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Resident Faculty Program Launch


George Chang
Genaro Padilla
Mahasin Mujahid Na'ilah Suad Nasir Malo André Hutson

"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

George Chang
Since earning his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Berkeley in 1967, Dr. George Chang has immersed himself in the Cal community as a respected teacher, researcher, leader among faculty and staff devoted to Cal undergraduates' well-being. Professor Chang teaches in the Department for Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology (his research and course, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology 113, focuses on food microbiology). Each fall, Dr. Chang teaches The Freshman Experience: A Comparative Study, a Freshman seminar for which teams of students research and examine some of the challenges and opportunities facing first-year students. In the spring, he leads Papers with The Prof, a program in which teams of students conduct in-depth analyses of newspaper reports. Throughout his time at Berkeley, Dr. Chang has worked to improve the undergraduate experience at this and all UC campuses. As a leader in this regard, Dr. Chang has served on numerous committees, including The Chancellor's Commission to Study the University's Responses to a Diversified Student Body, The Undergraduate Affairs Committee, and the Committee on Courses. Dr. Chang long has taken his support for undergraduates to the residence halls, first for many years as a frequent participant in residence-hall guest lectures, faculty dinners and other events, and currently as Resident Faculty (Unit 2). Since joining the inaugural Resident Faculty program in 2005, Dr. Chang has made a strong impact on the residential community. In addition to continuing his participation in residence-hall programs, Dr. Chang teaches a Tai Chi class, his Freshman Seminar, and holds office hours in Unit 2. He has also played an important role in drawing faculty colleagues to the residence halls for programs and advising the Office of Student Development on further faculty involvement strategies.
For more information about Dr. Chang, check out the links below:
New faculty-in-residence program launched -- Berkeley NewsCenter
The secret lives of faculty -- Berkeley NewsCenter
The Teacher is in -- Letter Home

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 where she holds the Martin Sisters Endowed Chair in Medical Research and Public Health and has affiliations with the Haas Diversity Research Initiative. As a social epidemiologist, Dr. Mujahid is interested in understanding how conditions in which people are born, grow, live, and work affect health, also known as the social determinants of health. Dr. Mujahid uses interdisciplinary and community-based approaches along with rigorous statistical methods to investigate and intervene on these social determinants. Dr. Mujahid's scholarly work has been published in many leading medical and public health journals including American Journal of Epidemiology, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Epidemiology.

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 health balance between scientific scholarship, family, and self-nourishment. She is currently married with two children (ages 11 and 2) 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 is affiliated with the Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative, the Institute for Human Development, and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity. Professor Nasir's research centers on how issues of culture and race influence the learning, achievement, and educational trajectories of African American and other non-dominant students in urban school and community settings. She is interested in the intertwining of social and cultural contexts (cultural practices, institutions, communities, societies) and the learning and educational trajectories of individuals, especially in connection with inequity in educational outcomes. Her work has been published in Anthropology and Education Quarterly, the American Educational Research Journal, and Educational Researcher. She is currently working on a book on the learning and identities of African American students.

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 is married with 4 children, and her oldest daughter will begin college next fall. 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.