Robert Wessling is the Dean of Students at Yale-NUS College. He arrived from Hong Kong where he served as the Dean of Students, Director of Student Affairs, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). At HKUST, he championed the first all-university, multicultural New Student Orientation, worked on the blueprint for a major expansion of new residential halls on campus, and launched the first “Campus Challenge” inviting students to innovate improvements to student life.
He has an extensive background working in student affairs. At Stanford University, he served as the first Academic Director of Stern Hall, an undergraduates residence, and later became the Associate Master and Chief of Students at Choi Kai Yau College in the comprehensive undergraduate residential college system that was opened on the new campus of the University of Macau in 2014.
Dr Wessling holds a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures from UC Berkeley and graduated magna cum laude in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Russian Studies as an undergraduate at Princeton University. He has published articles on Russian literature, poetry, and illness, managed the operations of Stanford’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies as its Associate Director, and has taught literature and humanities courses at HKUST, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University, where he was a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Introduction to the Humanities Program.