If The Characters Of Downton Abbey Were RAs…

Presenting at OACUHO/University of Guelph this weekend…

I have the pleasure of heading to Canada today to present twice at the OACUHO Residence Life Conference at the University of Guelph.  Growing up in Rochester, NY, going to Canada feels a little bit like coming home.  The first session I’ll be doing this weekend is to the RAs and student leader’s in attendance on engaging their residents with and in conversations about social media.  The second is for the professional staff on how to be a digital SApro and seek out professional development online. Student Presentation: Social Media Momentum: Developing… Read More

Presenting at SUNY Geneseo today… An RA Intervention…

I have the immense pleasure to be presenting at my alma mater today, the State University of New York College at Geneseo.  They asked me to do a presentation to their Resident Assistants that’s spin on my blog post “RAs Are Not Educational Experts.”  Geneseo’s residence life program utilizes a model similar to that of a residential curriculum.  In this presentation (excerpt below) I try to break RAs of that nasty habit of “programming.” Now I’m off to get some Mia’s pizza…

Hiring ResLife Professional Staff for a Residential Curriculum

When transitioning your residence life program to a residential curriculum model, it becomes increasingly important that you hire professional staff with the requisite skills and competencies to enact the curriculum.  Although these skills are desirable in any residence life professional, they take on added importance in a residential curriculum.  Some of the competencies required of staff under a residential curriculum include: A strong command of student development theory, research, and trends Ability to translate broad educational statements and philosophies into practice Ability to write clear, specific and measurable learning outcomes Ability to assess… Read More

The Story of Residence Halls (Told in Video)

History of American Residence Halls

I created this presentation back in 2008(?) for RA Training to help my RAs understand how the educational purpose of residence halls has evolved over time and where, as student staff, they fit into that history.  I recently came back across it and thought I’d put it up on the web as a video for others to use and share as they see fit.  It holds up pretty well for being nearly 6 years old at this point.  Enjoy! (Sorry for some of the rough song transitions.  Keynote has some limits when you’re… Read More