Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) are selected faculty who live in the residence halls with their families. The FIR program bridges the academic and Residence experiences in a seamless living/learning environment by integrating Pitzer faculty members into the Residence experience and facilitating their active participation in student learning. The FIR will sponsor a wide range of activities designed to enhance the intellectual, social, and civic development of students living on the Pitzer campus. The FIR helps plan and implement educational, recreational, artistic, social and cultural programs while serving as a role model, mentor, adviser, teacher, and leader in the Residence community.

For 2015-2016, Pitzer’s Faculty-in-Residence are:


laura_harrisLaura Harris
Professor of English and World Literature and Africana Studies
West and East Hall’s Faculty-in-Residence






Espinoza-FacultyRoberta Espinoza
Associate Professor, Sociology
Pitzer, Atherton and Sanborn Hall’s Faculty-in-Residence

Professor Roberta Espinoza has taught at Pitzer for 2 years. She received her BA from Pomona College and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines issues of equity, access, and achievement for underrepresented students in the American educational system. She examines the role of social and cultural capital in the educational advancement and success of first-generation students of color in higher education. She has written two books on minority and working-class students’ routes to college, and numerous articles on women of color in doctoral education and Latino undocumented students. As the newest Faculty-In-Residence, Professor Espinoza looks forward to being a part of Pitzer’s residential life and interacting with students at the various events she has planned for the upcoming academic year.