Student and faculty interaction outside of the formal classroom setting is considered and essential characteristic of a vibrant intellectual community
The Faculty in Residence program at St. John’s University provides faculty members and their families with the unique opportunity to live in a residential community with students.
Faculty in Residence integrates learning inside and outside of the classroom by providing a role model and teacher who strengthens the academic, intellectual, and social culture of our residential community.
Faculty in Residence helps foster an academic environment by planning two events per semester for residential students in each assigned hall. These events are intellectual, creative, and social learning opportunities and include but are not limited to:
Degrees and Past Institutions: Gannon University (BS), Columbia University (MS, MA, Ph. D.), University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (Post doctoral fellow)
Specialty Area(s): Physical Chemistry, surface science, biophysical chemistry
Areas of Personal Interest: Exploring NYC, educational research, science fiction
Years as a Faculty in Residence: Five
What motivated you to work with students in this capacity? I wanted to get the know the students outside of my formal academic role
Awards and Distinctions: “Outstanding Recognition Award” at the 17th Annual Division of Student Affairs award dinner. The award “Recognizes an administrator, faculty or staff member for their distinguished contribution to the students of St. John’s University.” [May 1, 2014]
Degrees: PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009 MLS, St. John’s University, 2004 BS, CUNY, Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, 2002
Courses Taught: Introduction to Library and Information, Introduction to Information Sources and Services, Information Sources and Services for Children and Young Adults, Literature and Related Resources for Children, Library Materials and Services for Young Children, Literature and Related Resources for Young Adults, Popular Culture and Young Adults, Planning and Delivering Information, Literacy Instruction, School Library Media Internship
Courses Designed: Teen Spaces: Creating Authentic Public Library Spaces Cultural Immersion Program: Jamaica
Areas of Personal Interest: My research considers the changing notions and physical structures of the public library as place and space. I am primarily concerned with how architecture and design elements affect human behavior and how this applies to the public library setting – specifically to teen spaces.
Years as a Faculty in Residence: Three
What motivated you to work with students in this capacity? I believe that in order to grow as a teacher, I must be open to the new: ideas, technologies, and ways of doing things. I saw the Faculty in Residence Program in this light – as a new opportunity to extend how I engage with students.
Awards and Distinctions: ALISE Eugene Garfield Dissertation Award from (2011), ALISE Norman Horrocks Leadership Award (2014).
Degrees and Past Institutions: Ph.D. from the University of Dallas
Specialty Area(s): Literature
Areas of Personal Interest: My dissertation was on the works of Toni Morrison, and I continue to write about classical themes in her novels.
Years as a Faculty in Residence: Eight
What motivated you to work with students in this capacity? I was drawn to the idea in part because I knew it would be a good experience for my young daughter. But, mostly, because of my past work history, which included being an Assistant Director of Student Life at my alma mater, I knew, also, how beneficial it was to see my professors beyond the classroom. Over the years I have seen many of my students in the Residence Hall and have had many students who I have met here go on to take a class with me. I look forward to another rewarding year!