About CHAS


College Houses Organization: Description

College Houses and Academic Services Organization, 2023

College Houses and Academic Services (CHAS) is led by the Deputy Provost of the University of Pennsylvania. 

The Faculty component of CHAS is led by the CHAS Faculty Director, who is also a part of Penn's tenured faculty.  They are the direct report of the College House Faculty Directors, one of whom lives in, and leads, each of the College Houses.  Each Faculty Director supervises two, three, or four College House Fellows, members of Penn's standing faculty who live in the College Houses and provide their expertise and leadership to the House residents.  Each House may have a Faculty Affiliate who does not live in the House but likewise supports the residents there.

The Staff component of CHAS is led by two Senior Directors, one for Houisng Operations and one for Academic and Residential Programs. The Senior Director for Housing Operations supervises the thirteen House Directors. These House Directors supervise their student team of Resident Advisors (RAs) as well as the House Coordinator for each College House.  The Faculty Directors in each House have a "dotted-line" relationship with the House Directors in their College House, interacting closely with them but not exercising a supervisory relationship.

The Senior Director for Academic and Residential Programs supervises the Director for Training and Assessment, who is responsible for training CHAS staff and assessing the department's programming and initiatives.  This Senior Director also supervises a full-time Marketing Coordinator.

The Director of Administrative Services supervises the department's Business Administrator and the department's Administrative Coordinator.  The Business Administrator oversees the Financial Center, comprised of a Financial Services Assistant and an Administrative Assistant.

The Director of College House Technology supervises a staff comprised of an IT Manager and four IT Support Specialists who report to the Manager; the IT Director also managers three Application Developers (two of which are Senior Developers.)