Student and faculty interaction outside of the formal classroom setting is considered an essential characteristic of a vibrant intellectual life.  Pascarella & Terenzini (2005) indicates that faculty-student interactions in residence halls, community centers, and in the dining facilities provide a bridge between formal academic programs and out-of-classroom learning and development activities for students.  Research suggests that students experience benefits from such out-of-class interactions that include increased intellectual orientation, growth in autonomy and independence, increased interpersonal skills, and gains in general maturity and personal development.

As one way to foster this interaction, the Faculty-in-Residence program was created to provide faculty and their families the opportunity to live and interact with students while residing in an apartment in the students’ residence hall.  The Faculty-in-Residence work in close partnership with the Residential Living team in enhancing the intellectual environment, supporting academic excellence and existing Living Learning Communities, providing opportunities for other faculty to interact with students, and integrating intellectual thought through informal and formal interactions.

The Faculty-in-Residence programs allows faculty to spend time with students in their living space, creating an environment that is conducive to formal, academic, and casual conversations and programs.  Faculty members are also able to gain a more in-depth understanding of what the college experience is like for on-campus residents, which in turn provides a new perspective on how to approach learning within the classroom environment.

All positions are currently full. If you have questions about the program, please contact Katie Heather, Associate Director, Office of Residential Living.


  1. Increase faculty presence and interaction in the residential life of undergraduate students as a mode of accompanying students on their journey to integrate their academic and co-curricular experiences.   
  2. Collaborate with members of the Office of Residential Living and Residential Ministry to support the roles of student and professional staff, student leaders, and initiate educational activities and collaborate with Residential Living team to foster faculty/student relations. 
  3. Promote personal and intellectual growth and development of students through formal and informal, regular contact with faculty members. 
  4. Enhance the sense of community in a residential environment at Georgetown University.
  5. Support the academic and Catholic, Jesuit mission of Georgetown University, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of Residential Living by incorporating Jesuit values and student formation practices into daily interactions with students.  
  6. Provide faculty members with the unique opportunity to involve themselves intimately in the life of the undergraduate residential community, and thereby to gain a much richer view of the complex texture of the student life and its special rhythms, dynamics and pressures.

Current Faculty-in-Residence

DR. Marcia Chatelain

Arrupe Hall

Marcia Chatelain is an Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University.  She is the author of the book South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015).  Chatelain has received funding from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, the Ford Foundation, and D.C.'s New America think tank, as well as several teaching awards at Georgetown University.  She received degrees in journalism and religious studies from the University of Missouri and holds an A.M. and Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University.  Chatelain has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, and PBS to discuss her project #fergusonsyllabus, in which she used Twitter to organize a national, faculty response to the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.  Chatelain has also written pieces for The Washington Post, TheAtlantic.Com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Time.Com, and other national publications. Recently, she served on Georgetown’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation.  You can hear her chat with students each week on her podcast, “Office Hours: A Podcast.”

Soyica Colbert

East Campus

Soyica Colbert is the Chair of the Department of Performing Arts, Director of Theater and Performance Studies and an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance and the Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics (Rutgers University Press, forthcoming 2017). Colbert edited the Black Performance special issue of African American Review (2012) and co-edited The Psychic Hold of Slavery (Rutgers University Press, 2016). She is currently working on two book projects, Lorraine Hansberry: Artist/Activist and Performing Seeing: Blackness in Visual Culture and Performance Theory. Colbert has published articles and reviews on Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, Alice Childress, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, Lynn Nottage, Katori Hall, Ntozake Shange, Suzan-Lori Parks, Spike Lee, Kanye West, and Beyoncé Knowles in African American Review, Theater Journal, Boundary 2, South Atlantic Quarterly, Scholar and Feminist Online, and Theater Topics and in the collections Black Performance Theory, Contemporary African American Women Playwrights, and August Wilson: Completing the Cycle. She is the recipient of the Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mellon Summer Research Grant, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library Fellowship. Her research interests span the 19th-21st centuries, from Harriet Tubman to Beyoncé, and from poetics to performance. She is an avid reader and lover of the arts. She resides in LXR with her husband, Rodger Colbert.  

Dean Tad Howard

Tad Howard

Kennedy Hall

Tad Howard (M.A. University of Chicago) is an Assistant Dean in the College. He is in his eighth year in the College Dean's office where he advises sophomore and transfer students, as well as pre-medical students and those planning to study abroad. In his role in the College, Dean Howard counsels students making decisions about majors and minors, with a special attention toward balancing academic requirements and curricular freedom.

As Faculty-in-Residence in Kennedy Hall, Dean Howard hosts social events, academic events, academic events that feel like social events, and social events that feel like academic events. He encourages students to explore the similarities between their academic and personal interests, and to reconnect what they may see as separate: the intellectual and the popular. He hopes to promote the concept of the Public Intellectual, the figure who bridges the ever-widening gap between popular culture (often seen within academia as unworthy of serious examination) and academic culture (often seen by the public as esoteric, self-aggrandizing, and of little real-world consequence) to the ultimate benefit of students, the university, and the community at large.

Dean Howard is addicted to crossword puzzles, watches basketball, plays guitar, frequents the Black Cat, and lives in Kennedy Hall with his wife Susan (democratic legislative aide, former indie radio DJ, entertainment blog aficionado, co-frequenter of the Black Cat).

Marilyn McMorrow Dr. Marilyn McMorrow

McCarthy Hall

Professor Marilyn McMorrow, who is also a Religious of the Sacred Heart, has been at Georgetown since 1992, teaching courses in the Government Department and the School of Foreign Service that focus on the political theory of international relations and on ethical analysis of urgent moral problems in world politics, such as human rights violations, absolute poverty and hunger, justifiable and unjustifiable resort to force, plight of refugees and migrants, and environmental rescue and repair.

As a Faculty Member in Residence, Professor McMorrow loves to host or plan events that look at contemporary issues in world politics or national politics, for example, the effect of AIDS on HIV+ orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa or election campaigns and other political events here in the nation's capital. A favorite activity during the run-up to the last presidential election, for instance, was inviting anyone interested to watch the campaign debates—and then Jon Stewart's Daily Show!

Professor McMorrow who loves sports is particularly dedicated to the success of Hoya B-Ball! A diehard fan. . . .

Guy Spielmann Dr. Guy Spielmann

Reynolds Hall

Born in Marseille, France, Guy Spielmann (Ph.D. Vanderbilt University) is associate Professor of French in Georgetown College. He teaches courses—most usually in French—in performing arts as well as linguistics. While he joined the Georgetown faculty in 1994, he has also held visiting positions in various institutions in France (the Department of Drama at the Université Marc Bloch/Strasbourg II (2001-2003), the Departement of Performing Arts at the Université Paris X-Nanterre (2001), and lately (2011-12) in the Department of Performing Arts and Literature at the Université Stendhal-Grenoble III).

His scholarly interests cover Early-Modern European performing arts broadly conceived, with a particular focus on stagecraft and non-literary genres (such as fairground theater and commedia dell'arte), as well as various forms of popular culture, notably film and comics. He is currently completing a comprehensive theoretical work on a possible "science of spectacle" under the working title, Spectacle Events.

Guy likes to mix text-driven research and stage production experience, and founded a theater group in 2002, La Compagnie SapassoussakasS, in order to put on shows and direct workshops—so far he has led groups of amateur and professional actors in the U.S.A., Québec, France, Tunisia, Morocco, the UK, Spain and Switzerland. His specialty is a kind of farcical, absurdist French drama from the 18th century (known as "Parade"), which he helped revive; in 2007, he took a group of Georgetown Undergrads to a theater festival in Montreal, where they performed some of these plays.

An early adopter of communication technology, he was among the first Georgetown faculty members to set up his own web pages, and later created a virtual resource Early-Modern European performing arts, OPSIS - Spectacles du Grand Siècle.

Other than traveling, lecturing and putting on shows, Guy loves to haunt museums and monuments of all kinds, to attend plays, operas and rock concerts, but he also enjoys cooking, spending time in gardens (though he can never remember the names of flowers), and discussing underground cinema from the 60s and 70s.

In August 2012, he begins a residency in Reynolds Hall as adviser of the Culture & Performance Living Learning Community (CPLLC), and will be directing a new drama workshop in the French department in the Fall.

Joan B. Riley Joan B. Riley N’76 & G’97

Copley Hall

Professor Riley is on the faculty of the School of Nursing & Health Studies in the Departments of Nursing and Human Science and works as a Nurse Practitioner at the Student Health Center.
Her work focuses on the scholarship of teaching in the area of health promotion. Recent work links academics with wellness issues, educating the whole student and using reflection to provide transformative educational experiences. At GU she is a member of the Engelhard Project team, part of the national Bringing Theory to Practice project supported by the Charles Engelhard Foundation of New York City in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Professor Riley has been recognized for her excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring as a U.S. Professor of the Year for the District of Columbia by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She is the recipient of the Dorothy Brown Award in 2007 and the John Carroll Medal in 2009, and will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October 2011.

She works with government agencies, community partners and advocacy groups to improve the health and well being of persons with developmental disabilities, and serves as faculty advisor to the Georgetown chapter of Best Buddies International. Joan and her husband Steve (F’76) enjoy cooking, walking and travel.