Faculty Involvement

FACULTY in Residence

Mission Statement

The Faculty in Residence Program seeks to create an integrative and transformative Northeastern student experience by cultivating opportunities for enjoyment and learning.


To set the standard for engaging the residential student with faculty beyond the classroom to catalyze personal and professional development.


  • Welcoming Community: The Faculty in Residence Program will foster an environment of comfort, care, and sense of belonging for students.
  • Respect and Acceptance: The Faculty in Residence Program will promote a culture of awareness, inclusion, and comfort with difference.
  • Learning and Inquiry: The Faculty in Residence Program will help students to gain perspective, develop curiosity, and critically question their values and beliefs.
  • Life Skills: The Faculty in Residence Program will create collaborative opportunities and skill-based programs for personal and professional development.
  • Engaged Citizen: The Faculty in Residence Program will encourage students to model ethical behavior and help them to become effective communicators for positive change.


professor Michael hoppmann, phd

Department of Communications Studies
221 Holmes Hall
email: m.hoppmann@northeastern.edu

A little bit about Michael's background…

Originally from the Harz mountains in Northern Germany, Michael spent most of his adult life in Tübingen, where he studied Philosophy and Rhetoric, and did more competitive debating than is good for any single person. In 2008 Michael came to Northeastern for a one-year PostDoc in the Communication Studies department – and never left again. Currently Michael is an Assistant Teaching Professor and serves as the Public Speaking Director at Northeastern.

Michael has two core academic interests: 1) understanding what it takes to communicate reasonably and 2) train people to communicate effectively. Sometimes the two overlap, sometimes they don’t. The first area is usually referred to as “Argumentation Theory”, the study of norms and felicity conditions of reasonable communication, or – more figuratively speaking – formal logic’s, younger, prettier and more approachable twin sister. The second area is Public Speaking Pedagogy and Rhetoric at large – which is why the Director of Public Speaking is his dream job.

A little bit about Michael's interests…

Too many to list, but some of the active hobbies that stand out are: climbing (only indoor so far, but with credible plans to take it outdoor as soon as the time allows), skiing (growing up in the German mountains does that to a child), live music (and loving what Boston has to offer in that regard) and traveling (yet another wonderful fit for an active academic).

Professor Kristen Lee, EDD, LISW

Behavioral Science
101 Belvidere Street, Mailstop 30BV
email: k.lee@northeastern.edu
social media: @TheRealDrKris

A little bit about Kris's background…

Kris grew up in New England and was a first-generation student at Worcester State University where she studied Communication Disorders, Education and Psychology. During this time, she began working in the field of social work, quickly realizing she wanted to devote her life’s work to elevating the human condition. She obtained her MSW from Boston University, practicing in clinical and macro capacities providing outpatient services and resource development for underserved and underrepresented populations. She obtained her Doctor in Education from Northeastern University, focusing on resilience in urban teachers. Prior to arriving at Northeastern University in 2009, Kris operated a clinical and consulting practice focused on cultivating resilience and taught at the University of Massachusetts Center for University and School Partnerships. She is an award-winning author and speaker with a public platform devoted to mental health prevention, access and treatment. She currently oversees the Behavioral Science Program at the College of Professional Studies.

Education truly has the power to transform, and I believe wholeheartedly in Northeastern’s framing that “Learning Happens Everywhere”. As an educator, human resilience researcher, and behavioral science clinician, my life’s work has been devoted to building relationships that protect and nourish. I am deeply committed to embodying a spirit of co-learning that helps to facilitate a safe, inclusive, and dynamic environment that nurtures all facets of development, and inspires intentional, conscious global citizenship…”

A little bit about Kris's interests…

Kris is passionate about eradicating mental health stigma and helping people apply principles of behavioral science and social justice to enact systemic change and spur on “collective efficacy”-a construct emerging from her grounded theory research. She advocates for improving the global and campus mental health crisis as an educator, clinician, parent, and person with a lived experience of anxiety. Kris enjoys exploring the linkages of psychology and spirituality. She is an avid walker, reader, writer and performing arts and comedy enthusiast. Kris practices yoga and meditation as a source of vitality, creativity and connection. Kris is grateful for the bonds she enjoys with family, friends, students and colleagues alike. She loves green juice and peanut butter cups-but not all at once.

"One of my favorite aspects of being part of the Northeastern network are the constant opportunities for building strong relationships. That is why we’re here. Resilience relies on our inter-connection and inter-beingness, as does our sustainability within our complex world. The discoveries and innovation represented in our ecosystem are endless. I am delighted to serve as a Faculty in Residence in International Village, and grateful for the opportunities and experiences we will share that cultivate joy and serve as catalysts for growth and impact…”


Professor Shan Mohammed MD, MPH

Department of Health Sciences
312C Robinson Hall
email: s.mohammed@northeastern.edu

A little bit about Shan's background…

Shan grew up in the village of Milan, Ohio (birthplace of Thomas Edison, for trivia buffs) and majored in Music History/Musicology at the University of Michigan prior to serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the Thai-Laotian border with the Thai Ministry of Public Health. He subsequently earned his master of Public Health degree from Boston University and his MD degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed a fellowship in Academic Medicine with a focus on End-of-Life Care at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Prior to arriving at Northeastern University in 2007 Shan served as a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He currently directs the Master of Public Health Program in Urban Health in Bouve College of Health Sciences.

"A consistent love of mine is teaching and mentoring. Whether it was when I taught piano and trombone lessons to children, shared iodine supplementation techniques with Thai villagers, or served as an attending physician with interns and resident physicians caring for hospitalized patients I have found the educational process rewarding, even during its most challenging moments. Every time I teach I learn something new and I particularly enjoy the questions, knowledge and experiences that Northeastern students bring to our conversations!"

A little bit about Shan's interests…

Shan is a passionate lifelong learner and focuses on maintaining a healthy work/life balance by carving out time to spend with family and friends, experience nature (hiking, biking, kayaking and Nordic skating), read a good book, sample global cuisines, enjoy the arts (museums, concerts, theater, independent films) and try contemplative practices life yoga and meditation.

"As a physician and public health educator, I try to practice what I teach; living in Boston provides great opportunities to create strong social networks, maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, broaden your perspectives, and create lifelong memories! I look forward to creating many opportunities to learn with and from students as a Faculty in Residence in International Village."

Professor Jacob Stump

Department of Philosophy & Religion 
408 Renaissance Park
email: jacob.stump@northeastern.edu

A little bit about Jacob's background…

Jacob grew up fishin’ and huntin’ and muddin’ in Oklahoma. After high school, he flew to Beijing and taught English in Jilin Province for a semester before zigzagging the country for two months, sleeping in train stations and budget hostels. He walked part of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and then matriculated to Wabash College, a tiny liberal arts college in the cornfields of Indiana. He studied German in Berlin and Dresden for a year. He then got his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, where he was part of its Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. He writes on moral psychology in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, and he leads the Philosophy as a Way of Life Working Group. 

A little bit about Jacob's interests…

Playing piano badly, learning how to cook Szechuan food (thankful for C-Mart), long runs as a form of therapy, gaining a remedial education in economic systems and US history, stumbling conversations that explore abstract territory, pickup basketball and pickup soccer, slow thinking, any film movement with ‘New Wave’ in the name, making houseplants happy, learning how to kitesurf, wondering what the Aristotelian virtues look like today – many things, all in an attempt to stay close to what’s meaningful and maybe even beautiful. 

“I think that nothing is more pleasurable (fun, thrilling) than a philosophical conversation, so long as it’s done well, and, in my teaching, I try to acquaint students with that experience. One thing that I love about being a Faculty in Residence is that the opportunities for this are no longer only in the classroom but now also around the bonfires across campus and in the elevators and lobby of East Village. I feel closer to the ancient Greek philosophical ideal of an intellectual community, and I find that to be so energizing.”

Faculty Involvement

The Department of Residential Life sees the value of the interaction between students and faculty and thus has created multiple opportunities for out of classroom experiences that bring both together. “The more students interact with faculty in a variety of formal and informal settings, the greater the degree of students will be committed to the institution,” (Pascarella, 1980).

Not only does this type of involvement improve the experiences of students, but research has shown that faculty also have a lot to gain from these interactions. “Faculty tend to have a greater understanding of students’ needs, expectations, strengths and challenges to help guide faculty in the classroom when teaching and meeting with students about their academic expectations and challenges they may face,” (Pascarella, 1975).

There are a number of opportunities for faculty to become more involved with students’ academic and personal experiences.

Other Faculty Involvement Opportunities & Commitments

These opportunities and commitments can range from a simple one time in residence hall program to a field trip within the Boston area to a commitment of living in a residence hall as a Faculty in Residence (FiR). Faculty who participate can request to work with first year students only or second years and above. Outlined below are examples and time commitments for out of classroom interactions with faculty and students.

30 Minute Program:
  • Attend a program held in a residence hall
  • Take a coffee break with a resident and Resident Assistant (RA)
  • Hold a 30 minute office hour in one of the college affiliated Living Learning Communities
60 Minute Program:
  • Hold a faculty dinner
  • Facilitate a class review session of supplemental workshop
  • Facilitate a discussion about your research
  • Hold an office hour in one of the college affiliated Living Learning Communities
Over an Hour:
  • Attend a field trip with residents to an event in the Boston Area (Freedom Trail tour; trip to the Museum of Fine Arts; attend a performance at the Symphony)
  • Hold a weekly/bi-weekly book club
  • Become a Faculty in Residence

There will always be a student staff member (Resident Assistant) or professional staff member (Residence Director) to help plan and facilitate programs.

If you’re interested in becoming more involved in the lives of our students outside of the classroom, please contact Christina Alch (c.alch@northeastern.edu), Associate Director for Residential Life.

Example Programs:

Spooky Science w/ Professor Courtney Pfluger

  • Dry ice and liquid nitrogen ice cream. “the interactive elements of our presentation had the students in awe and asking inquisitive questions” – RA, Jake Burrell

Meditation and Quality of Life w/ Professor Carey Nolan (Faculty in Residence ’09-’12)

  • A guided meditation session in the Scared Space

How to Run a Cookie Factory and Other Lessons from Professor Susan Freeman

  • Freeman led an interactive session with students, showing them how to run a cookie sandwich assembly line and creating competition between teams to see who can be the most efficient after a crash course in Industrial Engineering for non-engineers.

A Knice Knitting Class w/ Professor Ben Caras

  • Residents in the Creative Expressions LLC learned how to knit. “Faculty programs are fun!” – Melvin Hall resident