Residential Faculty & Faculty Fellows

Residential Faculty & Faculty Fellows work with Housing and Residential Life to increase faculty and student engagement and contribute to the development of an intellectual community in the Residential Colleges. 

Residential Faculty & Faculty Fellows achieve this by serving as a mentor to students, serving as an advocate for students, and putting a human face to faculty members.  

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Eaton Residential College

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  • Dr. Yunqiu (Daniel) Wang, Sr. Residential Faculty

    School/College: College of Arts & Sciences

    Discipline: Biology

    About Dr. Wang:  

    Yunqiu Wang is a senior lecturer at the UM Biology Department, teaching genetics and conducting biology education research. His current research interests focus on engaging students to construct deep knowledge and active learning skills.

    He is the recipient of the UM Excellence in Teaching Award and has been a consistent contributor to national conferences in biology education research.  His research has been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He and his wife, Xiyuhan (Filly), and his daughter, Ayla, live in Eaton with their dog, Super, and their cat, mimi.  

  • Professor Lokesh Ramoamoorthi, Faculty Fellow

    School/College: College of Engineering

    Discipline: Software Engineering


Mahoney Residential College

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  • Dr. Kysha Harriell, Sr. Residential Faculty & Chair of the Residential Faculty

    School/College: School of Education & Human Development

    Discipline: Athletic Training & Sports Medicine

    About Dr. Harriell:

    Dr. Harriell is a Clinical Professor in the Athletic Training Program and the Executive Director of the Office of Academic Enhancement. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with many of UM's sports teams. Her research focuses on sports medicine for the female athlete, and she is involved with projects that focus on health care issues impacting ethnically diverse individuals. She lives with her 14 year-old niece, Viera and her dog, Patella.

  • Dr. Justin Ritzinger, Associate Residential Faculty

    School/College: College of Arts & Sciences

    Discipline: Religious Studies

    About Dr. Ritzinger:

    Justin Ritzinger 芮哲 teaches Asian religions in the Religious Studies Department. His research focuses on modern Buddhism in China and Taiwan. Between college and grad school he worked as a translator and teacher in Taiwan. There he met his wife, Amei, who now teaches Chinese lessons in Miami. They have two daughters: Anne (12), a budding artist; and Maggie (4), a charming chaos agent. . 若有事情想用中文討論,可以來找我.

  • Professor Denisse Córdova Montes, Faculty Fellow

    School/College: School of Law

    Discipline: Human Rights

    About Prof. Córdova Montes:

    Prof. Córdova Montes is the Acting Associate Director of the Human Rights Clinic and a Lecturer-in-Law at the School of Law. Her work focuses on women’s rights, the right to food, and related economic and social rights. She has worked with Indigenous Peoples, rural groups, and immigrant workers in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. She was born in Lima, and while she has lived in Peru, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada, she has spent the majority of her life in the U.S. and considers Florida her home. She lives with Dr. Dykstra, their children, Julian and Nora, and their cat, Mowgli. 

  • Dr. Andrew Dykstra, Faculty Fellow

    School/College: College of Engineering

    Discipline: Biomedical Engineering

    About Dr. Dykstra:

    Dr. Dykstra is an Assistant Professor of Neural, Cognitive, and Brain Engineering. His research focuses on how humans perceive and process sound across the lifespan. He is from the San Francisco Bay Area (Go Warriors!) and has lived previously in Miami, Boston, Philadelphia, Germany, and Ontario. He lives with Prof. Córdova Montes, their two children, Julian and Nora, and their cat Mowgli. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, music, and good food.

Pearson Residential College

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  • Dr. Joy Beverly, Sr. Residential Faculty

    School/College: College of Arts & Sciences

    Discipline: Mathematics

    About Dr. Beverly: 

    Joy Beverly is a Mathematics Lecturer whose research interests are  student persistence and innovative classroom methods. She and her husband, Jerry, advise U Pup and live in Hecht with their dog, Colin, a UHealth therapy dog. They were both collegiate athletes when they met, and they still like to watch and play sports.  They love to spend time with their three beautiful daughters Alexandra, Samantha and Gabriela who are all proud Hurricanes.

  • Dr. Nicholas Carcioppolo, Associate Residential Faculty

    School/College: School of Communication

    Discipline: Communication Studies

    About Dr. Carcioppolo:

    Dr. Carcioppolo’s research focuses on the development and assessment of persuasive communication intervention materials to influence health decision-making and outcomes. He has extensive experience conducting translational research in interdisciplinary teams to address behavioral issues of health. He was previously a fellow in the National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Internship Program, where he led a project designed to identify risk factors associated with unnecessary exposure to ultraviolet (UV) through indoor tanning. His current research involves working in collaborative, interdisciplinary teams to encourage the adoption of cancer prevention and screening behaviors, largely in the context of UV exposure.

Stanford Residential College

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  • Dr. Leslie Knecht, Sr. Residential Faculty

    School/College: College of Arts & Sciences

    Discipline: Chemistry

    About Dr. Leslie Knecht:

    Dr. Leslie Knecht is a Senior Residential Faculty in Stanford Residential College and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. She grew up on a tobacco farm up a holler in rural Southeastern Kentucky and was a first-generation college student. Her research interests focus on bioanalytical chemistry.  Her husband, Marc Knecht, is a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry. They enjoy taking their two sons and dog Proton on many adventures.

  • Dr. Marc Knecht, Sr. Residential Faculty

    School/College: College of Arts & Sciences

    Discipline: Chemistry

    About Dr. Marc Knecht:

    Dr. Marc Knecht is a professor of chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences. He was born and raised in a small town outside PIttsburgh, PA and is a first-generation college students. He completed his BS degree in Chemistry from Duquesne University and received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Vanderbilt. His research is focused on the use of bio-based methods to make functional materials. When he's not researching in the lab, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Leslie Knecht, their two boys, and their dog Proton.

  • Dr. Melvin Butler, Associate Residential Faculty

    School/College: Frost School of Music

    Discipline: Musicology

    About Dr. Butler:

    Dr. Melvin L. Butler is an associate professor of musicology in the Frost School of Music. A native of Kansas City, he earned his PhD from New York University and a bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music. Along with his scholarly work on Caribbean and African American music and culture, he has recorded and toured extensively as a jazz saxophonist. He moved to Miami in 2016 with his wife, Lori, and their son, Stanley.

  • Dr. Karoline Mortensen, Associate Residential Faculty

    School/College: Miami Herbert Business School

    Discipline: Health Management & Policy

    Dr. Mortensen's Specialties:

    Health insurance, access, and health care utilization of vulnerable populations, particularly utilization of Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured; assessing impacts of the Affordable Care Act; and innovative payment mechanisms in Maryland hospitals