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The Resident Faculty Program

One of the unique opportunities offered to students living in the University’s residence halls is the chance to connect with faculty members outside the classroom. Since the launch of UC Berkeley’s Resident Faculty program in 2005, tenure-track faculty have lived in the residence halls, providing encouragement to students on a daily basis. Faculty eat in the dining commons, participate in student-run events, and attend residence hall programs.

Through this program, students are given an opportunity to personally know a member of the faculty and have access to a mentor in a non-classroom setting. Resident Faculty offer advice about choosing a major, co-curricular activities, or anything that is on a student's mind. They support students’ intellectual growth and personal and academic achievement through inclusive, community-driven activities developed in partnership with Resident Directors and selected hall staff. They also offer students insight into their own research interests.

The Resident Faculty live in Units 1, 2, Maximino Martinez Commons, the Clark Kerr Campus, and Blackwell Hall. Personal mentoring, events, and activities are open to all students living in university-owned housing.

Our job and privilege is to introduce students to the intellectual life of the Berkeley campus. We want them — each and all — to feel comfortable with us as faculty members and individuals who can provide guidance in their academic development and in their personal lives.

- Professor Genaro Padilla, longtime and former Resident Faculty at the Clark Kerr Campus

Resident Faculty Members

For students nervous about meeting professors or wondering how to get to know them better, the answer can be as simple as knocking on a neighbor’s door.

Meet this year’s roster of Resident Faculty.


Jovan Lewis

(Blackwell Hall)

Mahasin Mujahid
 (Unit 1)

Tina Sacks

(Unit 1)

Robert Rhew

(Clark Kerr Campus)

Kate O'Neill

(Unit 2)

Jason Corburn

(Martinez Commons)











For questions related to the Resident Faculty Program please contact: Director of Residential Life, Glenn DeGuzman, glenndeguzman@berkeley.edu