Faculty-in-Residence are full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who reside in LMU On-campus housing so that they can live and work with a specific Residence Hall community.
By integrating LMU faculty members into the residential experience, the Faculty-in-Residence Program enhances student learning by incorporating the values of academic life with the residential experience in a seamless living-learning environment.
Faculty Programming with students is as varied as the interests and expertise of the faculty themselves. Activities include:
- Individual and small group advising
- Hiking along the Ballona Wetlands
- Study skills workshops
- Job interviewing practice
- Excursions to the Getty Museum and Huntington Library
- Lots and lots of conversation about academic life, internships, research projects, and Study Abroad.
Appointments are for one year, renewable for up to three years
Provided with a one or two bedroom apartment (utilities included)
Access to approximately $1000 in programming funds
Current Faculty in Residence:
- Coordinate and collaborate with other Faculty-in-Residence and Faculty Fellows to plan programs in the residential communities.
- Plan at least three academic-oriented programs per semester for students in a designated residential hall. These programs may be on or off campus.
- Be familiar with on-campus student support services so as to refer students to LMU resources, as appropriate.
- Meet regularly with the Associate Director of Residence Life to coordinate planned academic programming.
Eric Strauss, Ph.D., Presidential Professor, Biology (Leavey 4/5/6 Halls)
Professor Strauss comes to us from Boston College where he has served for 15 years as the Founding Director of Environmental Studies and a faculty member in the Biology Department. With research specialties in animal behavior, urban ecosystem dynamics and science education, Eric has extended the model for faculty activities by helping to co-found the Urban Ecology Institute in Boston, which provides educational, research and restoration programs to under served neighborhoods and their residents.
Erin Stackle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Philosophy (Rains Hall)
Dr. Stackle completed her graduate work in Philosophy at Boston College. With a year under her belt, she is eager to make a difference in the Faculty Engagement program. Dr. Stackle has an breadth of experience in working and attending Jesuit Institutions. She comes from Boston College, Georgetown and Gonzaga. She won the Residence Life programming award from Boston College for co-creating, with a student, a monthly series called “Pop Culture and Philosophy”. Dr. Stackle is currently the advisor for the LMU Phi Sigma Tau and the minors advisor for the Philosophy department.
Thomas Ward, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Tom Ward earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Biola University in 2004, and his M.Phil. in Theology from Oxford University in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from UCLA in 2011. While at Oxford, Tom and his wife, Katie, were Head Residents at the Kilns, the longtime home of C.S. Lewis, which is now used as a residential study center. In 2009, Tom was awarded a Harvey Fellowship by the Mustard Seed Foundation. He has published several scholarly articles, including "Spinoza on the Essences of Modes", for which he won the British Society for the History of Philosophy Graduate Student Essay Prize. Current projects include a book on medieval theories of matter and form, an article on John Duns Scotus's understanding of the Christian doctrine of the Atonement, and a study of Austin Farrer's philosophical theology. As native Californians, Tom and Katie are thrilled to be a part of the LMU community and to raise their family in Los Angeles.
For more information contact Lori Harrison-Reyes, Director of Residence Life in Student Housing.