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Academic Collaboration 

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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

As the year continues, we hope to increase our collaborations with academic unites in three key ways:

  1. Programming with faculty members
  2. Initiating programs tied to the Common Experience Project
  3. Increasing utilization of the resources made available by various academic units

Common Experience Project

The Department of Housing and Residence Life is proud to support the Ohio University Common Experience Project through the creation and execution of educational programming that is related to the theme of the project. More information on the Common Experience Project can be found on the Common Experience Blog.

Faculty in Residence Programs

The Department of Housing and Residence Life sponsors two faculty programs within the residence halls that provide on-campus housing for faculty in exchange for their interaction with students and staff.

The first program, Faculty-in-Residence, houses a faculty member for a maximum of two years in the Biddle Hall guest apartment.  The most recent faculty-in-residence was Beatrice Selotlegeng, a visiting College of Business professor from Ghana.

The second program, Scholars Complex Faculty Guest, houses a visiting professor, artist or lecturer for up to two weeks within the Read-Johnson Scholars Complex.  These faculty guests participate in hall activities, dine with residents and present a program within the hall, which is coordinated by the RJSC Staff.  Some past guests include:

  • Derek Taylor, visiting professor from Nelson Mandella University in South Africa; guest of the Department of Political Science
  • Herbert Gottfried, 2005 distinguished alumnus; guest of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts
  • Jeldrik Pannier & Stephanie Frie, University of Ludwigburgh, who conducted research on war photography and coverage in German media; guest of the Scripps College of Communication
  • Jennifer Ridha, Honors Tutorial College alum and guest lecturer
  • Gunther Heydemann, Univeristy of Leipzig, guest of School of Journalism
  • Richard Finkelstein, visiting artist with the School of Dance
  • Melanie Parks, costumer, visiting artist with the School of Dance
  • John Rollof, multimedia artist, guest of the Kennedy Museum of Art
  • Elizabeth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle, feminist performance artists, guests of the Kennedy Museum of Art

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.

Visit the following link to view a video about RLC:

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.