The Scholar in Residence initiative is a commitment to enrich Living and Learning Villages through faculty interactions. Currently, three of fourteen established Living and Learning Villages have Scholar in Residence programs. These include the Honors Village, Global Village, and Women in Science and Engineering Village (WISE).
As an extension of this commitment, the EcoVillage is excited to announce the search for a Scholar in Residence beginning in the fall 2016 semester. The Scholar in Residence Program will support EcoVillage learning outcomes and enhance the student experience by providing the opportunity for student and faculty interaction outside the formal classroom setting. Research indicates faculty interactions within residence halls, student centers, and dining halls bridge formal academic programs and out of classroom learning into beneficial student experiences resulting in augmented intellectual development, growth in autonomy and independence, and increased interpersonal skills.
The EcoVillage is a partnership between the Division of Academic and Student Affairs and University Housing. The Village provides a living and learning community for first- and second-year students of all majors. The EcoVillage combines a group living experience with resident, upper-class mentors that assist in the transition to university life.
The EcoVillage provides participants opportunities to:
- Live within a multidisciplinary community of students with similar interests and goals for a more sustainable lifestyle
- Apply the three sustainability pillars to their academic and professional careers
- Gain service learning experience through sustainability-related hands-on community service opportunities
- Assess personal environmental footprints
- Engage in dialogues on national and international sustainability issues
- Explore sustainable urban planning and development through an experiential-learning spring break trip
- Maintain balance between academic, personal, and professional life
The Scholar in Residence agrees to the following responsibilities:
Administrative and Functional
- Participate in West Campus Village opening events including welcome meals and student activities
- Collaborate with residence hall and EcoVillage leadership to create a welcome letter for residents introducing the Scholar in Residence
- Meet biweekly with residence hall and EcoVillage leadership to discuss programmatic efforts and support Scholar in Residence initiatives
- Host a Scholar in Residence social once a month to assist EcoVillagers in developing skills to formally and informally communicate and interact with faculty (i.e. navigating faculty office hours, asking faculty about their research interests and projects, incorporating service into academic interests and experiences)
- Participate in a West Campus Village Fall or Spring educational trip and facilitate guided discussion with student attendees or an EcoVillage trip (i.e. industry tours, ecology trips, spring break trip)
- Facilitate first all-Village educational program of each semester based on sustainability interests or research
- Facilitate one program teaching second-year Village residents how to:
- Identify a mentor
- Cultivate relationship with mentor
- Sustain relationship to support research and project goals
- Attend Second-Year Project Fair and assess projects, content, and presentations with residence hall and EcoVillage leadership
The Scholar in Residence will receive the following benefits:
- Furnished two bedroom apartment in Bragaw Hall with washer/dryer
- All utilities, basic cable, internet and phone service
- An allotment of Dining Dollars to be used while interacting with students in campus dining facilities
- Residence Director parking spot near Bragaw Hall
* Scholar in Residence responsible for costs associated with parking pass.
** The Scholar in Residence apartment is located on the third-floor of Bragaw Hall with no elevator access.
*** Smoking and pets are not allowed in the residence halls.
The Scholar in Residence Agreement:
The EcoVillage Scholar in Residence must sign an agreement with the expectation that the appointment is for one academic year. Renewal for an additional year or years as a Scholar in Residence is reviewed annually.
To apply for the EcoVillage Scholar in Residence position, submit a statement of interest to J. Kala Bullett at firstname.lastname@example.org The statement of interest should address the following questions:
- Why are you interested in the Scholar in Residence position?
- Describe any interactions you have had with undergraduates outside the classroom.
- How would you use the Scholar in Residence position to:
- Support residents’ academic success
- Foster student development and growth
- Create a sense of community among residents
- Support the learning objectives of the EcoVillage community
- Describe a program you as a Scholar in Residence might offer in the EcoVillage.
- Please list undergraduate courses you have taught in the past three years.
- Please list undergraduate and graduate courses you anticipate teaching during the 2016-2017 academic year.