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Faculty Fellows in Residence

The Faculty Fellow-In-Residence program is part of an ongoing university effort to create intimate "learning communities" for our students by integrating their academic experiences with their residential lives.  

Faculty Fellows work closely with one another and with residence hall staff to set an intellectual tone in the residence hall and to design and implement a wide range of opportunities for students to interact with faculty members and with one another.

By bringing cultural and intellectual experiences more directly into student life in a lively and more informal fashion, the program offers students the benefits of "small college" life within the larger contexts of both the University and the City of New York.


Check out some of the great programs by our Faculty Fellows in Residence!

 Meet the Faculty Fellows!

Meleko (Born in Francistown, Botswana) is currently Clinical Assistant Professor at Gallatin, where he teaches classes in painting, drawing, and art related theory seminars. He completed his M.F.A at the University of California, Los Angeles (2011) and the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2008. Along side teaching, Meleko is an artist and has his studio in Sunset Park.

Since coming to the US in 2003, Meleko splits his time between the US and Botswana, which he visits once a year to see his family and conduct research for his studio work. Majority of his family is located in Maun, a northern town situated in the Okavango Delta, where he grew up and spent most of his childhood. Meleko, an avid supporter of almost every sport, was a semi-professional track athlete and soccer player.

Michelle, a native Californian and recent New York City transplant, is writing her dissertation on French travel writing. Before living in Los Angeles and New York, she spent five years in Paris. Michelle teaches comparative literature, French language and writing. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys doing yoga, making guacamole and traveling. Meleko and Michelle look forward to exploring New York City with you.

"We both love to eat, cook and seek out great eateries in all neighbourhoods. So we will be making trips to Jackson Heights, Harlem, Borough Park, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and more. Our outings will also feature a good amount of art, theatre and dance shows."

Meleko Mogosi & Michelle

Ethan Youngerman and Rebecca Lessem are thrilled to be the new Faculty Family in Residence here in Senior House. They love exploring the culture(s) of this amazing city and are particularly excited to help you get the most out of your last year as students even as you prepare for your first year in the "real world."

Ethan is a Senior Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program, where he's taught since 2001. He holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from our own Tisch School of the Arts. One of his plays, The Sublet Experiment, was performed to sold-out crowds in real New York City apartments for over 6-months. As a born-and-raised New Yorker, Ethan's lived in every borough except Staten Island and roots for the Yankees because he loves excellence in all things.

Rebecca is the Director of Business Development for a software company. Even Ethan has trouble describing what she does. Let's just say it involves helping universities and other organizations capture and spread their knowledge through online video. As a born-and-raised Bostonian, Rebecca has terrible taste in sports teams but extremely good taste in food and fashion (see her blog:

Senator is a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit. He's seven years old, highly opinionated, and too soft for his own good. He's free range and could go anywhere in our apartment, yet he prefers a couple great corners, the better to think through the complicated Affairs of State that weigh heavily on his little head.

Ethan Youngerman and Rebecca Lessem

Amy Bentley is an associate professor of Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, in the Steinhardt School. Brett Gary is an associate professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, also in Steinhardt. Both are trained in history/American studies, and met in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania where they both earned their PhDs. Amy works on a variety of food studies topics – the culture and politics of food, food access, and is currently completing a book on the history of the baby food industry. She teaches a host of courses food studies courses, including Food History, Food and Culture and will teach an undergraduate class in spring 2014 called Food and Identity (check it out). She is addicted to running so can be seen regularly plodding along the Hudson River bike path.

Brett is a cultural and intellectual historian who teaches and studies about media and politics, film and history, the history of consumer culture, media policy and other historically oriented approaches to media and culture. He is writing a book on the ACLU and censorship in the twentieth century, with a focus on battles over obscenity law and cultural and sexual modernism. Besides teaching and writing, and being a dad, he loves to bicycle in the greater New York metropole, coach girls softball, skiing (when he gets a chance), and enjoys the fantastic film offerings in NYC. He also has a great food tour, specializing in cheese, pasta, salami, bread, coffee, and goat milk ice cream.

They have three children, Joey (who will be a freshman at the University of Chicago), Annabelle (a sophomore in high school), and Ruby (a seventh grader). The Bentley-Gary kids are loud and laugh a lot. They love playing sports, listening to and making music, facebooking with other teenagers, can be found occasionally exploring the city with their parents, looking for good foodstuffs, but are more often off with their friends. They are also frequently found in the Rocky Mountains where their parents grew up, hiking, biking, camping, swimming, water skiing, sleeping under the stars, hanging with family and friends, and reading under pine trees. Our apartment will be filled with lots of middle school and high school kids, and our friends from NYU and the city, and of course Brittany-ites.

Amy Bentley, Brett Gary & Family

Michelle Dent is a Senior Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program where she has designed and taught classes to students enrolled in the College of Arts and Science, Tisch School of the Arts, Steinhardt, and Stern. From 2003 to 2010 she was the writing faculty director at Goddard Residential College, and during the 2010-2011 school year she was an Affiliated Faculty member at NYU Abu Dhabi. She is currently teaching at NYU Poly. Her research interests are typically located at the intersections of the Arts & Humanities and the Social Sciences, and she is currently working on a book about women in Alaska during the early 1900s.

Prof. Michelle is an avid traveler and explorer of all kinds of landscapes. She grew up in the Rust Belt (Cleveland), went to college in the Pacific Northwest, and moved to NYC in the early 1990s to attend graduate school. Ask her about her year-long odyssey that spanned four continents and included stops in Alaska, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, and Nepal! She enjoys reading The New Yorker, attending dance and theatre performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), collecting World’s Fair memorabilia, hanging out with friends and family, and cooking. She also enjoys swimming and yoga. She lives at Broome with her mom, Emmalee.

Emmalee, is a former teacher who moved to NYC in 2005. She loves the adventure of walking in the city and discovering new details about riding the subways. She also enjoys church activities, doing crossword puzzles, knitting and crocheting, connecting with friends on Facebook, and baking scrumptious cookies, cakes, and brownies.

Biggie is the newest addition to our family. He is a Shih Tzu mix, and we adopted this little love bug from Animal Haven, our neighborhood animal rescue group

Michelle Dent
Biggie - Michelle Dent's dog

Michael Ralph has taught in NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis since 2007. His research is concerned with citizenship, sovereignty, and economic and political crisis in Senegal and the United States. Michael has published in Souls, Social Text, Public Culture, South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of the History of Sport, and Transforming Anthropology. He is an Associate Editor of Transforming Anthropology, as well as a member of the Social Text Editorial Collective and the Editorial Boards of Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Sport in Society and Disability Studies Quarterly. Michael enjoys discovering new neighborhoods in the NYC metropolitan area and beyond, playing pickup basketball, and hanging out with good friends and family. Despite a hectic schedule that involves research, teaching, publishing, and parenting, Michael watches an almost inconceivable amount of TV—from reality shows to expensive news.

Jerusalem is an aircraft mechanic, who spends most of her time repairing Embraer 145s and 170s, and the occasional Airbus 320. Jerusalem enjoys family exercise sessions, thrifting at actual thrift (as opposed to vintage) stores, discovering great coffee and amazing eats around town, and traveling to new and familiar destinations. She also loves partaking in ritual TV watching with her husband.

Semai enjoys playing chess. His favorite sports are soccer and basketball. He wants to be a pilot and a professor when he grows up.  Sofia enjoys painting, playing with puzzles and plotting world domination while donning a ballgown and tiara. Sofia says that she would like to pursue an acting career in the near future.

Ralph Family

Kristin Horton and Basil are looking forward to another year in the Faculty Fellow in Residence program at Carlyle Court. They look forward to creating exciting and fun opportunities for members of the Carlyle community to know one another and explore this remarkable neighborhood and city together.

A theater director and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Kristin teaches courses in directing, acting Shakespeare, devising theater as well as puppetry and performing objects. In addition to teaching at Gallatin, she also serves as the Artistic Director of the school’s annual arts festival. As a director, she is primarily interested in developing new plays that engage cross-cultural dialogue. She’s excited to explore the rich theatrical and cultural history of Manhattan’s Lower Eastside and participate in New York’s diverse offerings with the residents of Carlyle.

Basil is a shiba inu who looks like a little fox. He loves walking tours, city parks, activism (particularly for animal adoption!), and meeting new friends. Look out for him in an elevator or hallway near you!

Kristin Horton Photo

Lorena Llosa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She has a BA in English, Spanish, and French from Santa Clara University, an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. Her interests are in the areas of second and foreign language learning, teaching, and assessment. At Steinhardt, she prepares future bilingual, English as a Second Language, and foreign language teachers as well as doctoral students interested in issues of language education and assessment. Originally from Argentina, Lorena has been at NYU and enjoying living in New York for eight years. Prior to coming to New York, she lived in Los Angeles, California. Ask her which city she prefers.

Lucia is a six year-old, six-pound Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle mix) who loves playing fetch with her tiny tennis ball and is expert at coercing people into giving her lots of attention. Her favorite spots are Washington Square Park and the Carlyle Courtyard. Keep an eye out for her fast wagging tail.

Lorena and Lucia are excited to be part of the Carlyle Court community! They look forward to sharing with Carlyle residents fun and exciting programs that explore issues of language, culture, and diversity through music, dance, performances, tours, conversations, and lots of food!

Lorena Llosa Photo

Bob Boland has been the FFiR in Coral Towers since 2007. Bob is a lawyer by training. He’s been a prosecutor, defense lawyer and even a judge. He worked as a sports agent for a decade and he’s been a Clinical Associate Professor, teaching Sports Law and Sports Business courses in the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management in SCPS, since 2001. Bob became the Academic Chair of the Tisch Center, overseeing curriculum, faculty and managing student issues for the Tisch Center's 700 bachelor's and master's students in 2011.

A former college athlete- football and wrestling- at Columbia, Bob has established a bit of a media profile in recent years. You might see Bob talking about serious sports issues like lockouts and contracts but more likely you’ll see him on TV when a famous athlete has done something scandalous and Bob’s been on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight and CNN talking about everyone from Mike Vick to Tiger Woods.

Bob’s wife, Semone, is the chief operating officer of a Fortune ranked health care company and oversees business operations of the company around the world. So Semone is often on the road or in the air, but when she and Bob are together in NYC, they love the city’s many zoos, its great museums and restaurants and regularly open up their apartment on Sunday mornings to share bagels, coffee and the Sunday papers with residents.

Semone’s interests include: power walks, the Oscars and Southern fiction. Bob loves to play tennis, The Great Gatsby, watching “Morning Joe” and the Mets and Jets. They both have become addicted to yoga over the last year.

Bob Boland Photo

Crystal Parikh is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Social and Cultural Analysis and English. She lives in Founders Hall with her husband Eric Sobie, an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and their son Nikhil. Crystal loves to read, swim, snowboard, hike, and nap. Eric enjoys riding his bike, skiing, and spending long hours in the lab. Nikhil’s hobbies include swimming, reading and writing, eating ravioli, climbing anything that can be scaled, and riding roller coasters (the bigger, the better).

Crystal, Eric, and Nikhil are very excited to share your first year at NYU and Founders Hall. They look forward to exploring lots of new areas with you!

Crystal Parikh Photo

Carley Moore holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University, a M.A. in English Literature and Poetry from New York University, and a Ph.D. in English Education from New York University. She is a Master Teacher of Writing in the Liberal Studies Program at New York University and an Associate at the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College. Her dissertation, entitled Seventeen Magazine and the Girl Writer, examines the relationship between popular American culture, American political movements in the last forty years, and how teenage girls have responded to these cultural and political changes in writing for Seventeen magazine. Carley’s poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Aufgabe, Coconut, Fence, and The Journal of Popular Culture. She is the Book Review Editor for the website Writing in Public, and her debut young adult novel, The Stalker Chronicles was published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2012. You can find her blogging and see more of her work at: Her current scholarly interests include: contemporary American poetry and fiction, the history of the essay, girls’ studies, and global youth subcultures.

As a Faculty Fellow in Residence at Goddard, Carley is committed to programming that offers residents a strong service component, as well as the opportunity to interface with the avant-garde (whether it be in dance, theater, poetry, or even food). Ongoing programs include: Hurricane Sandy relief, City Harvest food preparation, Cheese Vs. Chocolate snack hour, Indie New York Film Series, and organic cooking classes.

Carley also teaches a Goddard Class - Writing I: The Writer, the Text, and the World.  In this class we will study the essay—how it works, what it looks like, how to read it, and best of all, how to write it. The essay has many homes. You’ll find essays in newspapers, magazines, academic journals, literary magazines, and on-line, but some essays are, of course, better than others. We want to write the good ones, the ones that present readers with a genuine question or problem, and attempt to explore that problem or answer that question by way of deep, sustained, and interested work with evidence. Sometimes that evidence will come from personal or lived experiences, but more often it with come from a variety of different kinds of texts, both visual and written.

Carley and Malka

Philip Kain is currently the curriculum chair for writing in the Global Liberal Studies. As a dancer and performance artist Philip’s work has been seen at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, City Center, The Joyce, and Dance Theater Workshop among others. His cultural reviews and freelance writing have appeared in regional and national publications. He has written screenplays and for television but is currently focused on writing books for tweens. His most recent series, “The Social Experiments of Dorie Dilts” was published by Simon & Schuster and a new series of books, “The Go-See Chronicles” is scheduled to be released by S&S in 2011.

William Crow holds an M.F.A in Painting and an M. S. Ed. in Leadership in Museum Education. He is currently completing his Ph. D. in Cognitive Studies while working as Associate Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. William has lectured on art and museum education around the world. Most recently he was invited to speak at the Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid and the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires. As an artist William has exhibited his paintings at galleries in New York and has had solo and group shows around the country. 


Philip and William enjoy traveling to Spain and Latin America when they can and consider Buenos Aires to be their favorite destination. They frequently camp in the Catskills and Adirondacks but can often be found bicycling on the greenways that encircle Manhattan or gardening on their terrace.  

Philip Kain Photo

Olivia Birdsall has been teaching writing at NYU since 2002. A Senior Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program, Olivia has taught creative and expository writing at NYU, NYU’s London Summer Study Abroad program, and as an artist-in-residence at NYC public schools.

In addition to teaching and writing, Olivia enjoys being outdoors, eating delicious food, talking about interesting things, looking at compelling art (of all kinds), listening to good stories and music, hanging out with brilliant people and reading mind-blowing writing. As the FFIR at Gramercy Green (the newest item on her list of things she enjoys), most of the events she’ll sponsor will likely involve one or more of those things.

She also asks that you make her aware of any wonders or pastimes that should be added to her list.

Olivia Birdsall Photo

Sharon Heijin Lee is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in Gender and Sexuality studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Dean Saranillio is an assistant professor of Asian/Pacific/American studies also in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Both received their PhDs in American Studies from the University of Michigan and met in a Masters Program in Asian American studies at UCLA. Both Sharon and Dean are avid amateur karaoke singers and have a beautiful golden retriever named Banyan. Sharon works on a variety of topics including beauty, popular and consumer culture, and transnational feminisms and is currently writing a book on South Korea’s plastic surgery industry. She teaches a host of courses including “The Geopolitics of Beauty,” “KPOP, Gender, and Global Pop Culture,” and “Asian American Documentary Films.” When not teaching or writing, Sharon can be found trying a new restaurant or happy hour with friends, binge watching something on Netflix or playing ball with Banyan.

Dean Saranillio is an Asian American studies scholar who engages both Critical Indigenous studies and American studies. He teaches the Core Curriculum Asian/Pacific/American Cultures course as well as several courses on social movements and food and power. He was born and raised on the island of Maui in Hawai‘i. In the islands he loves skin diving for fish but while in New York he enjoys walking Banyan and biking.

Dean & Sharon

Olivier Berthe is a senior language lecturer in the French Department at NYU, where he has been teaching courses on French language, literature, and history since 2006. Born and raised in Paris, he is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and holds a M.Phil in Literature from Paris VII University (Jussieu), as well as the "Agrégation de Lettres Modernes", France's highest teaching diploma. His interests outside of literature are many, including cinema, feminism, jazz, meteorites, and the history of New York City, to name a few. In his spare time Olivier likes to write fiction, ride his bike and play frisbee. He looks forward to sharing his passions with the students in Lafayette Hall as well as learning from theirs.

Jamie Berthe is currently finishing up her PhD in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University (Steinhardt), where she also teaches courses in media and visual studies. Her research interests revolve around film and visual culture - which allows her to indulge in frequent movie marathons. She looks forward to talking about (and maybe even making some!) movies and media with the students at Lafayette Hall.

Olivier and Jamie have a one and a half year old daughter, Alma, who is a lot of fun. She loves trees, whales, staircases, and high fives.

Olivier Berthe Photo

Aisha Khan is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department. She is very excited about joining the FFIR program and getting to know you. Aisha grew up in Los Angeles and went to graduate school in New York. Her research focuses on the Caribbean region (particularly the British West Indies) and the Atlantic coast of Central America, and her main areas of study are Asian and African diasporas, Atlantic World religions, race and ethnicity, colonialism, and postcolonial societies. She teaches classes on diaspora and migration, race and identity, the Caribbean, and Islam in the Americas. New York City is a wonderful place to explore these topics—through neighborhoods, festivals, music, theater, museums, films, and cuisines. Aisha loves international travel and takes trips as often as possible. She loves reading, especially history and historical fiction—most recently about Cleopatra and Elizabeth I—but also magazines, from the New Yorker to Martha Stewart Living. She finds caves fascinating and her favorites so far are “Balancanche” in Mexico and “Cueva de la Pileta” in Spain. Aisha loves movies but even better is live theater, from exponentially off Broadway to the theater district. And when she’s watching TV at home she likes the Food Network, Project Runway, and courtroom dramas. Last but not least, pets have been a part of Aisha’s entire life and she’s proud to say that her cat Phoebe turned 19 years old last spring, or about 100 in people years!

Aisha Khan Photo

Richard Hendler, Clinical Associate Professor of Law in Business at Stern, will be joining Palladium for his first year as a Faculty Fellow in Residence. He is a member of the NYU family through and through, having graduated from Stern (then named BPA) in 1985 and having received his J.D. from NYU Law in 1988. He has been teaching at Stern and advising at Gallatin since 1991.

A practicing attorney, Professor Hendler is well-versed in business law, but his favored field is startup law. It is his goal to excite students about not just learning the law in the business world and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit, but also about life and career -- to encourage students to think, analyze, and act, to enjoy life within the University, and to take hold of the extraordinary opportunities at NYU and in NYC. In brief, he is a teacher with one great ambition in mind: making a difference in the lives of the students.

Rich Hendler Photo

Linda Herrmann is a health care provider and researcher, who teaches advanced pathophysiology at the College of Nursing. Linda completed her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Linda’s expertise is in gerontology and neuroscience, with clinical and research interests in acute neurological injury and acutely injured older adults. Linda has presented nationally and internationally, and has been published numerous times in peer-reviewed journals. Linda was a John A. Hartford Predoctoral Scholar and was selected in 2011 to participate in the Hartford Faculty Scholars Program Policy Leadership Institute, allowing her to discuss research findings and implications with policy makers in Washington D.C. Linda enjoys traveling, exploring the intersection of art and science, intellectual wanderlust, culinary explorations, and staying in shape by way of the gym, running, and spinning classes.

Highlights from her programs: recurring social programs to build an in-hall community (to include Salsa Study Break, Build-Your-Own Smoothie, Holy Crepe, and Sunday Scramble), programs to challenge how our bodies move in space (for example: Weekend Warrior, touring the “Body Worlds Pulse” exhibit, and a community outreach), and a Health Series to foster intellectual dialogue about health and its meaning individually and globally (A Picture of Health [exploring how we define health, given societal expectations and media portrayal of aging, beauty, and body image],  What in the World [an examination of contemporary global health issues], a plan to partner with the New York Academy of Medicine to explore their exhibit, “The Wonders of Skin: Looking Good, Being Healthy” to provide culturally-sensitive instruction on the structure and function of the integument system, skin disorders, safe practices in the sun, piercing, and tattooing).


Linda Herrmann

Michael Dinwiddie is a playwright and associate professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. His teaching interests include cultural studies, African American theatre history, dramatic writing, filmmaking, and ragtime music.  A Gallatin graduate, Michael earned his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. His course offerings include Migration and American Culture; Dramatizing History I & II; Poets in Protest: Footsteps to Hip Hop; James Reese Europe and American Music; Sissle, Blake, and the Minstrel Tradition; and Buenos Aires: Art, Culture & Politics. Michael received NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.  “We will be visiting lots of museums, taking walking tours of New York’s ethnic neighborhoods, and integrating the city into the life of the dorm.”

Michael Dinwiddie

MOSETTE BRODERICK likes cities and teaching. Often that works well together. She is looking forward to living below 14th Street, commonly regarded as the northern edge of Manhattan.  Mosette is the director of the Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program, the Urban Design in London summer program and a new MA Program in Historical and Sustainable Architecture based in London. She teaches courses on architecture, urban history and planning and museums.  In 2010, she received the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. The lectures on the architects of her recent book, McKim, Mead & White, (TRIUMVIRATE, Knopf, 2010) are pretty well over and Mosette has begun work on her new book on the houses of Fifth Avenue, most, sadly, now loft buildings, office towers and apartments.

Mosette is looking forward to getting to know the newcomers to New York and for a year of walks, talks, visits and discussion of the neighborhood, the City and all the richness to be found here.

HERBERT BRODERICK teaches art history at Lehman College in the NEW YORK UNIVERSITY CUNY system in New York. A medievalist with an interest in Old Testament iconography, Herb, like Mosette, is a life-long New Yorker and looks forward to introducing newcomers to its various delights.

Mosette and Herb, their daughter Camilla, and two cats will share the FFIR apartment with their books, antiques, and collections.

Mosette Broderick Photo

Robin Nagle teaches anthropology, urban studies, and environmental studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science. She also directs the Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in GSAS. She's particularly proud to be the anthropologist-in-residence with New York City's Department of Sanitation (DSNY). Her most recent book, Picking Up, is about the DSNY; it was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2013. Robin loves learning about New York by exploring its less obvious treasures and its incredible infrastructure. In the spring 2015 semester she'll teach Human Society & Culture (a.k.a. Introduction to Anthropology); c'mon down! Becoming an FFiR has inspired her to return to running, an old passion and one of the best ways she knows for discovering the city. She also loves to knit, and is a sci-fi geek. She and her son Zachary, a student at the Bronx High School of Science, are delighted to join Third North's dynamic community!

For programming this year, she'll be putting together a film series about New York City, another about garbage (it's fascinating -- really!), a food tour with local Freegans (a unique experience that will forever change your relationship with urban space), and visits to historic cemeteries, among other events.

Robin Nagle

John and Margaret are both chemists and we both teach in the General Chemistry program here at NYU. Since Gen Chem is one of the largest programs at NYU, many of you already know us from taking the course. If so, let’s get reacquainted! If not, we would like very much to meet YOU!

John came to NYU as an undergraduate and has never left. Margaret came for graduate school and is now back to teach. Our son Oliver is an NYU graduate. Our daughter, Ellen, is currently an NYU undergrad (and an RA in Founders Hall). NYU has been a family tradition for us. We’re looking forward to another year with our much larger family - the University Hall community!

We hope to help you to make the most of your experience, within UHall, everywhere at NYU, and throughout the city. The opportunities here are boundless and we can all have a wonderful time exploring!

John Halpin Photo

A Music Associate Professor in Steinhardt's department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, Brian is the Director of Vocal Pedagogy and teaches private voice lessons and courses in Vocal Pedagogy Research and Practice. Passionate about all aspects of voice, Brian is a vocologist and works in conjunction with faculty in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Langone Medical Center and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation helping habilitate/rehabilitate voices. Brian brings his love for music and meditation to the students of U-hall. Events include meditation sessions, jam sessions, trips to Broadway shows/Opera/Concerts, and much more.

His wife, Kim, is an adjunct professor in the same department where she teaches private voice to classical and musical theater majors. A lover of cooking, Kim looks forward to sharing her passion with the students of U-hall. First on the schedule will be monthly breakfasts!

Kim and Brian have two children, Thomas (5) and Ian (3), who are thrilled to be surrounded by so many wonderful people in U-hall! They both love music, playing with cars/trucks/trains, riding anything with wheels, swimming, singing, eating (especially cookies...yes!), and contemplating the meaning of life as they breathe in...and out...

We all look forward to sharing some great times with everyone in U-hall!!

Brian Gill Photo

Jim Calder and Joan Harmon are happy to join the community at Alumni Hall for the second year.

Jim is Head of Movement at the Graduate Acting Program at Tisch School of the Arts. In the summers he teaches a Commedia del Arte class for undergraduate acting students at La Pietra, NYU, Florence. He is also the Artistic Director of the Summer Theater Festival there where he brings a group of professional actors, writers and musicians to collaborate and perform and directs an Essential Shakespeare Production.

Joan Harmon is an is an award winning sculptor and mixed media artist and an Adjunct Art Professor at CUNY. She received her BFA at the California College of Art and an MFA at Rutgers University. To see what she does, go to:

Jim and Joan have two sons, Justin, 21 and Sean, 27. Justin is a third year student at NYU and resident of Alumni Hall and Sean graduated from the Dramatic Writing Program at NYU and is now a TV writer for NBC and is writing for the show, Grimm.

Check out the 7A Partnership Facebook Page for our scheduled programs & events.

Jim Calder & Joan Harmon Photo
John Moran Photo

Apply now to be an FFIR.


We anticipate selecting FFIR to begin appointments in August 2015.  Available positions include:

The FFiR application is available now.  Applications are due Monday, February 2, 2015.  To apply, submit a completed application, curriculum vitae, and letter of interest to Kate Baier.

The FFiR position description is available here.  Join us for an information session to learn more about the position and application process:

  • Thursday, December 11th at 9:30am in room #701 at 726 Broadway
  • Friday, January 30th at 2pm in room #701 at 726 Broadway

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact Kate Baier or Kerri Smith.

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