Program Overview

Residential Academic Initiatives at Purdue supports experiences which bridge a student’s academic scholarship and experiential practice. The Faculty-in-Residence program is one of the primary programs which carries out this mission. The Faculty-in-Residence lives in the residential community along with their family, if applicable, for two important reasons:

  • First, the integration of a faculty member in the community elevates the intellectual dialogue and civil discourse of the residential environment.
  • Second, the mentorships and relationships built between residents and faculty as part of this program are instrumental in increasing retention and graduation rates of students (Astin, 1977; Bean, 1980). 

A successful Faculty-in-Residence will be a visible member of the community and will see their work as an extension of their classroom pedagogy. They will have a primary role, in collaboration with the Residential Life staff, to create a programmatic plan which increases the intellectual and leadership growth of the residential students.  

Learning and Experiential Outcomes 

Students will:

  • Have the opportunity to engage with Faculty-in-Residence in a social setting in their living environment.
  • Have the opportunity to learn from faculty leading intellectual dialogues and civil discussions.
  • Meet faculty members from various disciplines in the residential setting in order to open up opportunities for mentorship.

Faculty will:

  • Gain direct and measurable mentoring experience.
  • Gain experiential understanding of the holistic undergraduate student experience at Purdue including its special rhythms, dynamics and pressures.
  • Gain experience in programmatic leadership and development.

Time Frame of the Program

The program requires an initial two-year minimum commitment from the faculty member with the option for the faculty member and department to renew on a yearly basis. The appointment will begin in the fall of 2019. The Faculty-in-Residence should plan to move in at least two weeks prior to the start of classes.

Other Information

Organizational Relationships and Supervision

The Faculty-in-Residence will be integrated into the University Residences department and viewed as an integral member of the residence hall staff. They will work directly with the Residence Education Coordinator and Residential Learning Specialist and indirectly with the Resident Assistants, Assistant Director for the neighborhood, Residential Academic Initiatives staff, and the Director for Residential Education. 

Direct oversight for the Faculty-in-Residence aspect of the faculty’s university responsibilities will be the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life and the Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. They will provide evaluations and letters of support identifying the ways in which the Faculty-in-Residence has mentored students and enhanced retention efforts to the Dean or Department Chair at the end of each academic year. They will also be responsible for approving additional years of participation in the Faculty-in-Residence program.

Support from the Academic Department

The faculty member’s teaching load within their academic college should be conducive to the assignment of duties in the University Residences area. Teaching loads vary from college to college and from faculty member to faculty member. They may also vary according to various other service and/or administrative responsibilities assigned by the Dean or Department Chair. It is essential, however, that these points be negotiated and the agreement clarified among all parties involved.