Reporting to the Senior Vice Provost & Dean of Undergraduate Education, the Resident Faculty serve as positive and visible members of a residential college community. They collaborate with college staff to help plan and implement educational, academic, social and cultural programs while serving as a role model, advisor, and leader in the residential community. Find out more about each of Hecht's Resident Faculty below.

Faculty Master - Michelle Maldonado and Family
Michelle Maldonado and Family

Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado is a Professor of Religious Studies and Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Education. A Cuban-American Miami native that grew up on Key Biscayne, her research and teaching interests focus on Afro-Cuban religions, Latin American religions, feminism, and religion and popular culture. She loves cooking, fashion, and bad Bravo reality tv. Her husband Byron is a native of San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala where he worked as a photographer and did social justice work with the Mayan community. Byron also works at the University in the Division of Continuing Studies and International Education. Byron loves to play soccer, basketball, and volleyball. They have 2 boys, Byron Manuel (10 years old) and Michael (8 years old). They are very friendly and love living in the Residential College. They LOVE soccer.

Associate Faculty Master - Brian Awari

Brian Arwari works in both the School of Education and in the School of Business Administration. He teaches mainly Sport Psychology as well as electrophysiological techniques. His research focuses on EEG correlates of cognition and decision making. He and his wife Chiara are both from Italy. They are very excited to be part of the Hecht family. They live in PT 101 together with their very friendly dog Maya.