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Faculty Engagement

Faculty Engagement Programs

Faculty will have opportunities to be involved in the RC program through the Faculty in Residence (FiR).  Some commons have Faculty Affiliate (FA) programs as well where faculty interact with the commons, faculty in residence, and student leaders through an affiliated role.  Commons with an FA program engage and communicate differently.  Contact a faculty in residence if you are interested in learning more about becoming a FIR or FA.

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.

There are currently no FiR postings at this time.  Please check back for any anticipated openings in the future.


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

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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 group
  • Welcoming 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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