Faculty Involvement

 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.

Opportunities and 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: Position Description and Application

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 Kara Curcio, 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

 FACULTY in Residence



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 Thomas J. Vicino

Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
3410 Renaissance Park
email: t.vicino@northeastern.edu

A little bit about Tom's background…

Originally from Washington, D.C., Tom joined the faculty of Northeastern University in 2009. He holds PhD and MPP degrees in Public Policy from the University of Maryland. Additionally, he holds a BSc, cum laude, with departmental honors in political science, from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Tom specializes in the political economy of cities and suburbs, focusing on issues of metropolitan development, housing, and demographic analysis. He is the author of numerous publications, including four books on topics in urban affairs. He teaches courses in political science, public policy, and urban studies. In 2014, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil.

A little bit about Tom's interests…

Tom is an enthusiastic global traveler, enjoys reading, playing the trumpet, and photography as well as exploring good Italian food. For many years, he played the trumpet, marching in stadia and parades throughout the country and world, including his time as a member of the Band of the Hour Marching Band at the University of Miami. As an urbanist, Tom enjoys exploring cities - their people, their buildings, their communities - throughout the world.

"As scholar of the metropolis, I am especially excited to join the Faculty in Residence program to integrate the life of the city of Boston into the educational experience for students at Northeastern. My goal is to make Boston an 'urban laboratory' for learning and living."

FiR Programs hosted by Tom

Tom brings a passion and enthusiasm for experiential learning through faculty involvement. Tom seeks to create living learning communities for students in East Village by focusing on contemporary issues in politics, society, and the city. Tom also proudly serves as the faculty advisor to two student organizations at Northeastern University: College Democrats and Huskies for Alternative Transportation. 

"I want to create opportunities for students to learn about the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the world, especially cutting edge areas of health, security, and sustainability - the pillars of scholarly work at Northeastern University. By exposing students to these ideas outside of the classroom, I hope to reach a broader audience and motivate them."