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. Academic Senate faculty members can apply for up to two subsequent (3 year) appointments. 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 & 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, 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 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.
2018-2019 New FIRs Recruitment & Selection Timeline
February 26, 2019: Application opens (Apply here)
March 5, 2019: Info session on the Hill @ 1210pm (RSVP here) (Location: Covel Dining)
March 20, 2019: Info Session on the Hill @ 810am (RSVP here) (Location will be emailed by March 18 to participants who signed up)
March 27, 2019: Application closes
April 1 - 12, 2019: First round of interviews
April 15 -19: Second Round of interviews
April 29, 2019: Offer letters go out
For additional information about the FIR position or the selection process, please email FIRprogram@orl.ucla.edu
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