About Residential Academic Initiatives


Residential Academic Initiatives provides academic enhancement through faculty-partnered engagement opportunities, residential learning connections, and academic support programs within our residence halls.


Maximize the opportunities for students, faculty and staff to interact in meaningful ways that connect and enhance academic and residential experiences.

Learning Outcomes

Students will…

  • Recognize that learning is a continuously immersive process
  • Recognize and actively engage in opportunities that connect and blend their classroom and residential experiences
  • Pursue their academic and personal development within the residential community

Who We Are

Jonathan Manz

Jonathan Manz, Ph. D.

Associate Director of Residential Academic Initiatives

Throughout his career in higher education, Jonathan has been interested in integrating academics into students’ co-curricular experiences. His goal is to connect faculty and students in out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities. Jonathan has been at Purdue since the summer of 2015. He holds degrees from Virginia Tech, Baylor University and Mercer University.

Haley Cutler

Haley Cutler

Assistant Director of Learning Communities and Faculty Liaison

Haley’s passion has always been in adding value to the Boilermaker student experience. If you have questions as it relates to learning community ideas, event ideas or possible collaborations with RAI, she can serve as a resource or consultant in helping you provide out-of-the classroom experiences. She has been at Purdue since August 2011. Haley holds two degrees from Kent State.

Billie Johnson

Billie Johnson

Academic Integration Specialist, Residential Academic Initiatives

Billie is committed to discovering innovative ways to expand the student learning experience. She works directly with Learning Community Instructors by providing them logistical support for their course related events. She has been with University Residences since March 2015. Billie holds two degrees from Purdue University.