Welcome from the Director of Residential Life
Thank you for your interest in joining the Purdue University Residential Life family. I know that the search process can be overwhelming as you examine the mission, vision, and purpose of each department and position. So, let me take a moment to tell you who we are and what we aspire to be.
We are a department that reports to the Provost. This is important as it reinforces our educational purpose and focus. In Residential Life at Purdue, we are educators. We are constantly exploring ways we can collaborate with faculty to align our purpose. Examples of these efforts can be seen with the University Residences Success Center, a partnership with the College of Engineering in which we co-created a residential space that supports an Engineering lab, faculty offices, and classrooms. Another exciting partnership effort is the Honors College and Residences. This new residential experience exemplifies our collaborative educational purpose.
Woven through this educational mission are efforts to support a diverse and inclusive student experience. We want our students to thrive at Purdue as they pursue their educational and personal passions while developing their identity. We are proud to be one of the largest strictly voluntary on-campus housing programs in the nation and believe students return to us because they enjoy their experience and feel safe and supported in their community.
Residential Life at Purdue University is a dynamic department poised to have a profound impact on student learning supported through a curricular approach. I hope that you will consider joining this amazing team of educators, adding your strengths to ensure that success lives here.
Carl Krieger, Director of Residential Life
OUR PHILOSOPHY AS EDUCATORS
At Purdue University, Residential Life staff focus on educating our students about constantly learning, learning how to learn, and to produce effective beginners. We impact learners.
We identify ourselves as educators. We build personal relationships with students. We connect our students with faculty, administrative educators, and other interesting people. We will employ a curricular approach to teaching and learning in the residence halls. We utilize our degrees in Student Development to make educational plans.
Dr. Rita Pierson's TedTalk gives good examples how we view our role as educators on our campus.
The Residence Education Coordinator (REC) is a full-time, professional, live-in position within University Residences with a 12-month apartment and board plan. RECs facilitate and develop a nurturing residential community and must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
Successful candidates will have the skills to: develop strong residential communities; form relationships with individual students; coach and supervise resident assistants; mentor graduate students; lead residence operations in a way that creates and maintains a positive, inclusive, learner-centered community; promote, encourage and reward student learning, academic success and co-curricular participation; foster an atmosphere of respect for individual differences and community values; advise and support student groups.
25% Supervision & Staff Development: Select, train, supervise and evaluate 14-30 paraprofessional resident assistants in communities housing 600-1000 residents. You will also supervise the upperclassman or graduate level position, Residence Education Assistant (REA), this student will help you coordinate on-going staff training through team building activities, educational in-services and other programs. Coordinate weekly staff meetings as well as one-on-one supervision that update and reinforce training objectives and intentionally focus on individual and staff development. Create a culture of accountability through coaching resident assistants regarding performance, open dialogue on balance of student success and job responsibilities as well as the recognition of hard work and innovation.
25% Student education & advising: Develop and facilitate learning opportunities that will enhance the experience of all students residing in University Residences. Respond to sensitive issues and foster a supportive environment for high diverse population. Oversee the resident assistant staff in the implementation and coordination of programming efforts. Advise a Club organization, also known as a hall government, consisting of an elected board of residents that will create programming and advocacy within the hall. Co-teach with a fellow REC, the 8-week leadership seminar for first year RAs. Support current programming such as Faculty Fellows, Clubs, Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. Work to innovate new programs to support student learning and success.
15% Administrative responsibilities: Provide timely and clear verbal and electronic communication with internal and external constituencies. Assist with recruitment, selection and training of resident assistants. Coordinate resident assistant responsibilities such as duty scheduling, front desk operations and program tracking. Manage judicial affairs and performance management software.
15% Team member of university residences: Know and support the mission of University Residences as well as the vision of residential life. Work to provide a safe and inclusive environment. Be aware of professional standards with regards to timeliness, appearance, work quality and communication. Serve as a role model for your RAs and your residents. Be approachable and visible to your hall staff, your RA staff, and your students.
Collaborate with key internal constituents and campus partners including but not limited to University Residences: centralized assignments office, facilities, dining, conferences, operations, strategic planning and the marketing department; UR Global, RHA, learning communities, University Residences Parent Association, Dean of Students, Student Access, Transition and Success Programs, Purdue University Public Safety (PUPD & PUFD), Student Affairs, Admissions, Athletics and other campus partners.
10% Crisis response/serve on-call: Participate in a rotating duty schedule, providing on-call/on-duty emergency and crisis response for students and family members for an area that houses approximately 2,000-3,000 students. Provide facilitation for conflict resolution issues, assist student struggling with mental health and personal issues, and refer students to appropriate University and community resources.
10% Support summer programs: Participate as a member of the summer conference team for the months of June and July. Support our summer orientation programs for our new students.
Faculty Fellows: The Faculty Fellow program promotes a personalized experience for students by associating with faculty and staff on an informal basis outside the classroom. This program offsets the degree of depersonalization, which is inherent in any institution, satisfies the need for student to have individualized time and attention, and promotes student awareness for intellectual, social, cultural, and personal growth. Faculty Fellows come from all walks of the University: vice presidents, deans, department heads, administrators, faculty, and staff. Acting upon reviews and recommendations by the residence hall students and residential life staff, faculty fellows are appointed to a particular residence hall.
UR Global: Purdue University has one of the largest international student populations in the country, providing students an opportunity to learn about a variety of cultures in the heart of the Midwest. UR Global capitalizes on this opportunity by pairing students together to initiate cross cultural learning.
Women's Leadership Series: University Residences offers a special series dedicated to the development and empowerment of women leaders at Purdue. This provides the opportunity for students and staff to connect and build a legacy of leadership. This also inspires members to empower all women to realize their full potential and demonstrate how, together, women can contribute enormous talents to Purdue and the greater community.
NRHH & RHA: RHA is the representative body for all students living in the residence halls. RHA allows for students to learn valuable leadership and community development skills through group decision-making, programming, and serving as the voice of the students of the residence halls. NRHH is an honorary dedicated to recognition and leadership development of residents. Both organizations have frequent interaction with the Residential Life staff.
Learning Communities: Learning communities allow for the classroom to be brought back to the hall and the floor. Research results here and at programs across the United States show that students who take part in a learning community earn higher grades, make friends faster, and graduate at higher and faster rates than students who don't participate. There are many Learning communities to choose from across many different academic departments. Learning communities allow for students to find a small community with their same interests at such a large university.
Purdue University Residences houses approximately 13,000 residential students, one of the largest collegiate on-campus residential communities in the country. University Residences created neighborhoods in order for students and staff to feel they are a part of smaller community making it easier to know people and “feel at home.” Buildings in each neighborhood share commonalities such as similar physical presence and location on campus. In addition, there are common traditions and themes that are apparent in each neighborhood. Structurally, an Assistant Director and a Residential Learning & Neighborhood Coordinatior (RLNC) is responsible for the vision and direction of a neighborhood with other residential life professional staff helping support the neighborhood development.
This idea was initially piloted four years ago with the creation of the Legacy Lane neighborhood. The name of the neighborhood was created and vetted by students. The students and staff of this neighborhood created events centered on its two core components: experience and impact. This has led to the creation of annual traditions and Legacy Lane Exclusives such as Legacy Olympics, Meet and Greets with Varsity Athletic teams (basketball is pictured), Legacy Lane Appreciation Days, and Legacy Lane Day at Mackey Arena, the home of Purdue basketball.
Due to the overwhelming success of Legacy Lane, Residential Life has developed a total of 5 neighborhoods. This is an exciting time as these neighborhoods have been named with student support and visions for each unique neighborhood are being created. There is The District of Tradition, The Mosaic Mile, The Apartments, and of course Legacy Lane.
WEST LAFAYETTE, LAFAYETTE, AND TIPPECANOE COUNTY
Located in the heart of Indiana, the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette are divided by the Wabash River. The community is noted for its many cultural opportunities without the hassles of a major metropolitan area. Yet its proximity to bigger cities — just two hours south of Chicago and an hour north of Indianapolis — makes those attractions easily accessible.
LAFAYETTE: Lafayette has a population of nearly 57,000 people. With its century-old downtown, historic neighborhoods and variety of manufacturing, the town is a blend of industry and elegance. The city has grown up around its historic downtown. The Tippecanoe County Courthouse, built in 1882 and restored in 1993, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other notable buildings include the Long Center, a former local vaudeville house, which now features performances by the Lafayette Symphony, Opera de Lafayette and Bach Chorale Singers; the Lafayette Theater, a recently restored art deco theater; and the Wells Center, the former downtown library, now home to the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. From April to October, a downtown farmers market offers fresh produce, flowers and crafts for sale, three times a week.
Downtown is also home to Riehle Plaza, featuring an authentic depot, which is still in use, and an outdoor plaza, used for local festivals and as a performance venue. The restored depot has a community room that is available for local events, and it leads to the John T. Myers pedestrian/bicycle bridge, linking Lafayette to West Lafayette. Or the downtown trolley can take you through downtown and all the way across the river to West Lafayette, all for free.
The downtown area plays host to a variety of outdoor festivals and gatherings year-round. Friday night gallery walks encourage patrons to step into the local art galleries after hours, often to the strains of local musicians. The Riverfront Jazz & Blues Festival, Dancing in the Streets, Mosey Down Main Street and LayFlats Music Festival draw out crowds to hear noted bands, and the Taste of Tippecanoe, also featuring live music, includes samplings from many area restaurants. Late each summer, the annual OutFest celebrates gay pride in the streets of downtown. In December, A Dickens of a Christmas kicks off the holiday season, turning the downtown into a Victorian English village, with holiday shoppers enjoying costumed carolers and roving actors.
Outdoor recreation enthusiasts can enjoy riverfront trails on both sides of the Wabash River as part of the 13-mile scenic walking Wabash Heritage Trail that begins at historic Battlefield Park. Walkers also enjoy Clegg Botanical Gardens, which features wildflowers and lush trees, open daily until dusk.
WEST LAFAYETTE: West Lafayette has a population of 29,000 people. Home to Purdue University, the city is a mix of more than just students and faculty.
The area surrounding Purdue, the Village, boasts many small shops and restaurants. Von’s Shoppes sell everything from books to videos to CDs, cards and jewelry. Next door to Von’s is Harry’s Chocolate Shoppe, a legendary student hangout. Other ethnic eateries line the streets near campus. A new public library, built in a Frank Lloyd Wright- and Louis Sullivan-inspired design, is nearby.
Well within walking distance of campus is the recently developed Wabash Landing, along the Wabash River at the foot of the John T. Myers pedestrian bridge. An impressive gateway to the city, Wabash Landing has various shops and restaurants, including Scotty’s Brewhouse and the Wabash Landing Movie Theater.
Happy Hollow Park, 68-tree-shaded acres, is a favorite recreation spot for adults and children alike to walk trails, play games, eat at picnic shelters or explore playground equipment. A public swimming pool sits just outside Happy Hollow Elementary School. The Celery Bog, just off Lindberg Road, combines wetlands with a hands-on nature center.
TIPPECANOE COUNTY: Wolf Park, in nearby Battle Ground, is a unique wildlife park where wolves live alongside American bison. Friday night is Howl Night for animals and humans. In the same area, the 2,000-acre Prophetstown State Park celebrates our Native American heritage. Park facilities include campgrounds, a nature center, fishing lakes, hiking trails and a sizable restored tallgrass prairie. The Museums at Prophetstown, a private-public partnership based in Lafayette has opened the Eagle Wing Visitor Center, Wabash Valley Living History Farm and Prophetstown Village.
The Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering is a three-day acoustic music festival featuring the best in old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic and ethnic music on one stage. Past performers have included John Hartford, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Johnny Gimble, Mike Seeger and Robin & Linda Williams.
Every fall, more than 40,000 people gather along the Wabash River for the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans that took place at Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid-1700s.
Notable Extra Benefits
- Parking Pass
- Partner Friendly Benefits
- Full Meal Plan
- Pet Friendly (60lbs)
- Generous professional development funds and opportunities
- Live-in and Live-on Housing Opportunities
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