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.

Pitzer’s Current Faculty-in-Residence are:

Andrea Scott
Assistant Professor of Academic Writing / Writing Center Director
Pitzer, Atherton and Sanborn Hall’s Faculty-in-Residence

Professor Andrea Scott has been teaching at Pitzer College and directing its Writing Center since Fall 2013. She earned her B.A. from Mills College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Chicago. She studies how institutions and cultures shape writing practices, identities, and research traditions. Her most recent research has been published in WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, Journal of Academic Writing, Zeitschrift Schreiben (European Journal of Writing), Journal of Response to Writing, and WPAs in Transition: Navigating Educational Leadership Positions (Utah State University Press; Eds Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, and Brian Ray). She’s currently working on three projects: a manuscript on the cold war politics of postwar poetics in the U.S. and West Germany, an article on contemporary rhetorics of motherhood, and (together with co-author Pam Bromley) a citation analysis of the peer-reviewed German journal JoSch: Journal der Schreibberatung (JoSch: Journal of Writing Consultation). As Faculty-in-Residence, she looks forward to bringing the Writing Center into residential spaces and engaging with students through programming about writing in the majors and the community.

Photo Credit: Javier Lopez Casertano ‘2019

Suyapa Portillo Villeda ’96
Associate Professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies
West and East Hall’s Faculty-in-Residence

Suyapa G. Portillo Villeda is an Associate Professor of Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her research and teaching interests include Central American history, Central American migration to the United States, gender and labor in Latin America and among US Latina(o) LGBTQ populations, as well as immigration and health in the Americas. She is finishing her book on the history of the 1954 strike in the North Coast of Honduras and the formation of a national labor movement, centering the lives of agricultural banana workers through the use of oral history. She spent the Spring 2017 semester researching migration from the perspective of the sending country on a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in Honduras. Portillo Villeda publishes in both English and Spanish. Her authored and edited works can be found in the bilingual Journal Diálogo, an Interdisciplinary Studies Journal by the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University,  Resentir lo Queer en América Latina: Diálogos Desde/Con el Sur, edited by Santiago Castellanos, Diego Falconi, María Amelia Viteri (Barcelona, Spain: Egales, 2014), Rethinking Latin American Social Movements: Radical Action from Below, edited by Glen David Kuecker, Harry E. Vanden, Marc Becker, and Richard Stahler-Sholk (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014), and Revista Envio published in Honduras by the Equipo de Reflección y Invesitgación y Acción. She enjoyed collaborating with Pitzer students and community partners on a piece published in ReVista Harvard Review of Latin America in 2017, and hopes to do more collaborative work as Pitzer’s Scholar in Residence in Spring 2019. She is a frequent contributor in print, radio and television, through outlets such as NACLA, Latino Rebels, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, KPFK Radio, and Radio Progreso in Honduras. She holds a Master’s and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Professor Portillo Villeda is excited about returning to live in the Pitzer community. She is an alum from the class of 1996 and a Pomona Pitzer Sagehen in Track and Field and Cross Country. Since graduating from Pitzer, her career has led her to work with immigrant and worker organizations throughout the Los Angeles area to raise awareness about immigration and labor issues, and she has worked on a variety of campaigns and organizing projects to improve conditions for immigrant workers and LGBTI/LGBTQ immigrant populations in Los Angeles, Honduras and Central America.

Professor Portillo Villeda identifies as a queer woman of color, is a cat lover, enjoys long slow runs, Salsa dancing, cooking, gardening, long novels, foreign films and talking about the politics of gender, race, class and contemporary issues facing the Western hemisphere, she is looking forward to building community with students throughout the year.