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Academic Collaboration



About Our Programming : Academic Collaboration : Residential Learning Communities


The Division of Student Affairs at Ohio University has identified the importance of our units collaborating with academic units to promote the success of our students. As the Department of Housing and Residence Life, we value scholastic environments and opportunities that enhance academic success. Recognizing that academic collaborations support such success, we encourage intentional interactions or integration of residential education efforts with the educational efforts of academic units. Examples of academic collaboration within Housing and Residence Life include but are not limited to:

  • Academic advising
  • Residential Learning Communities
  • Collaboration with faculty on student concerns / issues
  • Providing resources to connect students with academic tools
  • Supporting the initiatives of key academic units such as the Allen Student Help Center and Alden Library


Faculty in Residence Programs

The Faculty-in-Residence Experience is designed to enhance the life of residents in the residence halls and to support the academic mission of Ohio University by facilitating meaningful interactions among residents and faculty outside of the classroom. Faculty-in-Residence provide an opportunity for this type of interaction by facilitating programmatic opportunities with residential students, serving as a bridge for residents to the academic side of the University, and helping to reinforce healthy learning behaviors in residents, in an effort to cultivate a strong academic environment within the residence halls.

The goals of the Faculty-in-Residence program are:

  • To provide both formal and informal resident-faculty interactions through educational programming and casual association.

  • To increase faculty presence and role modeling in the residence halls

  • To provide a seamless transition between the classroom and the residence hall environment

  • To provide residents additional academic resources in the residential environment

  • To provide faculty members a better understanding of the current student culture and challenges facing students at Ohio University

2015-2016 Faculty-in-Residence




Affiliated Halls




Brook Beshah



Global Leadership Center

Interim Director


Tom Costello

Luchs Hall


Scripps College of Communication

Communication Studies


Mike Hess

Boyd Hall


Patton College of Education

Educational Studies


Justice Hill

Mackinnon Hall


Scripps College of Communication



Beatrice Selotlegeng

Biddle Hall


College of Business

Dean’s Office


Nerrisa Young

Sowle Hall


Scripps College of Communication





Residential Learning Communities (RLC's)

Colleges and universities across the United States have embraced learning communities. These initiatives involve co-enrolling students in two or more common classes, supporting students in the formation of learning-based peer networks, and fostering educationally purposeful interaction between faculty and students in and out of the classroom. Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) provide these opportunities within a residence hall environment. Involvement in RLCs affects class attendance, faculty satisfaction while teaching, class participation, residence hall community building, retention, and student satisfaction with Ohio University.

In most instances, the RLC is facilitated by a Residential Coordinator and a Peer Mentor (an undergraduate upper-class student). Each RLC consists of twenty first-year students living in the same residential area who take an introductory course together in the Fall as well as one or two linked courses that relate to the theme. All of the linked courses count either toward the students' general education requirements or college requirements.

To learn more about the Residential Learning Communities, please visit our RLC information page.

To learn more about all of the Learning Communities at Ohio University, including RLC's, and how to become involved, please visit the Learning Communities site.