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Hofstra University Honors College

Dean's Office

The HUHC Dean's Office is the place to go when you have a question, need some guidance, or just want to sit, relax and find someone to talk to. Always lively, it includes the HUHC "living room," where you'll find coffee, teas, hot chocolate, fruit, candy and other snacks, as well as just about every kind of conversation – from animated political debates to light-hearted discussions of popular culture. Most of all, the HUHC Dean's office is where you will find HUHC's dedicated administrative and student staff, whose mission is to help ensure that your experience at Hofstra is as full and rich as possible.


Warren Frisina

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Warren G. Frisina, Dean of Hofstra University's Honors College (HUHC) and Associate Professor of Religion, came to Hofstra in 1997 from a position as acting Executive Director of the American Academy of Religion, the world's largest learned society for scholars of religion. He earned the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago where he did work in theology, philosophy and Chinese intellectual history. He has published widely in the areas of American pragmatism, Neo-Confucianism and the academic study of religion. Contemporary theories of knowledge, metaphysics, Chinese philosophical and religious thought, and comparative philosophy and religion are among his current research and teaching interests. He is especially interested in the implications of recent work in cognitive psychology for our understanding of knowledge and the mind. His book, The Unity of Knowledge and Action: Toward a Nonrepresentational Theory of Knowledge, was published in 2002 by SUNY Press. He has also co-edited Teaching the Daodejing, Oxford University Press, 2007 and The Pragmatic Century: Conversations with Richard J. Bernstein, SUNY Press, 2007. Before his appointment as Dean of HUHC, he served as chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and as founding chair of the newly independent Department of Religion. He has also taught at Rice University, the University of Houston and Emory University.


Vimala Pasupathi

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Dr. Pasupathi is Associate Dean of Honors College and Associate Professor of English. Dr. Pasupathi earned an MA in English from The Ohio State University in 1998 and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. Her scholarship on early modern English drama, military affairs, and early print culture appears in multiple journals, including ELH, Shakespeare, The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and Early Theatre, as well as edited collections such as Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers (Ashgate 2013) and Performing Environments: Site Specificity in Medieval & Early Modern English Drama (Palgrave, 2013). Her article "Coats and Conduct: The Materials of Military Obligation in Shakespeare's Henry Plays," published in Modern Philology in 2012, won the Lawrence Stessin Prize for Best Scholarly Publication at Hofstra University. This article is part of a larger study of theatrical representations of military obligation, an institutional history of the English militia told through its drama. Her work on this topic has led her to rare book and manuscript collections across the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland, with fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and The Williams Andrew Clark Memorial Library at UCLA. Since joining the faculty in 2006, she has taught a wide range of courses in English in addition to Shakespeare and early British Literature, from first-year seminars on digital methods to graduate courses on working with primary texts in the archives.


Lauren Kozol

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Lauren Kozol is currently the Assistant Dean in Honors College and Associate Adjunct Professor in the Writing Studies Department at Hofstra University. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her PhD in English Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, which won the Robert Adams Day Award for “the best dissertation involving interdisciplinary work.” She also holds a Professional Certificate in Music Composition from Berkeley College of Music and has done further studies in connection with Mannes and the Juilliard School. In addition, she participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar on Literature and the Visual Arts. Her primary area of scholarly research is avant-garde collaborations among poets, composers and artists in the 20th and 21st century. Before coming to Hofstra, Dr. Kozol was the Director of Academic Writing at Manhattanville College and Research Assistant Professor at Polytechnic University where she won prizes for “outstanding and dedicated service” and as “Faculty Advisor of the Year” for her work with the Performing Arts Club. As well as teaching traditional writing and literature classes, she has offered interdisciplinary courses in the arts, Professional Writing for Artists and Architects, Contemporary Theater, and Latino Culture in New York. She enjoys collaborating with students both academically and creatively and has run workshops for them with professional actors, musicians and orchestral conductors in the city. Her most ambitious excursion to date involved co-leading a semester abroad program at Polytechnic in which she took twenty-three students to seven countries in Asia – China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Outside the university, her favorite activities include writing poetry, composing music, and playing the piano in chamber groups.


Peggy Ann Matusiak

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Before joining HUHC she worked in Hofstra's Department of Accounts Payable. As the "face" of HUHC she is the first person students turn to when they need help troubleshooting any of a host of administrative problems. She manages all aspects of the office, runs the HUHC Ambassador Program, organizes all extra and co-curricular trips, liaisons with parents and family members, keeps in touch with HUHC alumni and keeps the HUHC trains running on time. Not only does PeggyAnn work for HUHC, she was also a member as an HUHC student. She earned her Honors College Associate with a BA in history and a dual minor in fine arts and Irish Studies. PeggyAnn resides locally in East Meadow Long Island with her husband, Monte and her children, Mairead, a 2010 Hofstra Alum, and Matthew, a Hofstra 2014 Alum.


Rita Corbett

Rita Corbett, Senior Support Specialist has been with Honors College since 2008. Before joining HUHC she worked in the Departments of Philosophy, Religion and Academic Records. She also attends Hofstra as a part-time student pursuing her BA. Rita resides in Wantagh, Long Island with her husband Michael and two children, Kristina a Hofstra Alumni 2012, and Jennifer, a Hofstra Senior.