What is the role of the Faculty in Residence?

Our Faculty in Residence are Auburn faculty members who live in several Village residence halls. Through personal and group interactions with students and hall staff, the Faculty in Residence encourages a welcoming, safe, and inclusive living environment. Each Faculty in Residence supports the social and intellectual development of residents by promoting effective learning habits, engaging with students in educationally purposeful activities, and encouraging intellectual curiosity. Each Faculty in Residence serves as a positive role model, academic mentor and resource to students living on campus.

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Dr. Paul Harris, Aubie Hall

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Since fall 2008, Dr. Paul Harris has served as a faculty member in Auburn’s Political Science department. A tenured faculty member with nearly 20 years teaching experience, Dr. Harris also taught at Augusta State University in Georgia and as a Friedrich Ebert Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, Germany. As Associate Director of the Honor’s College, Dr. Harris mentors Auburn’s best and brightest students in the application for national prestigious scholarships including the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, Mitchell, Goldwater, and Gates-Cambridge. Dr. Harris received a Bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College, a Masters in Political Science from Georgia Southern University, and a Ph.D. from Auburn University. Dr. Harris has a variety of academic interests and lives in Aubie Hall in the Village.


Dr. Ameya Kolarkar, Talon Hall

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Dr. Ameya Kolarkar lives in Talon Hall with his family. He works directly with students living in Talon and Tiger Halls in the Village. Dr. Kolarkar, also known as “Dr. K”, is a lecturer with Auburn’s Physics department and enjoys research in Physics Education. He received his undergraduate degree from Sathaye College (Mumbai) and Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in India. His doctoral experiment in Nuclear/Particle Physics was performed at Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory in Virginia and he received his Ph.D. degree from University of Kentucky. He was a post-doctoral scholar at Boston University as well as a visiting scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Fermilab.


Dr. Ken Thomas, Eagle Hall

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Dr. Ken Thomas is the Honors Lecturer in Biosystems Engineering of both the Honors College and Department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Process Engineering and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Environmental & Water Resources Engineering) from the University of South Florida. His current research interests are in sustainability science, sustainable development and sustainable development engineering, especially in a West Indian context, and engineering education. He is originally from Siparia, Trinidad & Tobago. He lives at Eagle Hall and works directly with students living in Eagle (Village) and Broun (Quad) Halls.