Monday, May 04, 2009
What’s it like to be an…Assistant Dean of Residence Life?
What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
Certain aspects of my job I perform almost daily, while other responsibilities are much more seasonal. Regardless of the time of year, I meet with students and staff each day to work out issues of housing or to discuss a housing policy violation. In addition, I am a liaison to other campus departments (Food service, Building services, Academic Services, and Admissions). I have weekly interactions with these departments and represent the Residence Life Department in those meetings. Finally, I supervise the Knollcrest East Apartments and the Area Coordinator position coordinating various student support and accountability services with the Dean of Students for Judicial Affairs.
In the summer, I help with roommate matching, assist with orientation programs, and prepare for opening the residence halls and apartments to students in the fall. This includes helping with Resident Director and Residence Assistant training. In the fall and winter, I teach a first year experience class, mentor the hall presidents, and review our policies and procedures. In the spring I facilitate the room selection process for returning students in both the residence halls and apartments and help plan summer improvement projects. All in all, it is not a boring job, and no two days are the same.