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Faculty Engagement

Faculty Engagement Programs

Faculty have meaningful ways to connect and contribute to the Residential Commons.

The Affiliate Program along with the Faculty-in-Residence position provide avenues for faculty engagement in the Residential Commons.

Faculty Affiliates

The Affiliate Program at SMU is an integral part of the Residential Commons, where faculty and staff commit to supporting the intellectual, cultural, and social life of the 11 communities by engaging residents and providing mentorship, guidance, and support to students. Affiliates get involved in the Residential Commons in a wide variety of ways, ranging from casual meals, sporting events, and social gatherings, to lectures, career panels, and theatrical performances – to name a few. Regardless of their level of engagement, each of the faculty and staff listed here have indicated a willingness and enthusiasm to support students.

Interested faculty and staff or students who would like to nominate a faculty or staff member, are encouraged to email the Director of Academic Initiatives.

Faculty-in-Residence (FiR)

The goal of the Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) is to provide residents unprecedented access to our world class faculty. FiRs provide both formal and informal resident-faculty interactions through educational programming, classes, individual and small-group advising, and casual association. These interactions provide students with opportunities to approach and relate to faculty members on a more personal level, learn about resources, and enhance their confidence and ability to interact with all faculty members. SMU faculty members are integrated into the 11 Residential Commons and work with student affairs staff and other faculty to facilitate student learning.


Learn more about the position and how faculty can apply.

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