Faculty-in-Residence Positions

The Faculty-in-Residence (FIR)Program bridges students’ academic and residential experiences by integrating UCLA faculty members into the residential communities and facilitating their active participation in student learning.

Program Goals

The goal of the 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 in the opportunity to approach and relate to faculty members on a more personal level.

Program Overview

Faculty-in-Residence are required to devote 12 hours per week to the program, mostly working directly with the students in their community. Work may include programming with student staff members 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 the flexibility to employ the methods that best compliment their individual talents and interests, and are expected to develop plans in conjunction with the Director for Faculty Programs and their Resident Director. Much involvement takes place through programming - either events that the FIR has designed or ones designed by students. Past FIR programs have included film screenings and discussions, poetry groups, cultural celebrations, hiking and camping outings, paper-writing workshops, community service events, guest lectures, and theatrical performances. FIRs also spend some time with other FIRs and with staff and others across campus doing planning work that strengthens the program by offering faculty perspective and by bridging residential and classroom learning. Faculty-in-Residence receive a 3-year assignment, and are provided with an apartment and a meal plan in On-Campus Housing.

Teaching and Programming

Since the program began, Faculty-in-Residence have sponsored a wide range of activities designed to enhance the intellectual, social, and personal development of students living on the UCLA campus. Whether hosting students in their home for a discussion about attending graduate school, convening a book club, or taking students to public lectures in the greater Los Angeles area, the FIRs create a dynamic and diverse intellectual environment for students.The Faculty-in-Residence play an integral role in selecting and supporting the Common Book Experience for new Bruins.

Simultaneously, faculty members develop and enhance their own personal and professional skills in teaching and interacting with students both in and out of the classroom. Many of our Faculty-in-Residence have blended their residential experience with their academic commitments by teaching with the GE Cluster Courses, and generally are expected to teach Fiat Lux seminars offered in On-Campus Housing.

Connections to Classrooms

Participants in the FIR program also teach undergraduate courses at UCLA. Faculty-in-Residence represent a diverse selection of faculty members representing a variety of disciplines from Computer Science and History to Musicology and Bioengineering. Current FIR academic departments include the College of Letters & Science, the School of Engineering, the Herb Alpert School of Music, the School of Theater, Film and Television, the Luskin School of Public Affairs, the David Geffen School of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

Recruitment & Selection Process

The Faculty-in-Residence is recruited and 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, cultivate a safe living environment, encourage personal growth, foster social responsibility, and develop 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 actively encourage tenured faculty members to apply. We also hope to represent the disciplinary diversity of the campus among the FIR team. It is expected that FIRs are engaged in teaching undergraduates on a regular basis.

Recruitment for the Faculty-in-Residence program occurs on an ongoing basis, subject to the number of open positions. Most positions are selected in accordance with the academic year calendar; 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, Residential Life staff and current members of the Faculty in Residence.

We don’t anticipate openings for the 2017-18 academic year. If we do have an opening, we will post that here, so we encourage you to check the website as the quarter progresses. We accept applications on a rolling basis so if you want to be contacted/considered, feel free to submit.

FIR Application


For additional information about the FIR position or the selection process, please contact Dr. Lori Vogelgesang or Idriss Njike at FIRprogram@orl.ucla.edu