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.



Erica C. Ostermann
House Assistant Dean

106 Hans A. Bethe House

Erica grew up in Maine and earned her B.A. in Sociology at Bowdoin College.  Following graduation she worked in Residential Life and then headed west to Stanford University where she earned her M.A. in Education. Erica joined Hans Bethe House in 2010.

In Bethe House, she works closely with the staff to create a vibrant community, one that exposes residents to new ideas and opportunities. She hopes Bethe will be an environment that supports residents as they navigate their undergraduate experience, one marked by exploration of thoughtful questions and personal growth.

Outside of Bethe House she has taught rock climbing for Cornell Outdoor Education and often hikes in nearby state parks with her partner Jason and their dog Molly. Erica is an avid cyclist and in the summer of 2008 completed a cross-country bicycle trip from California to Maine with her father. This long ride affirmed for her that life is about the journey, not the destination. In the summer of 2014 she took to the road again, this time pedaling from Seattle to San Diego.

Currently she is working on her Ph.D. in Information Science at Cornell. Her research focus is on the role technology plays in first-year students’ initial weeks of transition to university life.