Faculty Programs in Residential Life
Benefits of Faculty-Student Collaboration
Institutions across the country are recognizing the importance of creating and maintaining collaborative learning communities that cross traditional boundaries between the formal classroom and the residential setting.
We believe that a student’s learning is an on-going process, not bound by the confines of traditional class time and space, and that the array of experiences outside of the traditional classroom are an ideal environment for the application of classroom theory, experiential learning, and life skill development.
Research has consistently shown the benefits of faculty and student interaction. After having interaction outside of the classroom with faculty, students have been shown to:
- participate more in class discussions
- have more satisfaction with their classes
- have a greater appreciation of the arts
- spend more time in group study
- become more involved in the life of the campus
The position of Faculty Fellow-In-Residence is part of an ongoing university effort to create intimate "learning communities" for our students within the residence halls as a way to integrate students' academic experiences with their residential lives. A key aspect of this effort is the creation of a meaningful and active faculty presence in the residence halls. Faculty Fellows work closely with one another and with residence hall staff to set an intellectual tone in the residence hall, and to design and implement a wide range of programmatic and other opportunities for students to interact with faculty members and other members of the students’ community.
Faculty Affiliates work closely with Residence Assistants and a specific Explorations community or Residential College stream. These communities are based on various thematic topics, such as science and technology, photography, film and television, service learning, or the arts and culture.
By bringing cultural and intellectual experiences more directly into the residence halls in a lively and more informal fashion, the Faculty Affiliate offers students the benefits of "small college" life within the larger contexts of both the University and the City of New York.
Meet the Faculty Programs Team
Kerri Smith, Ed.D.
Residential Life Assistant