Faculty Engagement

Faculty Engagement Programs

Faculty will have opportunities to be involved in the RC program through the Faculty in Residence (FiR) and Faculty Affiliate (FA) programs. Recruitment has begun!

Faculty in Residence (FIR)

The FiR program strives to create opportunities for students to know faculty members outside of the classroom to emphasize a culture of mentorship, intellectual discourse, and community that are cultivated in all aspects of the collegiate experience inside and outside of the classroom. The FiR role is a cornerstone of the residential life experience that will create opportunities for students to informally interact with faculty members living amongst them.

Qualifications

  • Full-Time Faculty Status or Equivalent in the view of the Selection Committee
  • Approval from Department Chair & Dean

Expectations

FiRs will be expected to:
  • Serve as the intellectual leader of their residential commons and work together with the Residential Community Director (RCD) in cultivating and engaging community
  • Build individual relationships with residents by interacting with them regularly
  • Create opportunities to get to know all students informally and create an academic environment supported by the residential staff
  • Be visible in the community by attending programs and events hosted by the residential commons and university
  • Communicate often with Residential Community Director and Assistant Director of Academic Initiatives and Outreach
  • Live primarily in the Residential Commons during the academic year
  • Eat with students on campus through dining experiences (Family are encouraged to attend as well to involve all members of the community)
  • Abide by all contractual obligations

Specific responsibilities (unless granted through exception): 

  • Facilitating a Common Reading discussion groupWelcoming parents and students during move-in days
  • Welcoming parents and students during move-in days
  • Attend First Year Convocation and Second Year Ceremonies as part of the procession
  • Create an end of the year report based on how their experience was and what was accomplished

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Department Chair and Dean Statement of Support
This form needs to signed by the applicant, Department Chair (If applicable), and Dean and mailed to Jeff Grim through inter-campus mail at Box 750215.

Faculty Affiliate (FA)

The FA program is designed for faculty who want to be affiliated with a Residential Commons, but may not be ready to or have the desire to live in a RC. Faculty members will get to know their communities early in the academic year and build relationships by attending programs, coming to the RC on a regular basis and dining with residents.

Expectations

FAs will be expected to:
  • Build individual relationships with residents by interacting with them regularly 
  • Be visible in the community by creating and attending events and programs at least on a monthly basis
  • Communicate often with Residential Community Director and Assistant Director of Academic Initiatives and Outreach 
  • Serve as an intellectual leader of the residential common for an academic year

Specific responsibilities (unless through exception): 

  • Facilitating a Common Reading discussion group
  • Welcoming parents and students during first year move-in day

View full job description (PDF format)

To become a FA email Jeff Grim, Associate Director of Academic Initiatives & Campus Partnerships: jgrim@smu.edu

Articles about Faculty in Residence

For more information, please contact Jeff Grim, Associate Director of Academic Initiatives & Campus Partnerships, at jgrim@smu.edu.