Davidson provides healthy on-campus living communities and considers campus life an integral part of the total educational setting. All Davidson residence halls are managed by live-in, master's level area coordinators who supervise student staff members in a residential area of campus. Student leaders serve as resources for the student residents on their halls, offering leadership, guidance, and help in times of crisis. Central office staff members assist students with work orders, room selection, room changes and more.

Pairs of juniors and seniors serve either as hall counselors, providing for the needs of first-year students, or as resident advisors, supervising upper-class residence halls. Seniors serve as building managers in the Martin Court Apartments

Residence Life Staff

Jsaon Shaffer Jason Shaffer
Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Jason joined the Davidson community in July 2012 after 11 years at the University of Virginia. He brings a wealth of experience in residence life, social norms marketing, alcohol education and addressing sexual assault. Jason received his B.A. from Penn State and his M.Ed. from James Madison University.

Donny Edwards Donny Edwards
Associate Director of Residence Life

Donny came to Davidson in July 2008 and loves his work with residential facilities and housing operations.  Donny received his bachelor's degree from Southwestern University, and his master's from Texas A&M University.

Shanoya Conner Shanoya Conner
Area Coordinator - Belk, and Social Justice Education Coordinator

Originally from Brooklyn, New York; Shanoya received her B.S. in Child Development from Appalachian State University and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. While at VT, she served as the Graduate Assistant for the Multicultural Program and Services.

Jenna DeGroot Jenna DeGroot
Area Coordinator - New Hall, Tomlinson, Irwin, Akers, Knox, and Sophomore Program Advisor

Jenna received her Bachelor's degree in English Education from Florida State University and taught high school English before completing her Master's degree at the University of South Florida.

Emily Julian Emily Julian
Area Coordinator - Cannon, Richardson, Watts, and First-Year Experience Coordinator

Emily received her M.S. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio after completing her B.A. in psychology from Denison University. She calls five states home, including New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio.

Brian Lackman Brian Lackman
Area Coordinator - Duke, Little, Sentelle, Martin Court, and Residential Curriculum Coordinator

Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., Brian received his B.A from Chestnut Hill College and his M.S. in Educational Leadership Studies from Oklahoma State University. He served as the graduate assistant for the Student Union Activities Board and the Department of Campus Life while at OK State. Additionally, Brian held internships in Student Conduct, Career Services, and the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs.
Debby Harrison Debby Harrison
Housing Operations Coordinator

A life-long resident of Mooresville, Debby enjoys working with students and has worked at Davidson since 1983. During her time there, she has seen the Residence Life Office grow from a staff of two to nine.
Mary Ann Shessler Mary Ann Shessler
Coordinator of Budgets and Facilities

Mary Ann considers herself a native Chicagoan, an adopted Bostonian and a North Carolinian since 2008. With more than 20 years in the educational field, she enjoys working with students and meeting new people through her work in Residence Life. She is graduate of Northern Illinois University with both a B.S. and M.S. in education.
Rosie Strawn
Office Manager/Staff Assistant

Rosie Strawn was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Davidson in 2013. During her time at Davidson she worked with the Residence Life Office as a hall counselor, a building manager, and a summer RA. She was also known around campus as the girl with a pink bow.