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The Director of Residence Life provides vision, direction and leadership for planning and implementing a comprehensive developmental and educational program within student residence communities  (undergraduate) that fulfills the Department of Residence Life mission statement. In doing so, the Director provides management of student development and welfare in the residential community.

Assistant Director of Residence Life (AD)

The AD provides leadership within the Department of Residence Life with overall community, program, management, facility, policy creation, and projects for the residential areas. The AD is responsible for the communities, staff teams, and resident populations on a year-round basis. By working collaboratively with other Central Staff members, the individual provides overall leadership and direction for Residence Life in the student living areas. The focus is upon area leadership for all components in  creating and maintaining quality residential communities. Working with numerous local and college offices and  agencies, the AD serves as a counselor, referral agent, advisor, case manager, and housing official to those in  residence.

Community Operations Specialist (COS)

The Community Operations Specialist coordinates house operations, administrative processes, and systems. The Community Operations Specialist works in consultation and close partnership with the Director of Residence Life in implementing the Residence Life program and in maintaining the welfare of the residential community and the well-being of its members. The Community Operations Specialist also supports community members in Luther Residence Hall, Anderson Residence Hall, and Oren Gateway Center. 

Area Coordinator (AC)

ACs provide community and program development, administrative management,  and counseling for their respective communities. Along with their student staff, they enforce college policy and the Department of Residence Life Guidebook. They facilitate and support student development for a residential community of 100 to 400 undergraduate students. ACs also select, supervise, train, and evaluate 5 to 15 student staff members. They participate in department and college committees and initiatives.

Student Leadership Positions

Community Development Assistant and Operations Assistant (Leads)

 A Lead serves as an integral member of the Department of Residence Life by fostering and developing a positive community, supporting the well-being of their residents, and enhancing the overall educational and developmental experience through engagement and programming. A  Lead serves as a resource on campus while assisting the professional staff member with community building, administration, and organizational efforts to ensure the success, development, and retention of students.

Community Advisor (CA)

Community Advisors (CAs) are community builders, peer advisors, academic resources, and event creators. CAs spend a significant amount of time getting to know community members as individuals and generating enthusiasm as they bring students together to create communities. CAs achieve this objective through implementing respectful, resourceful, and responsible activities, fostering the growth of active student governance, providing information about college resources, informing community members about residence hall regulations, and facilitating the implementation of these regulations.