Faculty-in-Residence Program

Colby offers an opportunity for faculty members to participate in our Faculty-in-Residence Program (FIR). This program provides faculty members a chance to cultivate relationships and integrate intellectual growth through programmatic initiatives beyond the classroom experience.

Program Description

Student and faculty interaction outside of the formal classroom setting is considered an essential characteristic of a vibrant campus’s intellectual life. Pascarella and Terenzini (2005) indicate that faculty-student interactions in residence halls, community centers, and dining facilities provide a bridge between formal academic programs and out-of-classroom learning and development activities for students. Research suggests that students experience benefits from such out-of-class interactions that include increased intellectual orientation, growth in autonomy and independence, increased interpersonal skills, and gains in general maturity and personal development. This opportunity is a chance for faculty to encourage and empower our students to think more about their overall well-being. It is a chance to guide them to become better local and global citizens who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Your generosity of time, wisdom, and experience, both personally and intellectually, will support our goals for a more inclusive and equitable community.

Mission

As a residential college, Colby places great emphasis and value on the learning that occurs outside of the classroom. The Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) Program is designed to support and enrich the living-learning environment within the residence halls and the broader campus community. Through informal and formal interactions, the faculty resident is expected to serve as a visible and engaged member of the residence hall community to foster an inclusive environment in which students can develop and grow academically, intellectually, and personally.

Goals of the Position

  1. Provide formal and informal opportunities to deepen intellectual engagement in the residence halls
  2. Foster a diverse and inclusive community outside the classroom
  3. Promote personal and intellectual growth and development of students through regular formal and informal contact with faculty members
  4. Build strong connections with other faculty, staff, students, and community members
The Faculty in Residence program is designed to support and enrich the living-learning environment within the residence halls and the broader campus community. Through informal and formal interactions, the faculty resident is expected to serve as a visible and engaged member of the residence hall community, and to foster an inclusive environment in which students can develop and grow academically, intellectually, and personally.  Strategically, Faculty in Residence supports the Dean of the College mission, “to develop a distinctive residential experience that integrates the academic, creative, and cultural dimensions of college life with on-campus living.” Establishing, building, and maintaining comfortable, inclusive communities that foster student engagement and growth is the central mission of the Office of Residential Education and Campus Life. Faculty in residence are critical members of the team and expected to contribute to the mission, vision, and values of the office. While the time commitment may vary weekly, faculty residents are expected to spend 8-10 hours a week in their FIR role.

I. Community Building

A. Residents: Build community by living in the residence hall and interacting informally and formally with residential students on a regular basis. Create opportunities to engage with academic support programs. Provide academic expertise. Share interests and hobbies, and generally be available to students. Maintain an active presence with frequent visibility within the halls by meeting with students and attending programs and events planned by the residential education and campus life teams. FIR are also expected to function as a support network to our dean-on-call team.
B. Residential Living Team: The FIR is an integral member of the residential life team, supporting and supplementing the work of our student and professional staff. Faculty in residence will operate both independently and collaboratively with the residence life team, the campus life team, the community advisors (CAs), the area residential directors (ARDs), and student class representatives, and our faculty associates.
C. Faculty Engagement: Serve as a catalyst for the involvement of other faculty members to establish a residential community that is rich in social and intellectual content. Below are the community building expectations Faculty In Residence agrees to engage in and execute by accepting the appointment.
  1. Create a welcome letter to all residents introducing yourself, your family, and your goals (connected to the Dean of the College mission) and their first formal opportunity for interaction with you.
  2. Coordinate and participate in a monthly gathering with the Hall Staff (CAs and ARD) in your immediate building (or area as appropriate). 
  3. As your availability allows and you are on campus, explore opportunities for connection and engagement with residents who remain in the residence hall over break periods (fall break, Thanksgiving, winter break, and spring break).
  4. Maintain an active presence with frequent visibility in the residence hall.

II. Programming

The faculty in residence are expected to bring an educational focus into the residence hall. Typically programs provide opportunities for intellectual, artistic, and social learning experiences. Below are the programming expectations Faculty In Residence agrees to engage in and execute by accepting the appointment.
  • Teach a First Class seminar as a part of incoming First-Year Orientation in August.
  • Collaborate with the Hall Staff in your building/area on at least one program opportunity each semester. 
  • Ensure that regular, on-going, opportunities for resident engagement are offered through a combination of hosting individual opportunities, collaborating with others (FIRs, Hall Staff, other Faculty, etc.) on opportunities, or attending broader on-campus or community opportunities.  
  • The expectation for “regular and on-going” is attempting to offer at least three opportunities per month throughout the academic year or eight opportunities per semester.  Additionally, two opportunities should be attempted in JanPlan (as your teaching and personal availability allow).
  • Specific suggestions for programming opportunities can be found below:
    • Inviting another faculty member and a group of students to dinner
    • Showing a movie in the faculty residence
    • Organizing a group of students to attend a cultural event or lecture on or off campus
    • Offering the FIR apartment to student groups for meetings or program events of their own
    • Inviting a speaker lecturing elsewhere on campus to participate in an informal follow-up discussion
    • Attending campus events with residential students
    • Planning events during College breaks that don’t require students to leave campus (i.e. fall break, Thanksgiving)
    • Engaging or participating in an alternative spring break
Faculty-in-Residence in Alfond Commons, which has a specific living-learning focus on civic engagement, and are required to teach a one-credit course in the Fall semester.  In the spring semester, three of your required eight programming opportunities (one per month) will include a small group program/reflection for residents which will be logistically coordinated by the Office of Civic Engagement & Community Partnerships. Monthly gatherings for FIRs in Alfond Commons include CAs and the ARD (as noted above) and also include the Civic Engagement staff, and other staff residents of the building), as part of a collaborative leadership model for the building.

III. Administration

Faculty in residence are required to attend regular meetings to address concerns, plan events, and familiarize themselves with current issues in the residence hall and on campus. These meetings include supervision, dean of the college all-staff meetings, and FIR group meetings. In addition, faculty in residence will attend selected training sessions during community advisor and professional staff training in August to establish relationships with staff and to develop an integrated approach towards residential education at Colby. Other responsibilities include providing reports at the end of each semester of faculty-in-residence activities and budget allocations to the director of residential education and campus life; maintaining and allocating the faculty-in-residence budget, and tracking budget spending and submitting receipts in a timely manner according to stated processes. Below are the administrative expectations Faculty In Residence agrees to engage in and execute by accepting the appointment.
  1. Participate in 2-3 days of annual training in mid-August for all Faculty-in-Residence.
    1. 8/16/21 Noon-5pm; 8/17/21 8am-1pm; 8/18/21 2-5pm (these dates are flexible based on the still to be determined College opening date for Fall 2021)
  2. Participate in monthly Faculty-in-Residence meetings which may incorporate critical campus partner offices and staff members (ex. Dean of Studies, Security, Civic Engagement, Healthy Colby Committee, etc.).
  3. Track all programming, substantial community interactions, and associated costs through the provided tracking log. 
  4. Each Faculty in Residence is provided with a programming budget by the Office of Campus Life.  Though the exact amount fluctuates, the typical range is $500 to $800 for the academic year.
  5. Report any issues with the residence hall facility to Facilities Services, and any immediate concerning student behaviors to Security; provide follow-up notification directly to the Associate Dean of Students & Director of Student Leadership and Residential Education via email or phone call. 
  6. Serve as a student support network assisting the Dean on Call and CARE team as needed to address critical student issues and on-campus emergencies. 
The faculty in residence will work collaboratively with in-hall partners and other faculty to nurture the social and intellectual environment of the residential community. The faculty resident will live in the residence hall for the duration of the appointment, and the on-campus apartment must be the faculty member’s primary residence. FIRs on sabbatical are expected to live in the apartment and be an active presence in the community during the sabbatical period. If a faculty member is partnered/married, flexibility with living arrangements is possible during a sabbatical term if one partner/spouse remains in residence. This is an academic year appointment beginning Aug. 1, 2021, and ending May 31, 2022. Faculty in residence are hired on an annual basis for a maximum of three years. Renewal is based on an annual review of performance and is solely at the College’s discretion. Faculty can move in as of July 23, 2021. Training and professional development opportunities will be provided and participation is required. Faculty-in-residence participation counts toward the service expectations of faculty. Faculty residents and their families serve as role models and educators and should not engage in behavior that would potentially have a negative effect on their credibility and effectiveness. The faculty resident contract is separate and independent from the faculty appointment and any terms and conditions that may govern such appointment. Faculty members in residence can choose to end their appointments (one semester’s notice is requested). Termination of appointment for reasons that include unsatisfactory performance is done by the dean of the college.

Performance Feedback and Ongoing Support

Ongoing support will be provided for you as you adjust and come to more fully understand the role.  The Associate Dean of Students & Director of Student Leadership and Residential Education will meet one-on-one with you, at least once each semester and more as desired, to answer individual questions and provide feedback and insight on the residential population, collaborations with hall staff, and to assist with idea development and implementation. Additionally, the Associate Dean of Students & Director of Student Leadership and Residential Education will incorporate an annual mechanism for providing you with feedback on your performance in the role.  Potential options could include; a brief written end-of-semester or end-of-year evaluation of programming, in-person conversations, or feedback from residence hall students and hall staff gathered in person or by a survey.  Similarly, the Faculty in Residence group will be given opportunities to debrief both programs and the role to internally assess overall strengths as well as opportunities for continual growth and development for faculty and the program.

Accommodations

An unfurnished campus apartment is provided, with heat, basic cable, Internet, local phone service, kitchen, and a reserved parking space. The faculty resident receives a full meal plan, and one family stipend of $500 each semester for use in the dining halls. Certain pets are allowed in accordance with the pet policy.

Governance

The FIRs will report directly to the Associate Dean of Students for Student Leadership and Residential Education.

Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to faculty-student interaction both in and outside the traditional classroom
  • Must have completed at least one full academic year
  • Demonstrated commitment to building positive relationships with diverse college students both in formal academic settings and in a co-curricular context
  • A continuing appointment at Colby College
  • Proficiency at planning and executing events
  • A genuine interest in living in undergraduate student residential communities
  • A commitment to fostering intellectual engagement and diversity and inclusion as integral elements of the residential experience

Selection Process

Written application

  1. FIR selection committee interview. (Committee includes Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students for Student Leadership and Residential Education, the Associate Provost & Dean of Faculty, Lawary Family Director of Civic Engagement & Community Partnerships.) The committee makes recommendations to the Dean of the College and the Provost.
  2. The final selection is made by the Dean of the College in consultation with the Provost.

Application Milestones

April 9th: Application deadline Week of April 12th: Review of applications Week of April 19th: Interview schedule Week of May 3rd: Selection, placement, offer letter Friday, May 21st: Response from the offer

Training, Notable Events, and Opportunities

FIR Apartment Move in Begins: July 23rd Start date: August 1
  • Welcome to the new FIR and welcome back to returning FIR
  • Workshops/Training
    • Title IX process and responsible employee training
    • Notice and connect or mental health first aid
    • Colby response team
    • CPR
    • Community development
    • Programming/budget
    • What to do if … (training/discussion on what FIR may encounter in the halls and how/when to intervene, establishing boundaries, etc.)
  • Class deans—partnering to support student success
    • Academic and support resources
    • The first-year transition opportunities
    • First-gen support and support programs for low-income students
    • Dean-on-call training
  • Other important resources
    • Security
    • Career advancement
    • Institutional research information about student experiences
    • Facilities Services
  • Engagement with Area Residential Directors (ARDs), Mid-August
    • First day of ARD training: Meet and greet
    • First day of CA training: Welcome dinner
  • Class of 2025 arrival day
    • Welcoming students to the residence hall
    • Welcome night events
  • Orientation
    • Participation in “Night At Home” event in a residence hall
    • First class teaching option

Application

We seek a diverse group of full-time, continuing faculty who will work collaboratively with our residential staff to create thought-provoking, interactive, and educational environments in which students can live, work, and learn together. If you are interested in joining the Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) Program, please submit a CV and letter of application to the FIR selection committee by Friday,  April 9 , 2021. If you are partnered/married and your partner/spouse plans to live in residence with you, please have them submit a separate letter of application responding to the questions. Please upload all documents at the same time. In your letter of application, please address the following topics:
  1. What interests you about the Faculty-in-Residence Program?
  2. Describe how you would approach or your personal philosophy for incorporating yourself and or family into the student residential experience.
  3. Discuss specific ideas you would implement in the Faculty In Residence role (coordinated programming or small group/individual student interactions) to cultivate a community that integrates academic, creative, and cultural dimensions of campus life with the residential experience.
Choose one of the following to answer:
  1. Articulate what experiences or interests you bring to the role that would elevate and support the success of the diverse student body.
  2. Describe how you would enhance and perpetuate a campus culture that is diverse, inclusive and equitable for all students.
If you are specifically applying for placement in the Alfond Commons or would be willing to be considered, please answer the following questions:
  1. What do you believe the benefits are for making civic engagement the central focus of a residential student experience?
  2. Discuss specific ideas you would implement in the Faculty In Residence role (coordinated programming or small group/individual student interactions) to enhance and support civic inquiry, public action, or community leadership.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Spouse/Partner Information

    Please provide the following if your spouse/partner plans to live in the apartment.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.