Faculty Fellows

Wesleyan's Faculty Fellows Program was established in 2008 and since its inception has continued to foster personal relationships between students and faculty both inside and outside of the classroom.  The program has provided enhanced delivery of learning outcomes, pre-professional, and life skills.  Throughout the year, each Faculty Fellow sponsors programs that provide opportunities for intellectual, artistic, and social learning experiences.  There are a number of Wesleyan faculty members previously or currently involved with this program:


Peter Gottschalk

Peter Gottschalk

Religion Department



Peter Gottschalk is a Professor of Religion and the current Faculty Fellow for Butterfields A.  He received his B.A. in History at the College of the Holy Cross, his M.A. in South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago.  Peter’s research and teaching concentrate on the dynamics of cultural interpretation and conflict in the context of Islam, Hinduism, and the West.  He is interested particularly in understanding how assumptions of mutual antagonism form between groups despite evidence of religious confluence.  Peter enjoys presenting on these topics and has discussed them in the U.S., India, Bangladesh, and  Europe at colleges and universities, professional conferences, public events, and religious communities. He has appeared on CNN, Air America, Voice of America, and National Public Radio, while  his work has been mentioned in USA Today, The New York Times, and the On Faith website of The  Washington Post.  

As a fellow, some programs that Professor Gottschalk has been invlolved with include WesHaulstudent  move-in at Bennet, First Year common reading discussions, On and off-campus dinners (i.e. Tandoor  dinner with Career Center staff for internship discussions and International Studies staff for study  abroad discussions), Film screenings and discussions (i.e. Skyfall with presentation "Of Skyfall and  Hurricanes: The Ambiguous Allure of Disorder"), Guided meditation, Continental breakfast at finals.

Suzanne O'Connell

Suzanne O'Connell

  Earth & Environmental Sciences Department



Suzanne O'Connell is a Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and has served as a fellow in Nicolson.  She received her BA at Oberlin College, studying Biology and Geology.  She received her MS at the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany and her Ph.D at Columbia University.  After earning her Ph.D, Suzanne worked for the Ocean Drilling Program in College Station, Texas before coming to Wesleyan in the fall of 1989.  Currently, Suzanne teaches Intro to Environmental Science and her research focuses on paleoclimatology; more specifically, Suzanne works with many Wesleyan students in her sediment core research on samples from the Weddell Sea in Antarctica.

As a fellow, some programs that Professor O'Connell has been involved with include Meet the Faculty Fellow, Presidential debate viewings/discussions, a Boston trip, Apple picking, Holiday decorating in the halls, Environmental documentary screenings, Dinners in Middletown, and Cultural concerts. 

Chuck Sanislow

  Charles Sanislow

Psychology Department



Charles (Chuck) Sanislow is a Professor of Pyschology and has served as a fellow in Nicolson.  He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke University, completed the APA-Approved Clinical Psychology Internship at the Yale School of Medicine, followed by a year of post-doctoral clinical training at the Yale Psychiatric Institute. In 1995, he joined the faculty of the Yale Department of Psychiatry and became a licensed psychologist in the state of Connecticut. Dr. Sanislow provided clinical services and program development for the Cedarhurst School, the Adolescent and Adult Inpatient Units, and the Outpatient Divisions of the Yale Psychiatric Institute. In a joint venture between Yale and the State of Connecticut, he developed a mental health intervention program for youth at risk for suicide or suffering severe mental illness at the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center.

While at Yale, Chuck also taught in the Clinical Psychology Internship Program, supervised clinical psychology interns, post-docs, psychiatry residents, and social work interns, and conducted clinical research in the areas of psychopathology, psychiatric diagnosis, suicide risk, depression treatment, and personality and personality disorders. He has worked on the NIMH-funded Collaborative Personality Disorders Study since it began in 1996, and continues as a Co-Investigator on this landmark study. In 2005, Chuck received a Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, funding the incorporation of cognitive neuroscience approaches into his research program.

In 2008, Chuck took a year-long leave from Yale to serve as Chief of the Extramural Mood and Sleep Disorders Research Program in the Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development at the National Institute of Mental Health. His desire to teach brought him back to Connecticut a year later, and he joined the Wesleyan Psychology Department in 2009. In addition to teaching Psychopathology and a number of related courses, Chuck maintains an active lab on campus focused on the study of affect and stress-related disorders, and new approaches to diagnosing mental disorders.

As a fellow, Professor Sanislow worked with Professor Andrea Patalano.  Collectively, some programs that Professor Sanislow and Patalano have been involved with include a Thai Dinner with RAs and HMs, a Welcome to Wesleyan BBQ, a Zip Lining Adventure, a Bushnell Theater trip to "The Creative Mind" as well as "Our Fragile Earth" at the Connecticut Forum, a Thanksgiving Day Dinner, a Reading Period "Power Brunch," and Feet to the Fire First-Year Discussions.

Andrea Patalano

  Andrea Patalano

  Psychology Department

Neuroscience and Behavior Program



Andrea Patalano is a Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior Professor and Psychology Chair at Wesleyan, and has served as a fellow in Nicolson.  She received her BA at Brown University in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences, conducting a research honors thesis on the influence of specific analogies on conceptual learning in the sciences.  Andrea received her MA and Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Michigan, where her focus was on the role of memory encoding in flexible planning and goal recognition.  Before coming to Wesleyan, Andrea held postdoctoral positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) in France, and the University of Michigan. She was also a faculty member at Ohio University.  At Wesleyan, Andrea's studies have focused on the mental and underlying neural processes involved in human reasoning and decision making.  Her work looks at the behavioral outcomes of these higher order mental processes and takes into account sources of individual differences.  Courses taught by Andrea include Cognitive Psychology, Models of Decision Making, Concepts and Categories, and Statistics, and Stats: Activity-Based Approach.

As a fellow, Professor Patalano worked with Professor Chuck Sanislow.  Collectively, some programs that Professor Patalano and Sanislow have been involved with include a Thai Dinner with RAs and HMs, a Welcome to Wesleyan BBQ, a Zip Lining Adventure, a Bushnell Theater trip to "The Creative Mind" as well as "Our Fragile Earth" at the Connecticut Forum, a Thanksgiving Day Dinner, a Reading Period "Power Brunch," and Feet to the Fire First-Year Discussions.

Giulio Gallarotti

  Giulio Gallarotti

  Government Department

  Environmental Studies Program

College of Social Studies



Giulio M. Gallarotti is a Professor of Government and Tutor in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and has served as a fellow in the Butterfields. He has also been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Economic Theory at the University of Rome.  He is the author of The Anatomy of an International Monetary Regime: The Classical Gold Standard 1880-1914 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), The Power Curse: Influence and Illusion in World Politics (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), and Cosmopolitan Power in International Relations: A Synthesis of Realism, Neoliberalism, and Constructivism (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).  In addition, Giulio has published numerous articles in leading journals across five disciplines: economics, politics, law, history, and business. His biography has been published in Marquis Who’s Who in America 2010-2014.  

As a fellow, some programs that Professor Gallarotti has been involved with include a Flash Dance in Allbritton, a Super Bowl party in the Butterfields, Buttstock (the Butterfields annual outdoor concert), Six Flags New England trip, and hall/house dinnners.

Octavio Flores

  Octavio Flores-Cuadra

  Romance Languages & Literatures



Octavio Flores-Cuadra is a Spanish Professor and has served as a fellow in the Butterfields.  He worked with the Residential College Program in Nicolson and is currently serving as a Faculty Fellow there.  Octavio maintains an active presence in the residential community and attends several RA programs throughout the year.  Octavio was born in San Luis Potosi in northern Mexico.  He has a B.A. in TV and Radio Production and an M.A. in ESL and SSL from the University of the Americas in Mexico.  His Ph.D. is in Spanish Applied Linguistics from Pittsburgh University.   Octavio has been teaching Spanish classes  at Wesleyan for 15 years.  He has two children, who you may see at some of the programs.  His hobbies include soccer and squash, and he does translation and interpretation for community service purposes.  He looks forward to continuing his residential services within Nicoloson community and encourages his residnets to stop by to chat during his office hours.  He is happy to assist as a resource, mentor, and advisor.

As a fellow, some programs that Professor Flores-Cuadra has been invlolved with include a Mexican Taco night, Roller Skating night, Cook-out for Saint Vincent dePaul soup kitchen, Six Flags New England and Cold Stone social, Finals Breakfast and Raffle.