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 2014-2015, Pitzer’s Faculty-in-Residence are:


Ming-Yuen Ma
Professor, Media Studies
West and East Hall’s Faculty-in-Residence

Professor Ming-Yuen S Ma has taught at Pitzer for 14 years.  He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and his graduate degree from California Institute of the Arts.  Before joining the Pitzer faculty, he has taught at University of California, including the ones at Santa Barbara, Irvine, and Riverside.  He is currently the Chair of IMS (Intercollegiate Media Studies) and a core faculty in IDAAS (Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies).  He is writing a book on sound culture and experimental media, and teaches courses on these subjects, as well as on media and sexuality, video art, installation and performance, and Asian American independent media.  Professor Ma is excited to be a part of Pitzer’s residential life as a queer faculty of color, and is looking forward to interacting with students at different events.  As a 15+ year practitioner, he is eager to put the yoga room in newly renovated Gold Student Center to good use, and he invites any students interested in yoga group practice to email him!  To learn more about Professor Ma’s work and teaching, please go to his web site: www.mingyuensma.org

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.