The goal of a Resident Advisor is to serve as a peer educator in order to facilitate the personal and academic growth and development of residence hall students.

RAs are chosen on the basis of leadership experiences, communication and interpersonal skills, interest in working with students to develop a positive floor/hall community and willingness to be actively involved in their own personal growth and development.

How to Apply

Excited to apply for this amazing leadership opportunity? Applications are available October 2, 2017 and are due by December 14, 2017. Applications can be accessed on the online housing portal. In order to successfully apply, we’ll need you to complete the entire application, including a short answer essay response question and upload a resume. If you have any questions during the application process, please feel free to email: Marshall Greenleaf.

Application Review

After completing your application in December, the Residence Life Staff Selection Committee will review all applications and score your short answer response essay question. Essays are scored on the following criteria:

  • Use of examples from your life and experience
  • Grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Did your essay answer the question

Candidates falling within the top of the essay scoring range will then be offered a spot in the Residence Life Selection Workshop.

Selection Workshop

The RA Selection Workshop is a four session leadership workshop experience that meets once a week over the course of the month of February. Candidates offered a spot in the Selection Workshop will be able to choose a Workshop time slot, and will meet each week during the same time, day, and location. Please note that missing a workshop session will result in an overall lower candidate score in our hiring process.

Workshop topics include personal leadership, group communication, community, and diversity and inclusion. Your workshop will be facilitated and evaluated by a member of the Residence Life professional staff. RA candidates are hired based on workshop score.

RA Orientation & Training

If you are hired as an RA you are required to participate in a spring semester Orientation evening held on April 20, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. You are also required to attend RA Staff Training starting on August 20, 2018 and ending with student move-in on September 2, 2018.