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Resident Scholar

The purpose of the Resident Scholars program is to increase the number of meaningful interactions students have with faculty or other scholars in the residential setting. Resident Scholars live among students in the residence halls and facilitate learning opportunities that foster a stronger connection and sense of belonging within the Carolina Community. Resident Scholars collaborate with students and staff in their assigned residential community to provide formal and informal programming on a variety of topics based on the Resident Scholars’ knowledge and experience. This program is one of many ways that Carolina Housing maintains its commitment to providing students with chances to enhance their overall university experience. The program has been running since fall 2011.

Who can become a Resident Scholar?

Resident Scholars must be a member of the University community or a guest of a university department. They must also have earned an advanced degree or be in process of earning advanced degree at UNC Chapel Hill. Resident Scholars should be dedicated to working with diverse student populations and understand the value of learning outside of the classroom. Becoming a Resident Scholar is based on the availability of space within the residence halls.

What does a Resident Scholar do?

Resident Scholars spend 20 hours per month interacting with their assigned community. Those interactions can include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitating at least one active program per month for residents
  • Attending and participating in programs sponsored by the Resident Advisors or Community Government for the residential community
  • Holding office hours or consultation sessions with residents
  • Meeting once a month with the Associate Director for Residential Learning who oversees the Resident Scholar program
  • Communicating regularly with leaders of the residential community such as the Community Director, Resident Advisors, and Community Government members

What benefits do Resident Scholars receive?

Carolina Housing provides each Resident Scholar an on-campus apartment with internet and basic utilities (water, electric). Space availability determines specifics of whether the apartment has 1 or 2 bedrooms or if it includes a washer and dryer in the unit. Resident Scholars are responsible for working with their academic department to secure a campus parking permit.

Are you currently accepting applications? What is the process?

We are fully staffed with Resident Scholars for the 2020-2021 academic year and are not currently accepting applications. We ask current Resident Scholars to indicate by the spring semester if they are interested in returning to the position for the following year. Vacancies are most likely to be posted in mid to late spring for the following academic year.

Meet the 2022-2023 Resident Scholars

Quads Resident Scholar:  Aadil Zeffer 

Mr. Aadil Zeffer is an internationally experienced English Faculty, having more than 3-years of teaching experience in India and abroad. He was earlier a Ph.D. scholar at Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University, India, which he couldn’t continue due to his job in Saudi Arabia. He finally submitted his doctoral thesis at Lovely Professional University, Punjab. In his Ph.D., he was working on the topic “The Elements of Postmodern Gothic: A Critical Study of the selected Works of Ian McEwan” and in his M.Phil. he worked on the topic “Crisis and Concern in the Select Works of Allama Iqbal and T.S.Eliot: A Comparative Study.”  
 
He has attended several short term courses from different countries, including CELTA from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, CIF from CEBP France, CII from Parola Italy, CIS from ELE Spain, FDC from KSA, a Course in Neurosciences from IIT Kanpur, PGDL, CTE, B.Ed. etc.  
 
Outside of academic life, he is very fond of travelling and has visited many countries. Mr. Aadil is an author of An Educational Supplement and has also published a number of research papers in international journals as well as UGC care-listed journals. His research interests include postmodernism, postcolonial studies, psychoanalysis, poetry, science fiction, and gothic fiction! 
 
He is quite excited to join University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA as a cultural ambassador and Urdu language teacher and he intends to use innovative teaching methods to facilitate learning among American students, aiming to improve the linguistic ability of foreign language learners and this endeavor in turn, he hopes, will also enrich his pedagogical skills. He intends to share various dimensions of Indian culture to US students and for which he is ready to take as many as queries.  
 
He believes that Fulbright FLTA program provides a wonderful platform for teaching learning experience and a cultural exchange. He plans to use this Fulbright cultural exchange experience in his future academic and teaching assignments. Mr. Aadil hails from Jammu and Kashmir, India, a place known for its rich culture, scenic beauty, hospitality and generally this place is called as a ‘heaven on earth.’ 

Cobb Resident Scholar:  Sunny Vo

Warm greetings from Vietnam, my Name is Sunny Vo (Dzung Vo in Vietnamese). In this academic year, I feel grateful to be a visiting lecturer in Vietnam courses at UNC, through the Fulbright program of the U.S Embassy. When it comes to Vietnamese Culture, Language, Music, Food, Traditional Values, or Viet trendy things... Are you interested? I am here with you to explore this diverse, unique, and energetic Asian country- my hometown. Welcome, all of you to Vietnam's land.  

I am also happy to be a Vietnamese Ambassador, and I believe that each of us is an Ambassador for our country so I am really excited to meet, to talk, and to learn from all of you.  
Let’s together enjoy this wonderful academic year!. To be honest, I am really excited and I can't wait to be a part of the UNC campus. Hope to see you soon.  
 
Best regards, Sunny. 

Morrison MFA Resident Scholar:  Vera Weinfield

My name is Vera Weinfield, I am an artist and an art educator. I studied painting for four years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and since then I have lived and worked on art in many places including Texas, Mexico, Colombia, North Carolina and New York. For the past 5 years I have focused on community murals and narrative painting that deal with social justice issues connected to the communities I am living and working with. As an educator and community artist I am very excited to get to know the community at the Morrison and help facilitate art projects and foster a creative space.

Ehringhaus Resident Scholar:  Dr. Rebekah Cross

Lastly, we have Dr. Rebekah Cross joining us from UCLA who will be building community with the Ehringhaus students and staff sharing her expertise and knowledge while also working in the Gillings School of Global Public Health! Rebekah has lived on campus before as their partner was a live-on professional so she knows what it is like to live and work with students! Rebekah and her partner are also UNC Alums and spent time in Craige, Ehringhaus, and Carmichael! 

My name is Rebekah. I am a fellow in the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity in the departments of Health Behavior and Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. My research uses quantitative and qualitative methods to explore how structural inequality impacts health. My work involves conceptualizing and measuring racism, unpacking the relationships between racism, housing, and health, and highlighting how the field of public health perpetuates racism. I earned a Ph.D. in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

During my doctoral studies, I was active in UCLA's Residential Life. I participated in RA trainings, sat on panels for students interested in public health, supported the First Gen living-learning community, and planned holiday dinners for students unable to travel home during breaks. My interactions with undergraduate students,​ both in and out of the classroom,​ have been some of the most rewarding experiences during my doctoral training. I am excited about the Resident Scholar role because it gives me the opportunity to build community with undergrads at UNC. 
 
I should mention that coming to UNC is coming home. I graduated from Carolina in 2011 with a degree in sociology and political science. When I'm not reading or writing, I enjoy traveling and practicing yoga with my toddler. I live in the Ehringhaus community with my partner, two daughters, and our French bulldog, Nova. 
 
Go Heels! 

Contact information for Questions

Patrick Preudhomme

Assistant Director for Student Learning Initiatives

Email: papreudhomme@unc.edu

Phone: 919-843-5559

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