The Faculty-in-Residence program is designed to connect on-campus housing students with faculty members. The Faculty-in-Residence, who reside in campus provided housing, support the Residential Curriculum, encourage the intellectual stimulation and academic involvement, and provide mentoring for student residents. Working under the general direction of the Assistant Director of Academic Initiatives, the Faculty-in-Residence work closely with the Coordinator for Academic Success, the professional and paraprofessional staff and residential student government groups in developing a sense of community, fostering involvement in social and educational events and activities, and meeting the academic and community needs of resident students.

Darrien Rice (Assistant Director of Academic Initiatives) and Lina Anastasovitou (Coordinator for Academic Success) oversee the Faculty-in-Residence program.

We are accepting applications for the academic year 2019-2020.

Please, fill out the Application form and submit a copy of your Curriculum Vitae to

Academic Initiatives: uhs-academic-initiatives@sjsu.edu

Priority deadline is Monday, April 8, 2019. Applications received by this date are given first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

Should you have questions regarding the program please contact, Darrien Rice at darrien.rice@sjsu.edu or at 408.795.5631.



Andrew Blanton

Andrew Blanton is an educator, media artist, and percussionist. He received his BM in Music Performance from The University of Denver (2008) and a Masters of Fine Arts in New Media Art at the University of North Texas (2013). He is currently Faculty in Residence working with the Arts Village and Assistant Professor of Digital Media Art at San Jose State University coordinating the CADRE Media Labs and the DMA program as well as Visiting Researcher at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California Berkeley. His current work focuses on the emergent potential between cross-disciplinary arts and technology, building sound and visual environments through software development, and building visual and sound compositions. Andrew has advanced expertise in percussion, creative software development, and developing projects in the confluence of art and science. 


Andrew is the Faculty-in-Residence at Campus Village 2 (CV2) and the Arts Village Theme Community at Joe West.



Farshid Marbouti 

Academic Background: Dr. Marbouti completed his Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has an M.A. in the Educational Technology and Learning Design and an M.S. and B.S. in Computer Engineering. His research interests are engineering design education, feedback, and using learning analytics to improve first-year engineering students' success. Farshid is currently an Assistant Professor of General Engineering at San Jose State University. He typically teaches Introduction to Engineering and Data Structure and Algorithms courses.

I like outdoor activities and my personal hobbies are hiking and cycling! I always enjoy talking to students, so if you have anything in mind or if you just want to chat, send me an email. Also, if you see me on campus, don’t be shy, come and say hi ☺

Farshid is the Faculty-in-Residence at Campus Village C (CVC) and the CELL (Community for Engineering Learning and Living) Theme Community at Joe West.



Julia Swan has for-profit professional experience in community relations and looks forward to working with the SJSU residential community. Julia is a passionate supporter of ethical business practices, and her love of food and clothing has most recently drawn her attention to issues of sustainability and transparency in the fashion and food industries. Academically, Julia is a sociolinguist whose scholarship focuses on language, identity and social justice. Julia earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Chicago in 2016 and held a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Reed College in Portland, Oregon before coming to San José State. At San José State, she teaches Intro to Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, and Culture, Language and Ethnicity.

Julia has two wonderful kids and loves spending her free time with them, exploring the outdoors, cooking and eating good food!

Julia is the Faculty-in-Residence at Campus Village C (CVC) and the BUILD (BUsiness Innovation & Leadership Development) Theme Community at Joe West.



Altovise Rogers

Over the years, I have grown quite enamored with a few areas, dabbling in research and teaching regarding training, leadership, racial bias and work stress. I’ve done some publishing around those areas and am excited to do more. I am a psychologist, statistician, and have worked some years in management consulting.

In regards to hobbies and my personal life, I am a supporter of wildlife organizations. I like vegan food blogs. I also have a huge obsession with grocery stores, churches and children’s books. I sing, pray and have an inextinguishable addiction to God.

Altovise is the Faculty-in-Residence at the Apartments Community Campus Village A and Campus Village B (CVA & CVB) and the Black Scholars Theme Community at Joe West.


 Dan Nathan-Roberts

Dan Nathan-Roberts conducts research at the San Jose State University in cognitive ergonomics. Dan’s current research is on patient-centered healthcare and, design primarily for the home environment. Dr. Nathan-Roberts research interest lies at the intersection of Human Factors, design, sociotechnical work systems, and non-hospital health care.

Dan is the Faculty-in-Residence at Campus Village 2 (CV2) and the Rainbow Village Theme Community at Joe West.






David (Dave) Malinowski is a new faculty member in the Department of Linguistics and Language Development. Dave is passionate about language learning and teaching in real-world contexts. He holds a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley. In addition to teaching English as a foreign and second language, Dave has drawn upon experience in the U.S., South Korean and Japanese nonprofit sectors and taught introductory Korean and Japanese at Berkeley and Yale. His research interests span such technology-and community-based topics as multimedia communication, online intercultural language learning, and the politics of multilingualism in public space.

Dave is eager to join the biking, scooting, and other alternative transportation communities in the San José area. He loves the outdoors, photography, and discovering new pastries, pizzas, and other foods of all kinds.

Dave is the Faculty-in-Residence at the Joe West Community including the Global Village Theme Community.



Leonard Lira, who goes by Len, joined SJSU and the Political Science faculty in 2017. Previously, he was the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at the Army University where he also taught Strategic and Operational Studies, Enterprise Leadership and Public Management for ArmyU's Army Command and General Staff College and the Army Management Staff College. He also taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Len is an Army veteran with over 27 years of service. He retired from the Army as a Colonel in 2016. Len's scholarly and teaching focus is on Organizational Theory and Public Management.  He received a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Kansas in 2016.  He teaches Public Management, Public Budgeting, and Organizational Theory at the graduate level, and International Relations and American Politics at the undergraduate level.

Len likes to run, read books, and binge watch Netflix and Amazon Prime.  He also likes the arts and frequently goes to concerts, movies, and live theater.  He loves coffee and considers himself a coffee enthusiast.  Key to getting to knowing him is to invite him to have a cup of coffee (he may even buy).  Len is married to the former Ms. Annette Rosales of Victoria, Texas. They have two sons, Ryan, who is a student at Baylor University in Waco Texas and Josh, who is a student at Washburn University in Topeka, KS.

Len is the Faculty-in-Residence at the Apartments Community, Campus Village A and Campus Village B (CVA & CVB).



Luis Arabit, OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCN, BCPR, C/NDT, PAM is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health and Human Services (CHaHS). Luis earned his Doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in Saint Augustine, Florida; his Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas; and his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Philippines in Manila. He is an accomplished occupational therapist with many years of experience in both clinical practice & administration/management. His clinical practice specialty includes the rehabilitation of acute and post-acute neurological and orthopedic conditions.

Luis enjoys a variety of activities which includes running, hiking, tennis, golf, and Bikram yoga. He is passionate about world travel, having traveled to 6 continents and hoping to add Antarctica on that list someday. He is a foodie and enjoys cooking and baking (bread in particular). He considers himself a coffee enthusiast and a wine and beer aficionado. Luis enjoys art in all forms, music across the genres, loves reading, or just simply hanging out with friends and family. He is looking forward to making a positive difference in students’ lives with his new role as an assistant professor as well as a member of the faculty-in-residence team.

Luis is the Faculty-in-Residence at the Apartments Community, Campus Village A and Campus Village B (CVA & CVB).



Dr. Saili S. Kulkarni is an Assistant Professor in Special Education at San Jose State.  Prior to starting this year at SJSU, Dr. Kulkarni was an Assistant Professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Southern California.  She completed her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 and worked as a special education inclusive education teacher up in Oakland CA prior to that. Her research looks at how teachers’ beliefs impact student supports in the classroom, especially beliefs about race and dis/ability.

In her free time, Dr. Kulkarni enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and singing karaoke!

Saili is the Faculty-in-Residence at Campus Village 2 (CV2).



Kyle Hambrook is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. His research focuses on the harmonic analysis of fractals. He did his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and a post-doc at the University of Rochester.

He has run two marathons and trekked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Besides running, hiking, and travel, he enjoys sci-fi, comedy, and playing board games. He's Canadian, so (stereotypically) he loves ice hockey.

Kyle is the Faculty-in-Residence at the Washburn Community.