Dean for Center for University Advising
Dean Oppenheim advises students in the Video/Television & Film and Video/Television & Business majors.
The Dean of the Center for University Advising provides strategic leadership, program development, and administration of a comprehensive general advising center serving undergraduate and preprofessional students. The dean is a member of the Division of Student Affairs leadership team and is committed to supporting student success, enhancing academic preparation, and cultivating among students the self-reflection and competencies that lead to personally and academically satisfying experiences. The dean leads the department of 20 professional staff in three main areas: Student Outreach and Retention Initiatives, Undergraduate Academic Advising, and Student Athlete Advising. Partnering with faculty and academic departments to facilitate Hofstra's dual advising model, the dean serves as a champion, advocate, role model, and mentor for Hofstra students.
The dean also provides academic advising for students who are pursuing BS degrees in the Herbert School of Communication.
Strategic Outreach and Retention Initiatives
Senior Associate Dean/Director
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Jenn advises students in Applied Physics, Geology, Health Informatics, Mathematical Finance, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Music, Music Business, Music Education and Physics majors.
Undergraduate Academic Advising
Advising deans provide academic advising for undergraduate students around academic policies, course registration and academic planning, and major exploration. They serve as guides and facilitators for students during their academic experiences and connect them to faculty and their academic departments.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and Health Team
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Ashley advises students in the Biochemistry, Engineering Science, Natural Science (PA only), Physician Assistant Studies, Pre-Health, Pre-Medical Studies majors.
Zarb School of Business and Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS) Team
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Bert advises students in the Business Analytics, Computer Science & Cybersecurity, Economics, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Global Studies, Information Systems, Labor Studies, Mathematical Business Economics and Mathematical Economics majors.
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS) and The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Team
Christina Cacioppo Bertsch
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Christina advises students in the Art History, Asian Studies, Chinese, Classics, Comparative Literature, Fine Arts, Foreign Language Education. French, German. Hebrew, History, Italian. Japanese, Latin, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Rhetoric and Public Advocacy, Rhetorical Studies, Russia, Social Studies Education. Spanish, and Writing Studies majors. Christina also advises students in the Legal Education Accelerated Program (LEAP).
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Kim advises students in the African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology, Early Childhood and Childhood Education, English, English Education, Health Education, Jewish Studies, Mass Media Studies, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Education & Health, Pre-Early Childhood Education, Religion, Religion & Contemporary Issues, Science Education, Sociology, Sustainability Studies, Undecided-Education, and Women’s Studies majors.
Students are encouraged to meet with their assigned advising dean a minimum of once per semester prior to registration, but may schedule meetings as often as needed to ensure progress toward their degree, troubleshoot, explore options, etc.
- Schedule appointments in advance and contact your advisor if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
- Read the Hofstra University Undergraduate Bulletin for the academic year that you entered the University. It provides information about your degree and major requirements, as well as course pre- and co-requisites.
- Ask specific questions about general requirements, academic policies and procedures, academic standards, and resources (tutoring, career/major exploration, study skills workshops, etc.).
- Prepare a tentative schedule of classes for your registration advising appointment.
- Provide honest and accurate information to your advisor about your academic life.
- Listen to your advisor and consider the advice and recommendations provided to you.
- Check your Hofstra email often and thoroughly read any emails sent by your advisor. Respond in a timely fashion.
- Keep appointments and contact advisee if it is necessary to reschedule.
- Be prepared with appropriate resource materials.
- Provide accurate and specific information regarding distribution requirements, academic policies and procedures, academic standards, and resources.
- Listen to and assist advisee in making decisions and solving problems.
- Suggest options concerning careers, majors, and selection of courses.