Dir. of Residence Life, Residence Life
Office: Lowry G16
- M.Ed., College and University Personnel Administration - University of Texas at Austin - 2008
- B.S., Secondary Social Science Education - 2006
Get to know Nathan
Prior to Wooster, what other types of work, or places, have you been involved with?
Before joining the staff at the College of Wooster, I worked as a Coordinator of First-Year Residence Education at Case Western Reserve University for Juniper Residential College. The Juniper Residential College was the diversity and inclusion themed housing for first-year students. In addition to working with the residential experience role, I also served within academic affairs to provide academic support and advising to students who lived in my halls. Before that, I worked at Oberlin College as the Resident Director for the First Year Residential Experience. I earned my master’s degree in College and University Personnel Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and my Bachelor of Science in Social Science and History Education at Boston University.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Ohio but moved to California when I was under a year old. I grew up in northern California until right before high school when my family relocated to a suburb of Los Angeles.
What inspires you about working with Wooster students? What is your favorite part of your job?
I enjoy how driven, and unique each at Wooster is. Their interests academically and personally as so varied and interesting that I find I am continually learning about new ideas, topics, and pop culture that I didn’t know existed.
My favorite part of my job is trying to make processes more straightforward and more accessible to students. Students have enough to worry about with their studies without having to figure out how to navigate bureaucracy. I love to hear from students how we can make our work more accessible and consistent for everyone.
What hobbies or interest would your colleagues find surprising about you?
When my wife and I first got married, she told me I was boring, and I needed a hobby. I decided to pick up woodworking. While not being able to do as much of it as I would like, I appreciate the ability to take a problem, come up with a solution and bring it into reality. The favorite thing I ever built was a learning tower, a square step stool with railings on all sides, so my young children help in the kitchen.
I am into bullet journaling. While I do not do the fancy layouts, it is something that I really love. I find that it centers me, helps me find focus, and reflect on all that I am grateful for. I am always excited to talk about it with people.
I worked at Crate and Barrel in graduate school, so one item that surprises people is that I have very strong opinions about tableware, glasses, and cutlery.
Tell us about any important people or creatures in your life.
I have my wife and our three children, two girls and a boy. We also have a dog, Rudy, who one of my daughters affectionately refers to him as “Rud the Dude.”