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.
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.
Susan Leary is a Lecturer in English Composition. She teaches the staple first-year writing sequence courses--English 105 and 106--and advanced special topics courses. Her intellectual interests include literature and popular culture; film, television, and media studies; Victorian studies; and all things related to the critically-acclaimed television show, LOST. Her husband, Sean Kilpatrick, also works for the University and is the Assistant Dean of Student/Post-Graduate Support Services in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. He oversees all undergraduate and graduate student services operations, including recruitment, admission, academic advising, academic success, retention, and career planning, preparation, and placement. Both Susan and Sean are proud alums of the University of Miami. They met in the towers move-in day of freshman year, and are grateful to share in the start of your college experience in Hecht Residential College. They live with their sweet and energetic wheaten terrier pup, Ellie, who is excited to see you on campus to give you a proper wheaten greetin'!