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.


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Jeff P. Godowski, M.Ed.
House Assistant Dean
Pronouns: they/them/their
G08 Flora Rose House 

Jeff Godowski joined Cornell University as the Assistant Dean for Flora Rose House in 2018. Jeff supports the educational mission of Flora Rose House through the supervision of professional, graduate, and undergraduate staff and the administration of the Rose Scholars program. They have served in various roles in residence life and student affairs throughout their professional career, specifically in the advancement of living-learning community programs, residential curricula, and Restorative Practices. Jeff has also served in various leadership roles within the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) Academic Initiatives Conference committee and is a member of the National Learning Community Collaborative and the Restorative Practices in Higher Education Learning Collaborative.

Jeff’s passion for exploring issues of social justice in connection to critical pedagogy, Restorative Practices, Intergroup Dialogue, critical theory, and student development theory strongly influences their research interests. They have received recognition for their development and implementation of educational trainings and workshops on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Jeff earned a M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont in May of 2015. They also received a B.A. in Classics, with minors in Visual Art History and Italian from the College of the Holy Cross. Jeff is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Community Research and Action at the College of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University.

Outside of the office, you may see Jeff training for marathons, spending time with their husband, dog, and cat, or buying ingredients to cook family-style Italian meals. Jeff is also a group fitness instructor at FLX Fitclub in Ithaca, where they teach LesMills BodyCombat, BodyPump, and RPM.