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:

Jessica Kizer has curly black shoulder length hair and wears a dark blue buttoned shirt and black rimmed glasses.

Jessica M. Kizer

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn Hall’s Faculty-in-Residence
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Faculty Academic Coordinator

Jessica M. Kizer is assistant professor of sociology and started at Pitzer College in 2017. She earned an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of California, Irvine. She received her BA from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she was also a McNair Scholar. Professor Kizer’s research projects come from her interests in the intersection of race, ethnicity, and inequality. She has published in Social ForcesAmerican Behavioral ScientistThe Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and Socius. At Pitzer, Professor Kizer has served on the Melvin L. Oliver Racial Justice Initiative organizing committee since 2020 and is currently an MMUF faculty academic coordinator.

Steffanie Guillermo has long straight dark brown hair and wears silver hoop earrings, a nose ring, and a black and white shirt with geometric patterns.

Steffanie Guillermo

Assistant Professor of Psychology
West and East Hall’s Faculty-in-Residence

Assistant Professor of Psychology Steffanie Guillermo started at Pitzer in 2017. She earned her BA in psychology from Lehigh University and her MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research examines the social cognitive mechanisms underlying stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. More specifically, her work assesses implications of stereotyping a racial/ethnic group as threatening. She has published her research in journals such as Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Journal of Criminal Justice Education. Some of her courses include Social Psychology, Psychological Statistics, and Stereotyping & Prejudice + Practicum. In her free time, she likes to bake (anything with chocolate), cook (mostly Mexican and Filipino food, including family recipes), and run (she has run six marathons). As faculty-in-residence, she looks forward to creating spaces where students can meet faculty mentors, learn more about specific fields/majors, seek opportunities for research collaborations with faculty, and participate in conversations and programs that foster a sense of belonging and community at Pitzer College.