Residential Academic Initiatives

Initiatives Overview and Components

Recognizing that student learning is a continuous process both inside and outside the classroom, Residential Academic Initiatives, in alignment with Purdue University’s mission and driven by a comprehensive residential educational experience, seeks to cultivate environments and opportunities for learning within the residence setting. Vital to this goal is connection: students to students, students to faculty and staff, and students to the campus community – to foster a shared experience of learning, discovery, and achievement. This goal is achieved through a variety of initiatives, various partnerships and sponsored activities with academic departments and support programs.

Faculty Fellows and Students Pictured on Boilermaker SpecialFaculty Fellows - provides the opportunity for student-faculty and student-staff interactions that are vital to student development and mentoring relationships. Each Faculty Fellow engages with a specific floor in a residence hall.

Photo pf Duhme Hall - Home of Faculty in ResidenceAmelia Earhart Faculty-in-Residence – Engaged faculty live in an apartment within a residence hall, participate and sponsor programming related to their field of research/expertise, and provide social engagement opportunities. Faculty commit to a two-year experience in the residence hall.

Photo of Two Learning Communities InstructorsLearning Communitiesgenerally 20-30 students take 1-3 academic courses together based on academic program/major/college/LC theme and participate in events and activities designed and executed by a faculty/staff team of Learning Community Instructors. Students may also live together in a designated area of a residence hall. There are also a number of residentially based learning communities that are centered on a common theme, but have no course connections

Photo of Favorite Faculty ReceptionFavorite Faculty Reception – held on an annual basis each spring, this is an opportunity for students to nominate faculty members for a number of awards through invited submissions. Faculty Fellows, nominated faculty members, and students who submitted nominations are invited to attend and interact at the reception as a congratulations and recognition event.

Photo of Shreve University Residences Support CenterUniversity Residences Support Centers – located in Cary and Shreve residence halls, these are intentionally designed spaces for students to engage in learning where they live. The centers help foster faculty and student engagement through impactful learning and intellectual development within an innovative environment boasting both collaborative work space and quiet study areas.