What is Faculty-In-Residence?

Each Faculty-In-Residence is an Auburn faculty member who lives in a residence hall and interacts informally with the residents of that hall. Faculty-In-Residence host programs for residents and also attend programs sponsored by Resident Assistants.

What does a Faculty-in-Residence do?

Through personal and group interactions with students and hall staff, the Faculty-in-Residence encourages a welcoming, safe, and inclusive living environment. The 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 residents and hall staff.


Dr. Paul Harris, Aubie Hall

  • Dr. Paul Harris joined the Department of Political Science in the fall 2008, received tenure in 2010, and was promoted to professor in 2015. Dr. Harris has over 17 years full-time teaching experience having taught for 10 years at Augusta State University in Georgia and for one year 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 his Bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College, MPS from Georgia Southern University, and Ph.D. from Auburn University. For more information on Dr. Harris’ academic interests, visit http://www.cla.auburn.edu/polisci/directory/professorial-faculty/paul-harris/. Dr. Harris lives in Aubie Hall in the Village.

Dr. Ameya Kolarkar

  • Dr. Ameya Kolarkar is a lecturer with Auburn University’s Physics department and involved in Physics Education Research. Dr. Kolarkar received his undergraduate degree from Sathaye College (Mumbai) and Masters degree from 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. Kolarkar lives in Talon Hall in the Village.

Dr. Ken Thomas

  • 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 B.Sc. Chemical and Process Engineering and MSc 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 has been at Auburn University for approximately five years. He lives at Eagle Hall in the Village.