HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

HCLAS Dean’s Weekly Message

HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message
HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message

March 23, 2020

Dear Students:

I begin this message to you with the hope that you and your family and all your friends and loved ones are well and safe in the context of our global health crisis.

As President Rabinowitz wrote to all the members of the Hofstra community, we are most certainly dealing with unprecedented challenges. Over the course of the past two weeks HCLAS faculty have been working hard to prepare for the shift to online instruction.  By now you should have heard from all your professors with some information about how each of your classes will proceed. For some of you, this may be the first time that you’re taking a class online.  To help everyone adjust to this new paradigm, Dr. Rebecca Natow, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership in the School of Education, prepared a list of tips for students to be successful in online learning.  We’ve posted the tips online and you can find them here:  hofstra.edu/onlinelearningtips

I will continue sending these weekly messages to you every Monday as part of our effort to sustain our community.  Yes, there will be many fewer entries in the events and opportunities sections of the messages, but I will try to bring to your attention events and opportunities that you can connect to remotely.This is a time to take special steps to stay connected over distance.  I encourage you to reach out to your Hofstra friends and create your own little groups through social media to stay in touch easily with one another, to share ideas silly and serious, and to be supportive of one another.  It’s also a good time to think about family and non-Hofstra friends you can’t visit, touching base with them by phone or email or through social media, to sustain those relationships.If you need any assistance from Hofstra, I encourage you to reach out to the appropriate office on campus.  If you have any academic concerns, please reach out to your faculty member, department chair, or CUA advisor for any academic matter (we’re all available by email or for CUA by appointment through the portal). I’m listing the department chairs and their email addresses below in case you’re not sure who that is; if, after looking at the list, you’re still not sure who the chair is, please contact Associate Dean Paul Fritz (paul.fritz@hofstra.edu) and he will help you. For non-academic concerns, please reach out to the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@hofstra.edu and someone in that office will be able to help you or find the right person to help you.  Although we are not working on campus, we are working and our primary concern is making sure that your education continues through this global health challenge.As I close this week’s message, I share with you again my hopes for your and your loved ones’ health.


Your friendly working-from-home Dean,


 List of HCLAS Department Chairs and Their E-Mail Addresses

School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts 

Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs 

School of Natural Sciences & Math

School of Education

Congratulations and Events

Congratulations to everyone for your efforts to sustain normal life while trying to keep yourselves and everyone healthy and safe!Congratulations to Dr. SM Rodriguez-Fairplay (Sociology) on the publication of their essay on the work of Ugandan poet Stella Nyanzi. You can read the essay here:   https://www.internationaltravelnews.com/news/264360888/poetry-review-the-thorned-roses-of-ugandas-stella-nyanzi

Congratulations to Drs. Meena Bose and Craig Burnett (Political Science) whose work on the second Kalikow Poll at Hofstra University culminated in a report released to the press last week, with very interesting findings about voter support for the two remaining candidates in the Democratic Party’s race to the nomination and indications of preferences between each of them and Donald Trump for the November 2020 election.  You can read about the results of the poll here:  https://www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/hofstra-poll-president-2020-1.43294577 And there will be a zoom session where you can hear from the experts themselves and ask questions on Wednesday, March 25, at 11:30 a.m. est (common hour).  Please RSVP to participate:  https://hofstra.zoom.us/meeting/register/uZMtdu-trD4jwFuRvku7B2XCEXjCBilGmg

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