The Division of Student Affairs at Hofstra University has been recognized as one of the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” for 2016 by The Center for Higher Education Enterprise at Ohio State University and the American College Personnel Association – College Student Educators International.
The honor is the result of an extensive study that included surveying and interviews with student affairs departments from universities and colleges across the country. Hofstra is among only 19 student affairs divisions nationally to be recognized, and is the only campus in New York State to receive this recognition.
This announcement is featured in this month’s Diverse – Issues in Higher Education magazine. The award and the evaluation process focused on the diversity of student affairs staff, the unique work environment of the division, family friendliness, salary and benefits, and the opportunities provided to staff for professional development. The leadership team for student affairs is committed to creating a diverse staff, as well as providing myriad opportunities for staff growth and development, said W. Houston Dougharty, Vice President of Student Affairs.
“This is a terrific time to be on our student affairs team at Hofstra. We are welcoming, creative, inclusive, and student-centered – providing an amazing place to be an intentional student affairs educator and student advocate,” Dougharty said. “Our commitment to building positive relationships with students, colleagues, and families supports our constant desire to proactively embrace the best and next practices that promote student success. The Hofstra DSA is proud to be named to this list of most promising divisions in which to work.”
Hofstra’s DSA has recently undergone several changes and is now home to 18 departments, all with a student-centered focus and proactive approaches to supporting Hofstra students. Some new additions to the division include a Student Advocacy and Prevention Awareness Office, an Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion Office, a fulltime Title-IX coordinator, International Students Affairs, and the formation of the Student Success Collaborative. The DSA focuses on its intentionally collaborative approach to supporting students in every aspect of their collegiate career, from orientation programming through the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement to career preparation with the Hofstra Career Center.
This recognition is among several recent honors for the Division of Student Affairs, including NASPA awards for the university, with three members of the Hofstra community receiving awards for their commitment to our students.