Faculty-in-Residence Program Guidelines

It is understood that each Faculty-in-Residence possesses individualized motivations based upon academic specialty, intellectual passion areas, and programmatic experience. Therefore, this section contains guidelines which acknowledge some of the many ways the Faculty-in-Residence can structure the program. In each instance, the Faculty-in-Residence will work with the Residential Education Coordinator (Masters level professional responsible for the residential community) and Residential Academic Initiatives staff to plan the intentional programmatic opportunities.

Intellectual Development

There are a myriad of methods to enhance the intellectual development of both the community and the individuals in the residential community. The Faculty-in-Residence should leverage their own personal and academic passions to facilitate intellectual engagement in the community. As the conduit to intellectual exploration, opportunities may include:

  • Inviting colleagues to speak with students for 15 – 20 minutes about their academic research at weekly teas.
  • Hosting monthly Bollywood movie nights and talking about the film’s cultural significance and impact.
  • Impromptu discussions about social justice and inclusion topics in the lounge.


Inherent to the program is the need for the Faculty-in-Residence to maintain their primary home in the residential community. The serendipitous nature of many conversations will most often happen with the informal crossing of paths rather than a scheduled meeting. While the nature of informal presence negates the need for structure, some examples may include:

  • Standard office hours maintained in the residential community.
  • Being observed utilizing the recreation and wellness center.
  • Eating meals in the dining courts in the evening and inviting students who are already there to join them while dining.

Social Engagement

Mentoring positive interpersonal relationships and the skills required to form them is a hallmark of a Faculty-in-Residence program. There are always a multitude of social opportunities built into the residential education plan and it is expected that the Faculty-in-Residence will take the opportunity to participate in some of these programs. There are many ways for the Faculty-in-Residence to facilitate social programs. Some examples include:

  • Baking cookies during heavy exam periods and inviting residents to the apartment.
  • Hosting a drop-in for students and families during move-in or Grand Prix.
  • Running a spin class for residents.