The goal of the Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) Program is to provide both formal and informal resident-faculty interactions through educational programming, classes, individual and small-group advising, and casual association. These interactions provide students opportunities to approach and relate to faculty members on a more personal level, learn about resources, and enhance their confidence and ability to interact with all faculty members. UCLA faculty members are integrated into the residential communities and work with student affairs staff and other faculty to facilitate student learning.
Faculty devote 12 hours per week to the program, mostly working directly with the students in their building community and with the Living Learning Communities. Work include planning events with student, staff, or other partners, advising students individually or in small groups, teaching Fiat Lux courses, and casual interactions during social events and other Hill activities. Faculty-in-Residence have flexibility to employ the methods that compliment their individual talents and interests, and are expected to develop plans in conjunction with the FIR Program Director and their Resident Director. FIR events have included film screenings and discussions, field trips around Los Angeles, cultural celebrations, hiking and camping outings, paper-writing workshops, community service events, guest lectures, dinners in their homes, and theatrical performances.
Faculty-in-Residence are offered a 3 year appointment (subject to annual review), and are provided with an apartment and a meal plan in On-Campus Housing in exchange for a commitment of 12 hours a week of involvement. This appointment could be renewed up to two times. The program offers flexibility, but all FIRs participate in weekly (Monday evening) meetings with their community staff teams, engagement with a living-learning community, monthly FIR meetings, a 3 day training in late summer, and substantial engagement with student staff training and new student welcome activities during the first three weeks of September. FIRs participate in other trainings and workshops as the need emerges.
Faculty-in-Residence represent a diverse selection of faculty members representing a variety of disciplines from Computer Science and History to Theater and Bioengineering. Current FIRs teach in the College of Letters & Science, the School of Engineering, the School of Theater, Film and Television, the David Geffen School of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
Recruitment and Selection
Recruitment typically begins in winter quarter for appointments beginning in late August/ early September. Interested candidates complete and submit an application that includes brief responses to selected questions, and a résumé or curriculum vitae. Qualified candidates are invited to participate in an interview process, which provides opportunities to meet with students, staff and current members of the Faculty in Residence.
The Faculty-in-Residence is selected by Residential Life based on candidates’ individual talents and interests and their commitment to Residential LIfe’s Core 5 principles: supporting the university’s academic mission, cultivating a safe living environment, encouraging personal growth, fostering social responsibility, and developing leaders within the context of residential community. In order to meet the goals of the program, we give preference to faculty members who are academic senate members, and who regularly teach undergraduates. We also hope to represent the disciplinary diversity of the campus among the FIR team. All faculty in the program must hold a full-time appointment at UCLA.
For additional information about the FIR position or the selection process, please email FIRprogram@orl.ucla.edu
On Wednesday, March 15th at 5PM we will host a virtual information session to share more details about the program and to answer questions. Please register ahead of time at this link.
- Thursday, February 16, 2023 - Application opens
- Wednesday, March 15, 5:00PM - Information Session
- Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - Application closes
- Tuesday, April 18 - Tuesday April 25, 2023 - First Round Interviews
- Tuesday, May 2 - Tuesday May 9, 2023 - Second Round Interviews
- Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - Offers go out (All offers will be contingent on Fall 2023 residential population)
The 2023 application process has closed, for the next application cycle check back in February 2024.
Links below show some of the ways how Faculty-in-Residence engage with students, staff, faculty, and the greater UCLA community.