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Faculty-in-Residence (FIR)

The Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) Program is a collaboration between the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs that strengthens the connection between students’ academic and residential learning experiences. Faculty members from an array of disciplines live on campus and work closely with Student Housing & Residential Life professional and paraprofessional staff members (Residential Life Coordinators and Resident Assistants, respectively) to provide opportunities where residents can interact with professors outside the classroom environment, further supporting student learning, engagement, and success. 

Student Housing & Residential Life currently has Faculty-in-Residence spaces in Moody Towers, Cougar Village 1, Cougar Village 2, Cougar Place and University Lofts/Bayou Oaks. Throughout our residential communities, there are a variety of living-learning options students choose from to increase their learning within and beyond the classroom. Living-learning communities are where students, who live together, also participate in a similar academic or theme based experience. Examples include, but are not limited to: engineering, business, sustainability, honors, students in recovery, and HRM. For FIR who are placed in residence halls with these types of communities, this provides an opportunity to interact with a small group of students who all share either a special interest, major, or academic theme interest. 

Faculty in Residence Position Description and Application

Applications are due to Lin Crowson at ycrowson@uh.edu by August 10, 2018

 

Erica Jordan, Ph.D., CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator) is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences at UH. She is a proud resident of UH, serving as the Faculty-in-Residence for Cougar Village I. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology, specializing in Developmental Science, from the University of Alabama. She also earned a master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies with specialties in both Child Development and Family Studies. Dr. Jordan is primarily engaged in undergraduate instruction and regularly teaches courses such as Development of Contemporary Families, Parent-Child Relationships, and Careers in Human Services. She is passionate about career options for students who wish to serve families and communities, often presenting on topics related to undergraduate career development and maintaining the HDFS Careers blog. She serves the community and her profession as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Family Policy Section of the National Council on Family Relations.

Erica Jordan, Ph.D., CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator) is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences at UH. She is a proud resident of UH, serving as the Faculty-in-Residence for Cougar Village I. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology, specializing in Developmental Science, from the University of Alabama. She also earned a master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies with specialties in both Child Development and Family Studies. Dr. Jordan is primarily engaged in undergraduate instruction and regularly teaches courses such as Development of Contemporary Families, Parent-Child Relationships, and Careers in Human Services. She is passionate about career options for students who wish to serve families and communities, often presenting on topics related to undergraduate career development and maintaining the HDFS Careers blog. She serves the community and her profession as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Family Policy Section of the National Council on Family Relations.

Erica Jordan, Ph.D., CFLE
PHLS Assistant Chair for Student Success
Clinical Assistant Professor, HDFS Program
PHLS Interim Teaching Assistant Coordinator
University of Houston
efjordan@Central.UH.EDU

Dr. Kavita Singh is an English professor. She teaches and does research in Caribbean literature and culture, and is passionate about language, performance, and popular culture.

Dr. Singh was born in Guyana, South America, and grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, before moving to New Jersey, where she went to high school and college. She completed her BA at Princeton University and her Ph.D. at Cornell University. She is fluent in Spanish and French and has recently started learning Haitian Creole (come to practice your language skills with her!). She loves to travel, and has lived in France, spent significant periods in different parts of Latin America, and regularly visits the Caribbean and Europe. She sometimes goes to Trinidad Carnival for research!

In her classes, Dr. Singh encourages her students to think about the intersection of the arts and the social and political aspects of our world, and she is particularly interested in questions of race, class, and gender, in relation not only to the Caribbean and the global South but also to the United States. 

Dr. Singh lives in Cougar Place with her husband, Rodrigo Hasbún, who is a fiction writer from Bolivia. They’re excited to get to know CP residents: don’t hesitate to say hello when you see them around the community! Dr. Singh also looks forward to meeting Cougar Place residents during monthly Sunday night dinners, during Tuesday coffee hour, and through the various programs that she will be organizing throughout the year. Look out for mindfulness meditation, a vegan feast, and an etiquette dinner!

Kavita A. Singh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of English
University of Houston
kasingh@Central.UH.EDU

 

Aaron Becker loves his wife Laney, his four boys, and swarms of robots. He wasn’t born in Texas, but he got here as soon as he could! Two of his boys were born in Houston.  

 As an Assistant Prof. in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Houston, he is building a robotics lab. An NSF '16 CAREER recipient & winner of several best papers, his lab manipulates micro-scale swarms with magnetic fields, navigates robotic tools using medical MRIs, kills mosquitos with drones, searches for oil, and assembles structures with swarms. For videos of his lab, visit  www.youtube.com/user/aabecker5/.  You can help their research by playing their online game http://swarmcontrol.net, which seeks to understand the best ways to control a swarm of robots by a human. The Becker family traveled the United States before settling on Houston. Previously as a Research Fellow with Boston Children's Hospital & Harvard Medical School, he implemented robotics powered and controlled by the magnetic field of an MRI. As a Rice University Postdoc in the Multi-Robot Systems Lab, Aaron investigated control of distributed systems and nanorobotics with experts in the fields. Aaron earned his Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aaron and Laney met their freshman year at Iowa State University, became best friends emailing each other while on separate study abroad, started dating junior year, married during grad school, and their oldest two boys were born near the end of Aaron’s Ph.D.

Aaron Becker
Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering
University of Houston
atbecker@uh.edu

 

 

I am an Associate Professor and Director of the Higher Education Leadership & Policy Studies Program in the College of Education. My research focuses on college student success, which is why I chose to live on campus – to help more students be successful and persist to graduation. I enjoy serving as Faculty-in-Residence because it has allowed me to build meaningful relationships with students outside of the classroom.

I am originally from a small town in Georgia and grew up on a farm that has been in my family for five generations. When I am not working, I enjoy being outdoors, biking, playing sports, reading good books, exploring Houston’s cultural and arts scene, and spending time with family and friends. My son, Will, is 6 years old and is one cool dude. 

To students living on campus: the primary goal of the Faculty-in-Residence program is to provide programs and support services within the residence halls that contribute to your academic and professional success. Please contact your FIR if you have suggestions for programs you would like to see brought to the residence halls!

Lyle McKinney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
Program Director - Higher Education Leadership & Policy Studies
University of Houston
lmckinney@Central.UH.EDU