Faculty Friends Program

Faculty Friends are leaders, mentors, teachers, advocates, role models and friends who help students succeed. The Faculty Friends program brings together students and faculty outside of the typical teaching experience in the classroom. It has been shown that faculty/student interaction can positively impact retention, graduation rates, GPAs, and more. (Astin 2001)

With the support of Residential Living staff (Resident Assistants, graduate and full-time staff), faculty will be invited into the residence hall to engage with students and facilitate experiences that meet the unique needs of individual student populations. Individual and small group interactions are strongly encouraged and are supported by program funding in Residential Living.

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
  • Participate with students in campus events
  • Share your research

Time Commitment

Participating faculty will be assigned to one community and be requested to attend approximately four to six events per academic year.

PLEASE NOTE: These events usually occur between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. (when students tend to be available), with the exception of lunch events. The hall staff will do their best to work with your schedule, and your family members are always welcome to attend with you!

Interest Form

If you are interested in participating, please complete the program interest form

For more information, please email the Assistant Director for Student Success and Leadership, Alex Dresen or Graduate Assistant of Student Success, Raeshan Davis.