Faculty in Residence for Parliament HallParliament Hall (PH) is unique in many ways. To name a few unique features, it is an all-freshmen hall, there is the breath-taking view of the Atlantic Ocean from the top floor, residents can work-out, study, or relax and read in the hall’s library, and among many other amenities, there is the opportunity to grab a smoothie or a healthy meal from the on-site dining hall. However, what really sets PH apart is the introduction of the Faculty in Residence (FIR) program.
The inaugural FIR is first and foremost a faculty member at FAU, with all duties and responsibilities of all other FAU faculty. In addition, the FIR shares the residence hall living experience with students, as a full-time resident of Parliament Hall. This allows for opportunities to interact and form relationships with students in a manner that is not always feasible in an academic setting. The FIR may also share a meal with students attend a sporting event, or invite students to share time with other faculty members in one of the beautiful spaces within Parliament Hall.
The FIR also serves as a resource for FAU’s newest residents to learn the ins-and-outs of FAU. This is important in a freshman residence hall, as it gives new students a faculty member to consult when navigating college life. The FIR is not a residence hall administrator, rather a bridge between students, faculty and the rest of the FAU community, with the intent of helping freshman students thrive in their college experience.
As a means to bring all of this together, the FIR will plan and implement educational, recreational, social and cultural programs, while serving as a role model, mentor, advisor, teacher, and leader in the residential and FAU community.
Dr. Charles Dukes is the university’s inaugural Faculty-in-Residence (FIR). Dr. Dukes received a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL and a Master’s degree from the University of Houston in Houston, TX. He received his Doctorate in Special Education from Florida International University in Miami, FL.
Prior coming to FAU, Dr. Dukes worked as a secondary public school teacher for students with severe disabilities. Upon arrival at FAU, he served as the Site Coordinator for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), then as an Assistant, and now as an Associate Professor in the Department of Exceptional Student Education. Dr. Dukes’ research areas of interest include: conceptual change, development of social relationships for individuals with intellectual disabilities, literacy for students with disabilities and skill development for adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In addition to being a scholar in his field, currently, Dr. Dukes serves as the Doctoral Coordinator in his department and teaches/advises undergraduate and graduate students. He also teaches in the University Honors Program (UHP).
Dr. Dukes enjoys teaching, working with students, and the social opportunities and connections that accompany working in an urban university. Dr. Dukes has a passion for baseball and all kinds of music can be found on his IPod, but he is partial to reggae/dancehall, electric blues, and classic hip-hop. Dr. Dukes looks forward to the opportunities being the FIR will provide to engage in co-curricular activities with students in and outside of the classroom, residential hall, and campus.