Program History

The Faculty-in-Residence program was established in 1980 to enhance the personal growth and development of students and to nurture their intellectual interest through informal interactions with members of the faculty. Since its inception, there have been more than 50 Faculty-in-Residence, with 7 faculty members and their families currently living in North Campus residential communities. They participate in residence hall programs, act as mentors and role models for students, share meals with students, and are members of the residential communities in which they live.

The Faculty Fellows program was added in 1985 to increase the number of involved faculty members connected to the residential communities and to enhance the integration of students' academic and social lives. Each residence area and community center has its own Faculty Fellows, and there are more than 60 Faculty Fellows this year. On a weekly basis, Faculty Fellow activities might include eating dinner with students; attending a theater production, concert, or lecture; hiking a gorge and talking about its geography; or facilitating a discussion on a myriad of academic topics.

Dining Discussion Faculty Fellows were added in 1996 to provide opportunities for topic-based discussion of issues, current events, cultures, and ideas. Recently, this program has been refocused to provide first-year students with an opportunity to have a meal-time discussion with faculty teaching a course in which they are enrolled to: enhance their understanding of key concepts related to the course; enable them to comfortably interact with faculty in an informal small group; allow them to explore academic and intellectual interests that may be closely related to the material being examined in the course; and have an opportunity to interact with other first-year and upper level classmates.