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What is the Role of the Faculty in Residence?

Our Faculty in Residence are Auburn faculty members who live in several Village residence halls. Through personal and group interactions with students and hall staff, the Faculty in Residence encourages a welcoming, safe, and inclusive living environment. Each Faculty in Residence supports the social and intellectual development of residents by promoting effective learning habits, engaging with students in educationally purposeful activities, and encouraging intellectual curiosity. Each Faculty in Residence serves as a positive role model, academic mentor and resource to students living on campus.

Dr. Paul Harris

Aubie Hall

A tenured faculty member with over 20 years teaching experience, in January 2019 Dr. Harris began serving as the chair of the Department of Political Science. Between 2008 – 2010, he led a highly successful program to mentor Auburn’s best and brightest students as candidates for national prestigious scholarships such as the Rhodes and Fulbright. Prior to coming to Auburn in 2008, Dr. Harris taught at Augusta State University in Georgia and as a Friedrich Ebert Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, Germany. Dr. Harris received a Bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College, a Masters in Public Administration from Georgia Southern University, and a Ph.D. from Auburn University. Dr. Harris has a variety of academic interests and, lives in Aubie Hall in the Village.

Dr. Ameya Kolarkar

Talon Hall

Dr. Ameya Kolarkar, also known as “Dr. K”, is a Senior Lecturer with Auburn’s Physics department and enjoys research in Physics Education. Dr. K received his undergraduate degree from Sathaye College (Mumbai) and Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in India. His doctoral experiment in Nuclear/Particle Physics was performed at Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory in Virginia and he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Kentucky. He was a post-doctoral scholar at Boston University as well as a visiting scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Fermilab. Dr. Kolarkar lives in Talon Hall with his family and is a Faculty in Residence for students living in Talon and Tiger Halls in the Village.

Last modified: October 6, 2021