Residence Life

Faculty in Residence

What is a Faculty in Residence?

The mission of the Faculty in Residence (FiR) program is to extend and deepen relationships within the first-year student residential community by adding an in-residence faculty member who works with the Residence Life team to augment the social and intellectual experiences that are central to the success of this first-year complex. The role of the FiR is to provide students with a role model, educator, and community leader. Through ongoing collaborations, the FiR will contribute to the community by integrating the academic, social, and developmental experiences of residential students.

In fulfillment of this mission, the Netherlands Faculty in Residence program goals include:

  • Foster social engagement, promote leadership, and active participation in and beyond the classroom.
  • Strive to deepen intellectual inquiry and exploration.
  • Engage with students both formally (through planned programming) and informally (via regular interaction).
  • Encourage student contact with additional faculty through formal and informal programs. 
  • Collaborate with Residence Life staff to promote a strong living-learning community.
  • Create and promote opportunities for students to serve the University and the broader community.
  • Serve as a resource for all students providing support for them as they adjust to University life.

Who is the Faculty in Residence?


Dr. Katrina Rochelle Sims is a historian of race, gender, and healthcare activism. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), her Master of Applied Social Sciences – with a specialization in history – from FAMU, and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Mississippi in 2016. Currently, she is an assistant professor of history at Hofstra University. Her research project, What One Cannot Accomplish, Many United Can: The Health Care Activism of Black Mississippians, 1930s – 1980s, uses health care as a lens to analyze the self-determination and empowerment strategies employed by Black southerners as they rejected the indignity that accompanied treatment in segregated and subpar medical facilities, demanded access to modern health care in the Jim Crow South, and implemented their own visions of quality medical care. Dr. Sims has taught courses on the history of the United States, the interwar period, and the history of African Americans in the United States. Recently, she developed two new courses (HIST 187: Epidemics, Diseases, and the History of Medicine and HIST 149/WST 151: Women’s Health and Reproduction) that focus on the social, economic, and political impact of healthcare practices and policies on minorities including immigrant and refugee communities in the United States. Additionally, the National Endowment for the Humanities Connections Planning Grant (Global and Local Health Initiative), for which she serves as project director, was awarded $35,000 in March 2019.

Katrina Sims
Assistant Professor