Faculty in Residence
The Faculty in Residence program at Louisiana State University encourages structured out-of-classroom interaction between students and faculty to seamlessly blend student learning and development inside and outside the classroom.
The Faculty in Residence live in specially designed apartments within or adjacent to on-campus residence halls to share the on-campus experience with residents. They work with Residential Life staff to provide supportive living environments where students can learn and develop as well as serve as leaders, mentors, teachers, and active faculty to all on-campus residents.
Examples of interactions include dining with residents at on-campus dining halls, hosting conversations about current events, developing and/or attending programs with Residential Life staff on areas of interest, or leading an introductory LSU course.
Goals of the Program
To support the academic mission of Louisiana State University and the vision of the Department of Residential Life
To enhance faculty presence and role modeling in all of the residential communities
To assist with engaging faculty in students’ intellectual, social, and cultural development through development of activities and programs
To assist with recruiting new faculty with an opportunity to directly impact student retention, satisfaction and success
Serve as an ambassador to promote goodwill, resources, and relationship between the department of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs
To engage in the overall mission of the Department of Residential Life and promote community and personal development for residents living in a community
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
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!