James and Jeannie Evans
– Resident Deans –
James and Jeannie Evans have served as Residence Deans for Campus North Residential Commons- East since Autumn 2016.
They fill their lives with adventure; they enjoy everything from snowshoeing through Jackson and Washington Parks to swimming in Lake Michigan, as James has even been known to do in the winter. As Resident Deans, the couple share their love of adventure and the city of Chicago while connecting with students and their passions.
James and Jeannie grew up in Southern California and met at Brigham Young University, where James earned a BA in Anthropology and Economics and Jeannie received a BA in Political Science. Jeannie earned her Juris Doctor degree at Harvard University and James earned his MA and Ph.D. in Sociology at Stanford University. James is an associate professor of Sociology, Director of the Knowledge Lab, and Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute. He also directs the new two-year master’s program in computational social science as of fall 2016. Jeannie is a trial lawyer at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a national class-action and complex litigation firm.
– Resident Dean –
Steven (Steve) Rings has served as Resident Dean for Campus North Residential Commons– West since Autumn 2016.
Steve is an associate professor in the university’s music department, where he teaches courses on subjects ranging from popular music to mathematical music theory. Before receiving his Ph.D. from Yale University, he earned his B.A. and M.M. from the University of Minnesota (he is a Minnesota native, like one of his research subjects, Bob Dylan). In addition to his work as Resident Dean, Steve keeps busy as the Chair of the Society of Fellows and the Series Editor of Oxford Studies in Music Theory. Before settling in Hyde Park, he lived for two years in the Azores islands (in the mid-Atlantic), where he taught guitar at a Portuguese music conservatory.
In his work as Resident Dean, Steve enjoys introducing students to diverse cultural, intellectual, and social experiences. These cover a broad spectrum, from a refined chamber music series to the raucous and quirky Northwest Sportfest. The latter is a signature annual event for the hall, in which houses compete for predominance in various athletic events (some of them only dubiously “athletic”). Having called Chicago home since 2005, Steve is eager to share his passion for the city and its culture with the residents of Campus North–West.
About the Hall
5500 South University Ave. Chicago, IL 60637 | Phone: 773-834-2401
The Housing and Residence Life administrative staff that oversee Campus North Residential Commons include the:
Assistant Director of Residence Life: Jacqui Payne
Assistant Director of Operations: Lillian Griffin
Architect: Studio Gang
This signature facility, designed by Studio Gang, led by renowned Chicago architect, Jeanne Gang, was constructed in collaboration with Mortenson Construction. Ground was broken on the project in 2013 and the facility opened for students in Autumn 2016.
Campus North Residential Commons is located in the northern part of campus, a few minutes walk from the main Quadrangles. The Hall houses eight vibrant communities, each with their own complement of Resident Heads and Resident Assistants, charged with community building. The Hall has Resident Deans, who act as intellectual stewards for the residents.
Together with Smart Museum and Court Theatre, Ratner Athletic Center, and the Henry Crown Field House, Campus North Residential Commons is considered the gateway to the campus.
“Housing has been one of my favorite parts of UChicago. Coming into first year, it can seem really daunting to not know anyone, but housing allowed me to feel like I was part of a community before I even got to campus. Through housing I met and became best friends with people who have totally different interests than me, who I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise. I love the convenience of Campus North because it allows me to spend time in my house, while still being involved in other activities on campus.”
Music Practice Rooms
Singles, Doubles & Apartments
15th Floor Reading Room