Engaging Faculty in Residence Halls

Topics: Residence Life, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What are the characteristics and structures of faculty fellow programs that engage faculty members with students through residence halls (excluding programs where faculty members live in residence halls and living-learning communities)? 
  • What incentives do institutions offer faculty members to participate? 
  • What outcomes do other institutions report for their faculty engagement in residence halls?


Residential institutions encourage students and faculty to converse outside the classroom to enrich the student experience and sense of institutional community. This brief describes faculty fellow programs intended to build relationships between individual faculty members and students in a specific residence hall. The brief includes expectations of faculty fellows, events, fellowship program reporting structures, and incentives for faculty participation. Finally, the report profiles methods of soliciting feedback from program participants and anecdotes of success.