Residence Life at Catholic University has faculty members that live within the residence halls on campus.

The Faculty in Residence (FIR) enhances the quality of the residential experience by facilitating educationally meaningful interactions among residents and faculty outside the classroom. The FIR facilitates programmatic opportunities, serves as a bridge for residents to academic programs, and helps to reinforce healthy learning behaviors in residents, thereby cultivating a strong learning environment within our residence halls. The FIR interact with students outside of the classroom, have access to resources to support those interactions, and help to shape a healthy academic environment in the residence halls.

Richard Gallenstein (McDonald House)

Dr. Richard Gallenstein and his wife, Carli, are excited to serve as Faculty in Residence. Dr. Gallenstein is an associate professor of economics in the School of Arts and Sciences. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio before joining the faculty at Catholic University in 2017. Carli also recieved her undergraduate degree at Ohio State, where the two of them met. Richard and Carli were married in 2019 and they enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling to visit family.