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Resident Faculty Program Launch


Genaro Padilla
Mahasin Mujahid Na'ilah Suad Nasir Malo André Hutson Kate O'Neill
Jason Corburn

"Personal interaction with faculty members strengthens students´ connections to the college and helps them focus on their academic progress. Through such interactions, faculty members become role models, mentors, and guides for continuous, lifelong learning." (Community College Survey of Student Engagement, 2003)

The Program

OSD successfully launched the Resident Faculty program in 2005, which gives student residents the opportunity to benefit from spending time with faculty members outside of a classroom environment. The Resident Faculty program allows UC Berkeley tenure-track faculty to integrate themselves into student life and provide support for students by living alongside them in the residence halls. While the program promotes academic achievement, Resident Faculty members also create an inclusive and comfortable community that encourages personal growth and development.

Resident faculty facilitate interaction and intellectual growth in a more personal environment, such as organizing field trips and hosting fun informal seminars. The professors eat in the dining commons with students and attend student-run events, programs and residence hall staff meetings. Through this program, students are given the rare opportunity for personal growth by getting to know a member of the UC Berkeley faculty and having access to a mentor in a non-classroom setting.

Currently, Resident Faculty reside in Units 1 and 2, Max Martinez Commons, and the Clark Kerr Campus; however, their presence is meant to benefit all students living in any of the residence halls.Resident Faculty are currently appointed for a three-year term with the possibility for renewal. The Resident Faculty is provided an apartment or house in addition to a meal plan and some Resident Faculty live with their family in the residence halls. Resident Faculty are expected to contribute at least 8 hours per week to their living community. For information about the Resident Faculty Program, please contact Brian Arao (barao@berkeley.edu), Director for Residential Programs.

Resident Faculty

Genaro Padilla
Dr. Genaro Padilla joined the UC Berkeley English Department faculty in 1987, and from 1995 to 2006 he served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. In Spring 2009, Dr. Padilla became Clark Kerr Campus Resident Faculty. Dr. Padilla is one of the leading scholars of Mexican-American and Chicano/a literature in the United States and has written extensively on Latino culture and literature and on the American Southwest. Dr. Padilla's other research interests include 20th Century American literature, minority literature and ethnic autobiography. Dr. Padilla has received numerous awards, including the Premio Critical Nueva Fourth Annual Award for Excellence in Literary Scholarship from the University of New Mexico; the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship; the University of California President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities; the William Kimball Rice Fellowship at Stanford University Humanities Center; and the President's Fellowship at the University of Utah. Dr. Padilla has authored and edited many publications, including "My History, Not Yours: The Formation of Mexican American Autobiography", "Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage", "Power, Race and Gender in Academe: Strangers in the Tower?", "The Short Stories of Fray Angelico Chavez", "Nuevomexicano Cultural Legacy: Forms, Agencies and Discourse". He has also served on several departmental and campuswide committees, including the UC Berkeley Commission on Undergraduate Education.
For more information about Dr. Padilla, check out the links below:
Vice Chancellor Genaro Padilla presents on the Commission on Undergraduate Education -- College of Letters and Science News

Dr. Mahasin Mujahid joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2009 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and the Martin Sisters Endowed Chair in Medical Research and Public Health. As a social epidemiologist, Dr. Mujahid uses interdisciplinary and community-based approaches along with rigorous statistical methods to investigate and intervene on the social determinants of health. Dr. Mujahid's scholarly work has been published in many leading medical and public health journals and funded by the National Institutes of Health, Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Cancer Institute, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Before coming to UC Berkeley, Dr. Mujahid earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Xavier University, New Orleans LA, and an M.S. in Biostatistics and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI. She was also a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Mujahid is delighted to be a resident faculty and hopes to model a healthy balance between scientific scholarship, family, and self-nourishment. She is currently married with three children and is several years into her tenure process at UC Berkeley. Thus, she is uniquely positioned to provide "real-time" modeling of the balance she is trying to achieve. She and her family welcome opportunities to share this experience with Unit 1 residents.

Na'ilah Nasir.jpg Dr. Na'ilah Suad Nasir joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2008 as an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education and in the African American Studies Department. She holds the Birgeneau Chair in Educational Disparities, and the Williams Chair of African American Studies. She is affiliated with the Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative, where she co-leads the Race, Diversity, and Educational Policy Cluster She also holds an affiliation with the Institute for Human Development, and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity. Her program of research focuses on issues of race, culture, and schooling. She is the author of Racialized Identities: Race and achievement for African-American youth, published by Stanford University Press. She is also the co-editor, along with Paul Cobb of Improving Access to Mathematics: Diversity and equity in the classroom, published in 2006 by Teachers College Press

Professor Nasir is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she received her BA in Psychology and Social Welfare (with a minor in African American Studies) in 1993. She earned her MA and PhD in Psychological Studies in Education (with a focus on Human Development) from UCLA in 2000. From 2000 to 2008, she was an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Stanford University, where she won the St. Claire Drake Teaching Award in 2007. Professor Nasir is thrilled to be back on the Berkeley campus and excited to deepen her connections to the undergraduate residential community at Berkeley. She has 4 children, and her oldest daughter just graduated from UC Berkeley Spring 2014. She is passionate about supporting undergraduates in taking full advantage of all of the opportunities that Berkeley makes available and in finding ways to contribute on campus and in the community.

Malo Hutson Dr. Malo André Hutson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Hutson’s research is concerned with how neighborhood, community, and metropolitan-level factors affect the health and quality of life for urban residents. Specifically, his research is at the intersection of urban planning and health disparities. He also researches how urban policies affect the development of urban space and health.

Dr. Hutson earned both his bachelor’s of art in sociology and masters of city planning degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his doctorate in urban and regional planning from the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley, Dr. Hutson was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Kate O’Neill

Dr. Kate O’Neill (kmoneill@berkeley.edu) joined the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley in 1999, specializing in the field of global environmental politics and governance. She writes on the ever-changing nature of global environmental challenges and our responses to them, on environmental activism and social movements, and on the global political economy of wastes. She teaches upper division and graduate courses in International Environmental Politics, and is a leading faculty advisor in the Conservation and Resource Studies Major in the College of Natural Resources.  She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, and is a co-editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics. Her work has been published by MIT and Cambridge University Presses, and has appeared in journals such as International Studies Review, the Annual Review of Environment and Resources, and Public Understanding of Science.

She has lived parts of her life in the UK and Ireland, as well as the US, but comes from Australia, and gets back there as often as possible. She lives in Unit 2, with her partner, Dr. Wil Burns, his daughter and their two cats. They are looking forward to helping students successfully navigate transitions to and within college life. 

Dr. Jason Corburn

Dr. Jason Corburn joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2007 and is jointly appointed in the College of Environmental Design and School of Public Health.  He is an Associate Professor and directs the Center for Global Healthy Cities, co-directs the dual Masters in City Planning and Masters in Public Health degree program and Global Metropolitan Studies, metrostudies.berkeley.edu).  Professor Corburn’s research explores issues of urban health in cities of the north and global south, notions of expertise in environmental science policy controversies, and strategies for inclusive upgrading of urban informal settlements, or slums.  Professor Corburn is also a global leader in the practice of engaged scholarship and participatory action research, where professionals and community residents partner to solve difficult science, urban development and human health challenges.  He has developed action-research partnerships with cities and non-profit organizations across the Bay Area and has helped lead a partnership with the City of Richmond, CA, focused on reversing health, economic and other inequalities.

Professor Corburn has published three award-winning books on urban environmental science. His book, Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice (MIT Press 2005) won the 2007 Paul Davidoff Best Book Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and was voted by the Journal of the American Planning Association as one of the 30 most influential books in the first 100 years of American City Planning.  He received the United Nations Association Global Citizen Award in 2013 for his work helping deliver infrastructure and public health improvements to slum dwellers in Nairobi.

Professor Corburn has held visiting appointments at the University of Paris, State University of Rio de Janeiro, and University of Nairobi, Kenya. Professor Corburn received his BA from Brandeis University and Masters and PhD from MIT.  Before coming to Berkeley, Professor Corburn was a faculty member at Columbia University and Hunter College, City University of New York.  Professor Corburn is passionate about supporting undergraduates to explore public service opportunities that combine their studies with organizations working for social justice. More information about Professor Corburn can be found at his web site, www.jasoncorburn.com, and the Berkeley Center for Global Healthy Cities, healthycities.berkeley.edu.