Faculty shares dorm halls with students

Jeff Giesey, Associate Dean for Academics at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and his wife, Eve Giesey, a Counselor in Residence, sit in their apartment in Treudley Hall on West Green. They have been living there since July and attend programs that the residence hall runs (Julia Leiby | For The Post)

This school year, Ohio University’s Faculty-in-Residence program is housing three faculty members in campus dormitories with the hope of connecting academic and residential life.

The three faculty members housed in residence halls are Jeffrey Giesey, associate dean for Academics in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Beatrice Mary Selotlegeng, academic advisor in the College of Business; and Nathan Andary, visiting assistant professor of dance.

Program faculty members stay in dorm apartments. The two-bedroom apartments have a living room, dining space and kitchen. Faculty live free-of-charge and are given flex points to use at the dining halls and a parking pass to an on-campus car garage.

The Faculty-in-Residence program has been a part of residential living at OU for a number of years, but this year, the faculty members in the program have decided to get more involved in residential life.

“The program allows me to work with the staff and students,” said Giesey, who lives in Treudley Hall. “I help plan activities with the staff, help students with homework and really get to know everyone in the hall.”

Giesey has been involved in hall activities such as Hot Wheel car races. On Sundays, Giesey and his wife, Eve, also a faculty member on campus, take cookies to students in the hall.

“Jeff comes to all of our staff meetings, and we collaborate together on programs and events for the hall,” said Tory Rowlands, residential coordinator for Boyd and Treudley halls. “It has been great for the students.”

Andary has also been able to plan activities for Gamerstfelder Hall, where he is housed, as well as Lincoln Hall, the fine arts dorm on East Green.

He also coordinated a “Gangnam Style” flash mob on College Green during Homecoming weekend with students from residence halls all over campus.

“The program has helped facilitate the interaction of faculty and students outside of the classroom and bring academics and residential life together,” Giesey said.

Residential Housing hopes to expand the program and get more faculties involved in the program in the future, Rowlands said.


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