Scholar-in-Residence Position

Why

The goal of the Scholars-In-Residence Program is to provide both formal and informal interactions to bridge academic scholarship and community at University Village through educational programming, individual and small-group events, and casual conversation. These interactions provide residents opportunities to connect with each other on a more personal level, learn more about the diverse array of research and career interests in the community, and enhance their confidence and ability to interact with other residents.

How

Scholars build community through their own unique areas of study and expertise and are tasked with the primary responsibility of using their scholarship as a student at UCLA to build and promote community at University Village. In doing so, scholars host at least two formal activities per quarter, mostly working directly with the students and families in their housing community. Scholars-in-Residence have flexibility to employ the methods that compliment their individual scholarship, research agenda and career interests, and are expected to develop plans in conjunction with the Community Directors and Residential Life. Scholars-In-Residence events may include but are not limited to film screenings and discussions, field trips around Los Angeles, cultural celebrations, hiking and camping outings, paper-writing workshops, open mic nights, community service events, guest lectures, barbeques, dinners in their homes, and theatrical performances.
Scholars-in-Residence are offered a 1 year appointment with a 1 year renewable option (subject to annual review), and are provided with an apartment at University Village. Graduate students can apply for up to two subsequent (1 year) appointments. The program offers flexibility, but all Scholars-In-Residence participate in monthly meetings with their community staff teams, engagement with a living-learning community, and a 3 day training in late summer. Scholars-In-Residence participate in other trainings and workshops as the need emerges. Scholars-In-Residence should expect to devote 6-8 hours a week to the program.

Who

Scholars-in-Residence are graduate students who represent a diverse group of scholars representing a variety of disciplines from Education and Computer Science to Theater and Bioengineering. The Scholar in Residence will be a graduate student who is a current resident of University Village with a desire to work with Residential Life leadership to build and promote community.

Recruitment & Selection

Residential Life will partner with various departments across campus to help foster the connection between scholarship and community. For the 2019-2020 academic year, this position will be offered in partnership with the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. Considering this, while you do not need to be formally affiliated with the Bunche Center, the successful candidate will be committed to the Bunche Center’s mission to study the conditions of Black life, past, present, and future.
Recruitment is open and the search committee will start reviewing applications until the position is filled. Interested candidates must 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 and residents of University Village, and staff.
The Scholar-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.
As this program continues to grow, we also hope to represent the disciplinary diversity of the campus among the Scholars-In-Residence team. All scholars must be enrolled full time as a graduate student.

2019-2020 Scholar-in-Residence Recruitment & Selection Timeline

September 16, 2019: Application opens (Apply here)
September 30, 2019: Info session @ 0630pm in UAS Conference Room (3200 Sawtelle Blvd.) (RSVP here)
October 7, 2019: Info session @ 0630pm in UAS Conference Room (3200 Sawtelle Blvd.) (RSVP here)
October 11, 2019: Application closes
October 14 - 18, 2019: First round of interviews
October 21 -25: Second Round of interviews
October 29, 2019: Offer letter goes out

For additional information about the Scholars-In-Residence position or the selection process, please academics@orl.ucla.edu.