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Residence Life

Faculty in Residence

Position Overview:

The Faculty in Residence (FIR) program is sponsored by the Department of Residence Life at Columbus State University and is an integral component in the success of both the department and our students. The FIR program aims to increase meaningful interactions between faculty and students inside the Residential Communities. The FIR position is an asset in creating a living-learning centered atmosphere where our students feel comfortable and engaged. They will work with our staff to provide a supportive environment where our students can continually develop. The Faculty in Residence is a live in position. An apartment will be provided to the FIR on either CSUs Main or RiverPark Campus; depending on which location they've been selected to serve as the Faculty in Residence.

Goals:

  • To support the academic mission of Columbus State university and the vision of the Department of Residence Life.
  • To increase faculty presence, academic engagement, and role modeling in the residence halls.
  • To create meaningful programs that promote student learning and community building.
  • To engage faculty and student in intellectual, social, and cultural development through activities and programs.
  • To serve as an ambassador to assist in creating and strengthening relationships between the Department of Residence Life and Academic Affairs.
  • To promote community and personal development for residents living in the residential community.

Eligibility:

The Faculty in Residence position must meet the below minimum qualifications:

  • Be a full time, contracted, faculty member at Columbus State University.
  • Be a tenured or tenure tracked faculty member.
  • Be an employee at CSU for a minimum of one (1) year.
  • Available to interact with students, staff, and other faculty members.
  • Able to live in an on campus apartment provided by the Department of Residence Life.
  • Successfully pass a background check.

Some preferred qualifications include:

  • Have an awareness and experience with student learning and student leadership.
  • Knowledgeable of Columbus State University policies and procedures.
  • Previous experience working with undergraduate students in a residential setting is helpful, but not a requirement for the position.

Expectations:

Expectations for the Faculty in Residence include:

General Expectations:

  • Maintain a high level of visibility and availability to students within the residential community. This could be done in a number of means, including attending residential life programs.
  • Collaborate with Residence Life student and professional staff for programming.
  • Participate in Residence Life events as other commitments allow; such as RA training, move in day events, welcome week programming, experience trips, and other Residence Life signature programs.
  • Promote academic engagement opportunities to residents in the residential community.
  • Serve as a catalyst to involve of other faculty members in residential hall activities.
  • Develop and maintain a positive working relationship with the Department of Residence Life staff and other Faculty in Residence.
  • Maintain an open and active communication with student and Residence Life staff.
  • Follow all University and Residence Life policies, as well as local, state, and federal laws.

Resident Interaction :

  • Initiate informal and formal communications with students through interactions such as programs, emails, check-ins, meals, or one-on-one conversations.
  • Serve as a role model, mentor, advisor, and leader within the residential community
  • Be available, approachable, and accessible to students
  • Cultivate interactions with students that empower students to grow, develop, and refine their values.

Administrative :

  • Attend a Residence Life staff meetings at least once a month.
  • Communicate and meet with the Residence Life Coordinator of the residential community you are placed in to provide updates on student interactions and upcoming programs.
  • Provide an end of year report regarding Faculty in Residence goals and accomplishments. This will be due May 30th.
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Residence Life regarding any residential concerns including move-in, move-out, facilities issues, policies, etc.

Benefits:

The benefits package for the person hired to be a Faculty in Residence include the following:

  • Furnished two (2) bedroom apartment, which includes all utilities, basic cable services, and internet (wireless and wired) paid for by the Department of Residence Life.
  • Meal plan to all university dining halls for the Fall and Spring semester of their employment.
  • Reserved parking space near the residential community the Faculty in Residence serves.

Other benefits that the Faculty in Residence receives include:

  • Pet Policy: the Department of Residence Life allows all full-time live-in professional staff to have one (1) pet (either dog or cat) to reside in the apartment provided to them. The Faculty in Residence must follow all guidelines in the Residence Life Pet Policy.
  • Programming Funds: the Faculty in Residence will be allocated a programming funds for the year to assist them with programmatic efforts for the students living in the residential community.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a high level of visibility and availability within the residence hall
  • Provide one program per month that is guided by an inter-disciplinary theme
  • Serve as a catalyst for involvement of other faculty members in residence hall activities
  • Act as a role model, mentor, advisor, and leader within the residential community
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with the Residence Life Staff
  • Attend Residence Life Staff meeting at least once a month
  • Participate in opening of residence halls
  • Follow all Residence Life and University Policies as well as local, state, and federal laws

Terms of Service:

The faculty serving as the Faculty in Residence will sign an agreement for one academic year, with opportunity to renew the position for an addition one (1) year based on a mutual agreement between the Department of Residence Life and the faculty member. Collectively, the faculty member is eligible to serve in the Faculty in Residence roll for up to two (2) additional years, totaling to three (3) years. The Faculty in Residence must comply with all University and Department policies for living on campus. The Faculty in Residence must maintain appropriate relationships and boundaries with students. The Department of Residence Life reserves the right to terminate this agreement should any issues arise concerning inappropriate or unethical behaviors. Should the Faculty in Residence leave or be released before the one (1) year agreement expires, they will be expected to vacate the apartment immediately. Should a Faculty in Residence contract not be renewed for additional years, or if the Faculty in Residence has reached the end of their third year in the position, they will be expected to move out of the apartment by June 1st in order to ensure a smooth transition for the new Faculty in Residence participant.

Submitting Application:

To apply for the Faculty in Residence position, interested faculty members should submit the following documents to Scott Lundgren, the Assistant Director of Residence Life, via email through the contact information listed below:

  • A cover letter stating your interest in becoming a Faculty in Residence. The letter of interest should address the following:
    • Why are you interested in the Faculty in Residence program?
    • Describe any co-curricular experiences in which you are currently engaged in with students.
    • What special skills, qualities, or experiences do you have that might benefit you or be transferrable to the Faculty in Residence position?
    • As a Faculty in Residence, you would be expected to create programing that is guided by an interdisciplinary theme. What do you believe your interdisciplinary theme would be?
  • A current CV or resume.
  • A letter of recommendation from the faculty members Department Chair and/or Dean.

Once an application is received, it will then be taken to the Faculty in Residence Search Committee for further review. If you have any questions about the position or the application process please contact Scott Lundgren, the Assistant Director of Residence Life.

For More Information:

For more information, please contact Scott Lundgren, Assistant Director of Residence Life, at Lundgren_Scott@ColumbusState.edu or at 706-507-8716. For specific information on the Department of Residence Life here at CSU, visit www.life.ColumbusState.edu.