Faculty-In-Residence

 

FIR Group 1

 

Mission

The Faculty-In-Residence (FIR) program is designed to connect on-campus housing students with faculty members to encourage intellectual stimulation, academic involvement, and mentoring. Working under the general direction of the Associate Director of Residential Life, the Faculty-in-Residence will work closely with the professional and paraprofessional staff and residence hall student government groups in developing a sense of community, fostering involvement in social and educational hall and campus programs and activities, and meeting the academic, and community needs of resident students.

Program Focus

In order to accomplish this goal, UHS recruited SJSU Faculty to work with students providing engagement opportunities within the following guidelines:

  • Social Engagement
    • Pride Dinner and Discussion 
    • Welcome students and families by participating in the opening of housing facilities and Welcome Week programming;
    • Maintain a high level of visibility and accessibility to students in the assigned residence hall;
    • Engage in appropriate, formal and informal social interactions with residents in the residence hall community, including attending residence hall programs;
    • Attend monthly community meetings;
    • Share 2-3 meals a week with residents in the Dining Commons;
    • Encourage staff and students to appreciate and be open to people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives;
    • Participate in the University Housing Services component of Admitted Spartan Day held in April.
  • Academic Initiatives
    • Plan, implement and participate in monthly academically focused programs in the residence hall community such as mini lectures, workshops, fieldtrips, discussion groups, guest speakers, movie nights and informal seminars;
    • Serve on a Community Council comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community members;
    • Assist with faculty recruitment efforts for residence hall programming;
    • Engage in formal and informal academic interactions with residents in the residence hall community.
  • Educational Development
    • Encourage the development of the residential community and openness to others whose background, and life experiences differ from their own;
    • Initiate, two educational programs a month such as discussions, last lecture series, symposia, and cultural events;
    • Attend educational programs, workshops, and events of residential staff and student government groups and encourage student participation in such programs;
    • Recruit faculty to participate in the Residential Curriculum and interact with residents throughout Housing;
    • Participate in Department wide social justice programs and
    • Department/University Involvement
    • Attend annual training prior to Residence Hall opening (2-3 days of training)
    • Attend regular meetings with the Residence Life Coordinator of the corresponding community, the Living Learning Community Coordinator, supervisor, and Housing Department, and work with them to foster the development and growth of residential communities;
    • Hold regular office hours in the residence hall community;
    • Attend on-going staff meetings with the Resident Advisors to interact, develop partnerships, and discuss programs and activities;
    • Communicate on a regular basis with the campus faculty about the residential life programming;
    • Assist with academic initiatives and the University’s Mission to promote student success;
    • Become knowledgeable of student resources on campus;
    • Serve as a role model and support university and residence hall policies;
    • Assist staff during emergencies, if willing and able;
    • Report housing or university policy violations to staff members;
    • Submit a proposed FIR program plan/activity schedule for each semester;
    • Submit end of the semester and end of the year reports;
    • Participate in semesterly assessment initiatives to evaluate the FIR program;
    • Assist in the recruitment of faculty to t FIR program and orienting them to the role.
  • Department/University Involvement
    • Attend annual training prior to Residence Hall opening (2-3 days of training)
    • Attend regular meetings with the Residence Life Coordinator of the corresponding community, the Living Learning Community Coordinator, supervisor, and Housing Department, and work with them to foster the development and growth of residential communities;
    • Hold regular office hours in the residence hall community;
    • Attend on-going staff meetings with the Resident Advisors to interact, develop partnerships, and discuss programs and activities;
    • Communicate on a regular basis with the campus faculty about the residential life programming;
    • Assist with academic initiatives and the University’s Mission to promote student success;
    • Become knowledgeable of student resources on campus;
    • Serve as a role model and support university and residence hall policies;
    • Assist staff during emergencies, if willing and able;
    • Report housing or university policy violations to staff members;
    • Submit a proposed FIR program plan/activity schedule for each semester;
    • Submit end of the semester and end of the year reports;
    • Participate in semesterly assessment initiatives to evaluate the FIR program;
    • Assist in the recruitment of faculty to t FIR program and orienting them to the role.

 

Meet our Faculty-In-Residence

University Housing Services has nine FIR staff living on campus. Seven are living in Campus Village Building A on the Faculty, Staff, and Graduate student floors and two are living in designated FIR apartments in Campus Village Building 2. FIRs include faculty members who are both new and returning to San Jose State University; work in many different academic disciplines; and come from various geographic locations both across the United States and the World.

 

Vanessa

Joe West Hall: Arts Village 
Vanessa Marie Fernández is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at SJSU. She completed her PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UCLA. Vanessa has taught at Rice University (Houston, TX), Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), and at UCSC (Santa Cruz, CA).  This Fall she will be teaching Spanish 202, Hispanic Civilization and Culture, and Spanish 25A, Intermediate Spanish, at SJSU.

 

 

Joe West Hall: GlobaElizabethl Village
Dr. Elizabeth Weiss has been a professor of Anthropology at SJSU for a dozen years.  Throughout her life as a student and academic, she embraced campus life from an undergraduate living in the University of California at Santa Cruz dorms to a professor living in Campus Village at SJSU.   Her primary research expertise involves studying skeletal anatomy to understand effects of biology and environment on humans to draw conclusions about past activity patterns and disease.

 

Matthew


Joe West Hall: Rainbow Village
Matthew Capriotti is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. Matthew completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Matthew is a native Floridian and worked at San Francisco State University before coming to SJSU.  Matthew looks forward to joining the SJSU community this year, both in the classroom and residence halls.

 

Joe West Hall: Black Scholars CommunityNikki
Nikki Yeboah is an Assistant Professor at San Jose State University in the Communication Studies Department, specializing in the area of performance studies. As an artist-scholar, her research brings together creative ethnographic and oral history methods to create alternative records of black life through staged performance. She teaches theory, practice, communication, and critical cultural studies courses in Communication Studies, and Performance Studies. 

 

 

WilsonCampus Village C: Business Innovation and Leadership Development (BUILD)
Wilson Yuan is an assistant professor in the Justice Studies Department at San Jose State University. He received his MS in Applied Statistics and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to coming to San Jose State University, Wilson was an associate statistical consultant at Indiana Statistical Consulting Center providing statistical and methodological assistance to graduate students and faculty members at Indiana University as well as individuals from many different backgrounds.

 


CristinaCampus Village C: Community for Engineering Living and Learning
Cristina Tortora an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at San Jose State University. Cristina completed a PhD at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Naples “Federico II”.  Before coming to SJSU, Cristina was a post-doctoral research fellow at McMaster University, Canada, at University of Guelph, Canada, and at Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn of Naples, Italy. 

 

KatharineCampus Village 2
Katharine Olson was born in San Francisco and grew up in Santa Clara County. She earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She taught previously at Harvard, and at Bangor University in North Wales in the United Kingdom before coming to SJSU this fall. She has had significant experience in providing student support, and looks forward to joining the team at SJSU, and getting to know the incoming freshmen in CV2.

 

Campus Village 2Carolyn
Carolyn Glogoski is a Tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Graduate Enrollment Coordinator as SJSU.  She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at The Wright Institute.  Carolyn has also taught at Eastern Michigan University and worked as a licensed Occupational Therapist.

 

SteveCampus Village Apartments
Dr. Steve Del Chiaro joined the SJSU community in 2004 as a lecturer in the psychology department.  In addition to instructing psychology courses, Dr. Del Chiaro has worked in Counseling Services as a post-doctoral intern, Career Services as the liaison to the MBA program, served as director of the Peer Mentor Program, and was a MUSE instructor for first year students.  Dr. Del Chiaro earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and has worked as an educator, therapist, career counselor, and executive coach.

 

 

Previously Held FIR Programs:

 

  • August 2016
    • Black Scholars Community Reception | 8/22/16
    • Meet your FIR | 8/23/16
    • Night Before Classes: Faculty and Student Reception | 8/23/16
    • Silicon Valley Pride Parade | 8/28/16
    • Pride Dinner and Discussion | 8/28/16
  • September 2016
    • Running Group | 9/1/16
    • Meet your FIR Ice Cream Social | 9/7/16
    • Welcome Event for CV2 Residents | 9/8/16
    • Hoover & Royce Rounds | 9/9/16
    • Spartan Football Game | 9/10/16
    • Welcome Event #2 for CV2 Residents | 9/14/16
    • Community Interactions | 9/18/16
    • Van Jones Pre-Event and Speaker Series | 9/19/16
    • Ice Cream Social | 9/20/16
    • Buffalo Wild Wings with FIR! | 9/20/16
    • Panel on Culture and Identity | 9/21/16
    • 2016 and Van Jones Discussion | 9/21/16
    • Presidential Debate Program | 9/26/16
    • Natural Hair Meet-Up | 9/28/16
    • The Road from First Generation College Student to Fire- Chasing Anthropology Professor | 9/28/16
    • Visual Mapping Process: Living in  CV2 | 9/28/16
    • CVA and CVB Resident Advisor Floor Meetings | 9/28/16 - 9/31/16
    • GAYme Night | 9/29/16

  • Ocotober 2016
    • Campus Village 2 Opening and Transition | 10/1/16
    • Campus Village 2 Building and Floor Meetings | 10/1/16
    • Study Abroad with Faculty-Led-Programs | 10/5/16
    • Movie Night: Dope |10/6/16
    • Movie Night: Documented (Documentary) | 10/6/16
    • Movie Night: V for Vendetta | 10/6/16
    • Second Presidential Debate Broadcast & Saturday Night Live Clips | 10/9/16
    • Jose Antonio Vargas Pre-Event and Speaker Series | 10/10/16
    • Movie Night: 13th | 10/11/16
    • ¡Ópera Cultura! | 10/13/16
    • Human Rights, Race, and Social Justice Talk | 10/17/16
    • What Does Race Have to Do With It? José Antonio Vargas Post-Event Discussion | 10/17/16
    • Movie Night – Brokeback Mountain | 10/18/16
    • Dinner in the Commons | 10/18/16
    • Learn About Study Abroad Opportunities | 10/19/16
    • Studying and Acing Your Exams | 10/23/16
    • Green Monday Launch Party | 10/24/16
    • What Does an Engineer Really Do?!?! | 10/27/16
    • Walt Disney Family Museum Trip | 10/28/16
    • Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Party | 10/30/16
    • Trick or Treat | 10/31/16
    • 2016 Election | 10/31/16

 

  • November 2016
    • Getting Good Sleep | 11/2/16
    • Black Panthers Exhibition | 11/4/16
    • Movie Night - Buffalo Nation: The Children are Crying (Documentary) | 11/6/16
    • Do(Nut) Stress Arts Village Community Builder |11/8/16
    • Election Night Event– Breaking News on Candidates and Propositions | 11/8/16
    • Career Information for a Global Society | 11/9/16
    • InterCouncil for Mothers of Murdered Children | 11/14/16
    • Engagement with Board Games | 11/16/16
    • Sci Fi Movie Night – Dr. Who | 11/22/16
    • Queergiving Feast | 11/17/16
    • Cooking Event | 11/19/16
    • Thanksgiving Dinner/Grateful For The Grub | 11/24/16
    • Board Game Night | 11/28/16
    • How to Cook Hotpot | 11/29/16

  • December 2016
    • Study Skills Workshop – Acing your Final Exams | 12/1/16
    • Movie Night – The World Before Her (Documentary) | 12/7/16
    • Study Skills Workshop – Help with Writing Your Essays - Event 1 | 12/7/16
    • Resident Birthday/ End of Semester Celebration-Community Builder | 12/12/16
    • Study Skills Workshop - Help with Writing Your Essays - Event 2 | 12/12/16
    • Sci Fi Movie Night – Star Wars: The Force Awakens | 12/15/16
    • FIR Final Exams Floor-Walking Support: International Food, Cookies, Coffee, and Academic Assistance (Day 1) | 12/18/16
    • FIR Final Exams Floor-Walking Support (Day 2) | 12/19/16