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Faculty In Residence

Overview of Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) Program

Student and faculty interaction outside of formal classroom space is essential in creating vibrant educational environments on a university campus. When these interactions occur in residence halls, campus centers, and other non-classroom areas, students are able to bridge the gap between their in-class and out-of-class experiences (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005). Faculty-in-Residence will play a large role in creating these experiences, through intentional programming, mentoring and advising. Student-faculty interactions beyond the classroom experience have significant effects on multiple student outcomes, including academic achievement, personal and intellectual development, persistence, and degree attainment (Kuh, Kinzie, Schuh, Whitt, & Associates, 2005; Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005). The Office of Residential Life and Housing will create opportunities for students to create these relationships with faculty and connection to the university through initiatives such as the Faculty-in-Residence program.

The Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) Program is a collaboration between the Academic Colleges and Schools and Student Affairs that strengthens the student’s academic and residential experience. By encouraging faculty to be involved in these efforts, the university creates the potential for a campus culture to emerge that values service, citizenships and belonging (Golde & Pribbenow, 2000). The FIR will have a number of programmatic and administrative responsibilities that will ensure they are an active member of the first-year residential experience and the Office of Residential Life and Housing. These will include working with the residential life staff, fellow faculty members and the residents of our communities.


Interested in being a Faculty in Residence(FIR)?

For any faculty interested in being the Faculty in Residence, the following two documents will give you the overview of the position and what would be expected of you as a Faculty in Residence.

Overview of the Faculty In Residence position (PDF) - this PDF document will give you a complete overview of the position along with the qualifications, benefits, and term and condition of appointment.

Faculty In Residence job description (PDF) - this PDF document will illustrate all the aspects of the Faculty In Residence Position along with outlining the position responsibilities.


Would you like to apply for the Faculty in Residence position?

After reading all of the information above, you are contemplating applying for the FIR position. Please submit a FIR application. All application materials will need to be received by February 11, 2019, at the close of the business day.

Submitting Your Application

To apply, submit a complete application packet to the Director of Residential Life and Housing, Alerie Tirsch. A complete application packet should consist of the following:

If you have questions about the FIR program or the search process, please email Alerie Tirsch.


The Faculty-in-Residence Program

Strengthening Intellectual Capital in the Residence Halls

“Acting as the Faculty in Residence has allowed me the chance to break down the wall between students and teacher. Without the formalities and time constraints of a traditional classroom, I have been afforded the opportunity to foster some truly dynamic relationships with our students, both socially and academically.”

-Dr. Robert Mundy, FIR Alumni Hall