Overview of Position

The Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) Program is a unique opportunity for the passionate professor, who desires to make the greatest impact on the present and future lives of UNCG students. This 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 a dynamic faculty with diverse interests and afford them the opportunity to engage in the life of the undergraduate residential community.

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. A FIR can be a university appointed full-time faculty, lecturer, or visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. FIR interact and engage with students in the overall residential campus community.

Outline of Position Responsibilities:

Faculty-In-Residence General Duties & Expectations
  • Maintain an average of 7 contact hours per week with residents
  • Fulfill program requirements of two major programs per semester
  • Plan, implement and assess FIR programming efforts
  • Attend residential, campus and community events to increase student contact
  • Available as a supportive campus resource
  • Provide a welcome letter to students introducing yourself describing the Faculty-In-Residence role within the residential community
  • Provide reports twice a semester of FIR activities and submit yearly report
  • Maintain a running record of initiatives, including photos & brief initiative descriptions
  • Participate in an annual FIR review and reappointment process as requested
  • Support goals of the FIR program and Housing and Residential Life
  • Uphold university policies and local, state and federal laws
  • Partake in evening and weekend student and staff engagement opportunities
  • Manage FIR programming budget and adhere to HRL purchasing policy & procedures
  • Collaborate with residence life staff and various offices and departments across the university to maximize student-faculty interactions
  • Serve as a consultant to HRL and the Residential Learning/Special Interest Communities
  • Faculty-in-Residence are required to attend training and planning sessions during the month of August.
  • Participate in HRL department meetings or events as requested
  • Meet monthly with Senior Assistant Director for Academic Enhancement and other scheduled meetings with assigned Residence Life team
  • Act as a liaison between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to increase faculty understanding and awareness of the on campus student experience.
  • Invite fellow faculty members to participate in programming efforts within the residence halls

Benefits, Conditions and Term of Appointment

Housing Benefits: The Faculty-in-Residence lives on campus in a designated residence hall in an unfurnished two-bedroom apartment (kitchen, washer/dryer included). Utilities, wireless internet, cable, are provided. The program does not cover moving costs, liability insurance for personal property, or telephone service.

Program Support: The FIR is provided a program budget per academic year. Use of these funds must follow Housing & Residence Life and all UNC Greensboro accounting procedures. These funds are available for programming purposes to facilitate contact with students and faculty. A meal voucher or covered expense may be provided by HRL per semester for FIR to eat with residents in the dining hall.

Benefits of the Faculty-In-Residence (FIR) Program

(compiled by past & present faculty-in-residence at UNC Greensboro)

  • Relationship building between students and faculty
  • Conduit to other faculty members interested in having a pulse of the students today
  • FIR bring a direct experience and understanding of student life
  • Opens dialogue between academic and student affairs
  • Develops interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership
  • Promotes intercultural engagement
  • Fosters global awareness
  • Assists students in crossing literal and physical boundaries
  • Cultivates a culture of entrepreneurship
  • Redefines the reality of todays’ college students
  • Dispels myths of who professors are and how they live
  • Encourages life-long learning and engaged community

Conditions of Appointment

  • Senior Leadership with oversight of FIR program reserve the right to make changes in the FIR program during the appointment period.
  • Faculty member must remain in their academic position while in contract as the FIR.
  • FIR must comply with policies and procedures set forth by the university and HRL.
  • Expectations regarding presence and engagement in the residence hall will preclude extended absence from the building
  • Senior Leadership with oversight of FIR program maintain the right, at their discretion, to terminate immediately any Faculty-in-Residence, who violates any terms or conditions of their appointment, fails or neglects to perform satisfactorily the responsibilities of the position, or violates UNC Greensboro’s policies and/or North Carolina State laws. All benefits associated with the FIR position will terminate immediately if the FIR resigns from, or is terminated from, the position.
  • Intimate relationships of a sexual nature are prohibited between a Faculty-In-Residence and a residence hall student at the university.

FIR will not perform or participate in:

  • Supervision or formal training of HRL Staff
  • Enforcement of Housing and University Policies
  • Adjudicate student judicial cases or respond formally to student crisis
  • Attending to building maintenance needs, lock-outs or other residential concerns
  • Substitute for RAs or professional staff at Housing meetings, Housing sponsored programs or in Housing related duties.

Term of Appointment

  • Faculty-in-Residence are afforded a two-year contract (10 months per academic year August – May) upon a positive yearly evaluation. Contracts may be amended during the academic year with the consent of all parties. FIR with a positive evaluation can be reappointed for a maximum of 3 years. If a FIR is interested in serving a third year as a Senior FIR, notification must be given no later than November 1.
  • FIR appointments begin August 1 for training and planning purposes with periodic meeting obligations for the remainder of the academic year.