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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 creates opportunities for students to informally interact with faculty members living amongst them.

Qualifications include:
  • Full-Time Faculty Status or Equivalent (as determined by the Provost)
  • Approval from Department Chair and Dean

In the fall of 2014, SMU transformed the residential experience into a Residential Commons model, which places greater emphasis on students engaging with faculty inside and outside of the classroom. The Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) role is an integral part of this model.

The FiR program increases interaction between students and faculty members beyond the classroom, and emphasizes a culture of mentorship, intellectual discourse, and community which are cultivated in all aspects of the collegiate experience. The FiR role is a cornerstone of the residential life experience that creates opportunities for students to informally interact with faculty members living amongst them. A full Position Description is available for review.

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