Position Summary

The Faculty-in-Residence program is a collaboration between the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost that integrates curricular and co-curricular learning and encourages formal and informal interaction between faculty and undergraduate students. In 2018-19, a fifth Faculty-in-Residence position, based in Willard Hall, will be added to the program.


Reporting to the Director of Residential Academic Initiatives and partnering closely with the Residence Director community, the Faculty-in-Residence should maintain an average of 10-12 contact hours per week working with the undergraduate residents of the community. The Faculty-in-Residence should employ creative strategies to develop relationships with residents, and provide multiple ways for residents to engage with the Faculty-in-Residence on a personal level. Formal and informal programming has proven to be successful and is highly desirable and warranted in residential settings. Faculty-in-Residence apartments are designed to provide opportunities to invite students to join the Faculty-in-Residence for meals or informal gatherings that foster a stronger relationship between the Faculty-in-Residence and residents.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate actively in the life of the community and maintain a visible presence through formal and informal interactions with residents, Residential Life staff, and student leaders

  • Provide leadership and direction, in partnership with the Residence Director, in designing and implementing academic, intellectual, cultural, educational, and social activities that support the University’s intentional residential experience

  • Promote student engagement with the University as a whole and encourage attendance at academic, cultural, and athletic events on campus and beyond

  • Work with the Director of Residential Academic Initiatives to encourage faculty participation in the community and awareness of the Faculty-in-Residence program

  • Identify a faculty member to serve as the Faculty Associate, a position that complements the Faculty-in-Residence’s academic profile and supports programming efforts

  • Serve as a resource to students and student groups in the community, which may include cooperation with schools or university offices, especially in Student Affairs

  • Supervise the Faculty-in-Residence Graduate Assistant (a 10-12 hour per week live-out position) in the implementation of programs and activities

  • Administer a programming budget reserved for the Faculty-in-Residence and collaboratively administer a joint programming budget with the Residence Director

  • Attend scheduled meetings of all Faculty-in-Residence, the community’s leadership team, and the community’s Resident Assistant staff (as needed)

  • Participate in ongoing assessment of the Faculty-in-Residence program

  • Prepare reports on the activities and events sponsored by the Faculty-in-Residence

Please contact Brad Zakarin, Director of Residential Academic Initiatives, to discuss any questions about the position and/or application process.

Programmatic Support

Each Faculty-in-Residence is supported by one Graduate Assistant for 10-12 hours per week to perform tasks assigned by the Faculty-in-Residence, help execute programming, and (when deemed appropriate) hold office hours in the community. An annual selection process for Faculty-in-Residence GAs is facilitated by the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives. Reimbursements, payment for contracted services, direct orders, etc. from funds overseen by the Faculty-in-Residence are facilitated by the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives.

Term of Appointment

The Faculty-in-Residence position will be held for a term of three years, typically beginning in the fall quarter and ending in the summer quarter of the third year. The appointment is renewed or terminated on a yearly basis, with a decision by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Provost based on a recommendation from Residential Services.


The Faculty-in-Residence will be evaluated on an annual basis. The Faculty-in-Residence will develop goals and objectives congruent with the Faculty-in-Residence program, the learning outcomes of Residential Services, and the strategic themes of the Division of Student Affairs. The Faculty-in-Residence will maintain a portfolio of programs and activities that includes an inventory of events, a brief summary of intended and realized outcomes, and lessons learned for the year ahead, such as revisions to existing offerings and introduction of new programs. Along with this portfolio, Residential Services will review survey data from residents regarding their experiences in the residential community.

Apartment: The Faculty-in-Residence is provided a furnished two-bedroom apartment, including utilities, basic cable service, internet access (wireless and ethernet), and local and long distance phone service. Residential Services does not cover the cost of moving, or liability insurance for personal property.  

Stipend: The Faculty-in-Residence is provided with an annual stipend.

Meal Plan:
The Faculty-in-Residence is expected to engage with students in the dining hall associated with the community. A meal plan is provided for such student interaction. A Faculty-in-Residence who has a domestic partner and/or children may also request a meal plan for these individuals. Residential Services will make the final determination on the number of meal plans allocated to the Faculty-in-Residence.

Housekeeping: The Faculty-in-Residence apartment is cleaned by staff weekly throughout the year (including summer). With sufficient notice, cleanings can be rescheduled or added to support programmatic needs.

Parking Decal: The Faculty-in-Residence will be reimbursed for a faculty parking decal.

Appointment Considerations

Onboarding and Orientation: Every spring, Faculty-in-Residence participate in planning and orientation meetings for the year ahead. Newly appointed Faculty-in-Residence must be able to participate in these meetings in the spring preceding the start of their term.

Summer Responsibilities: There are no programming duties during the summer. Between commencement (June) and move-in day for new students (September), Faculty-in-Residence should be available for occasional conversations and communications regarding ongoing business and planning for each fall quarter of their term.

Limits on Absences during the Academic Year: Faculty-in-Residence should be available and present throughout the academic year. They should limit absences from campus when residence halls are open during the academic year. Faculty-in-Residence are expected to attend signature events including move-in days for new and returning students, events surrounding Homecoming, and other important university events to be identified in advance.


Domestic Partners: Residential Services welcomes spouses and domestic partners of full-time live-in Residential Services staff.  There is no requirement that domestic partners be actively involved in the program, but the Faculty-in-Residence should consider their impact on the community  due to the live-in nature of the position.


Pets: Residential Services adheres to university policy regarding pets. A copy of the full-time live-in staff pet policy can be obtained from Residential Services.

Required Qualifications
  • Must be a current, full-time faculty member at Northwestern University at the time of application

  • Must have served as a full-time faculty member for at least five years (not necessarily all at Northwestern)

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check since the Faculty-in-Residence (and possibly others) will be living in an on-campus residential facility with students, whose safety is of paramount importance (Note: Residential Services will require and pay for a background check for all occupants.)

  • Must be able to live full-time in the on-campus apartment provided by Residential Services

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to faculty members who have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and student success. Faculty members must be able to articulate the benefits of an inclusive living-learning environment, demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate education, and a willingness to make the necessary investment of time and energy in support of the Faculty-in-Residence program. Candidates must demonstrate excellent communication skills, create effective programs, and be approachable to students. In addition, they must agree to support the rules of conduct for residential students. Experience with managing crises or campus emergencies is desirable. Candidates who anticipate extended absences during the academic year (sabbaticals, research trips, or other scholarly activities) that may interfere with the goals of this program are not encouraged to apply.

Other desired qualifications include:

  • Experience living or working in a residential setting on a college campus

  • Experience planning workshops and activities

  • Understanding of the collegiate residential environment and student development

  • Willingness to serve as an advocate for residents

  • Knowledge of general academic requirements, procedures, and campus resources


To express interest in a Faculty-in-Residence position, faculty members should submit the following by Friday, November 3:

1. Statement of Interest

In 2-3 pages, please address the following:

  • Why are you interested in the Faculty-in-Residence position?
  • Describe any interactions you have had with undergraduates outside of the classroom (e.g., research mentorship, student organization advising, residential college affiliation).
  • Describe your knowledge of and involvement with the Division of Student Affairs at Northwestern University and/or other institutions.

  • List courses you have taught in the past three years that involve undergraduates (if not included on your curriculum vitae).

  • Briefly summarize your current research interests.How would you utilize the Faculty-in-Residence position to accomplish the following goals?

  • Integrate students’ curricular and co-curricular learning

    • Create a sense of community and inclusion among students
    • Support students’ academic success

    • Foster students’ personal development and growth

    • Promote student engagement on campus

2. Curriculum vitae

3. List of references

To encourage reflection on the experiences and relationships that have informed your interest in a Faculty-in-Residence position, we ask that you provide the names and contact information of 3-4 undergraduate students who can serve as references. Please briefly summarize your connection to each potential reference and note which of the following domains they can speak to:

  • Academic advising
  • Personal guidance
  • Student group advising
  • Classroom instruction
  • Research mentorship

In selecting references, please keep the following in mind:

  • These can be current or past students.
  • Most (if not all) should be from Northwestern.
  • For each reference, you can note as many domains as are relevant.

A committee will review materials, and finalists will be invited for an interview. Final decisions will be announced by the end of January. Move-in for this position is anticipated for August 2018.

Please submit materials to Brad Zakarin, Director of Residential Academic Initiatives.