Columbus State University Begins Faculty In Residence Program

Dr. Gill in her new apartmentCOLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University has selected its inaugural class for its new Faculty In Residence (FIR) program.

This year’s three participants are John Finley, assistant professor of business administration in the Turner College of Business; Kimberly Gill, assistant professor and director of the Public Administration Program; and Nick Easton, assistant professor of political science and public administration. 

Finley will live on the same floor in the Rankin as the Honors and Scholars community. Gill and Easton will live in Broadway Crossing and Courtyard I, respectively – both first year communities.

 “We know that informal faculty and student interaction is important to the success of students, and the Faculty In Residence program will add a new dimension to these interactions,” said Jonathan Lucia, CSU’s director of Residence Life. “We will begin the program with three outstanding faculty members who are enthusiastic about student success, and have a track record of positively engaging with students inside and outside of the classroom.” 

Each FIR participant will make a residence hall his or her full time home starting this fall. Faculty staff will engage students through informal and formal programming and will provide assistance to students seeking academic support and guidance.

 “I feel that faculty-student interaction outside of the classroom enhances greatly the overall ‘college’ experience,” Gill said. “Currently, I serve as the Director of the Public Administration Program and engage in numerous activities (public heroes group, bowling night, lecture nights, dinner nights, etc.) all of which include faculty and students in an effort to build a sense of community within our program. I, however, miss the interaction I once had with my undergraduate students and view this position as an opportunity to serve in a mentorship role and help foster increased student personal development as well as improve my understanding of the challenges current college students must face.”

“The opportunity to build relationships with so many young people through the FIR program is exciting and gratifying,” Easton said.

Candidates for the Faculty In Residence positions participated in an extensive interview process. In addition to Lucia, participants were selected by a panel consisting of Gina Sheeks, vice-president for Student Affairs, Cindy Ticknor, director of the Honors Program, Tina Butcher, associate provost for Undergraduate Education, and Residence Life representatives Robin Peacock and Antonio Bradley.