Kathleen Kerr

Kathleen G. Kerr

Associate Vice President, Student Life
Executive Director, Residence Life & Housing

(302) 831-4663

My Responsibilities

In my role as the Executive Director of Residence Life & Housing, I am a champion for the success of students living in the residence halls, the staff who work to support this success, and the department. Our mission as a department is consistent with both the mission of UD and with the Division of Student Life. Staff members in Residence Life & Housing actively partner with students and campus colleagues to create a once in a lifetime community experience where students learn, contribute, thrive, and achieve their aspirations. My job is to move the department forward strategically so that each day we are achieving that mission.

Where I Can Help

  • Residence Life & Housing is a big department and there are many talented and capable staff members available to assist students with their room assignment and after they are living in the halls. I am one of those staff members, although admittedly, rarely the first one contacted. The first point of contact for parents is usually a Complex Coordinator or Area Coordinator. We hope our students work primarily with their Resident Assistant (RA).
  • I have a passion for sustainability and am involved in both UD’s sustainability initiatives and the Residence Life & Housing environmental sustainability work.
  • I have a secondary appointment at UD as an Assistant Professor and very much enjoy the first year seminar I teach each fall, and any other teaching opportunities that come my way.
  • Nationally, I have held multiple leadership roles in ACPA, an international Association for those of us working with college students outside of the classroom. I enjoy mentoring new professionals in student affairs and being involved in their professional growth.

If I may be of assistance in any of these capacities, please feel free to be in touch.

Educational Background

  • B.A., Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • M.S., College Student Personnel Administration, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Arrival to UD


Previous Positions Held

After serving in various Graduate Assistantships at IU, I began my professional career as a Complex Coordinator at UD (then called an Assistant Area Coordinator). After a couple years, I began to coordinate UD's Special Interest Housing program, then became an Area Coordinator, Assistant Director, Associate Director, and Director.

My Favorite Quote/Motto/Personal Philosophy

If you aim for nothing, you'll hit it.

Life Outside UD

Outside of UD, I am active in the American College Personnel Association, ACPA. I served as the Chair of ACPA’s Commission for Housing and Residential Life from 2006-2008. In 2009 and 2011 I served as Convention Program Chair and as the Strategic Marketing Chair for the 2016 Convention. I served on ACPA’s Sustainability Committee and Task Force and was on the Governing Board as the Director of Membership Development from 2010-2012. In 2012, I began a three-year term first serving as Vice president, then President, and finally as Past-President. I currently serve as a Trustee on the ACPA Foundation Board.

I am also a member of AAC&U, the Association of American College and Universities; MACUHO, the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers; and ACUHO-I, the Association of College and University Housing Officers International.

I reside in Newark with my husband, two daughters, and our Pug, Sadie.