August 20, 2018

University Residences seeking participants for Faculty Fellows program

University Residences is seeking faculty and staff to join its Faculty Fellows program beginning this fall.

The Faculty Fellows program incorporates University faculty and staff into the residence hall experience through both formal programming and informal interactions. Fellows promote mentorship and a personalized experience for students outside the classroom and office. The program has upheld its ideals for more than five decades after being established by President Frederick Hovde during the 1960s. Fellows come from various disciplines and include University vice presidents, deans, department heads, administrators, faculty and staff.

The cornerstone of the Faculty Fellows program is the opportunity to build relationships with students. Formal events and immersion in the culture of the hall provide opportunities to interact with students. Events differ by residence hall and may include annual celebrations or programming.

While formal events offer a structured form of interaction, fellows also have the freedom to engage with students in ways that pique their interests. Events organized by fellows have included resume workshops, game and movie nights, creating art together, group outings to athletic contests and other University events, progressive dinners and even murder mysteries. The program provides fellows a limited meal plan and encourages them to bring their families to dine with students.

Participants in the Faculty Fellow program directly contribute to student success. Student-faculty interaction bolsters academic achievement in terms of GPA, degree attainment, retention and enrollment in graduate/professional job skills and future occupational stats, according to the 2005 publication "How College Affects Students: A Third Decade of Research."

A new Faculty Fellows program will launch in Purdue Village this fall. Faculty Fellows assigned to Purdue Village will focus on creating opportunities for first-year students residing in the apartments.

Faculty or staff interested in participating in the Faculty Fellows program should fill out an application.

More information about the program is available online or by sending an email to facfell@purdue.edu. To read about the experience of two fellows who have been a part of the program in the Windsor Halls community since 2001, click here.


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