Bowles Hall is being reopened as a mixed-gender Residential College on the model of Harvard and Yale. BHRC will be headed by a resident faculty Housemaster, and will also have a resident faculty Dean. Bowles Hall Residential College will also be served by three or four Graduate Residents from diverse academic and personal backgrounds. Living in-residence they will act as academic advisors, student advocates and community facilitators, and respond to crises and conflicts as they arise.

While Bowles Hall is being completely renovated during the 2015-16 academic year, a group of 38 students will live at The Berk on Arch Street as a pilot program (The Phoenix Program) for BHRC. The Housemaster and Dean will be non-resident during this period but one Graduate Student Resident will live at The Berk.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Graduate Residents will work closely with the College Housemaster and Dean to determine the academic interests and needs of the undergraduate residents, and assist in the implementation of relevant academic programs at Bowles Hall.

Graduate Residents are expected to be visible and accessible to the residents of the College. While regular contact is a matter of personal style, a Graduate Resident’s routine may include “walking the halls” to speak informally with students on a regular basis, maintaining an open door policy and/or regular office hours, partaking of meals at Bowles Hall, and participation in activities and social events of the College.

Organizational Relationships

The Graduate Residents will be appointed by the Bowles Hall Residential College Housemaster with a renewable two-year term, and report directly to the Dean. Applicants must be UC Berkeley graduate students in good standing.


  • Pre-opening (1 January 2015 – 31 July 2015): None
  • Phoenix Program (1 August 2015 – 31 May 2016): Room and one dinner per week
  • Bowles Hall (1 August 2016 – 31 May 2017): Room and Board

For information on Bowles Hall Residential College and the Phoenix Program. Applications open until all positions are filled. For more detailed information on the Graduate Resident positions and an application please contact:

Professor Daniel F. Melia
[email protected]
(510) 540-1941