Faculty in Residence (FIR) are CSUSB faculty members who are invested in directly impacting students' residential experiences. In collaboration with Student Affairs, FIRs work in close partnership with the Department of Housing and Residential Education team in enhancing the academic environment, and supporting academic excellence with the residential communities. Faculty in Residence live in the campus communities, form strong connections with residents, and become a vital academic and community leader. Faculty in Residence bridge the classroom experience by hosting regular conversations over dinner, hosting guest speakers, & organizing and implementing community events.
2021-2022 Faculty in Residence Selection
The health and safety of our residents is our highest priority.
After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 developments and lower residential housing density, we will not be conducting a new Faculty In Residence selection process for the 2021 - 2022 academic year. If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the Faculty In Residence program, please contact Timothy Bethune at Timothy.Bethune@csusb.edu.
Meet the Faculty in Residence Team
College: Social and Behavioral Sciences
I am an Associate Professor in Psychology and teach in the Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling program. I feel honored and privileged to train the next generation of mental health therapists. I am happy to serve as a Faculty in Residence for Coyote Village! I live with my partner, Sina, and my giant dog, Bear. We enjoy living on campus and getting to know the residents. I am a first generation immigrant from Iran and grew up in Texas. I come from a close knit family and I remember how difficult it was to leave them to live on campus when I was an undergraduate student. I know firsthand the importance of finding support networks in college. That is one of the reasons I love being a Faculty In Residence; I hope to help first year students adjust to living on campus. I appreciate hearing residents’ stories and am happy to share my own experiences and struggles. My goals as a FIR are to build connections with residents, help make CSUSB home, support them in succeeding academically, professionally, and personally, and make their campus life memorable, enjoyable, and enriching. My hobbies include hiking, coloring, dancing, spending time with loved ones, and art activities (e.g., drawing, painting, etc.).
College: Arts and Letters
A Professor of English and Director of the University Honors Program, I grew up on the east coast. While in college at College of the Holy Cross, I played rugby and was active in theatre. After college I taught high school English and drama for a year before going to England to earn a Master's degree in Medieval Studies. From there I went to Indiana University to get my PhD in English, with a specialty in medieval literature. I joined the English Department at CSUSB in 2007, and until 2010 most of my research was on how the middle ages get used in contemporary popular culture, things like movies, games and comics. Since then, I have facilitated higher education reform projects all over the country and have shifted my research interests to that area.
When I’m not teaching or minding the Honors Program, I fill my time with a variety of activities. I love stories, and so I can often be found reading novels and comic books or watching movies. I also have a creative streak and enjoy photography and woodworking. Games are another favorite pastime, and I enjoy playing board games, card games, and role-playing games with my two sons. I also have a part-time job as an emotional support human for my anxious German Shepherd, Shelby, who is afraid of the dark.
Jordan Perez Fullam
Department: Teacher Education and Foundations
I am an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Foundations in the College of Education. Before joining the Cal State San Bernardino community, I taught English and Philosophy at a public high school in Brooklyn. I also worked for several years at New York University on projects to transform schools and address issues of equity and social justice in public education. My research interests include school culture, youth activism, instructional video, mindfulness for teachers, educational equity, and educational philosophy. I believe that building a strong sense of community and solidarity among our students in the residence halls is among the most important work we do here at CSUSB. This is what I think of as the real work of teaching -- building relationships, making connections across differences, and learning together. The FIR program allows me to undertake this work in a way that would not be possible if teaching was limited to the four walls of the classroom.
I live in University Village with my wife and partner-in-all-things, Tiana Perez Fullam, who is a CSUSB student. We enjoy running, hiking, and exercising outdoors. We are also passionate about music and spend a lot of our free time creating and listening to music. We care very much for our small collection of Fender guitars and take every opportunity to participate in a good jam session. To share our love of music with the residential community, we host weekly jam sessions in our home. Students come by with their instruments to jam with us, and sometimes students come just to listen to the music and hang out. We also enjoy discussing current events, politics, art, relationships, education, wellness, and other topics over good tea and coffee; and we host a monthly "Socrates Cafe" when we welcome students into our home for informal dialogue and community-building. Living on campus, I have found that residential students here at CSUSB are friendly, caring, and supportive, and are great to have as friends and neighbors. Tiana and I appreciate the opportunity the FIR program provides us to work closely with students and staff in the residential community.