Housing & Residence Life

Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons

6031 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL 60637

  • 8 Houses
  • Room Types: Singles, Doubles, Apartments
  • Dining Hall: Cathey Dining Commons
  • Built: 2009

Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons opened in the Autumn 2009 and features modern design while maintaining the traditional focus of the Houses.

The Hall houses eight vibrant communities around two courtyards, defining two distinct residence hall communities (East and West), each with their own complement of Resident Heads and Resident Assistants, charged with community building. The Hall has two Resident Dean couples, (one for each side) who act as intellectual stewards for the residents.

Assistant Director of Residence Life: Currently Vacant

Assistant Director of Operations: Robin Hardrick

Standard Room Furniture:

  • XL Twin Bed
  • Dresser
  • Wardrobe or Closet
  • Desk and Chair

Resident Deans

William Nickell and Maryse Meijer

Resident Deans, Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons East

William Nickell and Maryse Meijer were appointed the new Resident Deans of Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons East, beginning with the 2022-2023 academic year.

Maryse Meijer is the author of four books of fiction, most recently the novel The Seventh Mansion. She received her MFA in writing from Warren Wilson College and studied Modern Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She mentors writers of all ages and is excited to connect the students of Renee Granville-Grossman East with creators across all disciplines. Her passions include piano, travel, squirrel watching, and vegan baking.

William Nickell is chair of Slavic Languages & Literatures and is a specialist in Russian literature known for his work on Tolstoy and on Russian media and mass culture. He is currently completing The Soviet Cure, a book on medical aesthetics and medical subjectivity. He also teaches for Chicago Studies, including a course on East European immigration to Chicago and a bicycle-based class, Riding about the South Side, focused on learning from the community through first-hand encounters. 

Charlotte, their daughter, is practicing a form of home schooling called unschooling, and is an advocate for youth liberation. She loves nature, reading, and music.


Saul Levmore and Julie Roin

Resident Deans, Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons West

Saul Levmore and Julie Roin were appointed the new Resident Deans of Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons West, beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year.

The resident deans of Renee West work right next door at the Law School. Professor Roin is the Seymour Logan Professor and a specialist in Tax Law as well as State and Local Government Law. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs before heading off to Harvard and then Yale Law School, where she met her fellow Resident Dean. She loves theater, skiing, and talking about politics with students, especially because the couple’s two sons are now out of the house.

Professor Levmore is a Distinguished Service Professor and previous Dean of the Law School. Saul and Julie taught at the University of Virginia before coming to Chicago. He has just finished a term as the President of the American Law and Economics Association and is known for his love of teaching, his taking students to breakfast at Medici on 57th Street, his past life as a runner and squash player, and now his golf game.

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