Simpson University's Faculty in Residence (FIR) program is an effort to extend intellectual conversation beyond the classroom. Participating faculty live in an apartment within a residence hall and work to create a welcoming space in which to explore ideas and stimulate honest conversation.
Mission: In the tradition of St. Anselm's "faith seeking understanding", our mission is to create a safe, non-judgmental place to examine ideas and pose questions.
About the Golovays: Dr. Shani Golovay is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Simpson University. She and her husband, Oleg, and their 3 handsome sons, Elusha (8), Yoseph (5) and Esaiah (3), live in the Currie-Ediger residence hall. Their hobbies include legos, minecraft, swimming and riding bicycles. As a family, they like to be active in the outdoors. They can be seen on campus riding small bikes, chasing geese and exploring nature together. They also travel to Ukraine often and would love to tell you all about their other home.
The Golovays lived and worked at Schloss Mittersill in Austria where they experienced authentic community while studying theology together in a castle in the Alps. They have missed this community living and hope to bring some of this joy to Currie-Ediger.
The Golovay family’s favorite foods to share are Ukrainian food, chocolate and crepes. They enjoy sharing conversation, meals, and a good cup of tea. Stop by, chances are the teapot is on.
About the Philippians: Dr. Mardy Philippian and his family will this fall be joining the Faculty in Residence program at Simpson University, living in the Morgan-Sharpe Residence Hall. The Philippians are excited about this opportunity to live among students in a communal arrangement, an interest they developed many years ago while undergraduates when they read Sheldon Vanauken’s A Severe Mercy (1987), a college professor’s autobiographical narrative set against the backdrop of living in close relationship with college students. The Philippians have been married for sixteen years and have two sons, Samuel (9 years) and Oliver (5 years). Samuel is an avid amateur astronomer and enjoys bicycle riding, non-fiction, and three-dimensional computer modeling. Oliver, also a lover of the cosmos, loves trains, school, and whatever his big brother is doing. Look for the Philippians this fall to be out each night with their Orion Starblast 6, a dobsonian telescope that makes easily visible the moon’s contours, Jupiter’s four largest moons, and other wonders in the night sky. A member of the Department of English at Simpson University for the past nine years, Professor Philippian is a specialist in English Renaissance literature and culture and has served for the past seven years as the Writing Center Director. Serena, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in small business management (Purdue University 2002), has been a professional florist for the past fourteen years. He and his wife believe that the university is a wonderfully unique cultural institution that allows people to develop an enriching social life that is driven by academic interests and ultimately by life-long learning. The Philippians hope to bring their love of conversation, books, music, films, food, and community into Morgan-Sharpe this fall.