About the Faculty Associates and Faculty Fellows Program
The Faculty Associates/Fellows program emerged in response to the realization that there was a growing gap between faculty members and undergraduate students on college campuses. In addition, many faculty members wished to extend their interaction with students outside the academic realm. Today, many campuses across the nation have well developed faculty/student interaction programs (e.g., Cornell, Stanford, Illinois, Northwestern, and Michigan).
The Faculty Associates Program, sponsored by the Office of Residential Life, is designed to provide opportunities for significant faculty-student interaction outside of the classroom setting. Associates are faculty members who agree to work with Resident Advisors and a floor of about fifty first-year students in a Residential College throughout the academic year.
Working as a team, Faculty Associates and their RAs can plan activities with floor residents designed to create a sense of community on that floor. These activities offer an opportunity for the residents to develop a significant relationship with a member of the faculty, thus making the faculty member an active member of the floor community. The program helps to integrate Faculty Associates into the life of the floor by allowing them to share particular interests, both academic and extracurricular, with the residents.
The faculty members involved in the Faculty Associates Program are volunteers. Faculty benefit from participating by receiving informal feedback from students that allows everyone to feel more effective in the classroom. In addition, faculty helps improve the undergraduate experience throughout their informal contacts with residents.
The Faculty Associate Program Vision
The Faculty Associate's involvement with the floor is intended to accomplish several goals:
- Provide undergraduate residents with role models or mentors and more contact with faculty members
- Encourage residents' use of faculty as resources for information, referral, or informal advising
- Increase student and faculty understanding of faculty and student life at WU
- Meet the needs of faculty who want more informal contact with undergraduate students
Faculty Associates and Fellows Program
|1994:||Task Force on Undergraduate Education Report|
|1995:||Project 21 Report|
|1996-1997:||First year of Faculty Associates program in Liggett/Koenig Residential College|
|Fall 1998:||First Faculty Family (Michael Wysession and Family) lives on the South Forty in the William Greenleaf Eliot Residential College Faculty Apartment|
|2000-2001:||Program expands to ½ of Rubelmann/Umrath Residential College|
|2001-2002:||Program expands to all of Rubelmann/Umrath Residential College|
|2001-2002:||$100 allotted/semester for each Faculty Associate from college resident programming funds|
|Fall 2001:||RA Training Dinner held and Faculty Associates Handbook created|
|Fall 2001:||Breakfast ·thank you· with all Faculty Associates and Jim McLeod, Vice Chancellor for Students|
|Spring 2002:||Creation of Faculty Associates program brochure and cyclical recruitment strategy|
||Budget line created for Faculty Associate programming|
|Summer 2002:||RA Guide to Faculty Associates program created|
|2002-2003:||Program expands to Lee/Beaumont Residential College and Eliot Hall. Additionally in 2003, they added a new Faculty Fellow in the Park/Mudd Residential College: Stamos Metzidakis and his wife, Sarah.|
|Fall 2002:||Introduction of the monthly Faculty Connections newsletter|
|2003-2004:||Program expands to 34 Faculty Associates (one for each first year floor as well as 2 assigned in the sophomore suites)|
|2003 Orientation:||Implementation of the first ever common reading program for freshmen|
|2004:||Wayman Crow welcomed its first Faculty Fellow, Andrea Heugatter, while Brookings welcomed Robert Vinson as it's new Faculty Fellow.|
|2008:||Currently, there are 5 Faculty Fellows living on the South 40 with their families: Ian MacMullen (Brookings), Andrew Rehfeld (Liggett/Koenig), Tili Boone Cuillé (William Greenleaf Elliot), Joseph Thompson (Park/Mudd), and Asad Ahmed (Wayman Crow). Each freshman floor has a Faculty Associate paired with it.|
|2011:||There are now 8 Faculty Fellows living in 7 Residential Colleges: Ian MacMullen (Brookings), Brian Carpenter (Eliot), Anca Parvulescu (Liggett/Koenig), Carl Craver (Park/Mudd), Erin McGlothlin (RUSoFo), Rebecca Wanzo (Wayman Crow) and Jana Harper and Lutz Koepnick (WGE). Additionally, the 15th year of the Faculty Associate program has brought our biggest involvement yet! The 41 Faculty Associates occupy every freshman floor, as well as 6 upperclassman areas.|