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 Director of Residential Life, 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.

Kevin Kinney (Director of Residential Life) and Lina Anastasovitou (Coordinator for Academic Success) oversee the Faculty-in-Residence program.


Faculty-in-Residence recruitment is currently closed.

Information regarding the selection process for the 2021-2022 Academic Year will be made available early in the spring semester of 2021.   

Should you have questions regarding the program please contact:
uhs-academic-initiatives@sjsu.edu or Lina Anastasovitou at 408.795.5658.




When she isn't teaching or conducting social psychology research, Christine Ma-Kellams is a fiction writer and amateur painter. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from UC Santa Barbara and her postdoctoral training at Harvard University; prior to SJSU, she was an assistant professor at the University of La Verne. Her research interests, like her fiction writing, focus on cross-cultural differences, close relationships, emotion, and decision-making. In her free time, Christine enjoys cooking, baking, art/crafts, dancing, reading, and spending time with her spouse along with their two young boys. 

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






Étienne Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at San Jose State University since August 2019. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford and the Université de Montréal. He has also taught philosophy at the Sorbonne (Paris-IV), where he completed his Ph.D. in 2016. His research focuses on the philosophy of technology and looks at how social media and the internet are currently transforming our moral and political lives.

Étienne is a Québécois whose first language is French. He is an avid traveller who has lived in Montréal, Paris, Berlin and London, and visited 23 countries (his favorite trips were in India and Syria). He has an undying (and sometimes obsessive) passion for cooking, and often procrastinates by reading about wine. He loves spending time outdoors and has worked as a camp counselor at a canoe-camping summer camp. At SJSU, Étienne lives with his wife Zoe, who is a visiting researcher in the Political Science department at the University of California, Berkeley.  

Étienne is the Faculty-in-Residence at the Classics Community (Washburn & Joe West).





Dr. Folarin Erogbogbo is a faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department at San Jose State University located in California.  He completed his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at University at Buffalo (SUNY) and earned his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering at University at Buffalo (SUNY) as well. He manages a group focused on developing low cost technologies for the disease prevention and treatment. He has won numerous awards for this mentoring work. He has also published multiple high impact peer reviewed articles on nanoplatforms for biomedical applications. He is an active member of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council, Material Research Society, American Association for Cancer Research and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Folarin is the Faculty-in-Residence at the Campus Village C Community (CVC) and the Black Scholars Community at Joe West.





Jennifer Johnston (Jen) is an assistant professor of Physiology in the department of Biological Sciences.  Prior to coming to SJSU, Jen was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in which she developed a strategy that could be used to convert any location in the genome into a safe harbor for gene addition applications.  Since having obtained her PhD in Molecular Pharmacology at Emory University in Atlanta, Jen has been working towards finding a cure for hemophilia A.  Specifically, here at SJSU, her and her team of undergraduates and Master's students are exploring the utilization of the CRISPR technology to edit the genome of hematopoietic stem cells for the purpose of treating patients with genetic blood disorders. As a first generation college graduate, Jen credits much of her career to a mentor she had at a primarily undergraduate institution similar to SJSU and hopes to, in the same way, impact young minds. In her free time, Jen loves exploring all the natural beauty the Bay Area has to offer by going on hikes and frequently visiting the beach. She also loves exposing the west coast to her favorite southern desserts.  Ask her to make you a pecan pie - it is to die for.   

Jennifer is the Faculty-in-Residence at the Campus Village C Community (CVC). 





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 Classics Community (Washburn & Joe West) and the CELL Theme Community at Joe West.





Leonard L. Lira, goes by Len. He joined SJSU and the Political Science faculty in 2017, and became an FIR for the Apartments Community in 2018. He teaches Public Management, Public Budgeting, and Organizational Theory at the graduate level, and International Relations and American Politics at the undergraduate level. Len's scholarly and teaching focus is on Organization Theory and Public Management.    

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.  If you want to get to knowing him, invite him to have a cup of coffee (he will even buy).  Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @lenlira, #firsjsu.

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



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 at SJSU in 2018, 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) and the Global Village Theme Community at Joe West.



Walter Adams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. His main research interests center around the constantly evolving struggle between the bad bacteria that attack us and the white blood cells that protect us. He likes to think of it as being at the center of an epic battle scene in Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, but under a microscope. By understanding what bacterial and human factors lead to the progression or resolution of the disease, novel treatments can be developed for patients in the clinical setting.

Walter’s favorite color is green, he was born and raised in San Jose, and he is always down for a carne asada burrito. In his free time Walter loves to play and create board games, compose music on the piano, write poetry, and make really bad puns.

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