Resident Masters make vital contributions to the residential and academic experience at the University of Chicago, said John W. Boyer, dean of the College.
“Vibrant communities of learning and friendship are central to the intellectual strength of our University. The College Houses, led by Resident Masters, integrate faculty, College students, graduate students as Resident Heads, and staff, and are a natural extension of the classroom.”
Campus and Student Life and the College have appointed James and Jeannie Evans and Steven and Gretchen Rings to Campus North Residential Commons, while Craig and Kenyatta Futterman will join International House.
“For more than four decades, members of the faculty have provided intellectual leadership to the residents and staff of the College Houses,” said Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for Campus Life and Student Services. “All of our Resident Masters are accomplished scholars, and the relationships they form with our students provide benefits that endure far beyond graduation. We are thrilled to welcome our new Resident Masters into this vibrant community.”
James and Jeannie Evans join Campus North
James Evans is an associate professor in sociology, the director of the Knowledge Lab and a senior fellow at the Computation Institute. He also will direct the new two-year master’s program in computational social science starting in fall 2016. Jeannie is a trial lawyer and founding partner at Agrawal Evans LLP, a business litigation law firm based in Chicago.
With their four children, Noah, Ruth, Anna and Kate, the Evans family enjoys staying active, including snowshoeing through Jackson and Washington parks and swimming in Lake Michigan, as James has been known to do, even in winter.
As Resident Masters in Campus North, James and Jeannie will focus on two themes in the programs they develop for residents: connections and innovation. They plan to help students meet people in fields of interest by inviting guests with expertise in areas ranging from law and entrepreneurship to filmmaking and game design to science and scholarship to Campus North. They’re also passionate about supporting students’ ideas and visions, whether in business, technology, science, the arts or social causes.
“College is the time for students to reinvent themselves, to do something, make something,” James said. “Rather than just be passive learners, they have a real opportunity to grow into makers and contributors.”
Trips downtown to the theater, runs along the lake path, and gatherings with good food and conversation are also in store. For students missing their pets at home, the Evans family dog—Luna the Goldendoodle—is always up for a snuggle.
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