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Faculty in Residence Program

A unique opportunity to live and interact with students in the residential community.

Now seeking inquiries and applications for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Openings for 2019-2020 Academic year in: 

  • Mathew Living Learning Center
  • Cater Hall 

The Faculty in Residence Program provides a unique opportunity for faculty to interact in casual settings within the residence hall environment. These interactions provide learning and growing opportunities for students and faculty alike.

The Faculty in Residence Program enables the exchange of ideas, intellectual development, personal connections and shared experiences. Faculty will have the opportunity to participate in various events in the hall community, act as mentors and role models, assist students in accomplishing learning outcomes, and become a cherished part of the community.

 “Sharing my experience and knowledge has been a highlight of my time as NDSU's faculty in residence. But the amount of my own learning from students is something I didn’t expect. ”
Justin Wageman, School of Education, past Faculty in Residence


  • Fall Open House November 14, 2018, 3-5pm, Mathew Living Learning Center East
  • Spring Open House February 2019
  • Applications due March 18, 2019
  • Interview applicants March 25-April 5, 2019
  • Selected candidates move into apartments July 2019


Mathew Living Learning Center

  • Upper division students, typically Juniors and Seniors
  • Students have private rooms either in 4 bedroom apartment style spaces or studios
  • Eight Resident Assistants build community in the hall

Cater Hall

  • Sophomore and transfer students
  • Students live in suite style spaces where two double rooms share a bathroom
  • Fifteen Resident Assistants build community in the hall


  • Interact on a formal and informal basis
  • Provide mentorship and role modeling for students
  • Provide ten student-contact hours per month (examples for engaging may include: eating meals with students, attending in-hall events, organizing study groups and meetings, mentoring, office hours, etc.)
  • Attend student leadership meetings
  • Design and implement one event per month


  • Interact with students in a residential setting
  • Develop relationships with students and enhance networking across disciplines with students
  • A two-bedroom, one bath apartment which includes cable, utilities, telephone, internet, coinless in-hall laundry
  • Dining center meals to be utilized in any of the three on campus dining centers
  • Funding provided for monthly community events
  • Available parking near hall (permit required)


Where is the faculty apartment located? There are two halls offering Faculty in Residence opportunities. Mathew Living Learning Center (MLLC) on the west side of campus next to the Wallman Wellness Center and Cater Hall on the west side of campus across from Newman Field.

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

Who are the students who typically live in the MLLC and Cater Halls? Students in the MLLC are 20 years of age or older, typically Junior or Senior students. Students in Cater Hall are Sophomore or transfer students. Students may be from any discipline or program offered at NDSU.   

What is the noise level of the MLLC or Cater Hall? The MLLC is one of the quietest living environments on campus.  Past FIR have indicated their apartment in the MLLC was far quieter than any other apartment they lived in. The FIR apartment in Cater Hall is located on first floor away from all student living and community spaces.

What is the cost of the apartment? 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.

Where will I receive mail? Mail will be delivered to the hall. A private mailbox with key access is provided. Packages are delivered to the bookstore for all residence hall addresses. 

Is parking available? If so, where is it and how much does it cost? The faculty member is requested to pay for his/her own parking fee; however, the fee covers the cost of a multihall parking pass so faculty can park near their office and the apartment.

Is there a shuttle/bus service on campus? How does it work? 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.

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

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

Can I have pets if I am living in the residence hall? Freshwater fish in a 10 gallon or less tank are allowed.

Application Process

Criteria for application includes:

  • Completed cover form
  • Current vitae or resume
  • Two letters of reference, one from a student, one from a peer/colleague
  • Letter showing departmental support from your supervisor
  • Cover letter addressing the following points:

    • Why are you interested in the Faculty in Residence position?
    • The mission of the Department of Residence Life at NDSU is to provide students with a vibrant, healthy place to live and learn. Please describe how you will use the Faculty in Residence position to promote the departmental mission.
    • What is your experience working with college students outside the classroom.
    • Please describe the special skills or qualities you will bring to this position. 

Submit completed applications to:
Carol Jergenson, Assistant Director for Residential Education
Department of Residence Life / North Dakota State University
Dept 3430 PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Or e-mail your application materials to


Former faculty who acted as Faculty in Residence
2018                   Dr. Gina Aalgaard Kelly, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
2015-2018          Dr. Justin Wageman, Associate Professor, School of Education
2012-2015          Dr. Warren Christensen, Assistant Professor, Physics
2010-2012          Dr. Amy Ganguli, Assistant Professor, Range Science
2008-2010          Drs. Andrew and Miriam Mara, Associate Professors, English

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