Faculty principals sought for two living-learning communities
September 22, 2016
The Division of Student Affairs and the Honors College are accepting applications for live-in faculty principals in the Honors Residential Commons at East Ambler Johnston and the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston.
“The success of these living-learning communities has exceeded our expectations,” said Frank Shushok, senior associate vice president for student affairs. “Much of that has to do with the dedication of the live-in faculty principals. Now we have extraordinary opportunities for faculty members to continue that legacy.”
As with other Virginia Tech living-learning communities, theses two place a heavy emphasis on student engagement with faculty and staff. The communities are led by academic faculty members, working and living side-by-side with students and student affairs professionals.
Both communities were planned as a partnership between undergraduate education and Student Affairs to provide seamless learning and growth, both in and outside of the classroom. The physical space is intentionally designed to emphasize holistic student development and encourage and enrich the learning experience.
The Honors Residential Commons at East Ambler Johnston opened in 2011 and houses about 320 students. The Residential College at West Ambler Johnston opened in 2012 and houses about 800 students who live in four smaller “house” communities, each led by a live-out associate faculty principal.
“Residential colleges are a way to connect students’ academic and co-curricular experiences,” said Shushok. “These vibrant communities have transformed how students experience the large, complex research university. They are learning environments where students ‘know’ and ‘are known’ by fellow students, faculty, staff, and administrators.”
Interested faculty members can learn more and find information on submitting an application online. Email Frances B. Keene, chief of operations and deputy to the senior associate vice president for student affairs, or call 540-231-8056 to discuss the position. Application review date is Oct. 21.