Faculty in Residence
The Faculty in Residence reinforce the holistic development of students by bridging academic and residential program efforts and serving as accessible community leaders and mentors.
Faculty in Residence (FIRs) are full-time faculty members from the Caltech community who live in the residences alongside students. FIRs support the academic mission of the Institute, the welfare of residents, and the goals and objectives of the Office of Residential Experience. The FIR team supports the holistic development and success of all Caltech residents from their first year to their graduate career.
We currently have four faculty members on the team:
- Antonio Rangel, Head Faculty in Residence; Bing Professor of Neuroscience, Behavioral Biology, and Economics; living in the Bechtel Residence
- Konstantin Batygin, Professor of Planetary Science; living in Avery House
- Hyun Ji (Jane) Bae, Assistant Professor of Aerospace; living in Bechtel Residence
- Andrew Howard, Professor of Astronomy; living in Avery House
FIRs establish an academic life and culture in the undergraduate living environments at Caltech. FIRs will form strong connections with the residents and become integral academic and community leaders. Faculty in Residence bridge the classroom experience by hosting regular conversations over dinner with students, hosting guest speakers, organizing community tours to events and landmarks of cultural, historical, and social significance in the greater Los Angeles area.
Faculty in Residence carry out their work through three main components: 1) Serving as a model and mentor to residents in undergraduate housing, 2) Initiating and participating in residential experience programming, and 3) Facilitating the involvement of other campus faculty colleagues in residential living.
For more information, see the Faculty in Residence website.