Faculty Friends Program

The Faculty Friends program brings together students and faculty outside of the typical teaching experience in the classroom. Since 1994, Residential Life has invited all faculty to be as involved as they want by actively participating in residence hall programs, lectures, and fun events. Faculty Friends are leaders, mentors, teachers, advocates, role models and friends who help students succeed. It has been shown that faculty/student interaction can positively impact retention, graduation rates, GPAs, and more. (Astin 2001)

Ways Faculty Friends Can Engage:

  • Lead a discussion group on your favorite topic (academic or personal)
  • Attend theater/music/dance performances with residents
  • Go to dinner in the dining halls with residents
  • Hold a study session in the residence halls
  • Attend a hall program
  • Discuss your favorite movie or book with students
  • Participate with students in campus events
  • Share your research


“I have enjoyed meeting the students and having a rollicking good time cooking, talking, laughing, and learning. I have always been impressed with the maturity and dedication of the residence hall staff. I’ve been teaching some cooking classes and I participated in a couple of great discussions last semester about the summer reading program book Mountains Beyond Mountains.”

~Ms. Judy Myhand, Instructor, School of Human Ecology


For more information, contact the Residential Life & Education team.