Faculty in Residence Education
Faculty members interact with students in unique and important ways when they become part of the Faculty In Residence Education (FIRE) Program. Faculty-led programs and general faculty involvement in the residence halls provide special opportunities to foster both intellectual and personal development for students. In each residence hall, faculty members collaborate with residence hall staff members to develop and implement a variety of programs and interactions that range from community-building activities to academic and intellectual discussions. Faculty serve as mentors and role models and often become cherished members of the community.
Goals for the program include intentional interactions between students and faculty which include exchanging ideas, participating in intellectual development activities, sharing career experience knowledge and making personal connections. Faculty are able to participate in various programs, act as mentors and role models, assist students to accomplish various learning outcomes and become a cherished part of the community.
A variety of positions exist for faculty to get involved with the Living-Learning and the Faculty in Residence Education Programs. Those positions include:
Faculty in Residence (FIR)
Faculty Mentors enter into the residence halls and interact with students, creating a living-learning environment. Research has shown that a strong connection between students and faculty outside of the classroom significantly impacts students' success in college. Faculty Mentors have opportunities to participate in hall events including Welcome Week, hall government, hall programs, study groups, and many other events that occur on campus.
Faculty Mentors are asked to commit to one hour a week (or four hours per month) and may choose to work solely with first-year students or with all levels of college students (first year through senior).
Faculty in Residence: This program provides a faculty member the unique opportunity to interact with students outside of the classroom in meaningful and enriching ways that connect the living-learning environments. The faculty person in this position lives on campus in the Mathew Living and Learning Center (MLLC) and serves as a role model, an educator, and a leader. This is an exciting opportunity offered within the Department of Residence Life. For further information about the Faculty In Residence Program, click on the following link.