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Faculty In Residence


Warren Christiansen
Assistant Professor, Physics
Faculty in Residence, Living Learning Center

The Faculty In Residence (FIR) Program is a component of the larger Faculty in Residence Education (FIRE) Program. In this program, a faculty member lives with the students in the residence hall and interacts with them both formally and informally. This live-in option for faculty creates valuable opportunities for students and faculty to interact with each other outside the classroom where additional, important learning can occur. Both students and faculty benefit from the interactions in relation to the learning process: faculty gain insight into the dynamic of student life; and, students gain a greater understanding of the faculty's role in education through conversation and exchange of ideas.

Core values of the university include scholarship, teaching, and learning. Through scholarship, we engage in, and acknowledge, the pursuit of scholarship of all forms including discovery, teaching, integration, and application. At NDSU, we provide a superior teaching and learning environment within and outside of the traditional classroom.

Goals for the program include exchange of ideas, intellectual development, career experience, personal connections and shared experiences. Faculty will participate in various programs, act as mentors and role models, assist students with accomplishing various learning outcomes, and become a cherished part of the community.

Position Description and Benefits

The faculty member chosen for the program:

  • Lives in-hall and interacts with students on an informal basis
  • Provides 10 student-contact hours per month (e.g. office hours; advising/mentoring; eating meals with students; attending in-hall events, study groups and meetings) 
  • Attends staff meetings
  • Has more involvement with other students, faculty, and the institution as a whole 
  • Designs and implements one program per month

Faculty can expect the following benefits: 

  • Position includes apartment, cable, utilities, telephone, laundry - (coin-less/in-hall) 
  • Block meal plan
  • Programming budget: $50-$75 per month
  • More involvement with other students, faculty, and the institution as a whole 
  • Flexibility to design and implement one program per month (programming activities may potentially count toward service and/learning hours for faculty pursuing tenure as approved by individual department chair and dean)
  • Designated parking on campus (you pay your own parking fee)
Faculty in Residence Application


Frequently Asked Questions


Q:        What is the noise level of the LLC?
A:        The LLC is one of the quietest living environments on campus.  The current FIR indicated their apartment in the LLC was far quieter than any other apartment they lived in.

Q:        Where is the faculty apartment located?
A:        The faculty apartment is located in the Living Learning Center on the west side of the campus.

Q:        What is the cost of the apartment?
A:        The cost of the apartment is included in the benefits package. Cable, utilities, telephone, and coinless in-hall laundry is also included at no additional charge.

Q:        Where will I receive mail?
A:        Mail will be delivered to Living Learning Center East.

Q:        Is parking available? If so, where is it and how much does it cost?
A:        The faculty member is requested to pay for his/her own parking fee; however, the fee covers the cost of designated parking access. The parking spot is directly east of the building.

Q:        Is there a shuttle/bus service on campus? How does it work?
A:        Yes. The Metropolitan Area Transit System, better known as "MAT", is the public transit system serving the cities of Fargo and Moorhead with limited service to West Fargo and Dilworth. For more information, visit the NDSU/MAT shuttle website here.

Q:        Is Ethernet connectivity available?
A:        Yes. This service is provided at no charge.

Q:        If I have a family, can they live with me in the residence hall?
A:        Yes.

Q:        Can I have pets if I am living in the residence hall?
A:        No, sorry. Pets are not allowed.

Q:        When will the next faculty in residence position be available?
A:        Anticipated to be Summer 2015.

Q:        What is the size of the apartment?
A:        2 bedroom, 1 bath, and limited furnishings provided upon request.

For Additional Information, Contact:

Carol Jergenson
Assistant Director of Residence Education 
Department of Residence Life, North Dakota State University
Dept. 5310  P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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Phone: +1 (701) 231-7557 / Fax: (701) 231-7599
Campus address: Bison Court West 
Physical/delivery address: 1415 14th St N, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5310 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 4:16:53 PM