House Assistant Dean

House Assistant Dean

The House Assistant Dean (HAD) serves on a team responsible for developing, optimizing, and implementing operational policies and procedures for the West Campus House System in cooperation with other units and departments that support the West Campus House System. The HAD works in close partnership with the House Professor-Dean to realize the House mission. The HAD works to advance the educational mission of the West Campus House System through effective partnerships with faculty, University departments, and community organizations, and s/he directs the multiple functions of one House within the West Campus House System.



Aaron King
House Assistant Dean
145 Keeton House

Aaron brings a decade and a half of experience supporting a range of college residential learning communities. Prior to Cornell Big Red, his academic and professional journey has been filled with many other colors (i.e., NYU Violets, Stanford Cardinal, & Harvard Crimson) and animals, including a full Wizard of Oz journey (i.e., Mount Holyoke Lyons, Princeton Tigers, & Central Arkansas Bears) – oh my! He holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration, and a B.S. in Psychology. 

His broad research and professional interests are at the intersections of psychology and higher education, including identity development (multiracial and transracial adoptee experiences), intergroup dialogue, college access & belonging, and currently, identity disclosures. Other experiences have included driving tractors and hauling hay in Arkansas, running road 5Ks to 100 mile trail ultramarathons, and making flaming onion volcanoes as a teppanyaki (aka hibachi) chef. 

Outside of the office, you might catch him cheering on Big Red, playing basketball, coaching youth basketball, attending a lecture, running throughout the Finger Lakes area, thrift shopping like a pro, or most likely with his spouse and two young daughters in Keeton House or around the Cornell campus. 

Aaron looks forward to meeting and hearing more about your story and aspirations!