Overview

Colby offers an opportunity for faculty members to participate in our Faculty-in-Residence Program (FIR).

The 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. 

Program Description

Mission & Goals

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

Program Description

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.

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.

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

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.

  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.
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Spouse / Partner Information

Please provide the following if your spouse/partner plans to live in the apartment.
Spouse / Partner Name
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