adjacent to C.V. Starr Hall. In Berliner Hall, two laboratories were added to address a shortage of student lab space for the Chemistry Department. The project includes the purchase and installation of all new lab fume hoods, a new rooftop AC supply unit, and new classroom and lab furniture, and was completed in time for the start of the fall 2018 semester.

To accommodate an expansion of the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program, the University initiated a three-year capital project, beginning with the conversion of two existing second floor classrooms in Gallon Wing into one large classroom specifically designed and sized for the PA program. Another large lecture hall in Breslin Hall was fully converted with tiered seating, and was also equipped with power and IT installed at each seat for PA program use. Further renovations in Gallon Wing to support the PA program are planned over the next two years.

We continue to renovate our academic buildings to meet the high expectations of our students. Over the past few years, campus academic buildings such as Hagedorn Hall, Oak Street Center, Law School, and The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication have undergone renovations to upgrade building infrastructure, improve our classroom facilities, and provide the latest in available technology. 

A number of dining venue changes and upgrades were completed on campus. The dining facility known as Café on the Quad has been converted into a full Dunkin’ franchised store. In C.V. Starr Hall, the lobby café has been renovated and converted into a new Einstein Bros. Bagels franchised store. At Bits & Bytes in Memorial Hall, renovations to the seating areas and the addition of a new pizza option were completed. 

The comprehensive environmental site plan for a proposed new building for the School of Engineering and Applied Science was fully approved by the Town of Hempstead in June 2018. The University intends to proceed with drafting a Request for Proposals (RFP) for building design services later this year.

Hofstra continues its efforts to enhance our sustainability initiatives both on campus and within our community. After receiving our first LEED-Certified Building citation for the new School of Medicine building in 2015, we are now pursuing our second LEED certification with the construction of the School of Business Building. Over the past two years, the University has increased from 10 percent to 30 percent our total campus power purchases generated from clean, renewable, off-site energy sources.

Hofstra Athletics

Hofstra University student-athletes performed well in the 2017-2018 season – academically, on the field, and in the community.

Pride student-athletes once again excelled in the classroom, with a 3.26 grade point average during the academic year, including a record 3.27 during the spring 2018 semester. That marked the 12th consecutive semester that our student-athletes have compiled at least a 3.0 grade point average. Three student-athletes garnered CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for their academic and athletic achievements, while many others earned recognition from coaches’ associations of their respective sports. In addition, student-athlete Alan Hetherington was the recipient of the inaugural CAA Leadership and Sports Excellence Award in Men’s Cross Country.

Women's Soccer defeats Boston College

Hofstra Athletics also continues to stand out in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR). In the single-year data covering the 2016-2017 academic year, a University-record 13 Hofstra athletics programs (men’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, wrestling, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball, women’s tennis, and volleyball) recorded a perfect 1,000 score. It is the fourth straight year that at least 10 Pride teams had perfect single-year APR scores. 

The commitment to helping others is another source of pride as Hofstra student-athletes contributed more than 2,600 hours of service while taking part in more than 50 community service projects. On the field, Hofstra won two Colonial Athletic Association team championships this past year, with the women’s soccer and softball programs winning CAA tournament championships. The Pride also produced five All-Americans, two CAA Players of the Year, two CAA Pitchers of the Year, a CAA Defensive Player of the Year, a CAA Coach of the Year, and numerous All-CAA selections. Among the many outstanding individual accomplishments: Michael Hughes (wrestling) earned All-America accolades by placing sixth at the NCAA Championships; Justin Wright-Foreman (men’s basketball) ranked fifth in the nation in scoring, and teammate Rokas Gustys ranked third in rebounding; John Rooney (baseball) ranked second in the nation in ERA and was drafted in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Kristin Desmond (women’s soccer) earned CAA Player of the Year and CAA Championship Most Outstanding Player honors in leading the Pride back to the NCAA Tournament.    

Information Technology

Educational and Research Technology Services, also known as EdTech, continues to advance in providing leadership, expertise, and support to Hofstra faculty and students in the use of educational and instructional technology. EdTech offers faculty one-to-one consultation on technology integration and digital pedagogy for face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes, along with numerous professional development workshops and faculty gatherings to share experiences and best practices for teaching with technology. EdTech’s instructional designers and leadership team have recently become Quality Matters certified, giving EdTech an even greater level of expertise in assisting faculty with building high-quality courses that are interactive and engaging for students. 

In Bloom - September 15, 2008

EdTech’s newly redesigned Faculty Technology Center provides Blackboard and other technical support as well as fosters collaboration, exploration, and innovation in teaching. Our newest technologies include virtual reality; HoloLens; ALEKS adaptive learning; and our virtual desktop infrastructure, PrideDesktop.

Blackboard (our learning management system) continues to be updated to support more advanced features. Faculty can now track attendance, transcribe Voice Thread recordings on the fly, and easily record and integrate video in their classes.

EdTech has recently established and deployed a new course development process for online learning as well as a new Blackboard template customizable for each college and school. The new process walks faculty through a 10-week or seven-week development timeline where content is placed into an assembly of technologies. The technologies were selected for ease of use and their ability to create dynamic learning environments with high visual impact. EdTech used this development process to redesign the Zarb School of Business Online MBA and Executive MBA programs, the Certified Financial Planning program in Continuing Education, and two 1-credit courses in the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

Cybersecurity continues to be a concern, and we employ significant resources to protect the University’s data and systems. Additional software services have been placed on all workstations to guard against ransomware; workstations will soon have disk encryption; and we are using artificial intelligence-based endpoint protection to guard against malware. Two-factor authentication is currently the best way to protect University data from outside intrusion. This method of security is on all servers and the University’s VPN connection. Soon two-factor authentication will be applied to the University’s systems, and all faculty and staff will be required to use a second factor when gaining access from outside the Hofstra campus. 

Data Networks continues the evolution of supporting a mobile campus with over 11,000 simultaneous connections. Over 600 wireless access points (out of approximately 2,000) were upgraded. Audiovisual equipment in over 75 classrooms was upgraded, and 380 lab and classroom PCs were also upgraded. Network segmentation security continues to be upgraded and expanded. The Hofstra Mobile App is being overhauled, and first steps are being made to include voice recognition and virtual reality into the experience. 

Enhanced Financial Condition

The University will again finish the 2017-2018 year with positive budget results, providing funding for capital improvements and future operations. The University continues to enjoy an A rating from Standard & Poor’s and an A2 rating from Moody’s.

As of August 31, 2018, long-term investments, which include endowment and other long-term investments made in connection with postretirement benefits, were valued at $638 million, an increase of approximately $53.7 million or 9.2 percent, and an increase of $505 million, or 380 percent, since 2002. In 2018, the growth reflects new gifts and investment returns of 9.5 percent.


This remains a challenging time for private institutions of higher learning. Competition for students, particularly among private institutions of higher education, has been intense and will likely become more so as more New York students move to public institutions through the Excelsior free tuition program, leaving fewer students in the pool for private institutions. In our incoming first-year class, we enrolled fewer students than last year but with much higher GPAs and average test scores, which, we expect, may yield higher retention and persistence to degree. In addition, the decline in international graduate students nationwide also negatively affected Hofstra’s international graduate student enrollment.

Moving forward, we will continue to implement new recruitment initiatives and work to redeploy scholarship dollars to recruit the best possible class at the desired enrollment number. We expect that entering into a pathway program agreement will allow us to increase international student enrollment over time, helping to enhance net tuition revenue and to create a more diverse, global community.

With the foresight of the Board of Trustees, we continue to invest in the sciences, technology, and health care, which are growth areas that provide expanding career opportunities and continue to be attractive disciplines to our students. We offer diverse programs, including schools of engineering, business, law, and medicine (and are one of only three schools in the metropolitan area to do so), plus so much more. We have a beautiful campus, and we continue renovate and maintain our existing buildings. We are now further enriching the campus by adding the new Business School Building. We have an enviable location close to New York City and a national and international student body, with a large percentage of the first-year class from outside of New York. This geographic diversity differentiates us from many of our local competitors and will help us as the number of high school graduates in New York and the Northeast continues to decline over this decade. While not minimizing the challenges ahead, we are confident that we will be able to move forward successfully as we continue to increase fundraising and enhance recruitment and retention.