Faculty in Residence Program

The Faculty in Residence Program provides a unique opportunity for faculty to interact in formal and informal settings within a residence hall environment. These interactions foster the exchange of ideas, intellectual development, personal connections and shared experiences. Student-faculty interactions beyond the classroom 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). Faculty participate in various events in the hall community, act as mentors, assist students in accomplishing learning outcomes, and become a cherished part of the community. 


“Every single day I walked through the lobby I got to have impromptu conversations (however long or short) with residents. I built countless relationships with students. I learned something new every day. This not only helped me grow as a person, but as a professional.”

"As an incoming faculty member, I see this as an opportunity to be a friend to the students of NDSU and promote student success beyond the classroom."


Faculty interested in serving in the Faculty in Residence Program must:

  • Be a full-time employee with tenured, tenure-track, or professor of practice (assistant/associate faculty) standing at NDSU 
  • Believe in the benefits of on-campus living 
  • Have a strong commitment to undergraduate education 
  • Be an excellent communicator in both one-on-one and group settings
  • Be willing to develop and implement events within an interdisciplinary residence hall setting
  • Have departmental support from their department chair

Program Responsibilities

The person(s) serving within the Faculty in Residence Program:

  • Provide ten (10) student contact hours per month. (This could be done through community meals, attending community events, organizing study groups, holding availability hours in the community, etc.).
  • Design and implement one event per month for the hall community.
  • Connect with student leadership within the community.
  • Be visible and approachable to students living in the residence hall community.
  • Attend Residence Life departmental and Faculty in Residence Program requirements, such as Move-In Day, Late Night Breakfast, Student Leadership Institute, training, etc.)
  • Meet with the Hall Director two times per month.
  • Meet with Assistant Director for Residential Education each semester.


The Faculty in Residence Program is active during the academic year, with faculty expected to fulfill the program responsibilities during that time. Faculty may consider the apartment their full time residence and may reside in the hall during semester and summer breaks. Faculty serve for one year with the opportunity to renew on an annual basis.


Benefits for faculty serving the Faculty in Residence program are provided with the understanding they are essential for enabling interaction with students living in the hall and for developing community. Faculty in Residence utilize these resources for the purpose of fulfilling responsibilities of the program. 

  • Two bedroom apartment
  • Meal plan
  • Programming budget

Faculty serving within the program may find additional benefits professionally related to connecting with the current student population, enhancing teaching, and learning from students.

The Mathew Living Learning Center provides an apartment-style residence hall for upper division undergraduate students. Located next to the Wellness Center, the MLLC has easy access to the amenities of campus. One Hall Director lives in the hall and supervises eight (8) student staff members for a community of approximately 330 students. Faculty serving in the FIR Program are provided a two bedroom, one-bathroom apartment on the first floor of the MLLC.

Cater Hall is the newest residence hall at NDSU. Cater is connected to the West Dining Center, ACE Tutoring Center and computer lab through underground tunnels. One Hall Director lives in the hall and supervises 13 student staff members for a community of approximately 440 students. Faculty serving in the FIR Program are provided a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment on the first floor.   


In an effort to create a vibrant and healthy place to live and learn, Residence Life is committed to creating an inclusive community for all students in our residence halls and apartments. As part of this commitment, we are dedicated to supporting students toward their Sense of Belonging, feeling Affirmed and Valued, their Freedom to be, and their Education and Growth. Learn more about SAFE.


Please view the FAQs for the Faculty in Residence program. All other questions should be directed to NDSU Residence Life at ndsu.residence.life@ndsu.edu or (701) 231-7557. 

Current and Former Faculty in Residence

2023-Present      Dr. Jessica Danielson, Assistant Professor of Practice, Counselor Education
2022-Present      Dr. Amanda Cordova, Assistant Professor, School of Education 
2020-2022          Dr. Ethan Boldt, Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Policy
2020-2021          Dr. Verlin Hinsz, Professor of Psychology 
2019-2020          Dr. Ryan Kota, Assistant Professor, Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences 
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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