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FAU Introduces Faculty-in-Residence Program

Charles Dukes, Ed.D., to Live in FAU’s Newest Residence Hall

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 8, 2013) – Charles Dukes, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Exceptional Student Education within the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University, has been chosen as the first faculty member to take part in the Faculty-in-Residence program. Dukes will reside in an apartment specially designed for faculty in Parliament Hall, FAU’s newest residence hall.

The Faculty-in-Residence program is a new academic initiative created by FAU’s divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. Dating back to the early days of higher education, the Faculty-in-Residence program will allow Dukes and members of FAU’s administration to develop relationships with students in and outside the classroom as well as provide programming, advising and guidance.

“Faculty-in-Residence programs are favored in colleges and universities around the country as a way to help students succeed academically and socially. Research has proven that faculty programs in residence halls benefit students, faculty and the university,” said Charles Brown, Ph.D., senior vice president for student affairs. “Students who have contact with faculty outside the classroom have higher retention rates leading to graduation, are more content with their college experience, demonstrate higher levels of achievement and build a stronger, lasting affinity toward their institution.”

Some of the duties and responsibilities Dukes will assume include, planning and implementing educational, social, cultural and recreational programs for students while also serving as a role model, mentor, advisor, teacher and leader in the residence hall. Dukes will collaborate with Housing and Residential Life to develop and present programs designed to aid students in the transition to FAU, facilitate intellectual discussions and coordinate informal out-of-class interactions, participate in the research, publication and presentation of relevant information at the local and national levels, and participate in new student orientations. The program goals include:

  • Promote positive interactions, including connections and communication between faculty and students outside the classroom
  • Instill the value of life-long learning and improve students’ quality of life in and outside of the classroom
  • Provide a seamless transition between the classroom and the residence hall environment
  • Foster a greater sense of community, leading to higher student retention, satisfaction and success

Dukes received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, a master’s degree in special education from the University of Houston and a doctorate in special education from Florida International University in Miami.

Upon arrival at FAU, he served as the site coordinator for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). Later, he took a faculty position in the Department of Exceptional Student Education.  Currently he is an associate professor.  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, he teaches in the University Honors Program (UHP), serves as the doctoral coordinator in his department and teaches/advises undergraduate and graduate students. 


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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