Hobart Dean's Office


The mission of the Hobart Dean's Office is to guide and assist each Hobart student to reach his fullest potential as a Hobart Statesman during his years at the College. Hobart College for men was founded in 1822 by Bishop John Henry Hobart. As we approach the bicentennial of the College, we take pride in our long-standing traditions and especially in knowing young men and what it takes to help them meet the ever-changing challenges of higher education.

We are easily accessible and encourage every Hobart student to introduce himself to us. We know the entire campus and its resources well and can assist students with any question they may have. While most of our work focuses on monitoring and advising individual students on matters of academic progress, we are always mindful of each student's larger history and aspiration toward a successful future and welcome an opportunity to discuss issues of concern with parents.

The office also serves as curator of venerable Hobart traditions and as advisor to the Hobart Student Government and the Hobart honor societies. The deans work to integrate academic, social, and personal aspects of student life by creating programs like the pre-orientation adventure program, learning communities, men's lives series, sophomore forums and similar programs that are aimed at the whole person.

"Hobart College" Stands for Success

"Hobart College" stands for success for men of all walks of life. The deans welcome a chance to get to know students from different backgrounds and to introduce them to the global world of Hobart Statesmen. Everything we do is aimed at making it possible for students to take full advantage of a "Hobart Experience" and the life of consequence it stands for. Thousands of Hobart alums nationally and around the world stay connected to the College and are an inestimable resource moving the College forward.


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Hobart Dean’s Office
Smith Hall, First Floor
Phone: (315) 781-3300
Email: HobartDean@hws.edu
Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday


Khuram Hussain

Khuram Hussain, Interim Dean of the College

Dean Hussain is responsible for the overall care of each Hobart student. Dean Hussain earned a B.A. cum laude from Oswego State University of New York; an M.A. and M.A.T. from Binghamton University; and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. As an Associate Professor in the HWS Education Department, he has taught courses exploring culturally responsive, community-oriented, democratic education. Prior to joining the Colleges in 2008, he was a New York City social studies teacher and has taught education courses at Syracuse University, as well as at the International Islamic Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan.

David Mapstone

David Mapstone ’93, P'21, Assistant Dean of the College

Dean Mapstone works primarily with sophomore and senior students. He develops strong individual relationships with students as well as coordinating a variety of universal programs in his approach to help young men make a successful transition to Hobart College. Dean Mapstone directs the first-year Learning Community Program, the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program, the Back on Track academic support program, and the Short-Term summer study abroad program in Wales. Mapstone serves on the Individual Majors Committee, the Accreditation Steering Committee, the Committee on Athletics, serves as the advisor to the Druid Society, and is engaged in research on college athletics, student-athlete identity, and youth sport culture. He lives with his wife, Kara, William Smith ’92, and three children at Mapleton Farm, a small sustainable farm just east of Geneva

Joseph Mink

Joseph Mink, Interim Assistant Dean of the College

Dean Mink works primarily with first-years and juniors. Dean Mink, who joined the HWS faculty in 2011 as an assistant professor of political science, holds a B.A. from the University of Denver and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to courses in political science, he has taught American studies and first-year seminars at HWS. His scholarship focuses on constitutive tensions within the American liberal tradition, in particular on the ways that spatiality and embodiment trouble publicity and civility.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.