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Call for Participation: Faculty-in-Residence Living-Learning Communities


With the fall 2020 opening of the Balsam and Spruce Halls, the new residences for first-year students, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs are collaborating to initiate a Living-Learning Communities (LLC) in each hall that will include faculty-in-residence. This initiative seeks to enhance student and faculty interaction in order to strengthen the connection between students’ academic and residential learning experiences, further supporting student learning, engagement, and success.


To implement this LLC, we are launching a call to all tenured faculty to apply to participate in this pilot project as a faculty-in-residence. We seek applications from faculty who demonstrate:

  • Strong commitment to faculty-student interactions both within and outside the traditional classroom;
  • Commitment to building positive relationships with diverse college students both in formal academic settings and in a co-curricular context; 
  • Genuine interest in living in undergraduate student residential communities; 
  • Commitment to fostering intellectual engagement and diversity and inclusion as integral elements of the residential experience; and  
  • Knowledge of academic requirements, procedures, policies, and campus resources. 


Application Submission:


The application requires the identification and summary of a major/academic discipline/thematic focus for a living-learning community that includes a statement of purpose; learning outcomes; intended student population for this course, that is open to all majors or limited to specific majors; and curricular support resources needed. Approval by department chair and dean are required prior to submitting a proposal. The Faculty-in-Residence will not have supervisory or operational responsibilities in the residence hall. The focus of their student interaction is developmental and programmatic. See additional information below.


Proposal Specifications and Timeline:

Additional Information:


General Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) expectations:



  • Foster educational enrichment and engagement in activities beyond the formal confines of the classroom.
  • Promote, enhance, and sustain faculty involvement in the LLC by encouraging greater faculty participation and facilitating meaningful encounters between students and faculty.


Program Development

  • Serve as Primary Instructor for one course specific to the Living Learning Community (LLC) each semester.
  • Develop a semester program plan responding to learning outcomes and program goals.
  • Supported by residential staff, coordinate formal and informal programs within the LLC including discussions, lectures, study halls, etc. where LLC residents have the opportunity to connect academically and socially with faculty and guests.
  • Access to $5000 per year in programming funds for each Faculty in Residence.



  • Participate in first-year programs such as: RA Training, Move-in Day, Fall Orientation including Corsair Olympics, Convocation, and This We Believe.
  • Meet with Residence Hall staff as needed.
  • Be available a minimum of 5 hours per week in the residence hall for student interactions


Faculty-in-Residence Compensation

  • The faculty person salary remain the same.
  • Housing: This is a 12-month, year-to-year housing agreement (July-June) with a renewal review each May. Rent and utilities will be free. The apartment may be partially furnished if requested by the Faculty in Residence. Utilities, local telephone service, Internet and cable TV service, and Faculty in Residence parking in close proximity of the assigned residence will be provided for the Faculty in Residence (and spouse/partner, if applicable). The Faculty in Residence is responsible for the cost of liability insurance for personal property. Assignment to the Faculty in Residence apartment is at the convenience of the employer
  • Dining: The Faculty in Residence is provided year-round accommodation in an apartment within the assigned residence hall and UMDollars for food in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Pets: Personal pets are allowed within the Faculty in Residence apartment and prior approval by the Director of Housing and Residential Education.


For further information or questions, please contact Shannon Finning at


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