Engage with Faculty

Many Cornell faculty members are actively engaged in the residential communities around campus. They help to create a supportive environment that fosters academic and intellectual learning, personal development, well-being, and a sense of belonging. While faculty members are pivotal to each of these dimensions, they play a leadership role in the dimension of learning. Faculty in your community can help you explore intellectual topics, find research opportunities, navigate the first-year, experience other cultures, discover the Ithaca community, connect with faculty in other colleges, and much more.

Did you know?

  • All residential communities have faculty members who are part of the community and who spend time interacting, sharing meals, and attending exciting programs with the residents (Faculty Fellows).
  • Some faculty members live in first-year residential communities with their families (Faculty-in-Residence).

The current Faculty-in-Residence are:

Catherine Appert, Music, Low Rise 6 and 7

Susan Daniel, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Balch Hall

Maria Fernandez, History of Art, Court-Kay-Bauer Hall

Lori Leonard, Development Sociology, Mews Hall

Noliwe Rooks, Africana Studies, Townhouse Community

Chris Schaffer, Biomedical Engineering, Mary Donlon Hall

Christopher (Kit) Umbach, Material Sciences and Engineering, Clara Dickson Hall

  • There are fascinating, small, ungraded courses - Learning Where You Live Courses - taught on North and West Campus that focus on interesting topics and allow you to get to know a faculty member.

North Campus Faculty Programs, a unit of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, oversees faculty involvement on North Campus and in the university owned residential communities in Collegetown, with a primary focus on the first-year experience. The West Campus House System, another initiative of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, also has extensive faculty involvement and is focused exclusively on the residential experience of upper level students.

For additional information about North Campus Faculty Programs, contact:

Ethan Stephenson
Director, Faculty Living-Learning Programs
Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
3337 South Balch Hall, Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 254-3329