College House Advisors

Howell House

The active participation of faculty and staff in the House System is vital to the system's success and to the College's overall mission. Faculty-House engagement helps to integrate the academic and social spheres of the College as described in the Commission on Residential Life's Interim Report. Faculty members advising first-year students in a particular first-year residence hall are encouraged to be involved in the House associated with that residence hall. Faculty engage with the College Houses through many Kurtz fund-sponsored events and meals, join students for debates and film screenings, and bring their families to events like House trick-or-treating, cookouts, and concerts. Staff members are also an important aspect of the College House System. Each house is paired with a staff advisor - someone from either the Residential Life office or Dean of Student Affairs office - whose primary purpose is to assist houses in engaging staff members as well as help bring campus-wide initiatives, like the Women's Resource Center, Career Planning Center, Outing Club, Religious and Spiritual Life, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, McKeen Center, Gender Violence Prevention and Health Center, into the College Houses. They also assist in the planning and organization of educational events at the Houses and help Houses develop their role as thoughtful leaders in the broader campus community.

House Advisors 2018-2019:

House Faculty Advisor Staff Advisor


Jeff Selinger, Associate Professor of Government

Christine Wintersteen, Director of International Programs & Off-Campus Study and Center for Co-Curricular Opportunities


Mike Nerdahl, Lecturer in Classics

Miriam Fraga, Assistant Director of Student Activities


Emily Peterman, 
Associate Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science,Earth & Oceanographic Science

Khoa Khuong, Assistant Dean of Upperclass Students 


Sarah McMahon, Associate Professor of History

Eduardo Pazos Palma, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, Diversity & Inclusion and Center for Sexuality, Women & Gender


Aaron Kitch, Associate Professor of English

Kate Stern, Associate Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion and Co-Director of the Center for Sexuality, Women & Gender, Diversity & Inclusion and Center for Sexuality, Women & Gender


Tricia Welsch, Professor of Cinema Studies and Director of Cinema Studies Program

Tom Ancona, Associate Director of the Center for Common Good


Vladimir Douhovnikoff, Associate Professor of Biology

Bethany Walsh, Assistant Director of Career Planning


Rob Sobak, Associate Professor of Classics and Chair of Classics Department

Michael Pulju, Assistant Dean of Upperclass Students