Residence Life Staff

Types of Residence Life Staff

Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Res Life

The Assistant Dean of Students/ Director of Residence Life is responsible for all aspects of residence life and residential community standards/ judicial affairs. The Assistant Dean of Students additionally oversees all housing operations and supervises a residence life staff of one Assistant Director, two Residence Directors, one Community Assistant and 12-15 paraprofessional Resident Assistants.

The Assistant Dean of Students/Director works closely with the residence life staff, maintenance and housekeeping departments, Public Safety and the Dean of Students in creating a comprehensive living and learning environment. The Assistant Dean/Director is also responsible for the selection and training of Residence Life Professional Staff and Resident Assistants. When assigned or in the absence of the Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean will serve as the chief judicial officer or student life representative in place of the Dean of Students.


Assistant Director of Residence Life

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life, the Assistant Director of Residence Life is responsible for assisting the Director in implementing a theory-based student development program utilizing the College and Department’s strategic plan and initiatives. As a key member of the central office administration the Assistant Director will indirectly supervises the Resident Assistant staff. This person will help provide leadership to a growing residential population of students through the above mentions supervision.

Residence Director

The Residence Director (RD) is a live-in residence life professional and administrator at the College. The RD  is responsible for supervising the student staff members, monitoring the facilities of each residence hall, and providing support and guidance for the resident students. There is a professional Residence Life staff member on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Residence Life staff members have offices in Connelly, Kaul, and Heffernan Halls. The office hours are posted.

Graduate Resident Assistant

The Graduate Resident Assisant (GRA) in Gracemere is a professional staff member that facilitates initiatives for the Gracemere Honors College House and Residential Scholars Program. The GRA implements proactive educational programming that supports the Honors program, providing students with a number of opportunities to participate in academic and social activities.


The GRA in Mayfield is a professional staff member that facilitates initiatives for the upperclassmen, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students living in Mayfield Hall. The GRA implements the Professional Success Series in Mayfield, focused on helping resident students transition to life after college.

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RA) are student leaders who coordinate educational programs and fun activities. There is a Resident Assistant on duty every night to assist in monitoring the safety and security of the building. There is an RA located on most floors of each residence hall. It is the responsibility of the RA to plan activities/programs that foster an atmosphere of community within the hall that will in turn enhance the lives of the residents. The RA is expected to be available to students and to encourage them to become an active member of the residence hall community.


In addition, the RA facilitates the development of a positive and safe living environment. The RA assists the Assistant Director of Residence Life or Residence Director in providing for the safety of each individual resident through specific procedures such as fire drills, incident reports, assigned duty days/weekends, and hall openings and closings.

Dorm Life