Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) are faculty members from various academic disciplines who are committed to student learning beyond the traditional classroom environment and live on campus with their immediate family.
Faculty who are eligible to serve as FIR are current university-appointed, full-time faculty, lecturer, or visiting scholar at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. FIRs interact and engage with students in the overall residential campus community.The Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) Program is one of the signature experiences at the University of North Carolina Greensboro which seeks to foster a community of care and facilitate an environment where learning and living are intertwined. The program intends to attract dynamic faculty with diverse interests and afford them the opportunity to engage in the life of the undergraduate residential community. The FIR program is a collaborative partnership sponsored by the Office of Housing and Residence Life, Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost.
FIR Program Oversight
FIR, in addition to their academic department, meet regularly (individually and collectively) with Housing and Residence Life leadership while working closely with Residence Life professional, paraprofessional, and student staff team (Coordinator for Residence Life, Assistant Coordinator for Residence Life, Senior Resident Advisors, and Resident Advisors) to plan and host formal and informal programs, cultural excursions, and community events on or off-campus. Each experience offered through the FIR program promotes community building, career exploration, and practice in lifelong and seamless learning.
GOALS of the FIR Program
- Increase faculty/student interaction beyond the traditional classroom setting
- Foster an inclusive environment of intellectual curiosity, intercultural exchange, and an appreciation of diversity of thought and experience
- To enhance the overall educational residence hall experience through programmatic efforts and informal interactions among peers, staff, and faculty
Students living in these communities gain a “neighborhood professor” and have the opportunity to develop lasting and mentoring relationships with engaging faculty. To maximize the quality and quantity of faculty-student interaction, the FIR lives in an unfurnished rent and tax- free two-bedroom apartment (currently Spartan Village, Union & Haywood halls and the Quad, Cotton & Hinshaw halls) which includes wireless internet and cable services offered by on campus living. In addition, there is a new Live-in Professional Staff Pet Policy. This is a two-year commitment in exchange for substantive participation in the life of the residential community.