Housing and Residence Life offers a number of opportunities for residents and faculty to interact in the residence halls in meaningful ways. By bringing faculty and residents together, residents are empowered to form academic support systems, engage more deeply in their studies, and form lasting relationships with their community. Tulane offers the following faculty driven programs:
The Faculty in Residence is a tenured faculty member who lives on campus and serves as a positive and visible leader, teacher, and mentor to students living in the residence halls. FIRs facilitate, promote, and encourage intellectual, social, and cultural development, as well as provide assistance to students seeking academic support and guidance through programming, one on one relationship building, and the sharing of academic resources. FIRs work with our Residence Life staff to provide supportive environments where students can learn and develop.
Dr. Lisa Molix (Faculty In Residence, Greenbaum Residence Hall): Dr. Lisa Molix is an Associate Professor in Tulane's Department of Psychological Sciences. Though raised in Kansas City, Missouri, as a child she spent most summers with family just up the road in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Dr. Molix is a social and personality psychologist by training and she joined the Tulane community in 2007. Her primary research interests are in intergroup relations and health/well-being among marginalized populations. When she is not writing, teaching, or in her research lab, Dr. Molix enjoys being creative and physically active. If these activities can somehow include her entire family and the outdoors, even better! She has served as faculty in residence for four years and lives in Greenbaum House with her husband Dr. Chuck Nichols (Associate Professor at Loyola) and their children Olivia and Emmett.
Dr. Michael Moore (Faculty in Residence, Weatherhead Residence Hall): Prof. Moore was born and raised in western Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He received his B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering shortly after marrying his wife Lisa, and then went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science where he developed a biodegradable implant to promote spinal cord regeneration. Dr. Moore then went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School where he conducted postdoctoral research in drug delivery for retinal neuroprotection. Dr. Moore joined the Tulane Biomedical Engineering faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2013. His research at Tulane involves the development of 3D microengineered tissue culture models of the nervous system. In 2014 he co-founded AxoSim Inc., a New Orleans headquartered start-up company commercializing his “Nerve-on-a-Chip” as a preclinical screening platform for testing new pharmaceuticals. Dr. Moore became the Weatherhead Professor-in-Residence in 2014 and lives with his wife Lisa and their three children, Esperanza, Evelyn, and Cecilia, in Weatherhead Hall on the Tulane campus.
Dr. Carrie Wyland (Faculty in Residence, Wall Residence Hall): Dr. Wyland is thrilled to be a part of the Wall community with her husband, Nathan, and two boys, Sammy and Ernie. She is a Senior Professor of Practice in the Psychology Department and has been at Tulane since 2006. She is s social psychologist and her research has focused on understanding the biases related to understanding the self and others. A native Clevelander, she completed her BA in psychology and English at Case Western Reserve University and then earned her PhD in psychology from Dartmouth College, after which she completed a two year postdoc at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. For Dr. Wyland, one of the most enjoyable aspects of being a professor is getting to mentor and interact with such enthusiastic students. One thing she wishes is that she had been able to get to know her professors better and she hopes students know she is not just approachable but truly values getting to know them. She truly loves living in New Orleans; it is one of the most interesting cities full of such passionate people and amazing culture. Mardi Gras is one of her favorite times of the year; she tries to eat as much king cake as possible and has caught close to a dozen Muses shoes!
Residential Faculty Mentors (RFM) are professors at Tulane who are partnered with first-year residence halls. The purpose of the RFM program is to foster an intellectual community within the residence halls, to encourage students to cross the boundaries between academic and student spaces, and to increase faculty-student engagement. By bringing faculty into the residence halls, we are offering co-curricular experiences for students that facilitate learning and holistic student growth through faculty lobby hours, community programming, and one-on-one relationship building.
Mr. Marc’ Bady (Assistant Director, Housing and Residence Life) Favorite course to teach: My RLC TIDES class, of course! Advice for first-year students: Go to programs and events! You will absolutely meet your future friends there! Favorite thing about New Orleans: Running in Audobon Park.
Dr. Alicia K. Czachowski (Director, Public Health Initiatives and Assessment, Campus Health) Favorite course to teach: Research Methods. Advice for first-year students: You do not need to get involved in all clubs or organizations on day one. You are here for four years. Find a couple of things that you are excited and passionate about and get involved. Favorite thing about New Orleans: All the different food options to try!
Dr. Clare Daniel (Administrative Assistant Professor, Newcomb College Institute) Favorite course to teach: Media and Reproductive Rights Advice for first-year students: Ask for help when you need it. Favorite thing about New Orleans: I am a big fan of City Park. It provides free and beautiful outdoor fun!
Meagan Fuller, MPH, CHES (Assistant Director, The Well for Health Promotion) Advice for first-year students: Embrace listening. Our voices are strongest once we learn how to amplify the voices of others. Favorite thing about New Orleans: Lake Pontchartrain is my favorite spot in New Orleans. Venture to the edge of the city for lakeside sports, seafood, and gorgeous sunsets!
La’ Tesha Hinton, MSPH, CHES (Assistant Director, The Well for Health Promotion) Advice for first-year students: Your college years are the times where you develop yourself, discover your talents, embark upon new adventures, expand your horizons, open your eyes to possibilities, connect with resources and learn to balance hard word and fun. So hold your head up high, put your cell phone in your pocket, put your comfortable shoes on and get to stepping into a new and exciting chapter of your life ... college! Favorite thing about New Orleans: New Orleans is my favorite city in the world. I love the food, the people, the music .... everything (well minus the heat some days)!
Dr. Laura D. Kelley (Professor, History and Program Director, Summer in Dublin) Favorite course to teach: Tough one! I will say that I love teaching about Native American Communities here in coastal Louisiana because so few people are aware that numerous Tribes live within an hour to 1.5 hours from New Orleans! It also gives me the opportunity to introduce students to the many and varied food cultures of Southern Louisiana (and to try some dishes!) as well as to explore the environment of this part of the state! Advice for first-year students: Time management! Coursework will take longer than you expect and you will also (most likely) feel the need to do a lot of social activities. Pace yourself and follow the 2.5 rule- if you think something will only take 20 minutes - multiple it by 2 and half- so in this case give yourself 50 minutes. You probably won't need the full 50 but it is a more realistic assessment of the time you will need to complete said task. It is also a lot less stressful following this method then always running behind schedule! Favorite thing about New Orleans: That there is no where else like it in the USA! It is a city that mixes a bit of Europe, a bit fo the Caribbean, a bit of Latin America and America all together to produce something altogether new. We move at our own pace and place a high value on community; that good food, good music should be shared with friends and family whenever possible. We welcome everyone and that there really is no such thing as a stranger just simply a friend you have not met yet!
Lisa Molix (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology) See Dr. Molix’s biography in the Faculty in Residence section!
Rebecca Otten (Assistant Director, Taylor Center for Social Innovation & Design Thinking) Favorite course to teach: Intro to Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship. Advice for first-year students: Get to know staff and faculty on campus - use their office hours and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Favorite thing about New Orleans: The oak trees, the architecture, and the history.
Dr. Dusty Porter (Vice President of Student Affairs) Favorite course to teach: Leadership: Politics, Power, and Change. Advice for first-year students: Try something new - that is what college is all about. Favorite thing about New Orleans: Trying new restaurants on a constant basis!
Prof. Brittany Powell Kennedy (Senior Professor of Practice, Spanish and Portuguese) - Favorite course to teach: Colloquium on Modernism. Advice for first-year students: Don’t let preconceived notions of “college life” determine your college experience. Be open to things you may not think you like and that challenge you. Favorite thing about New Orleans: The sense of community you feel even as you walk down the street. Everyone says hello, and there are times when you feel like we’re all in this NOLA thing together.
Dr. Molly Pulda (Administrative Assistant Professor, Newcomb College Institute) Favorite course to teach: Contemporary American Literature Advice for first-year students: Take intellectual chances and challenge yourself. Favorite thing about New Orleans: The trees.
Laura Richens (Curator, Carroll Galery and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Newcomb Art Department) Advice for first-year students: Get enough sleep! Favorite thing about New Orleans: City Park.
Brad Romig (Director, New Student and Leadership Programs) Favorite course to teach: TIDE 1075: Celebrate NOLA. Advice for first-year students: Find your comfort zone and once you feel settled, be brave enough to step outside your comfort zone one step at a time. That’s where the magic and the learning happens! Favorite thing about New Orleans: Oysters and crawfish at a festival with live music and sunshine. Can’t be beat.
Dr. Red Tremmel (Professor of Practice, Gender & Sexuality Studies, History) Favorite course to teach: LGBTQ+ History of the United States. Advice for first-year students: This period of life is special and goes by fast. Take this unique opportunity to learn about yourself and how you thrive. Explore as many methodologies, disciplines and subject areas as possible. Be curious until you find yourself passionate and excited. Then choose a major. Favorite thing about New Orleans: My favorite thing about New Orleans is its embrace of strangers and cultivation of joy.